No. 5 Gonzaga holds off San Francisco 71-61

No. 5 Gonzaga holds off San Francisco 71-61

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No. 5 Gonzaga holds off San Francisco 71-61

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on February 16, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 16 at 5:27 PM

SAN FRANCISCO  — Kelly Olynyk had 26 points and nine rebounds and Elias Harris added 17 points and 13 rebounds to carry No. 5 Gonzaga past pesky San Francisco 71-61 on Saturday, snapping a three-year losing streak at War Memorial Gymnasium.

The Bulldogs' frontline tandem bullied and bruised their way to a fast start and furious finish. Olynyk finished 13 for 17 from the floor and Harris went 7 of 15 as both keyed an 11-0 run in the final minutes that put the Zags (25-2, 12-0 West Coast Conference) ahead for good.

Cole Dickerson scored 15 points and Cody Doolin added 14 to help the Dons (11-15, 4-9) rally back after trailing by 15 in the first half. Unlike the last three years when USF stunned Gonzaga at home, the Bulldogs regrouped and showed why they're ranked so high.

Gonzaga was the highest-ranked team to visit The Hilltop in 44 years. The Dons haven't defeated a top 5 team since March 23, 1956, when they downed fifth-ranked Iowa 83-71 to claim their second straight national title behind Bill Russell.



 

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