Led by Kelly Olynyk’s career-high 33 points, the Gonzaga Bulldogs merely held off the Santa Clara Broncos and Kevin Foster’s 29 points.
Santa Clara seemed right back on the comeback trail until Olynyk made a crucial put-back layup with 1:55 remaining in the game. In result, the No. 10 Bulldogs held off Santa Clara by a final of 81-74 for their sixth straight win.
Marc Trasolini chipped in 19 points and nine rebounds for the Broncos, who shot 41 percent from the field and 30.4 percent from beyond the arc. Foster, who scored 12 of his 29 points in the second half, became the first player to score 2,000 points for the school. Kurt Rambis held the previous record with 1,736 points.
Foster, however, wasn’t very efficient It took him 24 attempts to get his 29 points, and he went 2-of-12 form three-point range. Foster has now scored 20-plus in three straight games, though.
Gonzaga held an 11-point lead at one point, but Santa Clara kept chipping away. They came within two with 16:23 left in the second half, but Olynyk scored four consecutive points to give Gonzaga some breathing room. Olynyk, unlike Foster, was extremely efficient. He shot 12-of-15 from the field and turned the ball over just twice.
Fortunately for the Zags, though, their atrocious three-point shooting didn’t cost them a win. They shot just 22.2 percent from downtown, and Olynyk was their only starter that made a triple.
With the win, the Bulldogs’ overall record is 15-1, while the Broncos are 12-4.