The Gonzaga Bulldogs held off a late push by the USF Dons for a 75-65 win at War Memorial Gym in San Francisco Saturday night.
The Dons (14-9, 7-4 West Coast Conference) held the nation’s second-best shooting team to just 38.8 percent from the floor, but could only hit 34.5 percent themselves and could get no closer than six points in the late going. Gonzaga came in shooting 51.1 percent for the season.
Gonzaga (20-3, 10-1) now leads the conference by three games and completed a season sweep of the Dons. The Bulldogs beat USF in Spokane 69-41 on Dec. 30.
Gonzaga led 32-28 at the half and got the edge to double figures on a pair of free throws by Sam Dower with 11:20 to play. The Bulldogs’ largest lead came with 9:17 remaining, when they took a 54-40 advantage.
Gonzaga was 19-for-49 (38.8 percent) overall, 3-for-16 (18.8 percent) from long range and 34-for-41 (82.9 percent) at the foul line. USF was 20-for-58 (34.5 percent), 8-for-25 (32 percent) and 17-for-22 (77.3 percent).
The Bulldogs had a 40-35 edge on the glass and both teams turned it over 14 times.
USF goes to San Diego on Thursday at 7 p.m.