No. 8 Gonzaga rolls over Texas Southern
SPOKANE, Wash. — Kyle Wiltjer scored 21 points to help No. 8 Gonzaga rout Texas Southern 94-54 on Monday night.
Wiltjer made 9 of 11 shots, including all three of his 3-point attempts.
Domantas Sabonis added 16 points, Silas Melson 13 and Kevin Pangos 11 for Gonzaga (10-1), which was coming off a victory at UCLA.
Madarious Gibbs and Deverell Biggs each scored 12 points for Texas Southern (1-8). David Blanks added 11.
Gonzaga has a 32-game home winning streak, second-longest in the nation behind Duke’s 37 straight home wins.
After playing three straight Pacific-12 teams, the game was something of a breather for the Zags. Their only loss this season was in overtime at No. 3 Arizona.
Gonzaga’s size and athleticism were too much for the Tigers, who made just 36 percent of their shots. The Bulldogs shot 64 percent and made 10 of 19 3-pointers. Gonzaga won the rebound battle 38-27.
Gonzaga made its first five field goal attempts and built a 14-2 lead in the early going. Texas Southern made just one field goal in the first 6 1/2 minutes.
Gonzaga made three unanswered 3-pointers — by Gary Bell Jr., Pangos and Wiltjer — to open the second half and take a 49-16 lead.
NO. 2 DUKE 75, ELON 62: At Durham, N.C., Jahlil Okafor had a season-high 25 points and set a Duke freshman record with 20 rebounds.
Amile Jefferson added 13 points on 6 of 7 shooting and Justise Winslow had 12 points for Duke (9-0).
Okafor had the Blue Devils’ first 20-rebound game since Elton Brand in 1998.
The Blue Devils showed the requisite rust while playing their first game in 12 days — finishing with a season-worst 17 turnovers and making just 14 of 27 free throws. But they never trailed and led by 20.
Luke Eddy finished with 16 points to lead Elon (5-5), which shot 42 percent to keep the final margin respectable.
The Phoenix — who shoot 37 percent from 3-point range — made just five 3s. But three of them came in a span of about 50 seconds early in the second half, and that made things momentarily tense.