Saturday , Jan , 21 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Knight’s three-pointer lifts Gonzaga over San Diego

=== Knight’s three-pointer lifts Gonzaga over San Diego ===

San Diego, CA (Sports Network) – Erroll Knight drained a three-pointer with
nine seconds remaining to lift sixth-ranked Gonzaga over San Diego, 64-63, at
Jenny Craig Pavilion.

J.P. Batista ended with 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs (15-3, 5-0
WCC), who struggled the entire game and couldn’t shake a pesky San Diego
squad. Adam Morrison, the nation’s leading scorer coming into the contest,
recorded just 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting, but Gonzaga still captured its
sixth straight win despite hitting just 39 percent of its shots.

Nick Lewis had 18 points and seven boards for the Toreros (11-6, 1-3), who
have dropped three of their last four contests.

Gonzaga held a slim 61-58 lead with just over 2 1/2 minutes remaining.
However, Brandon Johnson converted a three-point play on the Toreros’ ensuing
possession to tie the game with 2:10 left on the clock.

The game remained that way until Nir Cohen hit a mid-range jumper with 29
seconds remaining to give San Diego the edge, 63-61.

Gonzaga then called a time out four seconds later to set up its offense. The
strategy resulted in Derek Raivio getting a clean look at a three from the top
of the arc with 16 seconds left that he missed.

Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes tracked down the offensive rebound for the Zags,
dished the ball to Knight in the right corner and Knight drained the trey with
just nine seconds left.

The Toreros responded by bringing the ball up court without calling a time
out, but Johnson missed on a contested driving layup and Lewis failed to hit
his jumper as time expired to seal San Diego’s fate.

Cohen ended with 10 points and Ross DeRogatis finished with 11 foe San Diego,
which fell to Gonzaga for the eighth straight time in the regular season.

Altidor-Cespedes had 12 points for the Zags, who have won 11 of 12 overall and
14 straight regular season conference contests.

San Diego led 14-11 in the early stages, but Gonzaga used a 15-5 run to open
up a 26-19 advantage. Morrison scored seven of his nine first-half points
during the surge, which was capped by a pair of Sean Mallon free throws with
7:40 left in the half.

Then, after Toreros responded with seven consecutive points to knot the game
at 26-26, Altidor-Cespedes drained a three-pointer and Mallon converted a
layup to send the Bulldogs into the break with a 31-26 lead.

San Diego opened the second half with a pair of Nick Lewis free throws and a
DeRogatis trey to again tie the contest, 31-31.

Later, Gonzaga grabbed a 43-37 lead following a Batista layup at the 11:35
mark. But yet again the Toreros had an answer and tied the game after
consecutive three-pointers by DeRogatis and Lewis, 43-43.

Game Notes

Gonzaga leads the all-time series, 44-20…Gonzaga improved to 4-2 on the
road…San Diego fell to 6-2 at home and had a three-game home win streak
snapped…The Bulldogs have won 92 of their last 103 WCC games…Morrison
entered the game averaging 28.3 points per game.