No. 25 Gonzaga 81, E. Washington 47
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) _ Reserve Zach Gourde scored 22 points as No. 25 Gonzaga routed Eastern Washington 81-47 Friday night in the Bulldogs’ first-ever home game as a ranked team.
Richie Frahm added 15 points for Gonzaga (2-0), while Matt Santangelo had 13. Gourde, a freshman, scored most of his points in the second half with the outcome decided.
Eastern Washington (0-3) hung around for the first 15 minutes of the game. A pair of free throws by EWU’s Deon Williams cut Gonzaga’s lead to 25-17 with 5:21 left in the first half.
But Gonzaga launched a 16-3 run, capped by a pair of 3-pointers by Santangelo, to take a 41-20 lead with 1:41 left.
Gonzaga led 43-24 at halftime, and scored the first 13 points of the second half for a 56-24 lead.
Will Levy’s layup with 15:03 left in the game was Eastern’s first basket of the second half. Levy led Eastern with 11 points.
Gonzaga has won 13 straight games over Eastern Washington, based in neighboring Cheney, since EWU’s last win in the 1989-90 season.