Daye Is Bright For Gonzaga In Victory
Nov. 7, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Freshman forward Austin Daye scored 17 points to lead six Gonzaga University players in double figures Wednesday night in the 14th-ranked Bulldogs' 101-70 exhibition win over Emporia State University of Kansas at the sold out McCarthey Athletic Center.
Wes Book and DeAndre Townsend both scored 17 points for ESU. The Hornets finished last season ranked 23rd in NCAA Division II.
Gonzaga led only 47-43 at halftime after ESU made eight 3-pointers in the first half. In the second half, the Bulldogs scored the first nine points and out-rebounded the Hornets 22-7.
The Hornets led a couple of times by two points - the last at 16-14 - before the Bulldogs went on a 10-0 run to open a little bit of a cushion. Pargo started the rally with a layin, Kuso sank a pair of free throws and Daye and Pendergraft added layups for the 24-16 advantage with 12:25 to go in the opening half.
Gonzaga was never able to completely shake the Hornets, who lost at Texas A&M 85-73 last Thursday, and ESU closed the gap to three twice late in the first half and a Dustin Andrews trey in the final minute brought the Hornets to within four at halftime.
All five second-half starters - Kuso, Pargo, Bouldin, Downs and Daye - scored in the first 3:20 of the second half as Gonzaga went on the 9-0 run to extend the lead to 56-43. ESU closed the gap to single digits twice in the second half, the last at 59-50, before the Bulldogs all but put the game away with an 11-3 spurt to make it 70-53 with 11:33 remaining.
Daye, the freshman from Irvine, Calif., delighted the crowd with his reverse layins, one-handed dunks and reverse slams on his way to a 6-for-8 night from the field. Pargo, a junior co-captain, went 7-for-13 on his way to 16 points and dished out a game-high seven assists.
Gonzaga only committed 11 turnovers that led to nine ESU points, while the Hornets had 20 turnovers resulting in 34 Bulldog points.
The Bulldogs did suffer a pair of injuries in the contest. Pendergraft had two stitches taken near the tear duct of his left eye early in the second half after getting cut by a finger to the eye, and Bouldin suffered a sprained ankle late in the game. Pendergraft returned to action. Bouldin's status will be evaluated Thursday.
Josh Heytvelt, expected to be sidelined for the contest, did see five minutes of action. He practiced in a 5-on-5 situation for the first time Tuesday while rehabilitating a "hot spot" on his ankle and was cleared to play five minutes in Wednesday's game. He played exactly five minutes, going 1-for-2 from the field, scoring four points and grabbing one rebound.
Gonzaga opens the regular season Sunday against visiting University of Montana in a 1 p.m. game that cane be seen on KHQ-TV in Spokane and Fox Sports Northwest. The game can also be heard on 1510 KGA radio in Spokane and via the internet.
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