Top-ranked Gonzaga cruises to win over Loyola Marymount

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Filip Petrusev scored 16 points, Corey Kispert added 15 and top-ranked Gonzaga rolled to a 87-62 victory over Loyola Marymount on Saturday.

It was the Bulldogs’ 31st straight regular-season win in West Coast Conference play, tying them with the San Francisco squads led by Bill Russell and K.C. Jones for the second-longest streak in conference history. Pepperdine has the record at 32.

Gonzaga (18-1, 4-0) had five players in double figures. Ryan Woolridge scored 13, Admon Gilder added 12 and Drew Timme 10 as the Bulldogs won their 10th straight overall and 22nd consecutive against the Lions.

Eli Scott paced Loyola Marymount (7-10, 1-2) with 20 points.

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Gonzaga missed six of its first nine from the floor before making five of its next six as part of 11-2 run and 17-6 lead midway through the first half. Loyola Marymount responded with six straight points before the Bulldogs scored 10 of the next 11 to put the margin in double digits the rest of the game.

The Bulldogs led 38-22 at halftime and were up by 30 late in the second half.

BIG PICTURE

Gonzaga: The Bulldogs struggled last weekend in the first week of WCC play but got back on track this weekend on the road. They cruised to a 44-point win at San Francisco on Thursday before easily taking care of LMU. They should be at the top of the rankings for the fourth straight week when the AP Top 25 is released on Monday.

Loyola Marymount: The Lions came into the game tied for 29th in the nation in field goal shooting (47.9 percent) but have struggled over the past two games. They were 16 of 47 against BYU last Saturday and 22 of 57 against Gonzaga. LMU was plagued by poor 3-point shooting against the Bulldogs, making 7 of 26 from beyond the arc.

UP NEXT

Gonzaga: Hosts Santa Clara on Monday night.

Loyola Marymount: Travels to Pepperdine on Thursday night.

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