Bulldogs Prey on Overmatched Eagles, 86-57

Nov. 30, 2010

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Steven Gray scored 18 points, all on 3-pointers, as Gonzaga beat Eastern Washington 86-57 on Tuesday night.

Robert Sacre and freshman Mathis Mönninghoff scored 13 apiece and Sam Dower added 11 for Gonzaga (4-2).

The Bulldogs wasted little time putting this game away, racing to a 20-7 lead as Gray hit half of his six first-half treys in the first 7:27. He connected on his first six shots - all from behind the arc - and at one point had outscored the entire EWU squad 18-12 as the Bulldogs built a 36-12 lead with just over five minutes to play in the half.

Mönninghoff was equally as hot from the field, connecting on all five of his field goal attempts, including 3-for-3 from 3-point range for 13 points.

The Bulldogs hit 9-of-10 long-range shots in the first half in building a 49-20 lead. Gray finished 6-for-7 from 3-point range in the opening half. Gonzaga went 11-for-16 from 3-point range for the game.

Gonzaga connected on 16-for-26 from the field in the first half for 61.5 percent and finished 33-for-57 for 57.9 percent.

"Obviously that makes the game a lot easier on offense when the shots are going in," Gonzaga head coach Mark Few said. "I thought we did a nice job of finding guys to get shots. Meech (Demetri Goodson) is slowly silently putting together a nice little year. He had six assists and one turnover tonight. Steve was hot and feeling it and Mönninghoff was feeling it a little bit."

Eastern Washington (1-5) was led by Jeffrey Forbes' 18 points, and Kevin Winford added 11. The Eagles shot 33.9 percent, made 7-of-18 free throws, had 10 assists and were forced into 21 turnovers that led to 29 Gonzaga points. The Bulldogs reciprocated with 16 turnovers that EWU turned into 20 points. Gonzaga held a slight 37-36 rebounding edge and the Eagles pulled down 16 offensive rebounds.

Sam Dower came off the bench to score 11 points and grab 8 rebounds for the Zags, and Kelly Olynyk had 9 points and an equal number of rebounds.

Eastern Washington has lost 30 of the last 31 games against its Spokane County neighbor, including 23 straight.

Gonzaga head coach Mark Few was able to clear his bench as all 11 available players played double-digit minutes.

The Zags Elias Harris did not play. He is still feeling the effects of an Achilles strain suffered against San Diego State University Nov. 16, although he did play two games in Kansas City last weekend. He is scheduled to undergo another MRI on Wednesday.

The Bulldogs will face the University of Illinois Saturday in the Comcast Battle in Seattle at KeyArena. Tickets are still available for that game through all Ticketmaster outlets across the state of Washington. Gametime is 2:15 p.m.



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