Morrison paces Zags past Dons
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) – Adam Morrison poured in a game-high 41
points and collected nine rebounds to guide seventh-ranked Gonzaga to an 84-75
win over San Francisco in West Coast Conference action at War Memorial
J.P. Batista posted a double-double with 20 points and 13 boards while Derek
Raivio netted 12 points for Gonzaga (16-3, 6-0), which has won seven straight.
Armondo Surratt tallied 30 points and had three steals for the Dons (7-11,
3-2), who had a modest two-game winning streak snapped. Jerome Gumbs and
Danny Cavic each scored 11 in the loss.
San Francisco trailed by seven early in the second half after a Batista layup,
but responded with a 12-4 surge to take a short-lived 52-51 lead with 13:19
The Dons fell back behind but kept it close throughout. They pulled back to
within three on a layup from Gumbs with 1:45 to play.
Gonzaga, however, scored the next five points to secure the game. Morrison
started the deciding spurt with a pair of free throws and Batista followed a
San Francisco turnover with a dunk with 43 ticks left to make it 77-70.
Batista continued to work down the stretch, hauling in a rebound on the
defensive end and then making 1-of-2 from the stripe after the ensuing foul to
seal the win.
Morrison went 5-of-5 from behind the arc in the first half and had 26
points in all to help stake Gonzaga to a 45-40 advantage after 20 minutes.
The Bulldogs used an 8-0 run in the latter stages of the opening stanza to
build a 41-26 lead. San Francisco, though, outscored its opponent 14-4 in the
closing minutes and Surratt sank a layup at the buzzer to make it a five-point
game at intermission.
Gonzaga improved to 5-2 on the road…Gonzaga holds a 32-20 advantage in the
all-time series with San Francisco, and the two teams split a pair a close
games last season…The Bulldogs committed 20 turnovers to the Dons’ 12.