Wiltjer 21pts Pushes No. 8 Zags Past Texas Southern

Kyle Wiltjer

Kyle Wiltjer leads Gonzaga in win: Photo gozags.com

SPOKANE, Wash. (Sporting Alert, Box Score) — Four players scored in double figures and No. 8 Gonzaga eased past Texas Southern 94-54 at McCarthey Athletic Center on Monday night.

The Bulldogs (10-1) were led by junior guard Kyle Wiltjer, who scored a game-high 21 points on 9 of 11 shooting, including 3 of 3 from three-point range in 19 minutes off the bench.

Wiltjer was scoring 20 or more points for the third successive game and his fifth in the last seven.

Gonzaga led 40-16 at halftime and then scored 54 points in the second half to setup the comfortable victory the Zags.

Domantas Sabonis had 16 points and six rebounds and Silas Melson added 13 points in a reserve role for Gonzaga, which shot 63.6 percent from the field and 52.6 percent from three pointers.

Kevin Pangos had 11 points, six assists, four rebounds and two steal for the Bulldogs, who face Cal Poly in Seattle on Saturday.

Madarious Gibbs and Deverell Biggs scored 12 points apiece for Texas Southern (1-8).

David Blanks added 11 points in the defeat for the Tigers, which shot 17.6 percent from three point range and have just one win on the season that came against Lamar on Nov 28.

The Zags scored the opening nine-points of the game to rushed out to a 30-14 lead with 5:12 left in the first half.

Madarious Gibbs made a layup for the Tigers to put the score at 30-16, but were then held without scoring for the last 4:05 of the half.

Gonzaga also scored the first nine points to start the second half.

The Tigers had a mini run where they outscored the Bulldogs 8-2 late in the second half, but that was only enough to cut the lead to 40 points.

Texas Southern will next face No. 25 Michigan State at Breslin Center on Saturday.

Box Score


Official Basketball Box Score
TEXAS SOUTHERN TIGERS vs GONZAGA BULLDOGS
12/15/14 6:00 pm at McCARTHEY ATHLETIC CENTER - SPOKANE, WA


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VISITORS: TEXAS SOUTHERN TIGERS (1-8)
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
02 Thomas,Chris........ f  3-6    0-1    0-2    2  0  2   4   6  1  1  1  1  26
11 Riley,Malcolm....... f  0-4    0-0    2-2    1  1  2   2   2  1  0  0  0  21
33 Shepherd,Nick....... f  3-4    0-0    1-1    2  3  5   1   7  0  1  0  0  25
01 Biggs,Deverell...... g  4-6    2-2    2-2    1  2  3   3  12  1  4  0  0  26
03 Gibbs,Madarious..... g  5-12   1-4    1-3    1  2  3   0  12  1  3  0  0  37
15 Blanks,David........    4-10   0-2    3-5    0  1  1   2  11  2  0  0  1  27
20 Mack,Giovanni.......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  1  0  0  0   3
23 Carter,Jason........    2-15   0-7    0-2    1  2  3   4   4  0  1  0  1  25
24 Johnson,Nevin.......    0-2    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  1  1  0  0  10
   TEAM................                         5  2  7
   Totals..............   21-59   3-17   9-17  13 14 27  16  54  8 11  1  3 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  8-29 27.6%   2nd Half: 13-30 43.3%   Game: 35.6%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  0-9   0.0%   2nd Half:  3-8  37.5%   Game: 17.6%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  0-4   0.0%   2nd Half:  9-13 69.2%   Game: 52.9%    3


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HOME TEAM: GONZAGA BULLDOGS (10-1)
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
02 NUNEZ, Angel........ f  4-6    0-2    0-0    1  6  7   1   8  4  0  0  0  21
11 SABONIS, Domantas... f  5-7    0-0    6-8    3  3  6   2  16  2  2  0  1  21
04 PANGOS, Kevin....... g  3-5    3-5    2-2    1  3  4   1  11  6  0  0  2  25
05 BELL JR., Gary...... g  2-3    2-3    0-0    0  0  0   1   6  1  0  0  0  19
22 WESLEY, Byron....... g  2-3    0-0    0-0    1  1  2   0   4  1  0  0  2  22
00 MELSON, Silas.......    6-10   1-3    0-0    1  1  2   2  13  1  1  0  2  27
03 DRANGINIS, Kyle.....    0-2    0-2    5-6    0  3  3   0   5  0  1  0  0  19
14 GRIFFIN, Connor.....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   3   0  0  1  1  0   5
15 BAKAMUS, Rem........    1-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   2  0  0  0  0   2
24 KARNOWSKI, Przemek..    2-6    0-0    1-2    0  2  2   2   5  0  1  2  0  17
33 WILTJER, Kyle.......    9-11   3-3    0-0    0  3  3   1  21  2  1  1  0  19
55 TRIANO, Dustin......    1-1    1-1    0-0    0  0  0   1   3  0  0  0  0   3
   TEAM................                         1  7  8
   Totals..............   35-55  10-19  14-18   8 30 38  14  94 17  7  4  7 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 15-26 57.7%   2nd Half: 20-29 69.0%   Game: 63.6%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-8  37.5%   2nd Half:  7-11 63.6%   Game: 52.6%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  7-10 70.0%   2nd Half:  7-8  87.5%   Game: 77.8%    2


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Officials: Kevin Brill, Richard Batsell, Justin Shamion
Technical fouls: TEXAS SOUTHERN TIGERS-None. GONZAGA BULLDOGS-None.
Attendance: 6000
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
TEXAS SOUTHERN TIGERS.........   16   38  -   54
GONZAGA BULLDOGS..............   40   54  -   94

Points in the paint-TXSO 32,GON 42. Points off turnovers-TXSO 8,GON 15.
2nd chance points-TXSO 4,GON 9. Fast break points-TXSO 12,GON 9.
Bench points-TXSO 15,GON 49. Score tied-0 times. Lead changed-0 times.
Last FG-TXSO 2nd-00:23, GON 2nd-00:29.
Largest lead-TXSO None, GON by 44 2nd-06:03.

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