TOURNAMENT NOTES

March 20, 2004

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Game 1-St. Louis Region
No. 2 Gonzaga (28-3, 14-0 WCC) vs. No. 10 Nevada (25-8, 13-5 WAC)

FINAL SCORE: Nevada 91, Gonzaga 72
HALFTIME SCORE: Nevada 47, Gonzaga 32

GONZAGA

  • The 91 points given up by Gonzaga ties season-high...Bulldogs entered the tournament fourth nationally in field-goal percentage defense (38.4 percent) and allowed 46.9 percent to Nevada...worst loss for Bulldogs since Dec. 9, 2000 at Boise State (94-69).

  • Gonzaga trailed by 15 points at intermission, its largest halftime deficit this season...Bulldogs gave up 47 points in first half, second most the season (George Washington-52).

  • Gonzaga shot 28-for-43 (65.1 percent) from the foul line, including 13-for-18 (72.2) today, in two tournament games...Bulldogs entered the tournament eighth nationally at 75.6 percent.

  • Loss broke Gonzaga's school-record 21-game winning streak and a 17-game winning streak in the state of Washington, including 16 this season....Bulldogs knocked off Valparaiso 76-49 in first round after winning 15 games in The Evergreen State during the 2003-04 regular season....this season, defeated Georgia (82-76, OT) and Eastern Washington (70-49) at Spokane Arena...won at Washington (86-62)...defeated Missouri (87-80, OT) at KeyArena...11-0 at home... defeated Tulsa (69-60) at home in Martin Centre (The Kennel) in 2002-03 Bracket Buster game.

  • Despite 1-for-12 shooting from 3-point range, Blake Stepp finished his Gonzaga career with a school-record 287 3-pointers...Stepp's 207 assists in 2003-04 are second on the Bulldogs' single-season list...finished career with 640 assists (second all-time at Gonzaga), 152 steals (third all-time at Gonzaga), and 1,670 points (fourth all-time at Gonzaga).

  • Cory Violette registered his ninth double-double of the season and 30th of his career with 16 points and 11 rebounds...fourth double-double in the last five games...passed John Stockton to finish career 13th on Bulldogs' all-time scoring list with 1,342 points.
     

     

  • Ronny Turiaf was limited to 15 minutes due to foul trouble, well below his season average of 28.4...scored 13 points and has 1,230 in his career, 15th all-time at Gonzaga.

    NEVADA

  • Wolf Pack earns first Sweet 16 bid in school history...Nevada was 0-2 in NCAA Tournament prior to this season.

  • In each of the last eight NCAA Tournaments, at least one No. 10 seed has advanced to the Sweet 16...since 1999, No. 10 seeds hold a 8-3 record against No. 2 seeds...first Western Athletic Conference team to advance to Sweet 16 since Tulsa in 2000...fifth time in last nine years a WAC school has reached the Sweet 16.

  • Nevada tied school record for wins in a season (25), set in 1945-46.

  • Kirk Snyder scored 18 points and has tallied double-figure scoring in 32 of Nevada's 33 games this season...owns 77 career double-figure scoring games...ranks seventh on Nevada all-time scoring list with 1,383 points.

  • Kevinn Pinkney scored a game-high 20 points, his 17th double-figure scoring game this season and 23rd of his career.

  • Freshman Nick Fazekas registered a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds...seventh double-double this season.

  • Wolf Pack is 5-0 on a neutral floor this season...Nevada won games over SMU, Rice and UTEP at Fresno State during the Western Athletic Conference Tournament...defeated Michigan State (72-66) and Gonzaga at KeyArena.

  • Nevada improved to 23-0 when leading at halftime...the 47 points at intermission were the second most this season for the Wolf Pack (57 vs. Rice, Jan. 24)

  • Five Nevada players scored in double figures to mark the fourth straight game and 17th this season that four or more Wolf Pack players have tallied double-figure scoring.

  • Nevada was 23-for-29 (79.3 percent) at the foul line...Wolf Pack has averaged 28.4 free throws attempts over its last nine games.

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