Morrison's Basket Gives Bulldogs Title

Feb. 19, 2005

Box Score

Associated Press Writer

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Adam Morrison's jumper with less than a second remaining pushed No. 13 Gonzaga past San Francisco 75-73 on Saturday to bolster the Bulldog's claim to their fifth straight West Coast Conference regular season title.

Morrison scored a career-high 28 points as the Bulldogs (21-4, 11-2) avenged an earlier loss to the Dons (14-11, 5-7) and moved 2{ games ahead of Saint Mary's in the race for the regular season championship.

J.P. Batista of Gonzaga had 17 points, including two free throws to tie it at 73 after the Dons staged a furious rally in the second half. Morrison secured the win with a jumper from near the 3-point line.

Ronny Turiaf added 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Gonzaga.

John Cox had 19 of his 25 points in the second half for San Francisco and Tyrone Riley added 23 points and nine rebounds.

Trailing by 11 points at halftime, the Dons cut into Gonzaga's lead behind the 3-point shooting of Cox. Dommanic Ingerson's 3-pointer with 1:06 remaining gave the Dons their first lead at 72-71.

The Bulldogs built a 14-point lead in the first half behind Morrison, who was 3-of-8 from 3-point range and 12-of-20 from the field.

San Francisco shot just 37 percent in the first half, but improved to 62 percent in the second.

The Bulldogs had a better game at the free throw line, hitting 18-of-27, while San Francisco was 8-of-14.

The Dons snapped Gonzaga's 12-game winning streak with a 73-70 victory in San Francisco on Jan. 20. San Francisco has not won in Spokane since Feb. 10, 1989.

Frank Burgess, Gonzaga's all-time scoring leader with 2,196 points from 1959-61, had his No. 44 jersey retired in a halftime ceremony. The jersey hangs alongside John Stockton's No. 12 in the McCarthey Athletic Center rafters.



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