Bulldogs Survive WSU 110-104 In Overtime

Dec 8, 2002

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PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Blake Stepp scored a career-high 34 points as Gonzaga University beat Washington State University 110-104 in overtime on Saturday night, sweeping both Pacific 10 schools in the state in overtime in the same week.

Marcus Moore scored a career-high 42 points in the loss.

Ronny Turiaf scored eight points in overtime for Gonzaga (5-2), which beat Washington State for the fourth straight time, and for the first time in Pullman since Dec. 10, 1986. Gonzaga had lost it's last two Friel Court appearances on Dec. 4, 1997, and in the first round of the 1996 NIT.

Moore's desperation 3-pointer from near half court tied the game at 93-93 as regulation expired. Moore scored 17 of WSU's final 20 points of regulation, all in the final 3:17.

Moore scored 10 of Washington State's (2-3) 11 points in overtime, including a 3-pointer that closed the gap to 104-101 with 30 seconds left. But the Cougars were forced to foul, and Stepp sank four free throws and Turiaf sank two to keep the Bulldogs ahead.

"For a majority of the game he was taking the shots we wanted him to take," Gonzaga head coach Mark Few said. "WSU put up a courageous effort. They need to draw on that experience. WSU battled. I hope they continue to play that hard."

As for Moore's final shot of regulation, Few said he wasn't toally surprised.

"I can't say that we didn't think it was coming," Few said.

Gonzaga led most of the game and built a 68-49 lead with 11:50 to go as Richard Fox, making his first career start for the Bulldogs, scored 12 of Gonzaga's first 17 points of the second half. But the Cougars went on a 15-2 run to close the gap to 70-64 with 8:34 remaining as Thomas Kelati scored 8 of his 19 points in that stretch. Fox, a transfer from the University of Colorado who sat out last year under NCAA transfer rules, finished with 18 points and nine boards, both season highs.



"Fox played great. It's the Fox we were waiting for," Few said of the 6-11 junior. "He showed tonight what he was in practice and what he was at Colorado. I think early in the season he was being a team guy, but we need his role to be that of a scorer."

The Bulldogs built the lead back to 83-73 with 2:58 to go as Stepp scored a basket from the left side of the free throw line, followed with two free throws and then Turiaf scored from the left block.

With Gonzaga still leading 89-81 with 43 seconds remaining, the Cougars reeled off six straight treys - including four straight by Moore - and the Bulldogs led 91-87 with 27 seconds left. A Gonzaga turnover gave the ball right back to the Cougars and Kelati drained a 3-pointer from the right top of the circle to make it 91-90 just four seconds from the end of regulation.

Stepp was fouled and made both free throws for a 93-90 Gonzaga advantage, and Moore brought the ball one step past mid court, spun and put up his desperation heave that banked in to send the game to overtime.

The win capped a busy week for the Bulldogs, who beat Washington in overtime at home on Monday and came from a 61-50 deficit in the final 10 minutes to win at Montana on Thursday.

"We get eight days off and we need the time to work on ourselves," Few said.

A 13-0 run that featured consecutive 3-pointers by Stepp, Winston Brooks and Kyle Bankhead lifted Gonzaga to a 24-12 lead midway through the first half.

The teams traded a barrage of baskets the rest of the first half as Gonzaga took a 49-37 halftime lead.

The game marked the first time in the series both teams had scored 100 points in the same game, Gonzaga reached 100 points for the first time against a WSU team and the 104 Cougar points were the second-most against Gonzaga in the series.

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