Timme scores season-high 32, No. 11 Gonzaga beats Montana

Drew Timme posted a season-high 32 points and clinched 11 rebounds, and No. 11 Gonzaga defeated Montana 85-75 Tuesday night for his 72nd straight home win.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Drew Timme posted a season-high with 32 points and hit 11 rebounds, and No. 11 Gonzaga defeated Montana 85-75 Tuesday night for his 72nd straight home win.

Gonzaga’s home winning streak is tied with UNLV (1974-78) for the ninth longest in NCAA history. It is the longest streak since the NCAA tournament expansion in 1985 and the longest since Lamar’s 80-game run from 1978 to 1984.

“That’s crazy. Obviously, that’s something no one can really say they’ve ever done,” Timme said. “It’s a testament to Coach and how he’s led the ship and how he’s always consistent. We didn’t have The Kennel today and this place still rocked.”

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

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

“[Timme]took some big free throws and like all year we let everything flow through him,” said Gonzaga coach Mark Few. “A lot of our offense is generated by throwing it into him.”

Gonzaga (10-3) made up for a poor first half from 3-point range by making 40% of his 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 bank points in the second half to ignite Gonzaga’s attack.

“My confidence has never wavered,” Smith said. “I know what I’m capable of and I go out every game just trying to win.”

The Zags had a 33-27 rebound advantage 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. Dishon Thomas scored 15 points — all in the second half — to keep the Grizzlies within striking distance before fouling.

Montana made four of his first five 3-pointers to jump early on Gonzaga, but finished the final 6:20 of the first half without a field goal. Gonzaga finished with a 13-3 run to eliminate an early Grizzlies eight-point lead.

“We just had too many breaks where we didn’t have a good shot,” Montana coach Travis DeCuire said.

BIG PICTURE:

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

Gonzaga: The win was the 100th of Timme’s career and his overall record is 100-10. The Zags begin conference play against Pepperdine on December 31 after completing a grueling non-conference schedule with five opponents from the AP Top 25.

NEXT:

Montana: Home vs. East Washington.

Gonzaga: Host Eastern Oregon.

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