Bulldogs Rout Eastern Oregon 105-45
Dec. 21, 2001
SPOKANE, Wash. - With leading scorer Dan Dickau on the bench resting a sore knee, Gonzaga University's bench combined with the remaining regulars to rout Eastern Oregon University 105-45 Friday night in a non-conference men's basketball game in The Kennel.
The final outing prior to a four-day Christmas break saw the Bulldogs set a schol record for winning margin with the 60-point onlsaught. That topped the 57 points the Bulldogs were victorious by last season in a 93-36 laugher over Northwest College.
Gonzaga won its seventh straight in running its overall record to 10-2. The Bulldogs were ranked 24th this week in both the Associated Press and USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25.
There was one tie and lead change in this contest, both coming in the first 1:07. EOU scored the first bucket of the game when Jonathan Stoddard hit a jumper just 21 seconds into the fray, Ronny Turiaf knotted the contest with a jumper, was fouled and completed the 3-point play for a 3-2 Gonzaga margin. The Bulldogs never looked back.
Gonzaga head coach Mark Few juggled his starting lineup as the freshman Turiaf made his first career start in place of Cotry Violette, Winston Brooks and Germayne Forbes got the starting nod at guard in place of Dickau and Blake Stepp , and Alex Hernandez got the assignment ahead of Anthony Reason. Zach Gourde was the only familiar face in a starting role.
Turiaf finished with a career-high 23 points, Forbes added a career-high 20 and Michaelson hit double digits for the first time in his career with 10 points.
The last time the Mountaineers had the lead under 10 points was at 14-6 but Turiaf made a pair of free throws for a 16-6 edge and it would be 30-6 before EOU would get on the scoreboard again. EOU didn't hit double digits until 10:01 remained in the half and Gonzaga ahead 35-11.
All 11 Gonzaga players in uniform played at least 13 minutes, with Brooks getting a game-high 26 minutes, one of only three Bulldogs with more than 20 minutes of action.
Gonzaga shot 55.9 percent in the first half, 58.1 percent in the second half and finished hitting 37-of-65 from the field for 56.9 percent. EOU shot just 28.8 percent for the game. The Bulldogs converted 10-of-25 from 3-point range while the Mountaineers were a chilly 7-for-22.
After being out rebounded for just the second time this season in last Saturday's win over Washington State University, the bigger Bulldogs controlled the boards 51-27 with Forbes adding 9 rebounds and Turiaf 8.
Gonzaga will return to practice Dec. 26, then depart the following day for the East Coast for games Dec. 29 at Monmouth University and a New Year's Eve date with 15th-ranked St. Joseph's University. Gonzaga will be at the University of New Mexico on Jan. 7 for the first ESPN "Big Monday" telecast of the season.
The next home action for Gonzaga will be the West Coast Conference opener Jan. 11 against Santa Clara University, a game that is already sold out.
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