Bulldogs Win 50th Straight At Home
Feb. 10, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -Derek Raivio and Matt Bouldin each scored 12 points as Gonzaga, playing without suspended forward and second-leading scorer Josh Heytvelt, beat Saint Mary's 60-49 Saturday to remain tied atop the West Coast Conference.
Heytvelt and freshman Theo Davis had been suspended indefinitely before the game for violating team policy.
Gonzaga (18-8, 8-2 WCC) extended its NCAA-leading home court win streak to 50 games, hitting 25-of-54 from the floor, while Saint Mary's (13-13, 5-5) shot 20-of-47.
Jeremy Pargo had 11 points for the Zags.
Gonzaga missed Heytvelt's 15.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game, but threw a pressing defense at the Gaels, who went scoreless for long chunks of time. Abdullahi Kuso, a 6-foot-9 junior, started in place of Heytvelt and finished with 4 points and a rebound.
Tron Smith led Gaels scoring with 11 points. Omar Samhan had 10 points and led all rebounders with 8.
Saint Mary's leading scorer, Diamon Simpson was held to 7 points and 4 rebounds, about half of his 14.6 point and 7.4 rebounds average.
Gonzaga remains tied for first place with Santa Clara, which visits Monday.<
The Gaels started slowly against the determined Zags' swarming defense, which forced 11 first-half Gaels turnovers and 17 overall.
Gonzaga led 21-8 with 7:45 remaining in the half, but the Gaels went on an 8-0 run, including 6 by Samhan, and trailed just 25-23 at the half.
Gonzaga remains home Monday to face Santa Clara University at 9 p.m.
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