Chris Crawford and Michael Dixon Jr. each scored 11 points to lead the Tigers. Jackson finished with 10 points, five assists, four rebounds and one mighty big block to help Memphis to a vital nonconference home win.
The win was Gonzaga’s (21-3, 11-1) first over the Pilots this season after the team saw its 22-game West Coast Conference winning streak dating back to 2011 snapped back on January 9th.
Przemek Karnowski added 12 points and eight rebounds and Gary Bell Jr. finished with 13 points to aid the Zags’ scoring. Gonzaga (20-3, 10-1) earned its sixth consecutive conference win since dropping its first WCC game since 2011 last month to Portland.
Dower Jr. hit a 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds remaining and his team trailing by one point to ultimately send Gonzaga to its ninth conference win, a 56-54 victory over Santa Clara, Wednesday night.
Sam Dower Jr. had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead Gonzaga (17-3, 7-1). Przemek Karnowski finished with 12 points and Kevin Pangos added 11 points and five rebounds. Both Karnowski and Pangos made key buckets down the stretch to keep the Zags in the lead.
The unranked Bulldogs utilized a strong first half to hand a short-handed Loyola Marymount squad its sixth straight loss. Gonzaga built a 42-33 lead after the first 20 minutes.
Looking to bounce back after suffering its first West Coast Conference loss since 2011, Gonzaga (15-3, 5-1) utilized a long first-half run to take command of the game.
Alex Wintering scored 14 points and Kevin Bailey finished with 13 and three blocks for the Pilots who shot 52 percent from the field for the contest, including 8-for-14 from three-point range.
Gonzaga (14-2, 4-0) jumped out to a 29-11 lead after the first nine minutes and cruised from there thanks to its hot-shooting guards. Despite a better second half from the Tigers, the Bulldogs won their 22nd consecutive West Coast Conference game, a streak that spans three seasons.
The No. 24-ranked Bulldogs were simply too much for the undersized and less athletic Saint Mary’s squad. Gonzaga out-rebounded them 39-22 and held the Gaels to 31 percent shooting from the field to collect its third straight win.