Zags Fly Past Eagles To Second Round, 75-64

March 17, 2005

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By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Gonzaga found out how uncomfortable it can be to be a favorite in the NCAA tournament.

Fourteenth-seeded Winthrop almost did to the Bulldogs what third-seeded Gonzaga has done to several top teams over the years before the 'Zags grabbed control late and won 74-64 Thursday night in the first round of the Albuquerque Regional.

The loss snapped Winthrop's 18-game winning streak, longest in the nation. Gonzaga (26-4) won its 13th in a row.

Neither team led by more than eight points until the very end of the second half, and it was tied four times in the final 20 minutes.

Adam Morrison led Gonzaga with 27 points. J.P. Batista added 14 points and Ronny Turiaf had 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Torrell Martin scored 22 points and made six 3-pointers - both career highs - for the Eagles (27-6), who are 0-5 in the NCAA tournament. Phillip Williams tied his career high with 17 points and Craig Bradshaw grabbed 11 rebounds.

Last year, the 'Zags lost in the second round as a No. 2 seed. They haven't gotten out of that round since 2001, when they were a No. 12 seed.

Gonzaga outscored the Eagles 14-4 over the final 4:54 to pull away. Bradshaw made Winthrop's only field goal in that stretch.

Martin got a steal and a fast-break layup and Williams made two free throws for a 60-all tie. Then Derek Raivio and Morrison hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give Gonzaga the lead for good, 66-60, with 3{ minutes remaining.


 

 

Winthrop brought a loyal gold-shirted following from Rock Hill, S.C., a suburb of Charlotte, N.C. The school's 6,658 students, who pay $4 to attend home basketball games, are about 70 percent women, a remnant of Winthrop's former status as an all-women's teachers college.

Winthrop led by six points three times in the first half, when neither team shot well.

Erroll Knight capped a 7-0 run with a 3-pointer to give Gonzaga a 19-18 lead. The Eagles outscored the 'Zags 17-14 to close the half ahead 35-33. They hit four 3-pointers, including three straight, in the spurt.

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