Morrison, Raivio lead No. 8 Gonzaga past Terps in Maui
Lahaina, HI (Sports Network) – Forward Adam Morrison led all scorers with 25
points and added nine rebounds, as eighth-ranked Gonzaga beat 23rd-ranked
Maryland, 88-76, in the Maui Invitational opening round at the Lahaina Civic
Derek Raivio went 4-for-7 from behind the arc and finished with 24 points
for the Bulldogs (2-0), while J.P. Batista poured in 21 points in the win.
Gonzaga moves on to play in the semifinals on Tuesday against Michigan State,
which defeated Chaminade in first-round action. The championship game will be
played on Wednesday.
Chris McCray led Maryland (1-1) with 18 points and D.J. Strawberry contributed
16 points and four assists. James Gist scored 10 points and pulled down seven
boards for the Terrapins, who committed 23 turnovers in the game.
Gonzaga shot 76 percent (19-of-25) from the floor in the second half to wipe
out Maryland’s one-point halftime lead and take command of the game.
The key spurt came midway through the second stanza, as the Bulldogs went on a
10-0 run to break a tie and take a 70-60 lead. Raivio was the key component in
that stretch, nailing a pair of three-pointers.
Strawberry responded with his own three-ball with 4:04 remaining to make it
72-65, and McCray added a pair of free throws to cut Gonzaga’s lead to five.
The Terrapins would get no closer, however, as Gonzaga’s Jeremy Pargo hit a
three seconds later and the Bulldogs kept their opponent at a safe distance
down the stretch.
Maryland went on a 17-7 run late in the first half to overcome a nine-point
deficit and assume a 32-29 lead with just over two minutes remaining.
The Terrapins took a 34-33 lead into halftime.
Gonzaga has a 2-1 edge in the all-time series against Maryland…Pargo
finished with 11 points…The Bulldogs shot 56 percent from the floor, while
Maryland shot 48 percent…Gonzaga went 23-of-28 from the free throw line.