Men's Basketball Wins Exhibition Opener
Nov. 3, 2001
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University got double-digit scoring from six players - including a team-high 21 from sophomore Cory Violette - to defeat Brewster Packing 101-81 Saturday night in a men's basketball exhibition game at The Kennel.
Violette, who saw most of his minutes as a freshman a year ago as the backup to Zach Gourde and West Coast Conference Player of the Year Casey Calvary, connected on 9-of-15 shots from the field, including 2-for-3 from 3-point range. He scored 17 of his points in the opening half, going 7-for-8 from the field and hitting both of his 3-point attempts in just 14 minutes of action as the Bulldogs raced to a 56-37 halftime edge.
Brewster Packing, comprised of former collegians, led 21-19 with 11:05 to go in the opening half. But a 13-0 run by the Bulldogs put Gonzaga ahead 32-21 with 7:19 to go and the Bulldogs never led by less than 6 points the rest of the night.
Violette's 3-pointer gave Gonzaga a 22-21 lead it would never relinquish to start the run. Anthony Reason, who scored 11 points, got a layin, Dan Dickau hit a trey for three of his 16 points and Zach Gourde and Violette followed with short jumpers to cap the rally. Gourde, who was questionnable earlier in the week because of a shoulder injury, scored 16 points, and Kyle Bankhead added 12 in a starting role in place of Blake Stepp.
Stepp, who underwent an off-season procedure to help heal a degenerative bone in his knee, was held out of the contest.
Former Washington State University standout Craig Ehlo paced Brewster with a game-high 25 points, 10 coming in the first half. He went 10-for-19 from the field, including 4-for-8 from long range. Shann Ferch, chair and associate prfoessor of the Doctoral Leadership Studies program at Gonzaga and a graduate of WCC foe Pepperdine University, added 16 points. Travis Lundstromg, a graduate of Point Loma in California, scored 11 points.
Ronny Turiaf, the freshman from Le Robert, Martinique who attended his final three years of high school in Paris, came off the bench for 14 points in his Bulldog debut. He scored 9 points in the second half. The 6-8 forward was 3-for-4 from the field and 8-for-10 from the free throw line.
The Bulldogs also held a 58-39 rebounding edge. Reason paced the Bulldogs with 11 rebounds, Dickau had 8 and Violette 7. Former Univiersity of Washington player Todd Lautenbach led Brewster with 9 boards.
Gonzaga shot 48.7 percent from the field, including 14-for-28 for 50.0 percent in the second half. The Bulldogs also went 11-for-22 from 3-point range. Brewster was 29-for-78 for 37.2 percent from the floor and 13-for-22 from 3-point range for 31.3 percent.
Gonzaga will return to action Thursday to face the Delta Jammers in a 7 p.m. exhibition contest in The Kennel. The Bulldogs are preparing for their Nov. 16 regular-season opener at the University of Illinois, ranked second in the country in the USA TODAY/ESPN pre-season Top 25.
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