No. 8 Gonzaga Puts Down No. 23 Maryland, 88-76
Nov. 21, 2005
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) - Gonzaga's offense and zone defense both started working really well in the second half.
Once the eighth-ranked Bulldogs stopped turning the ball over, their matchup zone was even more effective and they pulled away to an 88-76 victory over No. 23 Maryland on Monday in the opening round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational.
"I was really apprehensive about this game and the key is we took care of the ball in the second half and that's not easy against Maryland," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. "We battened down the hatches and really settled down in the second half."
Preseason All-America Adam Morrison scored 25 points, Derek Raivio had 24 and J.P. Batista added 21 for Gonzaga (2-0). The Bulldogs advanced to Tuesday's semifinals where they will play No. 12 Michigan State, which beat Chaminade 89-67.
After committing 12 turnovers in the first half, Gonzaga only had five in the second.
The Bulldogs' matchup zone was really effective over the final 10 minutes of the game, holding Maryland (1-1) to four field goals in that span, three of them coming in the final 1:14.
"We had too much adrenaline going in the first half," Raivio said. "We were taking quick shots, but we settled down in the second half."
D.J. Strawberry's breakaway dunk with 9:26 left brought the Terrapins into a 60-all tie. Maryland's next field goal was a 3-pointer by Strawberry with 4:03 left that cut Gonzaga's lead to 72-65.
The Terrapins missed seven straight shots before Strawberry's long jumper. Chris McCray made two free throws with 3:10 left to make it a five-point game, but freshman Jeremy Pargo hit a 3-pointer 27 seconds later to start a 6-0 run that Raivio capped with a layup that made it 78-67 with 1:57 left.
"We didn't make a shot. We had them but we didn't make them," Maryland coach Gary Williams said. "That's the way it is. You have to make shots."
Pargo finished with 11 points and seven assists.
McCray had 18 points for Maryland, while Strawberry added 16 and Mike Jones 12.
The Bulldogs shot 55.8 percent (29-for-52), including 7-for-13 from 3-point range.
Maryland, despite the late shooting slump, still hit 48.3 percent (28-for-58), but it committed 23 turnovers as Gonzaga racked up 15 steals.
"Percentages can be misleading," Williams said. "We weren't good with the ball. We had 23 turnovers. You have that many against a team as good as Gonzaga and you're in trouble."
Morrison, Batista and Raivio, all keys for Gonzaga last season in its run into the Top Ten, scored all the points for the Bulldogs in the run that pulled them away from the 60-60 tie. Raivio hit two 3s in the spurt and he also had a nice pass to Morrison for a layup.
"They have the big bodies and Coach said I had to let the game come to me," Morrison said. "We did that as a team in the second half."
Williams credited the Bulldogs' three scorers.
"Gonzaga really showed a lot of poise in the second half," he said. "Their three main guys stepped it up the way you want to see from your veterans."
This is Gonzaga's second appearance at Maui with a fourth-place finish in 2002. The Terrapins lost in the 1994 championship game and went 1-2 in 2000.
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