Bulldogs Win Showdown For Second With San Francisco
Marquise Carter (File Photo)
Marquise Carter (File Photo)

Feb. 19, 2011

Box Score

SPOKANE, Wash. - Marquise Carter scored 18 points - one game after setting a career-high with 20 - as Gonzaga beat San Francisco 70-53 on Saturday night.

Steven Gray led Gonzaga (19-9, 9-3 West Coast Conference) with 19 points and Elias Harris added 14. The Bulldogs shot 53.8 percent in the second half and had 16 assists on 28 made baskets.

San Francisco (14-13, 8-4) only had one player finish in double figures, as Michael Williams had 13 points. The Dons made just 20 of 53 shots. San Francisco was 1 of 6 from 3-point range in the second half, after making 5 of 11 in the first.

Gonzaga made its first eight shots of the second half, including five 3-pointers, extending its two-point halftime lead to 55-39. The Bulldogs' first miss came at the 13:59 mark, when Gray couldn't get his baseline jumper to fall. Carter made 3 of 3 shots from behind the arc during the 21-7 run.

Leading 59-47, Gonzaga went on an 9-0 run to take its biggest lead of the game at 21 with 4:25 left. The Bulldogs only made one basket in the final four minutes, but the Dons couldn't capitalize.

San Francisco freshman guard Cody Doolin scored a career-high 23 points in the previous meeting but was held to only five points. His first basket, a 3-pointer, came with 17:34 remaining.

Gonzaga moved into sole possession of second place in the conference, one game behind St. Mary's. P>The game was knotted at 15 before Gonzaga went on an 8-0 run, highlighted by a Harris alley-oop layup. San Francisco made two consecutive 3-pointers during an 8-0 run to tie the game at 32. Gonzaga held a 34-32 lead at halftime, as neither team shot better than 36 percent.

San Francisco had won two of the last three meetings, including a 96-91, overtime game on Jan. 22. The Dons haven't beaten Gonzaga twice in the same season since 1989. This is the Dons' best start to the conference season since the 1982 season, when they finished with an 11-3 conference record.

It was the second straight game Perris Blackwell did not play for the Dons because of the flu. Blackwell averages 10.4 points and had a double-double (15 points, 12 rebounds) in the last meeting between the schools. Moustapha Diarra replaced Blackwell in the starting lineup and finished with six points before fouling out with 7:42 remaining.

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