A huge comeback gave the Portland Pilots the lead, but the Gonzaga Bulldogs came back to win 71-66 Wednesday night at Spokane, Wash.
The Pilots, who were trying to sweep the Zags for the first time in a quarter of a decade, rallied from a 22-point first-half deficit and led 56-52 with 5 1/2 minutes to go.
Gonzaga recovered from Portland's 43-17 run, however, and took the lead for good after the teams were knotted at 58.
UP made a game of it despite shooting 38 percent and committing 11 turnovers in the first half.
The Pilots made 6 of 8 shots from 3-point range in the second half and cut their turnovers to two.
Kevin Bailey led Portland with 13 points. Bryce Pressley added 11 points and six rebounds.
Portland fell to 5-7 in the West Coast Conference, while No. 20 Gonzaga improved to 11-1.
Overall, the Pilots are 13-11 and the Bulldogs are 21-3.
Portland's next two games are at Chiles Center. The Pilots will play host to Loyola Marymount on Feb. 13 and Pepperdine on Feb. 15.