Bouldin scores 20 as Zags beat Portland 76-48

  • Associated Press
  • Thursday, February 4, 2010 11:05pm
  • SportsSports

SPOKANE — Portland and No. 17 Gonzaga opened with a desultory 12 minutes of play, with both teams missing shots, turning the ball over and deadlocked at 15 points.

Then the Zags went on 20-2 run, launching the blowout of a team that had been expected to challenge them for the West Coast Conference title.

The 76-49 win Thursday was a team effort, with 11 different Bulldogs scoring. Matt Bouldin, as usual, led the way with 20 points.

“We challenged them to play as hard as they have played in this building and they did it,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said.

“That’s a great win for us. That’s a very, very good Portland team that is playing as well as anyone in our league.”

Gonzaga (18-4, 7-1 West Coast) made the Pilots look lousy. They were held to 35 percent shooting, including 5-of-21 3-pointers. The Pilots (14-8, 5-3) were outrebounded 40-30 and pushed into 16 turnovers. Gonzaga had 17 offensive rebounds.

Demetri Goodson added 12 points for Gonzaga, which was coming off a rare WCC loss, in overtime at San Francisco last Saturday. It was only their sixth league loss in the past six seasons.

Playing without leading-scorer Nik Raivio, out with an Achilles’ injury, Portland had a four-game winning streak snapped. The Pilots have lost 14 straight to Gonzaga since 2003. Robin Smeudlers led them with 12 points and Ethan Niedermeyer had 11.

“The bottom falls out, as it’s apt to do here,” Portland coach Eric Reveno said. “The tale of the game was turnovers and offensive rebounds.”

Portland was expected to battle the Bulldogs for the WCC title this year, and lost by just three points earlier in Portland.

Both teams started sloppily and the score was tied at 15 with 7:30 left in the first.

Then the Zags found their shot and buried the Pilots. Mangisto Arop’s putback ignited Gonzaga’s decisive run that led to 35-17 lead. They led 41-21 at halftime, behind 12 points by Bouldin. Portland shot just 37 percent in the first and was outrebounded 22-10.

It got worse for the Pilots in the second half, as they fell behind by more than 30 points.

Elias Harris added 10 points and seven rebounds for Gonzaga, which shot 50 percent in the game.

Bouldin, a senior guard, displaced Casey Calvary for 10th place on Gonzaga’s career scoring list with 1,518 points.

At halftime, there was a ceremony honoring the selections of former Gonzaga star John Stockton and former Michigan State basketball coach Jud Heathcote into the state of Washington Sports Hall of Fame. Stockton is a Spokane native and Heathcote coached high school basketball in Spokane and later was an assistant at nearby Washington State.

Talk to us

More in Sports

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) fumbles the ball as he is sacked by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (97) during the second quarter Monday. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Grading the Seahawks in their 24-3 victory over the Giants

Seattle’s defense shows up big as the Seahawks head into their bye on a three-game winning streak.

Monroe junior receiver Aaron Clifton checks for defenders while taking a long reception to the house against Mountlake Terrace on Friday, Sept. 29, 2023, at Monroe High School in Monroe, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Prep football power rankings after Week 5

Here are our top 8 local teams after all the action from Thursday and Friday.

Vote for The Herald’s Prep Athlete of the Week for Sept. 25-30

The Athlete of the Week nominees for Sept. 25-30. Voting closes at… Continue reading

Silvertips name leadership group, but no captain yet

Everett lists Ty Gibson, Kaden Hammell, Ben Hemmerling and Austin Roest as alternate captains, but will wait to assign the “C”.

Fall prep sports roundup.
Prep roundup for Monday, Oct. 2

Prep roundup for Monday, Oct. 2: (Not for coaches/scorekeepers: To report results… Continue reading

Monroe’s Mason Davis (1) celebrates with Trent Bublitz (11) after Bublitz’s touchdown reception against Edmonds-Woodway on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, at Edmonds School District Stadium in Edmonds, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Reader poll: Make your picks for Week 6 prep football games

Do you think you can beat the experts in our weekly high… Continue reading

Who’s that frog? A local high school tennis player, that’s who

Arlington tennis player Robbie Balderas worked as AquaSox mascot Webbly this season, and the busy junior also runs a landscaping business.

Mountlake Terrace’s Zaveon Jones is pulled to the ground by a diving Nicholas Mouser of Monroe on Friday, Sept. 29, 2023, at Monroe High School in Monroe, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Swarming Monroe defense keys win over Terrace in Wesco 3A South showdown

The Bearcats slow down the Hawks’ potent ground game, and quarterback Blake Springer tosses three TDs in a 35-10 victory.

Arlington players lift the Stilly Cup in the air after beating Stanwood on Friday, Sept. 29, 2023 in Stanwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Arlington reclaims Stilly Cup after short hiatus, routs Stanwood 42-7

Leyton Martin registers 277 yards, 4 TDs as Eagles notch fifth straight game with at least six TDs.

Most Read