No. 13 Gonzaga's Win Streak Reaches Six
Dec. 21, 2004
By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Adam Morrison scored 25 points and No. 13 Gonzaga beat outmanned neighbor Eastern Washington 83-70 on Tuesday night in the neutral Spokane Arena.
Ronny Turiaf added 17 points and seven rebounds for Gonzaga (9-1), which won its sixth straight, including an upset of then-No. 3 Georgia Tech last Saturday.
Marc Axton led Eastern Washington (2-8) with 33 points, including a school record-tying seven 3-pointers. The Eagles, located in suburban Cheney, have lost six straight games and have also dropped 19 in a row to Gonzaga dating to 1990.
But they used 11 3-pointers to stay in the game against the more athletic Bulldogs. They finished with 11-of-27 from 3-point range.
Gonzaga trailed early, but took the lead midway through the first half and stayed ahead of the scrappy Eagles by shooting 62 percent from the field. Eastern made just 38 percent of its shots
After leading by 10 points at halftime, Gonzaga went on an 8-0 run early in the second half, punctuated by a slam by Turiaf, to build a 47-31 lead with 16:28 left.
But Axton completed a rare four-point play to pull Eastern within 49-38. Tim Scheffler and Axton hit 3-pointers and Danny Pariseau added a jumper to get the Eagles within 53-46 with 12 minutes left.
But Eastern did not make a field goal for more than 6 minutes as Gonzaga built a 66-51 lead and then made free throws to fend off the Eagles.
Axton scored eight quick points as Eastern Washington jumped to a 14-7 lead in the first 5 minutes. Consecutive 3-pointers by Morrison and Erroll Knight lifted Gonzaga to its first lead, 23-21, with 8:01 left in the first half.
From there, Gonzaga outscored Eastern Washington 16-8 to take a 39-29 lead at halftime. Morrison finished with 15 points in the first half, and Gonzaga shot 57 percent in the half (16-of-28).
Eastern Washington shot 34 percent (9-of-26) in the first half and Axton had 13 points.
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