San Francisco — – Racer Bolton He scored on a follow-up shot with 7 seconds left to give No. 9 Gonzaga its first lead since the opening minutes and the Bulldogs beat San Francisco 77-75 on Thursday night.
“I was just trying to win, just do whatever it takes,” Bolton said. “We kind of came out flat. It was a tough game. We fought the whole time trying to fight back. But in the end, we got the win.”
Gonzaga (13-3, 2-0 West Coast Conference) trailed almost the entire way before Bolton rebounded on a foul. Drew Tim and scored for a tie-breaking 75. Bolton was fouled on the play but missed a free throw, giving the Dons (11-7, 0-3) one last chance.
But Khalil Shabazz He mishandled his dribbling and never shot as San Francisco fell within striking distance of ending a 24-game losing streak against the Bulldogs.
Bolton scored 11 of his 21 points in the final 5:15 to lead Gonzaga back, making three three-pointers before winning the game.
“Those are the shots we think he’s going to make,” his teammate said Julian Strother He said. “Dude is an elite shooter. He showed it tonight. We’re proud of him but we expect it.”
Strother added 16 points and Timmy held 11 points for 3-for-16.
Terrell Roberts Scored 18 points for the Dons, making the basket that gave them a 75-73 lead. Shabazz added 17.
“I’m not going to sleep well tonight,” said trainer Chris Gerlofsen. “But as we go back and break down the movie and see all the good things and the positive things we did throughout the game, those are the things we need to build on. We need to keep learning. It hurts because I thought our guys pulled it off and left it all on the floor.”
Gonzaga won 80 consecutive matches against unranked opponents.
The Dons, coming off a 12-point losing streak to open conference play, dominated early on thanks to good outside shooting and hard work on the offensive boards.
Shabazz made straight 3-pointers late in the first half to take the lead to 12 points and lead the NFL 46-36 at the half when Isaiah Hawthorne Scored on a corner kick with 2 seconds left. The Dons had a 16-0 advantage on second chance points in the first half.
The Bulldogs played much better defensively in the second half. They used an 11-1 early run to cut the lead to two and the game remained tight until the closing stretch when they ran it in for the win.
“I hope we don’t have to go through things like that,” said coach Mark Phew. “I think if you put your hand on the hot stove, it will burn. … If we don’t go out and play with great energy and connection and passion, we will be defeated. Our margin for error is much less.”
Bill Russell night
The Dons honored late star Bill Russell, who passed away this summer at the age of 88. Russell led San Francisco to back-to-back national titles in 1955-56 before moving into the NBA Hall of Fame with the Boston Celtics, winning 11 championships in 13 seasons.
There was a video tribute before the game and more were played throughout the game.
The Big Picture
Gonzaga: The Bulldogs were put through a rare test in conference play, forced to play from behind for most of the game as they struggled with shots to the glass. The nation’s best shooting percentage of 52.6% shot just 45% from the field.
San Francisco: The Dons fell to 3-27 against ranked teams in the past 10 seasons with losses, but for a while they looked like they could build on last month’s victory over the then-team. 25 Arizona. San Francisco has played tough Gonzaga several times in recent years, but they’ve now lost 25 straight in the series since winning at home in 2012.
Gonzaga: Visit Santa Clara on Saturday night.
San Francisco: Visits Loyola Marymount Saturday night.
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