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Gonzaga remains unbeaten in WCC, downs USF
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Kelly Olynyk had 26 points, Elias Harris scored 17 with 13 rebounds and the fifth-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs left the War Memorial Gymnasium with their first win there in four years, pulling away for a 71-61 triumph over San Francisco.
Olynyk finished 13-of-17 shooting for the Bulldogs (25-2, 12-0 WCC), who ended a three-game road losing streak in this series.
Cole Dickerson paced the Dons (11-15, 4-9) with 15 points. Cody Doolin supplied 14 points in San Francisco's first home loss to Gonzaga since Feb. 14, 2009.
The game looked to be rout as the Bulldogs raced out to a 19-4 lead with just over seven minutes played. It took a while, but San Francisco finally pulled even at 45-45 on a Dickerson 3-pointer with 10:36 remaining in the second half.
Gonzaga, clinging to a one-point lead after a free throw from Mark Tollefsen pulled the hosts within 53-52, went on a 10-0 game-sealing run. An Olynyk jumper capped the burst for a 63-52 advantage with 3:37 left.
Gonzaga head coach Mark Few said his club overcame a "very spirited" effort from San Francisco. "They played extremely hard," he added.
The Bulldogs have won 27 of the last 31 meetings and leads the series 46-22 ...Gonzaga was the highest-ranked team to visit the War Memorial Gymnasium since then-No. 3 Santa Clara on Feb. 15, 1969 ... The Dons entered play leading the WCC in three-point shooting at 40.7 percent. They finished 7-of-23 (30.4 percent) from beyond the arc.
02/16 19:48:30 ET
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