GONZAGA

Timme scores season-high 37, No. 15 Gonzaga beats Montana

Dec 20, 2022, 8:42 PM
Gonzaga Drew Timme...
Gonzaga forward Drew Timme (2) reacts after dunking during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Montana, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in Spokane, Wash. Gonzaga won 85-75. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
(AP Photo/Young Kwak)

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Drew Timme scored a season-high 37 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and No. 15 Gonzaga beat Montana 85-75 on Tuesday night for its 72nd straight home victory.

Gonzaga 85, Montana 75: Box Score

Gonzaga’s home win streak is tied with UNLV (1974-78) for the ninth-longest in NCAA history. It’s the longest streak since the expansion of the NCAA Tournament in 1985 and the longest since Lamar’s 80-game run from 1978-84.

Texas Tech has the second-longest active home win streak in the nation at 27 games.

Timme started 4 for 9 from the free throw line but went 4 for 4 down the stretch to seal the game after a late Montana rally. The Grizzlies cut a 17-point, second-half deficit to five with 3:06 to play on Josh Bannen’s jumper but couldn’t get any closer.

Gonzaga (10-3) made up for a poor first half from 3-point range by making 40% of its 3-point attempts in the second half to hold off the Grizzlies (6-6).

Ben Gregg and Malachi Smith combined for 20 of Gonzaga’s 22 bench points in the second half to ignite Gonzaga’s offense.

The Zags held a 33-27 advantage in rebounding and turned 12 Montana turnovers into 17 points in the first matchup since a near upset in 2015.

Bannan scored 19 points and Brandon Whitney added 15. Dischon Thomas scored 15 points – all in the second half — to keep the Grizzlies within striking distance before fouling out.

Montana made four of its first five 3-pointers to jump on Gonzaga early but finished the last 6:20 of the first half without a field goal. Gonzaga closed on a 13-3 run to erase an early eight-point Grizzlies lead.

BIG PICTURE:

Gonzaga: The win was the 100th of Timme’s career and his overall record sits at 100-10. The Zags begin conference play against Pepperdine on Dec. 31 after wrapping up a grueling non-conference schedule that included five opponents ranked in the AP Top 25.

Montana: The Grizzlies had their three-game winning streak and their road record fell to 1-5 on the season. Montana was picked third in the preseason Big Sky coaches’ poll and welcomes Eastern Washington to open conference play on Dec. 29.

UP NEXT:

Montana: Home against Eastern Washington

Gonzaga: Hosts Eastern Oregon.

Timme leads No. 15 Gonzaga over No. 4 Alabama, 100-90

Gonzaga

Gonzaga...
The Associated Press

Julian Strawther scores 40, No. 14 Gonzaga downs Portland 82-67

Julian Strawther had a career-high 40 points and No. 14 Gonzaga pulled away down the stretch for an 82-67 victory over Portland.
3 days ago
Gonzaga Pacific...
The Associated Press

Drew Timme scores 38 as No. 6 Gonzaga tops Pacific 99-90

Drew Timme scored 24 of his career-high 38 points in the second half, and No. 6 Gonzaga pulled away late for a 99-90 win over Pacific.
10 days ago
Gonzaga Loyola Marymount...
The Associated Press

Loyola Marymount ends 75-game home streak for Gonzaga

Cam Shelton banked in a late go-ahead runner and Loyola Marymount snapped a 75-game home winning streak for Gonzaga with a 68-67 victory.
12 days ago
Gonzaga Malachi Smith...
The Associated Press

Smith scores 27, leads No. 8 Gonzaga over Portland 115-75

Malachi Smith led six teammates in double figures with his season high 27 points, and No. 8 Gonzaga used a dominant first half to top Portland 115-75.
17 days ago
Gonzaga BYU...
The Associated Press

No. 8 Gonzaga rallies past BYU on Strawther’s game-winner

Julian Strawther hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 9.8 seconds left to lift No. 8 Gonzaga to a 75-74 victory over BYU on Thursday night.
19 days ago
Gonzaga...
The Associated Press

Timme, Hickman lead No. 9 Gonzaga past Santa Clara 81-76

Drew Timme and Nolan Hickman scored 20 points each and No. 9 Gonzaga beat Santa Clara 81-76 on Saturday night.
24 days ago
Timme scores season-high 37, No. 15 Gonzaga beats Montana