Bulldogs Win Final Exhibition Tuneup
Nov. 14, 2004
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University turned in another solid shooting effort Sunday as the Bulldog downed Lewis-Clark State College 85-48 in the final exhibition tune-up for Gonzaga prior to the start of the regular season.
The Bulldog shot 62.3 percent from the field, including a blistering 66.7 percent in the first half. LCSC, meanwhile, shot just 27.0 percent from the field.
The Bulldogs now turn their attention to the regular-season and home opener Friday at 7 p.m. against Portland State University in the new McCarthey Athletic Center. That's the first of three straight home games for Gonzaga to launch the 2004-05 season, the Bulldogs hosting the University of Montana on Sunday at 2 p.m. and the University of Idaho on Wednesday, Nov. 24, at 8 p.m.
The Bulldogs raced to an 8-0 lead in the first five minutes Sunday, and by the time the lead had reached 14-3 all five starters had scored.
The rebounding battle went to the Bulldogs 42-27 as Mallon had a game-high 11 and Turiaf added 6.
Morrison and Mallon both had outstanding nights from the field. The West Coast Conference All-Freshmen team selections of a year combined to go 16-for-21 from the field, Morrison connecting on 8-of-12 shots and Mallon 8-of-9. Turiaf was 3-for-5, Raivio 4-for-5 and Erroll Knight 3-for-6 as Gonzaga's starters combined to go 26-for-37 from the field for 70.3 percent.
Gonzaga, as it did in the first exhibition against Emporia State University, again showed good ball distribution as the Bulldogs had 24 assists on 33 field goals. Mallon had a team-high 5 assists.
The Warriors, who had already played eight games and were 5-3 entering Sunday's exhibition, were paced by the 12 points each of Martin Brothers and Justin Fraser.
LCSC went just 17-for-63 from the field and 8-for-30 from 3-point range.
Gonzaga was without the services of transfer J.P. Batista who is still awaiting certification on his eligibility from the NCAA.
"We were hopeful of hearing something in time for Sunday, but we're still confident the issue will be resolved soon," Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth said.
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