Bulldogs Down Tennessee To Win Old Spice Classic
Nov. 30, 2008
Gonzaga led by 18 before Tennessee rallied to close to 77-71 on Cameron Tatum's 3-pointer with just over a minute left. Micah Downs hit five of six free throws and Jeremy Pargo, amed the tournament MVP, had a fast-break dunk to help the Bulldogs (5-0) hold on.
Gray, just 3-for-18 from 3-point range for 16.7 percent entering the game, unleashed a 4-for-6 night from beyond the arc on his way to 6-for-10 from the field for the game as he scored a season-high 19 points, two shy of his career high.
Tyler Smith scored 17 and reserves Scotty Hopson and Brian Williams each had a big game for the Volunteers (5-1). Hopson scored 16 and Williams had 15 rebounds.
Tennessee shot 36 percent and had 21 turnovers but outrebounded Gonzaga 50-26.
Josh Heytvelt, named to the all-tournament team, had 15 points for the Bulldogs, who will play the Vols again on Jan. 7 in Knoxville.
The matchup figured to match strength against strength. The Vols came into the game shooting 53 percent from the field. Gonzaga's opponents were shooting only 35 percent.
The Bulldogs got the better of that matchup, holding the Vols to 27-of-76 shooting. Gonzaga shot 52 percent, connecting on 27 of 52 attempts.
Five of the game's first six baskets and each of the Bulldogs' first three scores were 3s, as both teams tried to spread the floor for their inside players.
Gonzaga forward Austin Daye picked up two fouls in a 6-second span just over 3 minutes into the game. The Vols started attacking the inside, and so did the Bulldogs, with mixed results.
After Gonzaga went up five on a 3 by Gray midway through the first half, Tennessee went on a 15-6 run. Hopson and Smith each had three-point plays during the surge to help the Vols take a 28-24 lead.
Tightening their inside defense, the Bulldogs closed the first half with an 11-3 spurt.
Gonzaga won its first regular-season tournament since capturing the BB&T Classic hosted by the University of Maryland in December, 2003. The Bulldogs also defeated a non-conference ranked opponent for the first time since Jan.31, 2007, when Gonzaga won at No. 23 Stanford 90-86 in double overtime.
Tatum was rewarded with the start in place of Hopson after his 17-point performance against Georgetown in the semifinals. The freshman had six points, making two of seven 3s.
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