Petrusev leads No. 8 Gonzaga over Ark-Pine Bluff 110-60


By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS Associated Press

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Filip Petrusev scored a career-high 25 points on 9-for-10 shooting as No. 8 Gonzaga beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 110-60 on Saturday night.

Admon Gilder scored 15 points, while Ryan Woolridge added 14 points and nine assists for Gonzaga (2-0). Drew Timme scored 15 points, Anton Watson 12 and Corey Kispert 10 for the Bulldogs.

Shaun Doss scored 15 points to lead the Golden Lions (0-2), who were hurt by 41% shooting. Gonzaga shot 62.5%.

Petrusev added six rebounds and two blocked shots as the Golden Lions had no answer for the 6-foot-11 sophomore.

Robert Boyd’s 3-pointer lifted Arkansas-Pine Bluff to its only lead at 10-9.


With the score tied at 14, Gonzaga hit three straight 3-pointers — two by Woolridge — to ignite a 17-2 run for a 31-16 lead. The Golden Lions were scoreless for more than four minutes.

Gilder’s long 3-pointer capped an 11-4 Gonzaga run that lifted the Bulldogs to a 46-22 lead with just over five minutes left in the first half.

Doss sank a 3-pointer and a field goal as the Golden Lions cut Gonzaga’s lead to 46-29.

But the Zags scored 10 of the final 11 points to take a 56-30 lead at halftime, behind 58.6% shooting.

The Golden Lions shot just 43.5% from the field and committed 12 turnovers in the first half.

Petrusev scored eight points as Gonzaga built a 69-37 lead early in the second half. Petrusev scored six more points as the lead expanded to 81-39.


Arkansas-Pine Bluff: The Golden Lions play 11 of their first 12 games on the road. They are predicted to finish seventh in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. This is the second meeting between the teams, with Gonzaga winning 92-42 in 2001.

Gonzaga: The Bulldogs have won 24 consecutive home games. They are 15-0 all-time against teams from the SWAC. The Zags and Wofford were the only teams without a conference loss last season. Gonzaga’s average of 33 wins per season since 2014-15 leads the nation.


Arkansas-Pine Bluff plays at Grand Canyon next Saturday.

Gonzaga hosts North Dakota on Tuesday.