No. 14 Gonzaga Routs Montana to Open Season
Nov. 11, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -Freshman Austin Daye scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help No. 14 Gonzaga open its season by beating Montana 77-54 on Sunday.
Gonzaga (1-0) largely smothered the Montana offense, and coach Mark Few was able to give plenty of minutes to his bench players.
Montana (1-1), expected to be one of the top contenders in the Big Sky Conference, got into a hole early because of poor shooting and never threatened after that.
The Bulldogs made 53 percent of their field goals and 15 of 21 free throws. Montana made just 30 percent of its shots, including 5 of 22 3-pointers.
Gonzaga also dominated the rebounding 40-29.
The Grizzlies were led by Matt Martin's 18 points.
Daye, a 6-foot-10 forward from Irvine, Calif., is the son of former UCLA and NBA player Darren Daye. He made 8 of 13 field goals.
The Zags blew the game open with a 15-4 run late in the first half for a 36-16 lead with 5 minutes left.
Gonzaga led 44-25 at halftime, after holding Montana to 29 percent shooting while shooting 55 percent.
Seven different Zags scored in the first half, led by Daye's 12 first-half points.
Montana went on a 10-2 run in the second half to close the deficit to 51-37. But the Zags answered with an 11-3 run, holding Montana scoreless for 5 minutes, for a 62-40 lead with 9:44 left. The Grizzlies scored only 7 points during a 10-minute span late in the game.
Gonzaga played without star Josh Heytvelt, who was sidelined with a foot injury.
Once a member of the Big Sky, Gonzaga leads the series 101-48. Montana has not won since 1996, and has lost nine straight in the series.
Gonzaga is 40-1 in the McCarthey Athletic Center since it opened in 2004.
Gonzaga finished 23-11 last season.
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