Turiaf, Morrison Lead Gonzaga Past Santa Clara
Feb. 5, 2005
By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
J.P. Batista added 19 points and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds for Gonzaga (17-4, 7-2 WCC) for his second double-double in the last three games. The Bulldogs built an early lead as Santa Clara made only one of its first 13 shots.
Santa Clara (12-12, 5-4 WCC), which has wins over North Carolina and Stanford this season, and normally plays Gonzaga tough, shot just 39 percent. Kyle Bailey led the Broncos with 25 points, hitting 10 of 11 free throws.
Gonzaga won its 10th straight against Santa Clara by using its superior height inside to outrebound the Broncos 45-29. Point guard Derek Raivio added 19 points and 10 assists for the Bulldogs for his first career points/assists double-double.
There were 48 fouls called in the game, and Santa Clara made 23 of 28 free throws.
Santa Clara trailed by 10 at halftime, but Bailey's 3-pointer capped an 8-0 run that cut Gonzaga's lead to 50-43 early in the second. Gonzaga replied with seven straight points, four on inside baskets by Batista.
Then Morrison hit three 3-pointers in a 2-minute span during a 12-3 Gonzaga run that gave the Bulldogs a 69-48 lead with 12:39 left.
The Bulldogs sank 13 of their first 19 shots of the second half to run away with the game, and finished with 50 percent shooting.
After Santa Clara's Mitch Henke made a 3-pointer in the opening seconds of the game, the Broncos missed 12 field goal attempts before Travis Niesen sank a short jumper with 11:04 left to pull to 17-7.
Santa Clara was just 3-of-21 from the field at one point. But Gonzaga could not pull away, and Doron Perkins scored six unanswered points for the Broncos to cut Gonzaga's lead to 23-17.
Gonzaga led 41-31 at halftime behind 43 percent shooting and Batista's 12 points and 10 rebounds. Santa Clara made just nine of 30 in the half.
Both teams were assessed technical fouls in the first half. Perkins, the Broncos' second leading scorer at 15 ppg, picked up a technical early in the second, his fourth foul of the game, and fouled out with 10 points on 2-of-12 shooting.
Technicals also played a role in the teams' first meeting at Santa Clara, when the Broncos had three in a game that Gonzaga won by just four points.
Gonzaga is 34-0 at home when ranked and has won 22 in a row at home.
Gonzaga has held nine opponents under 40 percent shooting this season, and only Portland State and Washington have shot better than 50 percent.
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