Bulldogs Top Dons in Overtime, 86-79

Feb. 24, 2007

Box Score

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Matt Bouldin and Derek Raivio scored 21 points apiece, and Gonzaga kept its West Coast Conference title hopes alive with an 86-79 overtime victory over San Francisco on Saturday.

Micah Downs added 16 points for the Bulldogs (20-10, 10-3), who opened their final trip of the regular season with the ninth win in their last 10 trips to San Francisco.

Bouldin missed a potential go-ahead free throw with 6 seconds left in regulation, but Gonzaga took charge with a 10-2 run to open overtime. Raivio hit six of Gonzaga's 10 free throws in a 20-point extra period as the Bulldogs closed out their second straight win after losing three of their previous four.

Still, Gonzaga doesn't control its chances for yet another No. 1 conference tournament seed. The Bulldogs, who have won or shared the last six West Coast regular-season titles, probably would be top-seeded only if they win Monday at San Diego, while Santa Clara - which played later Saturday - loses its last two games.

Gonzaga still would share the conference title with a win at San Diego and one loss by Santa Clara.

Antonio Kellogg had 26 points and seven rebounds for the Dons (12-17, 7-6), who still will get a top-four seed in next week's conference tournament despite their dismal preseason. Manny Quezada added 21 points, and Johnny Dukes had 15 in San Francisco's second straight loss.

Kellogg, who didn't play in the Dons' trip to Gonzaga last month for academic reasons, hit six 3-pointers and got his club in position for an upset before San Francisco's offense fell apart late in regulation.

Raivio coolly hit a running 3-pointer from midcourt at the halftime buzzer to put Gonzaga ahead 38-34. But the Bulldogs struggled offensively throughout the second half, and Quezada banked in a 3-pointer from three steps behind the line with 2:42 left in regulation put the Dons ahead 66-63.


 

 

Neither team could score again until Raivio hit two free throws with 45 seconds left. Bouldin had a chance to put Gonzaga ahead on two free throws with 6 seconds left - but he missed his second shot, and Kellogg couldn't get off a shot at the regulation buzzer.

Raivio struggled to a 4-for-15 shooting performance, but was perfect on 10 free throws. Abdullahi Kuso had eight points and 11 rebounds.

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