Gurganious Shines In Exhibition Opener
Nov. 5, 2005
SPOKANE, Wash. - Freshman Larry Gurganious scored a game-high 16 points and senior J.P. Batista added 15 as Gonzaga University downed Lewis-Clark State College 83-31 in an exhibition men's basketball game on Saturday in front of a sellout crowd of 6,000 at the McCartney Athletic Center.
Gurganious, a freshman out of Berkeley, Calif., hit 7-of-13 shots from the field while playing 22 minutes. Batista, the West Coast Conference Newcomer of the Year ago, was 6-for-8 from the field and also added eight rebounds.
"Our approach was good," Gonzaga head coach Mark Few said. "Our young guys got under the lights for the first time and it didn't seem to bother them."
The other newcomers who saw action were freshman guard Jeremy Pargo, who played 22 minutes, scored 2 points and handed out five assists, and junior college transfer Mamery Diallo who played 14 minutes, scored 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Adam Morrison, an Associated Press All-America honorable mention selection a year ago, scored on a layup just one minute into the contest on an assist by Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes and the rout was on. Gonzaga increased the lead to 21-4 with 11:47 to go in the first half and the Warriors didn't crack double figures until 4:00 remained in the first half and the Bulldogs ahead 35-11.
Gonzaga shot 60 percent from the field in the first half on an 18-for-30 effort and finished shooting 55.2 percent for the game on 32-of-58. The Warriors, meanwhile, hit just 20.8 percent from the field on 10-for-48. Terreno Butler was the lone LCSC player in double figures with 13 points.
"We'll take this game and just build on it. This will help us get ready for two weeks from now," Few said in reference to the regular-season opener Nov. 18 against the University of Idaho and a Nov. 21 date with the University of Maryland in the first round of the Maui Invitational.
The Bulldogs were without the services of senior guard Erroll Knight, the 2005 WCC Defender of the Year who is nursing a sore knee and was in street clothes on the bench, and redshirt freshman Josh Heytvelt who warmed up but did not play while a sore foot heals.
The Bulldogs will have their second exhibition game next Saturday at 7 p.m. in the McCarthey Athletic Center against UC San Diego. That game will be televised on KAYU-TV in Spokane and broadcast on 1510 KGA radio with the audio also available on the internet.
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