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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.

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