March 20, 2004
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.