Zags Coast To Victory Over SLU, 75-45
Dec. 11, 2004
By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
SPOKANE, Wash. - Adam Morrison scored 20 points as No. 25 Gonzaga shook off Saint Louis' inside defensive pressure and coasted to a 75-45 win on Saturday
Gonzaga (7-1) has won four straight since losing to top-ranked Illinois. The Bulldogs cruised despite getting just 2 points from Ronny Turiaf, who was averaging 23.
Reggie Bryant scored 16 points for Saint Louis (1-6), which lost its fourth straight game. The Billikens shot just 30 percent and made only six of 20 3-pointers. Vas'shun Newborne added 12 points for Saint Louis.
For the second straight game, Gonzaga faced a defense-oriented, low-scoring opponent. The Bulldogs won 54-52 at Washington State on Tuesday, despite their lowest point total of the season.
Saint Louis coach Brad Soderberg was a longtime assistant to Washington State coach Dick Bennett when both were at Wisconsin, and uses the same defensive scheme.
Erroll Knight, seeing his first extended minutes for Gonzaga after missing six games with a thumb injury, scored 12 points. Derek Raivio had 13 and Sean Mallon 12 for the Bulldogs, who shot 52 percent.
Gonzaga made 19 of 24 free throws. Saint Louis sank just five of 11.
Saint Louis was scoreless in the opening five minutes and made just six of 24 shots in the first half to trail 32-17 at the break.
In the second half, two baskets by Raivio and field goals by Mallon and Morrison keyed a 9-0 Gonzaga run as the Bulldogs built a 47-26 lead with just over 13 minutes left. The Billikens never threatened thereafter.
In the first half, Saint Louis missed its first seven shots before Izik Ohanon's putback with 14:47 left. Gonzaga scored the next eight points for a 13-2 lead. Morrison scored five points in a 12-2 run that lifted Gonzaga to a 25-9 lead.
Bryant scored the last eight points of the first half for Saint Louis. But the Bulldogs clamped down on Bryant, who had 10 points in the first half.
The Billikens average only 53 points and 37-percent shooting.
Gonzaga is 29-0 at home when ranked and has a 17-game home winning streak.
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