Violette Scores 24 Points, Grabs 18 Boards In Win
Nov. 8, 2001
SPOKANE, Wash. - Sophomore Cory Violette scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed 18 rebounds as Gonzaga University got its final tune-up for the regular season with a 97-54 win over the Delta Jammers of Manteca, Calif., Thursday in an exhibition contest in The Kennel.
Violette, the Boise, Idaho, post who had numerous contributions off the bench as a freshmen, established himself as the a bona fide heir apparent to Casey Calvary with Thursday's performance. Calvary was one of the guys Violette played behind last year while appearing in all 33 games in a reserve role, Calvary earning West Coast Conference Player of the Year honors in leading Gonzaga to a third straight NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance.
But Violette's numbers were Calvary-like on Thursday, connecting on 9-of-12 shots from the floor, dominating the defensive boards with 14 rebounds and crashing home a couple of thundering dunks off assists from senior point guard Dan Dickau.
As they did in Saturday's 101-81 win over Brewster Packing, the Bulldogs jumped out of the blocks early. The Bulldogs had a 15-4 lead less than five minutes into the contest, Violette's first dunk putting the exclamation point on the game-opening run.
Delta Jammers, coming off a loss to the University of the Pacific over the weekend, cut the deficit to 15-11 with a 7-0 run on a Cory Powell jumper, a pair of free throws by Damond Edwards and a trey by Robbie Jones. But Gonzaga countered with a 3-pointer by Winston Brooks, and jumpers by Violette, Ronny Turiaf and Anthony Reason for a 24-11 lead with 13:17 to go in the opening half.
Gonzaga pushed the lead to 23 points by intermission as Violette scored 16 of his points in the first half as the Bulldogs connected on 48.8 percent (20-of-41) from the field to a chilly 27.3 percent (9-of-33) by the visitors.
The second half mirrored the first as the Bulldogs connected on 12-of-24 from the field and 13-of-22 from the free throw line while Delta Jammers continued its cold trend with a 13-of-46 second half for 28.3 percent, including 2-of-15 3-point attempts in the second half for 13.3 percent.
The Gonzaga lead reached a game-high 39 points when Turiaf converted a pair of free throws for two of his 16 points off the bench, pushing the advantage to 85-46 with 7:50 remaining. The lead never got under 32 the rest of the night.
While Violette and Turiaf paced the offensive onslaught, Zach Gourde, Dickau and Brooks each scored 10 points. Gonzaga had six players - including all five starters - in double digits last Saturday.
The rebounding battle was close, Gonzaga holding a slight 55-50 edge. Gonzaga had 10 more field goals and 14 more free throws made than the visitors. Despite the edge in free throws, the Bulldogs connected on just 24-of-41 for a less-than-impressive 58.5 percent. Delta Jammers went 10-of-17 from the line for 58.8 percent. Gonzaga shot just 55.2 percent from the line in Saturday's exhibition, going 16-of-29.
The Bulldogs were again without the services of guard Blake Stepp, still hampered with swelling in his right knee.
Gonzaga now turns its attention to the season opener next Friday at the University of Illinois, ranked second in the USA TODAY/ESPN preseason poll and third in the Associated Press rankings. The Bulldogs make their regular-season home opener Nov. 18 against the University of Montana.
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