Bulldogs Use Tritons Dry Spell For Rout
Nov. 12, 2005
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University got its final exhibition tune-up on Saturday, a one-sided 81-36 victory over UC San Diego.
A frigid stretch of 15:42 from the final 5:40 of the first half to 9:58 remaining in the game was the difference as the Tritons failed to score a point and missed 20 straight shots during that span.
UCSD actually held two leads in the game - 1-0 at the 19:31 mark and 20-19 with 8:59 to go in the opening half - but following a Shane Poppen 3-pointer that pulled the Tritons to within 29-25 the roof caved in and the Bulldogs began to flex their muscle. Gonzaga would go on a 29-0 run, started with a rare 3-pointer by 6-9 center/forward J.P. Batista. Seven different players scored in the decisive run.
"I thought the defense did a better job in the second half," Gonzaga head coach Mark Few said. "In the first half UCSD came out and did what we usually try to do - dictate the tempo, fly around and play good defense."
Gonzaga forged a 41-25 halftime lead, due largely to the 5:40 dry spell by the Tritons at the end of the half. Gonzaga hit just 10-of-22 field goal attempts for 45.5 percent in the first half, but UCSD managed just an 8-for-21 opening 20 minutes for 38.1 percent. The Bulldogs also went 18-for-24 from the free throw line in the first half while UCSD was just 5-for-7 as the bigger Bulldogs were too much to handle inside. Adam Morrison, Gonzaga's 6-8 pre-season All-American, went 5-for-8 from the line, Batista 5-for-6 and 6-6 David Pendergraft 2-for-2 in the first half as the big men combined for 12-for-16 from the charity stripe.
Gonzaga held just an 18-15 edge in rebounds in the first half, but finished the game with a 43-30 edge.
Batista led all scorers with 18 points on a 6-for-11 night from the field - including the trey - and also grabbed six rebounds. Henry Patterson was the lone Triton in double-digit scoring with 10 points on a 3-for-5 night from the field and a 4-for-5 game from the free throw line. Sophomore David Pendergraft led the Bulldogs with a game-high 10 rebounds - all at the defensive end.
Derek Raivio had 10 points for the Bulldogs as the only other Zag to hit double digits.
Gonzaga was without the services of three players on Saturday. Erroll Knight was in street clothes after undergoing a knee scope earlier in the week, Josh Heytvelft warmed up but did not play while recovering from a foot/ankle injury and Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes dressed but did not play because of tendonitis in the ankle, although he could have played if the situation had warranted it.
"Rest is the best thing for it, so we had the luxury of being able to rest him," Few said of Altidor-Cespedes. "I'm also more encouraged by the progress Josh and Erroll have shown recently."
It's still uncertain when either Knight or Heytvelt will be game ready.
The Bulldogs open the regular-season next Friday at home against the University of Idaho, then head to Maui to play in the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational Nov. 21-23. The Bulldogs open the tournament against the University of Maryland.
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