None of the best Gonzaga teams of the past dozen years — which featured the likes of Dan Dickau, Adam Morrison and Ronny Turiaf &...
SPOKANE — None of the best Gonzaga teams of the past dozen years — which featured the likes of Dan Dickau, Adam Morrison and Ronny Turiaf — opened the season by winning their first eight games.
But this one has.
Sam Dower scored 18 points and No. 12 Gonzaga beat Pacific 85-67 on Saturday to tie the team record for most wins to open a season.
Elias Harris added 17 points for Gonzaga (8-0), which tied the 1994-95 squad. Gonzaga’s next game is Wednesday at Washington State.
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“We’ve been very good so far,” coach Mark Few said. “But we don’t know how good of teams we’ve played.”
What is certain is the Bulldogs’ schedule is toughening up. They’ll play their first true road game Wednesday at Washington State. Then they host No. 22 Illinois on Saturday.
“This is going to be a difficult week,” Few said. “Washington State is always difficult for us. And I’ve seen enough of Illinois to know they are good.”
Travis Fulton led Pacific (3-4) with 15 points. Lorenzo McCloud had 14.
Kelly Olynyk added 15 points and Kevin Pangos 12 for Gonzaga.
Few won his 350th game and has a 350-90 record, all with the Bulldogs.
At No. 1 Indiana 87, Coppin State 51
Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey both scored 14 points to lead Indiana (8-0) over Coppin State (1-6).
At No. 2 Duke 88, Delaware 50
Ryan Kelly scored 15 of his 18 points in the decisive first half and routed Delaware (2-6). Mason Plumlee added 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Blue Devils (8-0).
No. 3 Michigan 74, at Bradley 66
Freshman Nik Stauskas scored 22 points in his first start and Michigan (7-0) survived a late run to get the win. Walt Lemon Jr. led Bradley (5-2) on a run to close to 70-65 in the final minute. But the Braves were forced to foul, and the Wolverines held on to win.
At No. 4 Ohio State 70,
Northern Kentucky 43
LaQuinton Ross scored a career-high 22 points to lead cold-shooting Ohio State (5-1) past Northern Kentucky (0-5).
At No. 5 Louisville 69, Illinois State 66
Russ Smith scored 24 points and Peyton Siva from Franklin High School added 20, including four three-pointers, to lead Louisville (6-1) over Illinois State (5-2).
Baylor 64, at No. 8 Kentucky 55
Kentucky’s 54-game winning streak at Rupp Arena is over. Pierre Jackson scored 17 points and Isaiah Austin and A.J. Walton each added 11 for the Bears (5-2). Baylor shot 41 percent but held Kentucky (4-3) to 30 percent.
No. 9 Arizona 85, at Texas Tech 57
Nick Johnson scored 18 points as the Wildcats remained unbeaten. Solomon Hill and Mark Lyons each added 14 points for Arizona (5-0) and Kaleb Tarczewski pulled down 13 rebounds. Jaye Crockett scored 12 points to lead Texas Tech (4-1).
At Wyoming 76, No. 19 Colorado 69
Leonard Washington scored 22 points and Larry Nance Jr. added 14 as Wyoming (8-0) used a stingy defense to beat a ranked opponent at home for the eighth time in 13 games since the 1995-96 season. Spencer Dinwiddie scored 24 points and Andre Roberson had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Colorado (6-1), which was off to its best start since 1989-90.
No. 23 San Diego St. 78, UCLA 69
In Anaheim, Calif., Jamaal Franklin scored 21 of his 28 points in the second half and San Diego State tied a season high with 11 three-pointers to win its fifth in a row, at the John R. Wooden Classic.
The Aztecs (5-1) ended an eight-game skid against the Bruins (5-3), beating them for the first time since Dec. 7, 1940.
Jordan Adams scored a career-high 23 points, hitting five three-pointers, and Shabazz Muhammad added 16 points for UCLA.
At Oregon 80, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 59
Carlos Emory led five double-figure scorers with 16 points for Oregon. Arsalan Kazemi and Daymean Dotson scored 11 each for the Ducks (7-1), who are off to their best start since 8-1 in 2007, and Dominic Artis and E.J. Singler had 10 points each. Mitchell Anderson scored 16 for the Golden Lions (1-6).
At Arizona St. 90, Sacramento St. 70
Evan Gordon scored a career-high 29 points, Carrick Felix had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Arizona State (6-1) raced past Sacramento State (5-2).