Tuesday , Jan , 17 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Home cookin’ continues: Gonzaga beats Loyola-Marymount

=== Home cookin’ continues: Gonzaga beats Loyola-Marymount ===

Spokane, WA (Sports Network) – Adam Morrison had 30 points to lead the sixth-
ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs over the Loyola-Marymount Lions, 92-80, at McCarthey
Athletic Center.

The Bulldogs (14-3, 4-0 WCC) now have the longest home winning streak at 32
games, one in front of Southern Illinois and Illinois.

J.P. Batista had 25 points and 13 rebounds and Derek Raivio added 24 points in
the victory, leaving Gonzaga as the only unbeaten team in West Coast
Conference play.

Wes Wardrop had 31 points on 10-of-16 shooting, including 5-of-8 from beyond
the arc, and Matthew Knight netted 18 and pulled down 11 boards for the Lions
(6-12, 3-1), who had a three-game winning streak snapped.

Morrison came out after the break and hit five straight field goals and guided
the Zags to a 12-3 run and extended the lead to 65-47 with almost 15 minutes
to play.

The Lions responded with a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to 65-54, capped by
Knight’s layup with 12:19 remaining.

The Bulldogs countered with a 10-3 spurt, including four points apiece from
Morrison and Batista, to give Gonzaga a 75-57 lead.

Loyola-Marymount pulled within 90-78 on Brandon Worthy’s trey with 2:19 left
in the game but could pull no closer as the Lions could not stop the physical
presence of Batista.

With the score 12-12, Gonzaga reeled off a 16-2 spurt, capped by Morrison’s
three-point play with just under 12 minutes remaining in the first half.

The Bulldogs were leading by as many as 19 but Loyola-Marymount fought back
with a 17-7 streak, highlighted by a six points from Chris Ayer and a pair of
baskets from Knight.

Raivio scored 22 first half points on 9-of-12 shooting and Gonzaga led 53-44
at the break.

Game Notes

The Bulldogs shot 53 percent from the floor, including 6-of-12 from long
distance, while the Lions connected on 44 percent of their shots…The Zags
scored 22 points off 19 Loyola-Marymount turnovers…Gonzaga leads the all-
time series 45-19…The Zags have not lost LMU at home since 1991…Gonzaga
has won 20 of the last 21 meetings…The Bulldogs have won 13 consecutive West
Coast Conference regular season games…Loyola Marymount has lost 25 straight
games to ranked opponents…This was Batista’s fifth double-double of the
season…Morrison needs six points to move into 12th on the Gonzaga all-time
scoring list.