No. 17 Zags Rebound to Defeat Matadors

Dec. 8, 2007

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Jeremy Pargo insisted No. 17 Gonzaga was not out to prove it could score in buckets.

Nevertheless, the Bulldogs tied their season scoring high with an 85-59 pounding of Cal State Northridge on Saturday, in their first game since losing to Washington State 51-47 last Wednesday.

"We didn't come out with a goal to score 100 points just to show we could score," said Pargo, who had eight points, nine assists and four steals in the blowout win. "We came out looking for a win."

Micah Downs scored 19 points and Matt Bouldin 18, including what Pargo called his first college dunk for the Zags (8-2).

Abdullahi Kuso had 11 rebounds as the Zags had a 50-29 advantage on the boards, including 20 offensive rebounds.

"We'd gotten outrebounded two games in a row," said David Pendergraft, who grabbed seven boards. "Rebounding was a point of emphasis."

Cal State Northridge (6-2), which was off to its best start since 1988-89, was held 24 points below its season average and shot just 36.7 percent in the game.

After falling behind early, Northridge never really threatened. Coach Bobby Braswell did not meet with the media afterward.

Gonzaga coach Mark Few noted that his team in the past two weeks has been to the Great Alaska Shootout, traveled to games in Philadelphia and Boston, and then hosted No. 8 Washington State.

"I'm very proud how we got through this stretch," Few said. "We had great competition in a lot of places."

The Zags now get a nine-day break for finals, after improving to 43-2 at the McCarthey Athletic Center since it opened in 2004.

Deon Tresvant scored 15 points to lead Cal State Northridge, while Calvin Chitwood and Rob Haynes had 11 each.

Gonzaga's 47 points against Washington State was its lowest total since 1996. The Bulldogs scored 45 in the first half alone this game.

Bouldin, who missed all nine of his shots and did not score against Washington State, made seven of 13 field goals against Northridge.

The Zags, who shot 25.9 percent against Washington State, made 44 percent of their shots this time, while holding Northridge to 36 percent.

"Our defense won it tonight," Few said.

Northridge managed to stay close in the first 10 minutes, trailing just 20-13. But a dunk by Larry Gurganious and consecutive 3-pointers by Bouldin just 20 seconds apart lifted the Zags to a 28-13 lead.

The game turned into a 3-point contest, with Gonzaga making three and the Matadors two over the next three minutes to give Gonzaga a 39-21 lead with 7:13 left.

The Matadors got five unanswered points from Tremaine Townsend and a breakaway slam from Chatwood to close to 41-28 with 1:38 left.

Gonzaga led 45-30 at halftime, thanks to 51 percent shooting, including 6-of-11 on 3-pointers.

Bouldin scored three field goals early in the second half as Gonzaga built a 54-36 lead, and cruised to an 8-2 record for the third consecutive season.

Gonzaga's Theo Davis has left the team to return to Canada to help care for his ailing father. It is not clear when he will return.



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