Bulldogs Lose Tough One To Cardinal

Dec. 28, 2002

Box Score

AP Sports Writer

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Justin Davis had 24 points and Stanford went on a 14-0 second-half run to rally for an 81-71 win over Gonzaga in Saturday's second game of the Pete Newell Challenge.

Trailing 49-37, the Cardinal (8-3) took control during the run that included 3-pointers by Julius Barnes and Josh Childress, and a steal and breakaway layup by Davis. The Bulldogs held a 49-37 lead with 15:23 to play when the Cardinal began their rally, and 9:18 later Stanford had outscored the Bulldogs 30-10 for a 67-59 advantage. A Tony Skinner jumper closed to GU deficit to 67-61, but the Bulldogs would get no closer.

Gonzaga (8-4), which led by nine points at halftime, tied the game at 51-51 to stop the Stanford run, but trailed the rest of the way as the Cardinal got hot from outside the 3-point line.

Childress had 18 points and Barnes had 13 for Stanford, while freshman Dan Grunfeld - the son of former NBA player and general manager Ernie Grunfeld - added nine points off the bench. Cory Violette had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Gonzaga, while Kyle Bankhead and Richard Fox each added 12, though Fox was held to just two points in the second half. It was the third double-double of the season for Violette and the 14th of his career.

Fox had 10 points in the first half as Gonzaga, which had a 13-0 run midway through the half, took a 41-32 lead. Davis had 12 points and Childress had 10 for Stanford, accounting for all but 10 of the Cardinal's points in the half.

Gonzaga won the first-half battle of the boards 19-14, but the Cardinal dominated the second half 18-11. The Bulldogs were also a chilly 4-for-23 from 3-point range, including an 0-for-12 second half. Blake Stepp (0-for-7), Kyle Bankhead (2-for-6) and Tony Skinner (1-for-5) all struggled from behind the arc.



The Bulldogs also got limited minutes from reserve Ronny Turiaf, the team's leading scorer entering the contest at 17.3 ppg. Turiaf played just 7 minutes as a sprained ankle hampered his mobility. Zach Gourde played 20 minutes off the bench to help pick up the slack, scoring 6 points and grabbing 3 rebounds.

It was the first time the teams had met during the regular season, and the first time Stanford had defeated Gonzaga. The Bulldogs won at Stanford in the 1994 NIT first round, and stunned highly favored Stanford in the second round of the 1999 NCAA tournament. Stanford head coach Mike Montgomery improved his lifetime record against Gonzaga to 2-5. Montgomery teams went 1-3 against Gonzaga during his days as head coach at Montana. Stanford is now 1-2 against Gonzaga in Montgomery's tenure.

The victory was the 1,200th for the 88-year-old Stanford basketball program.

In the first game of the doubleheader named for former California coach Pete Newell, No. 19 Kansas defeated Cal 80-67, Kansas becoming the first visiting team to win a game in the contest which annual features Stanford and Cal. Gonzaga became the first non-Bay Area team to appear in the Pete Newell Challenge for the second time, the Bulldogs dropping a 72-64 decision to Cal on Dec. 21, 1999.

Gonzaga returns to action New Year's Eve when Saint Joseph's University visits sold out Kennel for a 5 p.m. contest to be televised in Spokane on KHQ-TV.

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