No. 20 Gonzaga Tops San Diego for Eighth Straight Win
Jan. 31, 2009
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Austin Daye scored 17 points and No. 20 Gonzaga beat San Diego 64-47 on Saturday to remain unbeaten in the West Coast Conference.
Josh Heytvelt added 13 points for Gonzaga (16-4, 7-0), which has won eight straight games after losing three in a row in late December. This was one of the closer conference games for the Zags, who are beating league foes by an average of 25 points.
Danny Brown led San Diego (12-10, 4-3) with 11 points. The Toreros shot just 33 percent in the game and were outrebounded 44-25.
The Zags tied their season low in points scored, and shot only 42 percent against the conference's best defense.
Gonzaga missed its first six shots and fell behind 6-2 before holding the Toreros scoreless for nearly 7 minutes. The Bulldogs ran off 14 points with just over 7 minutes left in the half, with Daye scoring five during the spurt.
Gonzaga led 27-18 at halftime, the fewest points the Bulldogs have scored in the first half all season. The Zags made only 34 percent of their shots in the first, while San Diego was 6-of-19 from the field.
Daye scored the first three baskets of the second half for Gonzaga, which extended its lead to 37-23 by making five of its first seven shots. Heytvelt's 3-pointer capped a 7-0 run that lifted the Zags to a 47-28 lead with 10 minutes left.
San Diego sank four 3-pointers over the next five minutes to close to 53-40, but could get no closer. Gonzaga has held seven of its past eight opponents below 40 percent shooting.
Coach Mark Few is 252-64 in 10 seasons at Gonzaga. The win tied him with mentor Dan Fitzgerald for second on the all-time win list at Gonzaga. Hank Anderson leads with 290 wins.
San Diego is coached by Bill Grier, in his second season after spending 16 years as a Gonzaga assistant.
Gonzaga has won 27 of the past 32 meetings, although the Bulldogs lost to the Toreros in the West Coast Conference title game last season. Gonzaga also improved to 60-3 at the McCarthey Athletic Center since it opened in 2004.
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