Kelly Olynyk scored 15 points and Elias Harris 14 as Gonzaga pounded Lafayette, 83-55, on Wednesday to win its fourth straight game after an early December slump knocked the Bulldogs from the Top 25.
Harris added nine rebounds as Gonzaga (8-5) dominated inside, outscoring Lafayette 40-12 in the paint and winning the rebound battle 48-31. The game was played as a major snowstorm roared outside, producing the rare sight of empty seats at McCarthey Athletic Center.
Jim Mower scored 21 points to lead Lafayette (4-9).
The Leopards led 13-11 before Olynyk hit three unanswered baskets to spark an 18-6 run that put the Bulldogs ahead 29-19 with 5:33 left. Harris had seven points during a 9-0 run that put the Zags up 38-22.
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Gonzaga shot 60 percent in the first half for a 42-27 lead.
At Eastern Washington 88, Sacramento State 79 (OT): Cliff Ederaine scored a career-high 22 points, and Jeffrey Forbes added 21 – including 4-of-4 from the free-throw line in the final minute of overtime – to give the Eagles the win over the Hornets.
In the Big Sky opener for both teams, Laron Griffin had 12 points and Glen Dean 11 for EWU (4-8), which outscored Sacramento Sate (3-9) 11-2 in overtime.
Zach Nelson had a career-high 19 points off the bench for Sacramento State.
The Hornets had a chance to win at the end of regulation, but Sultan Toles-Bey’s baseline 3-point try at the buzzer sailed over the rim. Ederaine, a 33-percent free-throw shooter, forced overtime by making 1 of 2 from the line with 33.5 seconds left to tie the game at 77-all.
Eastern Washington led 55-44 on a 3-pointer by Rocky Brown with 16:36 left before Sacramento State clawed back. The Hornets took a 75-74 lead on Duro Bjegovic’s 3-pointer with 1:47 left in regulation.
Sacramento State had five players foul out.