Morrison Leads Nation In Scoring

Dec. 6, 2005

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University has a pair of national leaders in the NCAA Division I men's basketball statistics released Tuesday for the first time this season.

Junior Adam Morrison, who twice this season has scored 43 points, sits atop the scoring charts with his 29.7 ppg to lead Steve Burtt of Iona University who is second at 26.6 ppg. Four players are averaging 25.0 ppg or better through the early season.

Junior Derek Raivio is in a 10-player logjam for first in free throw percentage with his perfect 20-for-20, but his 20 makes are the most amongst the percentage leaders.

Gonzaga is third in free throw percentage, connecting on 84.0 percent.

Gonzaga's J.P. Batista is also ranked in a pair of categories, checking in tied for 20th in free throw percentage at 94.1 percent (32-for-34) and 35th in points-per-game at 20.3.

The Bulldogs are eighth in the country in scoring at 85.5 ppg, but are an uncharacteristic 263rd in defense allowing 81.0 ppg through the first six games. That includes 106 points allowed in the triple-overtime win over Michigan State University this season and the 99 points Washington scored in Sunday's victory.

Gonzaga is shooting 48.7 percent from the field to rank 35th.

The next action for the ninth-ranked Bulldogs is Thursday when Washington State University visits the McCarthey Athletic Center for a 6 p.m. contest.



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