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No. 15 Gonzaga holds off San Francisco 75-65

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Gonzaga got a rare test in conference play just in time for a first-place showdown against Saint Mary's.

Johnathan Williams scored 17 points and Josh Perkins added 16 to help the 15th ranked Bulldogs to their 18th straight road victory in the West Coast Conference, 75-65 over San Francisco on Saturday night.

After winning the first five conference games by at least 29 points, Gonzaga (16-3, 6-0) had to hold off a late challenge by a San Francisco team missing two injured starters.

''We need to be put in that situation so we can show we can handle it,'' Williams said. ''We didn't handle it a couple of times before. It's good to get a win in a close game.''

Gonzaga had some tight losses during a grueling nonconference schedule, including a two-point defeat at San Diego State and a double-overtime loss to Florida. But things have been easier in the WCC leading into Thursday's game at home against Saint Mary's, which has won 12 straight.

The teams are tied for first thanks in part to two key blocked shots late by Rei Hachimura.

''We made enough plays to get the win, which is what this is all about,'' coach Mark Few said.

Silas Melson had 14 points and Hachimura added 10 as Gonzaga was held nearly 16 points below the its season average but still managed to win its 12th straight in the series.

Souley Boum scored 22 points and Frankie Ferrari added 18 for the Dons (10-9, 2-4). San Francisco has lost 14 straight games against ranked opponents since beating Gonzaga at home 66-65 on Feb. 12, 2012.

But the Dons kept it close in this one, even if that wasn't much consolation.

''A loss is a loss,'' Ferrari said. ''That all is meaningless in a sense. I thought we played well together and our effort was good. But to come up short still feels the same.''

The Dons managed to cut what had been a 12-point deficit in the first half down to five on a 3-pointer by Ferrari early in the second half. But USF them missed seven of its next eight shots from the field as Gonzaga back up to 14 on a 3-pointer by Perkins just past the midpoint of the half.

USF didn't go away and cut it back to six on a 3-pointer by Jordan Ratinho and had a chance to get even closer but Hachimura blocked a drive by Ferrari.

''We had a chance when we cut it to six,'' coach Kyle Smith said. ''Frankie's drive, he got hit on it. That happens. We need that. We just need that. We had a couple of other chances there down six.''

Williams hit a jump hook on the other end to make it 71-63 with less than two minutes left and Hachimura added another block on Boum. Erik Poulsen then shot an air ball from 3 and Nate Renfro turned the ball over in the final minute when the Dons had another shot to cut into the six-point lead.

BIG PICTURE

Gonzaga: The Bulldogs had won their first five conference games by an average of 35.4 points per contest. They were tested a bit against USF but never really threatened. Playing a game that was at least relatively close in the second half should be a good tuneup for Gonzaga's next game, at home on Thursday against Saint Mary's, which is also unbeaten in conference play.

San Francisco: The Dons were short-handed without second-leading scorer Chase Foster (ankle) and Taavi Jurkatamm (concussion). That left them little margin for error against the more talented Bulldogs. USF squandered too many chances, missing six straight free throws, including a front end of a one-and-one during stretch of the first half.

UP NEXT

Gonzaga: Hosts Saint Mary's on Thursday night.

San Francisco: Hosts Santa Clara on Thursday night.

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Key Players
J. Perkins
13 G
C. Foster
22 F
28.8 Min. Per Game 28.8
14.0 Pts. Per Game 14.0
1.7 Ast. Per Game 1.7
4.8 Reb. Per Game 4.8
46.3 Field Goal % 42.7
45.0 Three Point % 42.6
73.0 Free Throw % 78.9
  Defensive rebound by Gonzaga 6.0
  Frankie Ferrari missed 3-pt. jump shot 8.0
+ 1 Silas Melson made 2nd of 2 free throws 11.0
+ 1 Silas Melson made 1st of 2 free throws 11.0
  Personal foul on Jamaree Bouyea 11.0
  Turnover on Souley Boum 12.0
  Offensive foul on Souley Boum 12.0
+ 1 Zach Norvell Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 15.0
+ 1 Zach Norvell Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 15.0
  Shooting foul on Jamaree Bouyea 15.0
  Lost ball turnover on Nate Renfro, stolen by Zach Norvell Jr. 15.0
Team Stats
Points 75 65
Field Goals 28-53 (52.8%) 22-57 (38.6%)
3-Pointers 7-19 (36.8%) 12-28 (42.9%)
Free Throws 12-17 (70.6%) 9-19 (47.4%)
Total Rebounds 42 26
Offensive 5 2
Defensive 34 20
Team 3 4
Assists 7 9
Steals 4 5
Blocks 4 3
Turnovers 13 8
Fouls 19 19
Technicals 0 0
17 PTS, 9 REB, 3 AST
22 PTS, 2 REB
12T
away team logo 15 Gonzaga 16-3 413475
home team logo San Francisco 10-9 303565
Team Stats
away team logo 15 Gonzaga 16-3 83.5 PPG 43.6 RPG 15.2 APG
home team logo San Francisco 10-9 68.8 PPG 38.3 RPG 13.5 APG
Key Players
00
J. Williams F PPG RPG APG FG%
0
S. Boum G 10.9 PPG 2.6 RPG 1.0 APG 36.3 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Williams F 17 PTS 9 REB 3 AST
S. Boum G 22 PTS 2 REB 0 AST
52.8 FG% 38.6
36.8 3PT FG% 42.9
70.6 FT% 47.4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Williams 34 17 9 3 0 1 2 3 7/12 0/0 3/5 2 7
J. Perkins 35 16 3 2 1 0 2 2 6/13 3/8 1/1 0 3
S. Melson 34 14 5 1 1 0 1 4 4/9 2/6 4/4 0 5
Z. Norvell Jr. 21 9 3 0 1 0 1 2 3/4 1/2 2/2 1 2
K. Tillie 28 6 5 1 0 0 4 2 2/6 0/2 2/4 1 4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Williams 34 17 9 3 0 1 2 3 7/12 0/0 3/5 2 7
J. Perkins 35 16 3 2 1 0 2 2 6/13 3/8 1/1 0 3
S. Melson 34 14 5 1 1 0 1 4 4/9 2/6 4/4 0 5
Z. Norvell Jr. 21 9 3 0 1 0 1 2 3/4 1/2 2/2 1 2
K. Tillie 28 6 5 1 0 0 4 2 2/6 0/2 2/4 1 4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
R. Hachimura 26 10 8 0 1 3 2 4 5/7 0/0 0/1 0 8
C. Kispert 16 3 4 0 0 0 1 1 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 4
J. Jones 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
J. Larsen 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 1
A. Martin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Beach - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Ayayi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wade - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Pete - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 75 39 7 4 4 13 19 28/53 7/19 12/17 5 34
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
S. Boum 35 22 2 0 0 0 3 2 7/16 4/8 4/5 1 1
F. Ferrari 34 18 4 5 0 0 1 1 7/16 3/7 1/2 0 4
J. Ratinho 37 16 3 0 2 0 0 2 5/12 4/7 2/6 0 3
M. McCarthy 16 2 3 1 0 0 0 4 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 3
N. Renfro 26 0 6 0 1 1 2 3 0/1 0/0 0/2 0 6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
S. Boum 35 22 2 0 0 0 3 2 7/16 4/8 4/5 1 1
F. Ferrari 34 18 4 5 0 0 1 1 7/16 3/7 1/2 0 4
J. Ratinho 37 16 3 0 2 0 0 2 5/12 4/7 2/6 0 3
M. McCarthy 16 2 3 1 0 0 0 4 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 3
N. Renfro 26 0 6 0 1 1 2 3 0/1 0/0 0/2 0 6
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
E. Poulsen 24 5 0 0 2 0 1 4 1/4 1/3 2/4 0 0
R. Raitanen 14 2 3 3 0 0 0 1 1/2 0/1 0/0 1 2
J. Lull 5 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 0
J. Bouyea 9 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 1
C. Foster - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Loew - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Djordjevic - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Minlend - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Jurkatamm - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Orlich - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Pasache - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 65 22 9 5 3 8 19 22/57 12/28 9/19 2 20