Edi Comes Off Bench To Spark Bulldogs Past San Francisco
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Guy Landry Edi came off the bench to score 15 points and spark Gonzaga to a 74-63 win over San Francisco on Thursday night in a West Coast Conference game in front of 6,000 fans at the sold out McCarthey Athletic Center.
Edi, a junior college transfer, had 10 points in the first half, one more than his previous Gonzaga high, as the Bulldogs used a closing 10-1 flourish to build a 41-32 halftime lead.
"Guy can do some things. We're still trying as he brings his energy on defense and flashes of brilliance on offense and other things. We're just trying to get those other things kind of out there but he really helped us tonight. He was big," Gonzaga head coach Mark Few said.
Few also credited his defense with being instrumental in the victory as the Dons shot 37 percent from the field in the first half.
"I thought our defense was really good tonight. For the most part we had a lot of deflections and we got into the gaps. They are a hard team to play against. They really spread you out and bounce you," Few noted. "That's a good basketball team. That's the same team that got third in the league last year and played us tough. To be able to get an extension of a lead on them I told our guys they deserve a lot of credit."
The game was the first for the Buldogs in front of their students since Dec. 15 when finals ended and semester break began, the Bulldogs playing five games with a minimal student turnout. Classes resumed Wednesday, and Few was glad to have the Kennel Club back in action.
"It's great. It's great. It's been a long, long time. In 23 years I don't remember this long of a break so I think it's great for our guys. We've been here most of the time by ourselves. It's been kind of like a ghost town so it's really nice to feel the energy in the building," Few said.
Angelo Caloiaro had 14 points and nine rebounds and was the only player to score in double figures for San Francisco (12-9, 2-5), which hasn't won a game at Gonzaga since Feb. 10, 1989. The Bulldogs have won 25 of the past 28 meetings between the schools.
Gonzaga will remain home Saturday to face the University of San Diego coached by former Bulldog assistant Bill Grier. Few said USD has some good young talent.
"San Diego's got some young guards that are starting to play well, and really shooting and scoring it. We'll have to do a good job on that," Few said. "Obviously Billy's a great coach and nobody knows us better than he does so we'll have to prepare for just about anything."
Few, in his 13th season as head coach and 23rd year overall with the Buldogs, warned that teams can't take a night off in the WCC.
"You just can't take a night off in this league. LMU goes into BYU and wins by 16. I think that tells you the quality of some of the other teams in this league. You've got to be leery and you've got to bring it every night," Few said.