Big Second Half Sends Gonzaga to 79-59 Win Over LMU

Jan. 15, 2011

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SPOKANE, Wash. -- Robert Sacre scored 18 points as Gonzaga beat Loyola Marymount 79-59 Saturday.

Steven Gray had 16 points and Elias Harris added 14 and 10 rebounds for Gonzaga (13-5, 3-0 West Coast). Gray scored 13 second-half points after attempting just four shots in the first half.

Drew Viney led Loyola Marymount (8-10, 1-3) with 18 points, eight coming from the free-throw line. Anthony Ireland added 10 points, on 4 of 15 shooting, for the Lions. Loyola Marymount made just 15 of 55 shots, and was 24 of 30 from the free-throw line.

The Bulldogs shot 51.6 percent from the field, but were just 3 of 12 from 3-point range.

The game was tied at halftime, but Gonzaga opened the second half with a 13-4 run. Five different Bulldogs players scored during the run, making it 46-37 with 15:17 to play. Gonzaga led by as many as 23 points in the second half.

Gray was held to three first-half points but scored seven quick points to start the second. His 3-pointer with 13:26 left put Gonzaga up 49-40.

The game got a little chippy with 13:06 to play. Gonzaga's Harris stole the ball and dribbled down the court for a breakaway bucket, but Tim Diederichs hit him from behind and was called for an intentional foul. An object was thrown onto the court, forcing Gonzaga coach Mark Few to address the crowd.

A layup by Mathis Keita gave Gonzaga a 59-47 lead with 9:50 to play. Sam Dower, one of 11 Bulldogs to score, made back-to-back baskets during a 10-3 run to extend Gonzaga's lead to 69-50.

The game was much more competitive in the first half. LMU trailed 16-14 despite hitting just 3 of 15 field goals. The Lions stayed close by making 7 of 9 free throws.

Gonzaga led 21-20 before a Keita 3-pointer ignited a 7-2 Bulldog run. It had been over nine minutes since the Bulldogs made consecutive baskets.

A baseline jumper by Viney ended a five-minute field goal drought and pulled Loyola Marymount to within four at 30-26. Ireland scored seven straight LMU points during an 11-5 run to even the score at 33 heading into halftime.

The Lions shot just 30.8 percent on 8 of 26 shooting, but were 15 of 18 from the free-throw line in the first half. LMU held a 24-17 rebounding advantage.

Gonzaga was 13 of 29 from the field and 2 of 7 from 3-point range in the first half. The Bulldogs were 5 of 11 from the charity stripe.

Vernon Teel, the Lions' second-leading scorer (14.1 ppg), was not in the starting lineup. He was 0 for 10 in LMU's double-overtime loss to Portland on Thursday. Teel is one of two LMU seniors and finished with just six points.

Last season, Loyola Marymount handed Gonzaga one of its two regular-season conference losses.

Gonzaga has now won nine games in a row, including all three conference games, and is 85-5 in the McCarthey Athletic Center since opening in 2004.



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