Zags Roll To Victory Over LMU In WCC Opener
Jan. 12, 2008
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (AP) - Josh Heytvelt had 19 points and five rebounds to lead Gonzaga to a 91-68 victory over Loyola Marymount on Saturday in the West Coast Conference opener for both teams.
The Bulldogs (12-4) shot a blistering 65.4 percent from the field and pulled away with an 18-4 finish over the game's final 4:40.
Heytvelt and the Zags used their superior size and strength to score 52 points in the paint to just 18 from Loyola Marymount. Gonzaga also earned a 29-21 rebounding advantage and had seven blocks to just one for LMU (3-14).
Matt Bouldin had 17 points, eight assists, five steals and four rebounds for Gonzaga. Bouldin, a 6-foot-5 sophomore guard, went to the post where he had a distinct size advantage over the smaller Lions guards.
Loyola Marymount's Corey Counts had a game-high 21 points with seven assists. Counts made five of six 3-pointers.
Freshman Orlando Johnson had 13 points while Shawn Deadwiler added 10 points and five assists for the Lions.
Gonzaga weathered a strong start from Loyola Marymount, which took a 23-21 lead midway through the first half. But Gonzaga responded with an 11-0 run over the next four minutes and finished the half with a 23-7 run.
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