Gonzaga sends Davis, Indiana home
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – J.P. Batista scored 20 points,
as Gonzaga beat Indiana, 90-80, in the second round of the NCAA
Tournament, signaling the end of Mike Davis’ coaching tenure with the
The third-seeded Bulldogs (29-3), playing out of the Oakland bracket,
won their 20th straight game and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the fourth
time in the last eight seasons. They will play UCLA next Thursday, after
the Bruins beat Alabama, 62-59, on Saturday. This is Gonzaga’s first time in
the Sweet 16 since 2001.
Adam Morrison was held to 14 points on just 5-of-17 shooting, but he
got plenty of support as Sean Mallon had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and
Derek Raivio scored 13. Erroll Knight added 11 points and Jeremy Pargo scored
Robert Vaden had 20 points for the sixth-seeded Hoosiers (19-12),
while Marshall Strickland added 18 points.
It was on February 16 that Davis announced he was ending his tumultuous
tenure after six seasons at Indiana. He had taken over for Bobby Knight.
Indiana earned NCAA bids in each of Davis’ first three seasons, which
included a memorable run to the championship game in 2002. However, the
Hoosiers had an 18-year run of NCAA Tournament appearances stopped in
2004 after a 14-15 record — the school’s first losing mark since 1969-70.
A big difference on Saturday came at the charity stripe, as Indiana was
2-of-6, while Gonzaga converted on 32 of 41 attempts.
A three-pointer by Vaden brought Indiana within 38-37 with 17:42 remaining,
but Mallon countered with a layup.
The Hoosiers got within a couple of points twice and faced a 54-51 deficit
after another three by Vaden with 11:18 to go.
Gonzaga then turned it up a notch with six straight points, including a tip-in
from Batista to cap the push with 9:21 left.
A three from Pargo followed by a free throw from Morrison exploded the lead to
70-55 with 7:01 left.
Indiana did crawl within five points at 74-69 after a three from Strickland
with 3:32 left, but Morrison put in a layup to start a string of five
consecutive Gonzaga points.
The Bulldogs led by as many as nine points in the opening half before settling
for a 38-31 advantage at intermission. A three-pointer by Earl Calloway
boosted Indiana to a 10-9 edge, but Gonzaga had the next five points and led
the rest of the contest.
Calloway ended with 13 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists…Marco
Killingsworth scored 12 for Indiana, which shot 16-of-36 from three-point
range…The Bulldogs held a slight advantage in shooting percentage (45.9 –