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Tillie leads No. 15 Gonzaga over San Francisco, 82-73

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Gonzaga coach Mark Few liked the way his No. 15 Bulldogs played at the beginning and end of the game against San Francisco.

The middle of the game was another matter.

Killian Tillie and Johnathan Williams each scored 16 points as Gonzaga held off San Francisco 82-73 on Saturday by making all 14 of its free throws down the stretch.

''It was a battle,'' Few said. ''We had an awful dry spell in the first half. We got back on our heels.''

Rui Hachimura added 14 points for Gonzaga (19-4, 9-1 West Coast Conference), which has won three in a row following a rare conference home loss to No. 16 Saint Mary's.

Frankie Ferrari and Jordan Ratinho had 15 points apiece for San Francisco (12-11, 4-6).

Tillie scored eight points and Silas Melson seven as Gonzaga jumped out to a 29-11 lead.

Then the wheels fell off the Zags, and the Dons responded with an 18-3 run to trail just 32-29 at halftime. Gonzaga went 1 of 12 from the field in the final nine minutes of the first.

''They're solid,'' Gonzaga guard Zach Norvell Jr. said. ''That was a big part of it.''

The teams traded baskets early in the second half, until Ratinho's 3-pointer tied the score for San Francisco at 45. The Dons never could take the lead, though.

Gonzaga pulled away a bit and maintained a 64-55 lead with 7:30 left, shooting 70 percent in the second half to that point.

Ratinho's 3-pointer brought San Francisco to 72-68 with 4:16 remaining. He hit a pair of free throws to cut Gonzaga's lead to 76-73.

Williams responded with two free throws for Gonzaga and blocked the Dons' next shot. San Francisco missed twice more from the floor and Gonzaga sealed it at the line.

Williams made all four of his free throws in the late going and added a couple of blocks. For the game, he shot 5 of 7 from the field and 5 for 6 at the line.

''It was a good team effort toward the end,'' said Josh Perkins, whose 11 points included Gonzaga's final four free throws.

Few was pleased that Williams stepped up at the end, but said the entire team needed to play more consistently.

''We're getting great play here, then foolish play,'' Few said. ''We need to tighten things up.''

The teams were nearly identical in shooting percentage, rebounds, assists and other statistics.

''We were making shots,'' said San Francisco coach Kyle Smith, whose team was 9 of 18 from 3-point range. ''They're usually really hard to score on and we were hitting our 3s.

''It was down to a one-possession game late and we needed a stop, but it just didn't happen,'' he added.

FREE THROWS

Gonzaga made 19 of 23 free throws in the game, while San Francisco was 8 of 11.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Zags might move up as several teams above them lost this week.

RETURN OF FOSTER

Chase Foster scored 13 points for San Francisco after missing the previous three games with an ankle injury.

BIG PICTURE

San Francisco: The Dons lost to Gonzaga by 10 points at home in mid-January. They average 69 points per game and shoot just 41 percent from the field. But they shot 51 percent against the Zags.

Gonzaga: The Bulldogs have won 13 straight against the Dons, dating to 2012. San Francisco has lost 29 in a row at Gonzaga, dating to 1989. ... Six Bulldogs average in double figures and the Zags average 88.5 points per game. They shoot 51 percent from the field, good for fourth in the nation.

UP NEXT

San Francisco plays at No. 16 Saint Mary's on Thursday.

Gonzaga hosts San Diego on Thursday.

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Key Players
C. Foster
22 F
J. Perkins
13 G
32.1 Min. Per Game 32.1
13.3 Pts. Per Game 13.3
5.4 Ast. Per Game 5.4
3.1 Reb. Per Game 3.1
45.0 Field Goal % 45.3
42.6 Three Point % 44.0
76.2 Free Throw % 75.0
  Defensive rebound by Silas Melson 8.0
  Frankie Ferrari missed driving layup, blocked by Johnathan Williams 10.0
+ 1 Josh Perkins made 2nd of 2 free throws 21.0
+ 1 Josh Perkins made 1st of 2 free throws 21.0
  Personal foul on Jordan Ratinho 21.0
  Defensive rebound by Josh Perkins 21.0
  Jordan Ratinho missed driving layup, blocked by Johnathan Williams 23.0
+ 1 Josh Perkins made 2nd of 2 free throws 34.0
+ 1 Josh Perkins made 1st of 2 free throws 34.0
  Personal foul on Frankie Ferrari 34.0
  Traveling violation turnover on Chase Foster 41.0
Team Stats
Points 73 82
Field Goals 28-55 (50.9%) 28-56 (50.0%)
3-Pointers 9-18 (50.0%) 7-22 (31.8%)
Free Throws 8-11 (72.7%) 19-23 (82.6%)
Total Rebounds 29 30
Offensive 5 8
Defensive 21 19
Team 3 3
Assists 10 10
Steals 5 5
Blocks 2 3
Turnovers 14 8
Fouls 21 11
Technicals 0 0
15 PTS, 2 REB, 5 AST
16 PTS, 4 REB
12T
away team logo San Francisco 12-11 294473
home team logo 15 Gonzaga 19-4 325082
Team Stats
away team logo San Francisco 12-11 76.1 PPG 39 RPG 14.2 APG
home team logo 15 Gonzaga 19-4 87.6 PPG 41.8 RPG 18.1 APG
Key Players
25
J. Ratinho G 9.4 PPG 2.9 RPG 1.1 APG 41.9 FG%
33
K. Tillie F 6.2 PPG 3.9 RPG 1.5 APG 50.0 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Ratinho G 15 PTS 2 REB 2 AST
K. Tillie F 16 PTS 8 REB 1 AST
50.9 FG% 50.0
50.0 3PT FG% 31.8
72.7 FT% 82.6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
F. Ferrari 15 2 5 6/13 3/5 0/0 2 33 3 0 3 0 2
J. Ratinho 15 2 2 5/8 2/3 3/3 4 36 0 1 0 1 1
M. McCarthy 10 3 0 4/7 2/3 0/2 4 26 1 0 5 0 3
S. Boum 5 3 0 1/3 1/1 2/2 0 16 0 0 1 0 3
N. Renfro 2 11 2 0/3 0/3 2/2 3 35 1 1 1 1 10
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
F. Ferrari 15 2 5 6/13 3/5 0/0 2 33 3 0 3 0 2
J. Ratinho 15 2 2 5/8 2/3 3/3 4 36 0 1 0 1 1
M. McCarthy 10 3 0 4/7 2/3 0/2 4 26 1 0 5 0 3
S. Boum 5 3 0 1/3 1/1 2/2 0 16 0 0 1 0 3
N. Renfro 2 11 2 0/3 0/3 2/2 3 35 1 1 1 1 10
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Foster 13 3 1 6/8 0/0 1/2 2 26 0 0 2 2 1
J. Bouyea 7 1 0 3/5 1/1 0/0 0 10 0 0 1 1 0
J. Lull 6 1 0 3/6 0/1 0/0 4 14 0 0 1 0 1
T. Jurkatamm 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 2 4 0 0 0 0 0
E. Poulsen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Loew - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Djordjevic - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Minlend - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Raitanen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Orlich - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Pasache - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 73 26 10 28/55 9/18 8/11 21 200 5 2 14 5 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Williams 16 4 0 5/7 1/2 5/6 3 31 1 2 2 3 1
K. Tillie 16 8 1 6/10 2/3 2/3 3 27 0 0 3 5 3
S. Melson 13 4 2 4/9 3/6 2/2 1 34 1 0 0 0 4
J. Perkins 11 2 4 3/10 1/5 4/4 1 35 2 1 1 0 2
Z. Norvell Jr. 8 4 2 3/8 0/4 2/2 1 34 1 0 1 0 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Williams 16 4 0 5/7 1/2 5/6 3 31 1 2 2 3 1
K. Tillie 16 8 1 6/10 2/3 2/3 3 27 0 0 3 5 3
S. Melson 13 4 2 4/9 3/6 2/2 1 34 1 0 0 0 4
J. Perkins 11 2 4 3/10 1/5 4/4 1 35 2 1 1 0 2
Z. Norvell Jr. 8 4 2 3/8 0/4 2/2 1 34 1 0 1 0 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Hachimura 14 5 1 5/8 0/0 4/4 1 23 0 0 1 0 5
C. Kispert 4 0 0 2/4 0/2 0/2 1 13 0 0 0 0 0
J. Jones 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Larsen 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
A. Martin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Beach - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Ayayi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wade - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Pete - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 82 27 10 28/56 7/22 19/23 11 200 5 3 8 8 19