Bulldogs End North Carolina State's Win Streak, 69-60

Dec. 17, 2002

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AP Sports Writer

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Richard Fox set a Jimmy V Classic record with 17 rebounds and Gonzaga spoiled North Carolina State's first appearance in the event that honors former Wolfpack coach Jim Valvano with a 69-60 victory Tuesday night.

Tony Skinner led a balanced scoring attack with 14 points, and the Bulldogs (6-3) outrebounded the Wolfpack 61-35 to finally looking like the team that led the nation in rebounding last season.

Scooter Sherrill had 22 points, but N.C. State (5-1) had no chance of remaining unbeaten on a night in which it shot 27 percent. The team shot better than 50 percent in its first five games.

The Wolfpack missed 20 straight shots at one point, including the final 19 of the first half.

Julius Hodge added 14 points and Marcus Melvin had 10, but they combined to hit 6 for 29 from the field.

Cory Violette added 12 points and Kyle Bankhead scored all 10 of his in the second half for Gonzaga, which was playing on the road for the seventh time in nine games.

North Carolina State did manage to put together a little streak at the start of the second half. It hit seven shots, one more than it made in the first half, to take a 44-41 lead.

Gonzaga responded with a 13-3 spurt that included three 3-pointers, two by Bankhead.

Sherrill gave the Wolfpack their final lead at 47-46 on a 3-pointer with 10:51 to play.

Blake Stepp put Gonzaga ahead with a 3-pointer from the top of the key and Bankhead followed with another 3-pointer after a 90-second dry spell by both teams for a 52-47 edge.

Fox powered his way inside on the Zags' next possession and increased the lead to 54-47.



North Carolina State got to 58-55 on a 3-pointer by Levi Watkins with 3:19 to go, but Ronny Turiaf hit two free throws and Violette made a layup to push the lead back to seven.

Despite missing its final 19 shots of the first half and being outrebounded 33-19, North Carolina State only trailed 32-27 at the half.

The Wolfpack, which came into the game shooting slightly over 50 percent in their first five games, went cold after Sherrill hit a 3-pointer for an 18-13 lead with 12:24 left in the half.

Gonzaga scored 15 of the next 18 points, with six different players contributing.

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