Raivio, Zags Bounce Back From First Loss
Nov. 26, 2006
SPOKANE, Washington (Ticker) - With Gonzaga playing at home, it did not matter that it lost its previous game.
Gonzaga (6-1) was coming off its first loss of the season after falling behind by as many as 18 points en route to a 79-71 setback against fellow mid-major Butler in the final of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Friday.
The Bulldogs have also won six straight games at downtown Veterans Memorial Arena since the streak began on February 22, 2003, to extend the streak to 49 in games played in Spokane.
After a tight opening 4 1/2 minutes, Raivio had six points in a 15-4 spurt that gave the Bulldogs a 24-14 advantage with 8:48 to play.
Raivio finished with 16 points in the first half as that advantage was increased to 43-28 at intermission.
Heytvelt, who pulled down 11 rebounds, had six points, in the first 10 minutes of the second half. Jeremy Pargo hit a 3-pointer and a jumper during that stretch and David Pendergraft had a layup to extend the lead to 58-35 with 10 minutes remaining.
Mario Mackey and Keoni Watson scored 11 points each for the
Vandals (2-4), who shot 39 percent (20-of-52) and committed 16
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