No. 25 Men's Hoops Handles Huskies, 67-47

Dec 11, 2001

Box Score

SEATTLE, Wash. - Gonzaga University, playing its first game since cracking the Associated Press Top 25 on Monday, used its inside muscle Tuesday night to top the University of Washington 67-47 at the Bank of America Arena in newly-remodeled Hec Edmundon Pavilion.

With Cory Violette recording his third straight double-double with a game-high 18 points and 13 rebounds and Zach Gourde contributing 13 points and eight rebounds, the Bulldogs won this dog fight for the fourth straight season.

Anthony Reason also pulled down 10 rebounds as the Zags won the battle of the boards 50-35 in running their record to 8-2 with their fourth straight victory. It also marked the ninth time in 10 outings this season the Bulldogs have won the board battle, and was the eight time Gonzaga has held a double-digit advantage on the glass.

A late surge by the Bulldogs broke this one wide open. Ahead 48-39 with 9:13 to go as the Huskies (6-3) cut into as much as a 15-point Gonzaga lead to get the deficit under double figures, the Bulldogs went on a 10-3 run to open a 57-42 lead with 5:32 to go and the outcome was academic. Blake Stepp's 3-pointer form the right side, a Dan Dickau bank shot from the right lane, a pair of Gourde free throws and a Violette basket from left of the lane put the Huskies down for the count the final time.

Washington, which scored less than 50 points in a game for the first time since a 71-47 setback at Oregon State University during the 1999-00 season, scored just eight points in the final 9:13. Washington came into the game shooting 46.4 percent from the 3-point range but missed 12 straight during one stretch and went 6-of-25. Until Josh Barnard hit a 3 along the baseline with 11:33 left, the Huskies hadn't made one since Grant Leep's 3 off the glass five minutes into the game.

Dickau, who transferred to the Bulldogs after two seasons at Washington, was playing against his former team for the first time and was greeted by a chorus of boos as the starting lineups were announced. He missed last year's meeting after suffering a broken finger in the game leading up to the UW's visit to Spokane. The senior point guard from Vancouver, Wash., went 3-for-11 from the field, 2-for-7 from 3-point range and scored eight points. It was his first time out of double digits since scoring nine points last season at home against Santa Clara University, a string of 24 games. First-half foul trouble, however, limited him to seven minutes in the opening half.

With the Bulldogs intent on pushing the ball inside in the first half, Gourde and Violette each poured in 10 points. Violette's came on a 4-for-8 first half from the field, while Gourde went 4-for-11 as the duo combined for 19 of the Bulldogs' 30 shots in the opening half.

Violette scored six of the first 11 Bulldog points early and Gourde six of 10 points midway through the half. But Gonzaga was unable to break away from the Huskies until an 8-0 run late in the half. With Gonzaga clinging to a 27-24 advantage, Gourde converted a pair of free throws, Stepp followed with two more charity tosses and a Gourde hook and a Stepp driving layin down the key completed the spurt and put the Bulldogs ahead 35-24 with 2:20 to go in the half.

Washington managed just three field goals over the final 7:27 after a 19-19 tie, one of them a scrappy rebound basket by C.J. Masingale with 1:47 to go in the half to cut the intermission deficit to nine points at 35-26.

Gonzaga's guards were relatively silent offensively in the first half, as Dickau and Stepp took a total of four shots in the first half. Stepp had 6 points, Dickau three in the opening 20 minutes. For the game they finished a combined 8-of-18, Stepp heating up to go 5-of-7 for the game for 15 points.

Neither team came out on fire in the second half, Gonzaga just 3-of-12 from the field and Washington 2-for-13 at the 12:00 media timeout.

Gonzaga still managed to increase the lead to 15 points at 43-28 six minutes into the second half. UW's Erroll Knight got the first points of the half on an 8-foot jumper in the lane, but Violette answered with a jumper from the free throw line, Reason made two free throws and Dickau connected from the top of the arc for a trey and a 42-28 advantage. Gourde hit 1-of-2 from the line to end the 8-0 run.

But the Huskies refused to lie down. Masingale made two free throws when he was fouled intentionally by Alex Hernandez on a breakaway, and David Dixon got a slam dunk on the ensuing possession to cut the GU lead to 43-32 with 12:32 remaining.

But the final 10 minutes were all Bulldogs, who now entertain another Pacific-10 Conference team Saturday when Washington State University visits The Kennel for the first time since 1977 for a game that is already a sellout. The 7 p.m. game will be televised on FOX Sports Net Northwest.

 

 

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