No. 12 Gonzaga Upsets No. 3 Oklahoma State

Dec. 28, 2004

Box Score

By JEFF LATZKE
Associated Press Writer

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - J.P. Batista came off the bench for a career-high 20 points, Adam Morrison scored 19 and No. 12 Gonzaga beat Oklahoma State 78-75 in its second upset of a third-ranked team this season.

The Bulldogs led by as many as 16 points early in the second half, but needed a strong finish to hold off the charging Cowboys.

Oklahoma State (9-1) pushed its way back into the game with a 21-8 run that John Lucas III capped with a 3-pointer from the left corner to make it 65-62 with 9{ minutes to play. After a 9-2 run by Gonzaga, the Cowboys drew to within a point on two occasions but could not take the lead.

Batista, a junior college transfer, saw increased playing time as Bulldogs leading scorer Ronny Turiaf was limited by an ankle injury and foul trouble during the game.

Turiaf had 10 points in 18 minutes and Erroll Knight scored 11 for the Bulldogs, who are 2-1 against Top 5 teams this season. Gonzaga (10-1) beat then-No. 3 Georgia Tech 85-73 on Dec. 18 and lost to No. 1 Illinois 89-72 on Nov. 27.

Reserve Stephen Graham scored 22 points to lead the Cowboys, and Lucas had 19.

Gonzaga forward Adam Morrison celebrates after No. 12 Gonzaga defated No. 3 Oklahoma State 78-75 in the Touchstone Energy All-College Classic in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Jerry Laizure)


Gonzaga raced out to a 26-15 lead before the Cowboys came to life with a 13-3 run. Joey Graham's steal set up a fast-break dunk by Terrence Crawford and Oklahoma State had fought back to within 29-28.

The Bulldogs pulled away again, and Batista's putback stretched Gonzaga's lead to 46-34. The Bulldogs led by nine at intermission after shooting 65 percent in the first half.

The hot shooting continued into the second half as Gonzaga stretched its lead to 57-41 when Turiaf scored with 18 minutes to play.

After Oklahoma State rallied to within three, the Bulldogs pushed back ahead with a 9-2 run that Morrison finished with a 3-pointer from the left wing to make it 74-65.

The Cowboys pulled back within 74-73 on Ivan McFarlin's basket inside, but Turiaf answered with a spinning right-hander on the other end.

Stephen Graham again pulled the Cowboys within a point with a jumper from the free-throw line, but the Cowboys would not score again.

Morrison hit a jumper in the lane to extend the lead and Lucas' 3-point try at the buzzer didn't hit the rim as Oklahoma State suffered its first loss.

Batista was named the MVP of the Bill Russell game of the double-header and was joined on the all-tournament team by Morrison, Stephen Graham and Lucas of OSU, and Jaison Williams of Oklahoma who was named the MVP of the Pete Maravich game in the opener as the Sooners defeated Tulsa 70-64.

Gonzaga moves on to play at Missouri on Thursday in a game to be televised on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. PST.

 

 

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