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Petrusev & Tillie lead No.8 Gonzaga over Bakersfield 77-49

Filip Petrusev scored 15 points, Killian Tillie added 13, and No. 8 Gonzaga pounded Cal State Bakersfield 77-49 on Saturday.
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Gonzaga forward Killian Tillie (33) gestures after scoring a three-point basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Cal State Bakersfield in Spokane, Wash., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Filip Petrusev scored 15 points, Killian Tillie added 13, and No. 8 Gonzaga pounded Cal State Bakersfield 77-49 on Saturday.

Drew Timme had 11 and Admon Gilder and Joel Ayayi each added 10 for Gonzaga (6-0), which has won 26 straight regular season games, longest streak in the nation.

Justin Elder-Davis scored 11 points for Cal State Bakersfield (2-4), which has never beaten a ranked opponent. The Roadrunners were undone by 40% shooting and 27 turnovers.

Gonzaga shot just 44.9%, but made 25 of 39 free throws and committed just 10 turnovers.

The Roadrunners scored the first basket of the game. Gonzaga replied by scoring the next 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers from Tillie.

Gonzaga led 21-10 midway through the first, by which time the Roadrunners had already committed 10 turnovers.

Tillie's third 3-pointer lifted Gonzaga to a 30-17 lead.

Gonzaga led 39-21 at halftime, thanks to 52% shooting, plus 13 of 22 free throws.

Cal State Bakersfield was hurt by 32% shooting and 15 turnovers in the first half. They shot just three free throws in the first half, making two.

Two free throws and two baskets by Timme ignited a 16-2 run that lifted Gonzaga to a 61-31 lead midway through the second. The Roadrunners could not overcome that margin.


Cal State Bakersfield: The Roadrunners own wins over Notre Dame de Namur and Life Pacific this season. The Roadrunners are coached by former Ole Miss and Georgia State coach Rod Barnes. They have nine juniors and two sophomores on their roster.

Gonzaga: The Bulldogs have won all three previous meetings with Cal State Bakersfield. The Bulldogs have won 27 consecutive home games, second-longest streak in the nation. They have the highest winning percentage in the nation since the 2010-11 season, at .844 (244-45).


Cal State Bakersfield hosts Sam Houston State on Tuesday.

Gonzaga travels to the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas, where they face Southern Mississippi in the first round on Wednesday. Coach Mark Few has a 36-9 record in Thanksgiving week tournaments.