No. 10 Zags Pull Away Late Against Virginia, 80-69
Dec. 17, 2005
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Adam Morrison scored 27 points and No. 10 Gonzaga overcame some sloppy play to beat Virginia 80-69 in a seesaw game Saturday night which was the first appearance ever by an Atlantic Coast Conference team in Spokane.
There were numerous lead changes and neither team held a lead bigger than six points until the closing minutes.
Sean Singletary had a career-high 35 points for Virginia (3-4), which lost its third straight game.
Singletary, who missed the last game with a hip injury, scored six straight points as the Cavaliers built a 46-42 lead early in the second half.
The teams traded baskets until Batista had a field goal and two free throws to tie the score at 59 with 9:01 left. J.R. Reynolds made two field goals for a 63-59 Virginia lead.
But Virginia went 6 minutes without a field goal and the Zags went on a 12-1 run to seize control of the game.
Morrison, the nation's leading scorer with a 28.5 average, hit a basket and two free throws to make it 63-all. Batista's free throw gave them the lead before Singletary's free throw tied the game.
Raivio's 3-pointer gave Gonzaga a 67-64 lead with 5:22 left and Reynolds was charged with an intentional foul on the play. Raivio missed the first free throw, his first miss in 29 attempts dating to last season, but made the second for a 68-64 lead. Gonzaga kept the ball and Morrison made a free throw for a 69-64 lead.
Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes stole the ball from Singletary and scored on a layup for a 71-64 lead with 4:15 left. Virginia did not threaten again.
Gonzaga is 7-1 all-time against ACC teams, beating Maryland earlier this season and Georgia Tech last season.
Gonzaga and Virginia played once before, with the Zags winning in the first round of the NCAA tournament in 2001.
Gonzaga has won 41 of its past 42 nonconference home games, and its 29-game home winning streak is the second-longest in the nation. The Bulldogs have never lost in their two seasons at McCarthey Athletic Center, and are 41-0 at home when ranked.
Gonzaga guard Erroll Knight played his first minutes of the season after being out with a knee injury. He immediately picked up a steal which led to a basket by Batista.
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