Saturday , Dec , 10 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

No. 9 Gonzaga survives on Morrison’s three-point bank shot

=== No. 9 Gonzaga survives on Morrison’s three-point bank shot ===

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Adam Morrison scored 25 points, including a
game-winning three-point bank shot with three seconds remaining, to rally
ninth-ranked Gonzaga past Oklahoma State, 64-62, in the Battle in Seattle at
Key Arena.

J.P. Batista chipped in 17 points and collected nine rebounds for the Bulldogs
(6-2), who have won two straight. Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes added eight
points in the win.

Mario Boggan had a team-high 19 points for the Cowboys (6-3), who have lost
two in a row. Jamaal Brown contributed 12 points in the loss.

Gonzaga trailed by 10 at the half and had several charges in the second frame
answered by the Cowboys.

As the game reached its final moments, however, they finally put together a
run that stuck.

The Bulldogs compiled a 10-2 surge in the closing minutes that erased a seven-
point deficit and gave them a one-point lead at 61-60. Morrison got the
Bulldogs to within one on a three-ball from the left corner with just under
three minutes to play.

The Cowboys then worked the clock down on their next possession, but JamesOn
Curry travelled on his way to the basket, giving Gonzaga the ball back with
about 1 1/2 left. Batista took advantage of the turnover, as he sank a baby
hook from the right side that gave his team the lead for the first time since
midway through the first half.

Brown then made two free throws on the other end of the floor to put the
Cowboys up 62-61, and Oklahoma State came up with a defensive stop to regain
possession with under one minute to play. However, Brown missed the front end
of a 1-and-1, and Gonzaga got the rebound with a chance to go in front in the
waning seconds.

Morrison capitalized as he pulled up from the right corner off a curl and
banked in an off-balance three-pointer with three seconds remaining despite
having two defenders in his face.

“Ten seconds seemed like 10 minutes,” said Batista of the final possession. “I
set a screen for Adam. I knew he wanted the ball and would shoot the ball, and
he did.”

The Cowboys’ ensuing halfcourt shot was off target, giving the Bulldogs the
dramatic win.

Oklahoma State sprinted out to a surprising 38-28 halftime lead.

The Cowboys opened up the game on a 10-4 run, which was capped by a
Boggan jumper. Morrison then tied the game at 15-15 with a traditional three-
point play, and Gonzaga went up by a point with about six minutes remaining in
the stanza on a pair of Altidor-Cespedes free throws.

However, Boggan scored seven points down the stretch to guide his team on a
late 15-4 charge and take a 10-point lead into the locker room.

Game Notes

Gonzaga point guard Derek Raivio missed his second straight game with a back
injury…Gonzaga is 3-1 on a neutral floor this season. The Cowboys are
1-2…Morrison also had 25 points in Thursday’s tough win over Washington