San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Wiltjer scored 29 points with 11 rebounds to lead the second-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs to a 81-70 win over the San Francisco Dons on Saturday night.
Kevin Pangos went for 17 points and Bryon Wesley had 12 for the Bulldogs (24-1, 12-0 WCC), who have won 17 straight games.
Mark Tollefsen had 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting and Corey Hilliard added 13 points off the bench for the Dons (9-16, 3-10).
Pangos buried a 3-pointer with 10:43 remaining in the second that started an 11-1 run. Wiltjer capped it with a 3 of his own for a 66-56 lead before Devin Watson answered at the other end with a trey to quell the surge.
Chris Adams dropped in a 3 moments later that cut the Dons' deficit to three with under six minutes to play.
Wiltjer converted two free throws with 2:03 remaining that extended Gonzaga's lead to 73-65. Tollefsen kept the Dons close with a trey at the other end, but Matt Glover was whistled for a technical foul after getting tangled up with Pangos after the play. Pangos hit both technical free throws and Gonzaga held on.
Gonzaga grabbed a 17-11 lead when Pangos knocked down a 3-pointer just after the second media timeout of the first half. San Francisco then went on an 8-2 run to tie the game and kept it close for the remainder of the half.
The Dons ran a perfect out-of-bounds play in the closing seconds to tie the score at 38 at the break. With under two seconds on the clock, Matt Glover lobbed a pass up to Tollefsen in the paint, and the latter rattled home a one-handed floater as the buzzer sounded.
San Francisco took its first lead of the night early in the second half, as Tollefsen's layup opened the scoring for the frame. The contest went back and forth until the Bulldogs' run midway through the half.
San Francisco has dropped five straight games ... The Dons haven't beaten a top-25 team since taking a 66-65 home win over No. 24 Gonzaga on Feb. 18, 2012 ... Both teams made 50 percent of their shots ... The Bulldogs outrebounded the Dons, 37-22.