PORTLAND, Oregon (Ticker) -- Gonzaga has won eight straight games but it is how it is winning that has coach Mark Few excited.
Ronny Turiaf scored 21 points and Blake Stepp added 19 as Gonzaga posted an 80-65 triumph over Portland in a West Coast Conference matchup.
Gonzaga (15-2, 5-0 WCC) survived a tough test against St. Mary's on Saturday and another one against Portland, which split a pair of contests with the Bulldogs last season.
The Pilots (8-10, 2-3) led, 54-53, with 10:22 to go, but a layup by Stepp sparked a decisive 12-2 burst and lifted the Bulldogs to their eighth straight win at the Chiles Center.
"We showed great poise against a tough team," Few said. "I thought we were as efficient as we could have been down the stretch, offensively and defensively. We weathered more than a few storms."
"Last year they handed us only the second loss at the Kennel since I've been here," Stepp said. "We were definitely thinking about that."
Eugene Jeter III led the Pilots with 18 points.
After a 3-pointer by Jeter had Portland within 59-57 with 8:26 left but Stepp and Turiaf hit jumpers 24 seconds apart. Freshman Adam Morrison made it 65-57 with a layup with 6:47 remaining.
The Pilots battled back within 67-61 with five minutes to go but again Gonzaga responded as Turiaf had a layup that ignited an 11-0 run, which Stepp capped with two free throws with 60 seconds left.
Gonzaga shot 59 percent (13-of-22) from the field in the second half and made 24-of-29 free throws in the game.
Portland shot 28 percent (11-for-39) over the final 20 minutes, including 2-of-13 from 3-point range.
"I thought we competed hard," Portland coach Michael Holton said. "They wore us down as the game progressed and that was the difference. Their energy allowed them to run away with it down the stretch."