Bulldogs Stifle Toreros
Jan. 22, 2005
By BERNIE WILSON
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Center J.P. Batista scored a career-high 22 points and the No. 11 Gonzaga Bulldogs opened the second half with a 16-0 run to beat poor-shooting San Diego 68-56 on Saturday.
The Bulldogs (14-4, 4-2 West Coast Conference) rebounded nicely from a 73-70 loss at San Francisco on Thursday night, and they got some help from the Toreros, who shot just 10 percent in the second half and 30.6 percent overall.
San Diego not only blew all of a 10-point lead in the first half, but missed its first 10 shots of the second half to allow the Bulldogs to extend their 35-34 halftime lead to 51-34 with 13:33 left to play.
Derek Raivio scored six points during the 16-0 run, including a 3-point shot and three free throws after he was fouled taking a 3-pointer, and Batista, a junior college transfer, scored four.
San Diego finally scored its first points of the second half when Nick Lewis made a short shot from the baseline, was fouled and converted the three-point play that made it 51-37.
Batista's previous career high was 18 in a 78-75 win over Oklahoma State on Dec. 28.
Raivio finished with 17 points. Ronny Turiaf scored only seven points, nearly 10 under his average, but had 13 rebounds.
Gonzaga outrebounded the Toreros 46-23.
Brandon Gay scored 22 for the Toreros (10-8, 2-3).
San Diego led 20-10 following a dunk by Gay with 11:14 left in the first half. Gonzaga gradually closed the gap, with Batista scoring six points. Gonzaga finally took its first lead of the game with 3.6 seconds left before halftime when Raivio made two free throws.
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