Gonzaga Men Open WCC Play With Victory
Jan 9, 2003
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Sophomore forward Ronny Turiaf scored a career-high 25 points Thursday night, leading Gonzaga past Loyola Marymount 85-73 in a West Coast Conference men's basketball opener in front of a sellout crowd of 4,000 in The Kennel.
Blake Stepp added 21 points and nine assists for Gonzaga (10-5).
Andy Osborn led Loyola Marymount (6-10) with 17 points. The Lions have lost 16 in a row against Gonzaga, including 12 staight in The Kennel.
The Bulldogs never trailed after an early 10-0 run that erased a 4-2 LMU lead.
Osborn, a 6-foot-9 sophomore forward, hit three of his career-high four 3-pointers in the first half to help Loyola Marymount close to 44-32 at halftime after the Bulldogs had opened as much as a 15-point lead.
The Lions had closed to 56-53 when Stepp started an 11-1 Gonzaga run with a fastbreak layin and one of his five 3-pointers that gave the Bulldogs a 67-54 advantage with 10:39 to go.
Loyola Marymount has lost three in a row and seven of eight.
The Lions shot 53 percent from the field, including 63 percent (5-for-8) on 3-pointers. Gonzaga shot 50 percent from the field, including 42 percent (8-for-19) on 3-pointers.
The Bulldogs remain home for a Sunday matinee at 1 p.m. against Pepperdine, an 82-68 victor at Portland on Thursday. Sunday's game is sold out but can be seen on Fox Sports Net Northwest and Fox Sports West2. The game can also be heard on this web site and in the Spokane area on 1510 KGA radio.
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