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Melson leads No. 15 Gonzaga over Portland 103-57

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Silas Melson has struggled with his shooting at times this season, but not on Thursday night against Portland.

Melson scored a career-high 23 points, making seven 3-pointers, as No. 15 Gonzaga routed Portland 103-57 for their fifth consecutive win.

''He's shot the ball up and down this year,'' Gonzaga coach Mark Few said of Melson. ''The rim was looking pretty big for him tonight.

''I'm happy for him,'' Few said.

Melson hit 7 of 12 from 3-point range and Gonzaga shot 52 percent from the field while holding Portland to 30 percent.

''We just got into a good rhythm,'' Melson, a senior guard, said. ''A lot of our points came off easy shots. We were moving the ball and sharing the ball.''

Rui Hachimura added 20 points for Gonzaga (15-3, 5-0 West Coast), which has romped through the bottom of the West Coast Conference so far. Killian Tillie added 15.

''Rui is playing much better now,'' Few said of the sophomore from Japan. ''He's not making silly mistakes and defensively he is much improved.''

Marcus Shaver Jr. scored 16 points for Portland (6-12, 0-5), which is in the second year of a rebuilding effort under former NBA player Terry Porter. The Pilots have dropped five games in a row.

''We had a tough time keeping them off the offensive boards,'' Porter said. The Zags had 18 offensive rebounds that they converted into 24 points. ''We struggled to string some baskets together.''

The Zags dominated inside, winning the rebound battle 50-32 and outscoring the Pilots 50-16 in the paint.

Gonzaga went on an early 13-2 run for a 16-6 lead. Consecutive 3-pointers by Corey Kispert and Josh Perkins pushed the lead to 24-10.

Gonzaga led 45-29 at halftime, behind 12 points from Hachimura.

Gonzaga leading scorer Johnathan Williams suffered a knee injury late in the first half. He limped off the court and did not return.

''I feel pretty good,'' Williams said as he iced his knee after the game.

Melson hit four 3-pointers in the opening 4 minutes of the second half as the Zags built a 61-37 lead. The Pilots did not threaten after that.

''He was on fire,'' said Perkins, who finished with 13 points and seven assists.

THE SERIES

Gonzaga is 100-66 all-time against Portland and has won nine straight against the Pilots.

KEY STATS

Portland shot only 27.6 percent in the second half, while the Zags were shooting 59 percent. The Zags finished with 41 field goals in the game, to just 18 for Portland.

BIG PICTURE

Portland: The youthful Pilots are led in scoring by Josh McSwiggan, who averages 13 points per game and is from Loughborough, England. He was held to eight points on Thursday.

Gonzaga: The Bulldogs won their first four league games by an average of 32.8 points, but have yet to play the teams with better records. Gonzaga has five players scoring in double figures and two more averaging better than eight points per game. Gonzaga ranks fifth in the nation with an average of 89.9 points per game. This is the fifth time they topped 100 points this season.

UP NEXT

Portland hosts Pacific on Saturday in a game that pits Porter against Tigers' coach Damon Stoudamire. Both coaches played for Portland of the NBA.

Gonzaga plays at San Francisco on Saturday. ''Now we shift into the upper part of the league,'' Few said.

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Key Players
P. Hartwich
15 C
J. Perkins
13 G
32.4 Min. Per Game 32.4
13.5 Pts. Per Game 13.5
5.6 Ast. Per Game 5.6
3.1 Reb. Per Game 3.1
69.6 Field Goal % 46.3
Three Point % 45.5
28.8 Free Throw % 72.2
  Defensive rebound by Jacob Larsen 19.0
  D'Marques Tyson missed 3-pt. jump shot 21.0
+ 1 Jack Beach made 2nd of 2 free throws 27.0
+ 1 Jack Beach made 1st of 2 free throws 27.0
  Shooting foul on Joseph Smoyer 27.0
+ 1 D'Marques Tyson made 1st of 2 free throws 33.0
+ 1 D'Marques Tyson made 1st of 2 free throws 33.0
  Shooting foul on Jacob Larsen 33.0
  Offensive rebound by D'Marques Tyson 36.0
  Rashad Jackson missed layup 38.0
+ 2 Brian Pete made jump shot, assist by Jeremy Jones 50.0
Team Stats
Points 57 103
Field Goals 18-60 (30.0%) 41-78 (52.6%)
3-Pointers 7-23 (30.4%) 13-35 (37.1%)
Free Throws 14-17 (82.4%) 8-13 (61.5%)
Total Rebounds 32 50
Offensive 10 17
Defensive 19 28
Team 3 5
Assists 8 22
Steals 4 9
Blocks 2 6
Turnovers 11 6
Fouls 14 17
Technicals 0 0
16 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST
23 PTS, 3 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo Portland 6-12 292857
home team logo 15 Gonzaga 15-3 4558103
Team Stats
away team logo Portland 6-12 66.4 PPG 35.4 RPG 12.0 APG
home team logo 15 Gonzaga 15-3 90.7 PPG 42.5 RPG 18.7 APG
Key Players
10
M. Shaver Jr. G 15.2 PPG 3.1 RPG 2.4 APG 41.4 FG%
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S. Melson G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
M. Shaver Jr. G 16 PTS 4 REB 2 AST
S. Melson G 23 PTS 3 REB 3 AST
30.0 FG% 52.6
30.4 3PT FG% 37.1
82.4 FT% 61.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
F. Porter 11 1 3 3/6 0/1 5/6 0 25 2 0 1 0 1
J. McSwiggan 8 5 1 2/9 2/5 2/2 0 27 0 0 0 0 5
J. Walker 8 2 0 2/8 1/2 3/4 1 21 0 0 3 0 2
T. Diabate 2 5 0 1/5 0/0 0/0 2 31 0 0 1 3 2
P. Hartwich 0 4 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 4 25 0 1 1 2 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
F. Porter 11 1 3 3/6 0/1 5/6 0 25 2 0 1 0 1
J. McSwiggan 8 5 1 2/9 2/5 2/2 0 27 0 0 0 0 5
J. Walker 8 2 0 2/8 1/2 3/4 1 21 0 0 3 0 2
T. Diabate 2 5 0 1/5 0/0 0/0 2 31 0 0 1 3 2
P. Hartwich 0 4 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 4 25 0 1 1 2 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Shaver Jr. 16 4 2 6/13 2/5 2/2 1 20 1 0 3 0 4
D. Tyson 8 5 1 2/10 2/7 2/2 0 19 0 1 0 4 1
R. Jackson 2 2 0 1/6 0/2 0/0 1 9 1 0 1 1 1
J. Smoyer 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 4 9 0 0 0 0 0
M. Porter 0 1 1 0/1 0/1 0/1 1 11 0 0 1 0 1
B. Smith 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
T. Fahrensohn - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Hogland - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Stone - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 57 29 8 18/60 7/23 14/17 14 200 4 2 11 10 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Melson 23 3 3 8/15 7/12 0/0 2 30 2 1 0 0 3
K. Tillie 15 6 3 7/14 0/2 1/2 2 24 3 2 1 2 4
J. Perkins 13 1 7 5/9 3/7 0/0 5 19 2 0 1 0 1
J. Williams 4 4 1 2/4 0/0 0/1 0 14 0 1 0 3 1
Z. Norvell Jr. 3 3 3 1/4 1/3 0/0 3 27 1 0 1 2 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Melson 23 3 3 8/15 7/12 0/0 2 30 2 1 0 0 3
K. Tillie 15 6 3 7/14 0/2 1/2 2 24 3 2 1 2 4
J. Perkins 13 1 7 5/9 3/7 0/0 5 19 2 0 1 0 1
J. Williams 4 4 1 2/4 0/0 0/1 0 14 0 1 0 3 1
Z. Norvell Jr. 3 3 3 1/4 1/3 0/0 3 27 1 0 1 2 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Hachimura 20 7 2 8/10 0/0 4/5 1 24 0 0 0 2 5
C. Kispert 8 4 1 3/10 2/8 0/0 1 24 0 0 2 1 3
J. Larsen 6 10 0 3/3 0/0 0/2 2 17 1 2 1 6 4
J. Jones 5 3 2 2/3 0/1 1/1 0 8 0 0 0 1 2
J. Beach 2 1 0 0/0 0/0 2/2 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
J. Wade 2 1 0 1/3 0/2 0/0 1 7 0 0 0 0 1
B. Pete 2 2 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 2
A. Martin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Ayayi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 103 45 22 41/78 13/35 8/13 17 200 9 6 6 17 28