Gonzaga Crushes San Francisco, 85-51
Jan. 17, 2009
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Austin Daye scored a career high 25 points as Gonzaga beat San Francisco 85-51 on Saturday night to remain undefeated in the West Coast Conference.
Micah Downs added 15 for Gonzaga (12-4, 3-0), which won its fourth straight game and has blown out all three of its WCC rivals so far. They beat Santa Clara by 42 points on Thursday, as Daye scored 20.
Daye made 10-of-14 shots, and added nine rebounds. His previous high was 22 points against Arizona this season and at SCU lkast season.
Dior Lowhorn led San Francisco (8-11, 0-4) with 15, five below his WCC-leading average. The Dons have lost seven of their past eight games, and four in a row.
The Dons got off to a hot start, racing to a 14-4 lead as Gonzaga opened 2-for-10 from the field while USF started 5-for-12 from the field, two of them 3-pointers. But the Bulldogs started to find the range and went on a 14-4 run of their own to knot the score at 18, and eventually extended the run to 24-4 to build a 28-18 lead with 6:15 to go in the opening half.
Gonzaga missed its first six 3-point attempts before Downs broke the streak with a trey with 12:34 to go begin the run. Daye followed with a three and another Downs trey at 9:54 pulled Gonzaga to within two at 18-16. Daye's jumper tied the game and his 3-pointer gave the Bulldogs a 21-18 lead they would never relinquish 8:55 before halftime. Gonzaga took its biggest lead of the half at 14 points when another Downs three made it 41-27 with 1:39 to go. His two free throws with 1.3 seconds left gave Gonzaga a 43-29 lead going to the lockerroom.
Lowhorn's jumper coming out of halftime cut the Gonzaga lead to 12 at 43-31, but that's as close as the Dons would come as Jeremy Pargo drilled a 3-pointer, Matt Bouldin drove for a layin and Daye got a layin for a 50-31 lead with 16:45 remaining in the game.
Gonzaga finished 9-for-25 from 3-point range with Daye and Downs each connecting on 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. Downs finished with 15 points, three shy of his season high.
After the 2-for-10 start Gonzaga hit 12-of-21 shots the rest of the half, then connected on 18-of-31 second-half shots to finish the game 32-for-61 for 51.6 percent. USF shot 32.1 percent for the game on 17-of-53. Gonzaga also dominated the boards for a second straight game 46-27 after being out rebounded in its previous five outings. Daye was joined by Josh Heytvelt and Ira Brown for game-high rebounding honors with nine, Brown setting a career high.
Gonzaga, which completed a three-game homestand to open WCC play, heads to Los Angeles next week to face Pepperdine (4-15, 1-2) Thursday and Loyola Marymount (1-18, 0-3) Saturday.
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