USF Dons Fall To Gonzaga, 75-65

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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.

Sam Dower led the Bulldogs with 24 points. Gary Bell Jr. added 13 and Przemek Karnowski had 12 points and three blocked shots. Kyle Dranginis grabbed 12 rebounds and David Stockton had five steals.

Avry Holmes paced the Dons with 18 points and Mark Tollefsen added 15. Matt Glover had only eight points on 2-of-13 shooting but contributed eight rebounds, five assists and three steals.

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.

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