Bulldogs Win Exhibition 114-86
Nov. 6, 2004
SPOKANE, Wash. - Sean Mallon scored 28 points and Ronny Turiaf added 23 to lead five Gonzaga University players in double figures in a 114-86 exhibition men's basketball victory over Emporia State University on Friday in front of a near-capacity crowd of 5,941 at the new McCarthey Athletic Center.
The Bulldogs, who downed the Hornets 108-71 last year, raced to a 67-36 halftime lead. Gonzaga shot 66.7 percent from the field in the first half, including a perfect 4-for-4 from the field - all 3-pointers - by Texas Tech transfer Nathan Doudney. Doudney, who redshirted last year under NCAA transfer rules, finished 5-for-8 from the field, 5-for-7 from 3-point range, for 16 points.
Gonzaga shot 60.0 percent for the game, "cooling off" to 52.9 percent in the second half and ending up 42-for-70 from the field. The Bulldogs were 11-for-19 from 3-point range.
The Bulldogs led 9-7 before going on a 16-4 run to build a 25-11 lead with 13:09 to go in the opening half. A 3-point play by Mallon started the run, Morrison had a 3-point play in the middle of it and Turiaf capped it with a pair of free throws.
Back-to-back treys by Doudney nipped a mild rally by the Hornets, who got the deficit back under double-digits at 31-22 with an 11-6 run midway through the half.
Turiaf scored 18 of his points in the first half, going 5-for-7 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free throw line. He also contributed all seven of his rebounds in the opening 20 minutes. Raivio had 10 of his 13 points in the first half and Doudney 12 of his 16.
Everybody scored with the exception of freshman Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes who took just two shots in his 19 minutes but grabbed five rebounds and had four assists, and student body favorite Stephen Gentry, who missed both of his shots in his three minutes of action.
Morrison also grabbed seven rebounds to tie Turiaf for the team lead as the Bulldogs held a 43-29 rebounding edge. Morrison paced the Bulldogs with eight assists as Gonzaga had 32 assists in 42 field goals.
ESU was led by the 17 points of Jay Miller, one of four Hornets in double figures. Emporia State, who has a Sunday date at top-ranked University of Kansas, shot 44.9 percent from the field and hit 15-of-27 3-pointers for 55.6 percent.
Gonzaga redshirt candidates - freshmen David Pendergraft and Josh Heytvelt - did not play. Junior college transfer J.P. Batista also did not see action after Gonzaga officials were notified by the NCAA late Friday afternoon that his eligibility still has not been certified. Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth said he is "confident the issue will be resolved soon."
Gonzaga will play its final exhibition contest - a Blue-White game - next Sunday at 2 p.m. in the McCarthey Athletic Center. The regular-season and home opener is Nov. 19 at home against Portland State University.
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