No. 11 Gonzaga Upset By Saint Mary's
Jan. 8, 2005
By JANIE McCAULEY
MORAGA, Calif. - Paul Marigney scored 30 points with a career-high seven 3-pointers, and Saint Mary's hit a school-record 16 3s to shock No. 11 Gonzaga 89-81 on Saturday night in a matchup of the West Coast Conference's top teams.
Daniel Kickert added 17 points with four free throws in the final minute, and E.J. Rowland had a career-high 12 assists for the Gaels, who extended their home winning streak to 11 games by ending a 17-game losing streak to their conference nemesis - Gonzaga's longest streak against any WCC opponent.
Gonzaga (11-3, 1-1 WCC) had won 17 straight WCC games dating to a 72-68 loss to Portland on Feb. 19, 2003, but got outhustled most of the night by the inspired and feisty Gaels.
Saint Mary's (14-4, 2-0), picked to finish second in the conference to the Zags, won its eighth straight game and first against Gonzaga since a 76-73 victory at home on Jan. 22, 1998. The Zags won all three meetings last season, including 84-71 for the WCC tournament title.
A sellout crowd of more than 3,500 was on hand to witness the win at McKeon Pavilion, where another few hundred fans lined the stairwells and upper-level walkways.
Brett Collins scored eight straight points during a key 11-2 second-half run, making two 3-pointers for a 69-54 lead, but the Gaels then had lapses of 4:17 and 4:28 without a field goal - yet still held on despite a late charge by the Zags.
Gonzaga pulled to 78-72 on a basket by J.P. Batista with 3:08 left, but Frederic Adjiwanou drew Batista's fifth foul moments later and made one free throw. Erroll Knight made it a three-point game the next time down, but the Zags couldn't get closer.
Marigney converted two free throws with 1:06 left.
Ronny Turiaf's slump continued for Gonzaga. He missed two free throws with 56.7 to go and Gonzaga's second-leading scorer, playing on two tender ankles, finished with 10 points on 4-for-9 shooting - giving him just 20 total points the past three games (7-of-30).
Marigney scored 20 of his points in the first half, making six 3-pointers to tie a school record for most in a half. He scored eight straight points during one spurt, and 33 of Saint Mary's 41 first-half points came from long range (11-for-16).
The Gaels opened the second half with a 9-2 run to build a 50-39 lead and forced Gonzaga into two quick turnovers. The Bulldogs scored six unanswered points to pull within 54-50 with 15:04 left, then Blake Sholberg converted a three-point play on the other end.
Jason Walberg and Brett Collins hit back-to-back 3s to give the Gaels a 64-52 lead with 12:30 to go.
After Santa Clara attempted 33 3-pointers against Gonzaga's zone defense on Thursday, Saint Mary's knew it would have plenty of chances from long range. The Gaels came out firing, and made five straight 3s during one stretch to go ahead 18-15. Six of their first seven baskets were 3s, four by Marigney. The Gaels improved to 8-1 with Marigney back in the lineup after he missed the first nine games of the season while on academic probation.
The Bulldogs have won five of the last six WCC tournaments, and Saint Mary's knows its best chance of reaching the NCAA tournament will be to win the tournament this time around.
Marigney guarded sophomore point guard Derek Raivio, who was coming off a career-high 32 points against Santa Clara, and Marigney also had five rebounds, three assists, a steal and a blocked shot.
The Gaels shot 53.6 percent in the first half and led 41-37 at the break despite Gonzaga making 58.3 percent of its shots.
Gonzaga will play at the McCarthey Athletic Center for the first time since Dec. 11 when they entertain Loyola Marymount on Thursday at 7 p.m., then complete the weekend homestand at 5 p.m. Saturday against Pepperdine. Gonzaga played just two games on campus in the month of December.
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