Men's Basketball Topples Australia 104-64
Nov. 15, 2002
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University raced to an 18-4 lead and never looked back in taking an easy 104-64 exhibition men's basketball victory over the touring Australia Institute of Sport Friday night at The Kennel.
Cory Violette began the scoring with a dunk just 21 seconds into the contest as he scored eight of Gonzaga's first 10 points. Ronny Turiaf contributed eight points in that stretch as well, including a thundering dunk at 14:52 for a 16-4 lead, then capped the early run with a layin less than a minute later.
The Bulldogs, who won their opening exhibition a week earlier against the Northwest All-Stars, pushed the lead to 27-6 and led by as many as 26 in the first half. Gonzaga shot 58.3 percent in the opening 20 minutes on 21-of-36, then heated up to an even more impressive 66.7 percent in the second half on 20-of-30.
The visitors, playing their fourth game in five nights and their ninth game since Nov. 3 on their 10-game tour, hit just 8-of-28 shots in the first half on 8-of-28, and shot a more respectable 38.9 percent in the second half. The Australians didn't hit double digits in the contest until 7:17 remained in the first half and already down 29-10.
Turiaf, who missed last week's exhibition with a sore shoulder, got the start and scored a game-high 27 points, 19 in the first half. He finished 10-of-14 from the field and 7-of-9 from the line. He was 7-for-10 from the field in the first half. Violette, who sat out last week's game with a sore hip, scored 20 points, 12 in the second half. He went 10-for-13 from the field. Zach Gourde, who relinquished his starting spot to Turiaf, came off the bench for 14 points, as did Richard Fox, who got the start last week in place of Violette.
Andrew Bogut, a much-heralded 6-9 forward, scored 10 points on a 4-for-9 night from the field, and 7-3 center Sam Harris also added
10 points on a 4-for-8 night from the field off the bench. Both were the attention of four NBA scouts in attendance.
Gonzaga won the battle of the boards 45-27 with Turiaf leading the way with nine.
Blake Stepp did another excellent job of running the team, getting 10 assists on the heels of his 13-assist effort last week. Winston Brooks, who also sat out last week's game with a sore shoulder, started in the backcourt with Stepp and had 7 assists.
The game was the final tune-up prior to the Bulldogs opening the regular season next Friday at home against Hofstra University. Gonzaga will then depart for the Maui Invitational Nov. 25-27, meeting the University of Utah in their tournament opener.
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