Aron Baynes scored 13 points -- including nine in the second half -- and pulled down seven rebounds as eighth-ranked
Kyle Weaver chipped in with 12 points, six rebounds and three assists for the Cougars (8-0), fresh off a come-from-behind victory at Baylor and off to their best start since the 1991-92 squad opened the season by winning its first 12 games.
Robbie Cowgill had a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards in the victory.
"The strength of our team can be anyone on any given night,"
David Pendergraft had a game-high 15 points for Gonzaga (7-2), which was dealt its first-ever home loss while ranked and held to its lowest point total since a 71-47 defeat to
Micah Downs had 11 points and eight rebounds, while Jeremy Pargo scored 10 points in defeat. Matt Bouldin, the team's leading scorer coming in, finished 0-for-9 from the field and didn't register a point in the contest.
"A lot of it is their defense," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. "Their program is built on their defense. They do a nice job. They frustrate you, they body you, they keep your hands back and play really physical."
The game was tight early on, but leading 11-8 with remaining in the first half,
The Bulldogs scored the next five points, helped along by a three-point play from Larry Gurganious, but after a Cowgill bucket at the other end, still trailed 28-19 at the break.
The Cougars refused to push the ball early on in the second half and they paid, as Gonzaga opened with a Pendergraft layup and rolled with that momentum over the next ten minutes. Austin Daye hit a jumper from in close and drew the foul, also converting on the free throw to make it a five-point game with nearly 14 minutes to go.
Cowgill stopped the bleeding for the Cougars, but Gonzaga continued to match them nearly basket for basket, pulling within 41-38 on a trey by
A pair of free throws by Daye made it a two-point game, 45-43, with left. The Cougars, though, finally locked down with a little more than two minutes to play. Weaver's layup at made it a two possession game, while Rochestie's trey was the backbreaker, expanding the edge to 50-43 with just 29 ticks on the clock.
Pargo wasn't feeling the pressure for Gonzaga, as he went 4-for-4 from the line down the stretch before missing a jumper from just inside the arc with eight seconds left, and Cowgill hauled in the rebound for the Cougars just before the final horn.