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Portland 82, Gonzaga 73

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[January 11, 2014]  PORTLAND, Ore.  Portland 82, No. 18 Gonzaga 73: Bryce Pressley led five Pilots in double figures with 16 points and Portland wrapped up a five-game homestand by beating the Bulldogs for the first time in their last 21 meetings.

Alec Wintering had 14 points and Bobby Sharp scored all 12 of his points on 3-pointers giving coach Eric Reveno his first career win over Gonzaga in 15 tries. Kevin Bailey scored 13 points as Portland (10-7, 2-3 West Coast) shot 51.9 percent including 8-for-14 from 3-point range.

Gonzaga, which had its West Coast Conference winning streak snapped at 22 games, was led by Sam Dower with 14 points while Kevin Pangos added a dozen. Przemek Karnowski and Gerald Coleman both scored 11 for the Bulldogs (14-3, 4-1).

Portland, which had lost 17 consecutive home games to Gonzaga, never trailed. Pressley had six assists of his game-high nine assists in the first half and the Pilots carried a 39-31 lead into intermission. Gonzaga trimmed the deficit to four points early in the second half before an energetic Portland team took complete control.

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Bailey, who twisted his ankle midway through the second half, capped a 14-2 run for Portland after the break when he hung in the air to grab his own miss and hit a short jumper. Bailey was also fouled on the play giving Portland a 53-37 lead with 13:45 left and Gonzaga never got closer than seven points the rest of the way.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Gonzaga coach Mark Few fell to 27-2 all-time against Portland. ...Gonzaga G Gary Bell Jr. missed his fourth straight game with a broken hand. ...Gonzaga, which leads the nation in 3-point shooting percentage, finished 4-for-15 from behind the arc.

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