Gonzaga To Play Tennessee For Old Spice Classic Title
Nov. 28, 2008
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Josh Heytvelt had 22 points and No. 9 Gonzaga beat Maryland 81-59 Friday in the semifinals of the Old Spice Classic.
Greivis Vasquez had 16 points for Maryland (4-1), which upset No. 5 Michigan State in the first round. No other Terrapin finished in double figures.
Gonzaga finished a close first half with a 10-2 run to take a 38-29 halftime lead.
Maryland shot only 38 percent and made 1-of-13 3-pointers for 7.7 percent from beyond the arc..
The Bulldogs advanced to the tournament championship Sunday against Tennessee at 4:30 p.m. PST. Tennessee was a 90-78 winner over Georgetown in the other semifinal. Gonzaga and Tennessee alsoready have a date on the scheddule Jan. 7 in Knoxville, a return game from last year's Battle in Seattle won the Volunteers 82-72 at KeyArena.
Maryland will play the Hoyas for third place.
Heytvelt's season-high 22 points were five shy of his career high at Pepperdine in 2007. He fell one rebound short of his seventh career double-double. Gonzaga dominated the boards 41-30 as nine of the 10 players to see action figured in the rebounding.
Austin Daye also contributed 17 points and 10 rebounds, his third career double-double and second this season.
Landon Milbourne opened the second half with a reverse layup to cut Gonzaga's lead to seven but the Bulldogs scored 19 of the next 26 points. Matt Bouldin's two free throws with just over 10 minutes left put Gonzaga ahead 57-40.
The Terps' 3-point shooting, which carried them to their win over Michigan State, deserted them against the Bulldogs. Maryland made nine of 19 3s against the Spartans.
The Terrapins went the final 6 minutes of the first half without a field goal, and trailed 38-29 at the break.
Vasquez made a 3 early in the game to become the 47th Maryland player to reach 1,000 career points.
The Terrapins were shooting for their second win over a ranked non-conference opponent since 2003. Their first was Thursday against Michigan State.
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