Saturday , Dec , 16 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Georgia upsets Gonzaga in battle of the bulldogs

Duluth, GA (Sports Network) – Levi Stukes poured in 25 points, including 19
in the first half, as Georgia upended 16th-ranked Gonzaga, 96-83.

Sundiata Gaines had a great all-around game, with 21 points, eight rebounds,
six steals and five assists for Georgia (7-1), which has won six in a row and
was in action for the first time since crushing Gardner-Webb December 5th.

“Tonight was a terrific win,” said Georgia head coach Dennis Felton. “We went
in wanting to take advantage of the situation because we had the opportunity
to make a national statement.”

Derek Raivio led Gonzaga (9-3) with 19 points, while Jeremy Pargo added 17.
Josh Heytvelt finished with 15 points and seven boards for the Zags, who have
dropped two of their last three contests.

“We had no answer on the defensive end and we didn’t stop them,” said Gonzaga
head coach Mark Few. “We allowed them to take advantage of our mistakes. We
had 16 offensive rebounds but 21 turnovers. That is pathetic.”

Georgia came out strong to start the second half, scoring 11 straight points
to build a 16-point lead.

The run featured a three-point play by Gaines and was capped by a Mike Mercer
jumper that made it 61-45 just three minutes into the second half.

Gonzaga answered with a 17-6 run to pull back within 67-62 on a Raivio trey.
However, Gonzaga did not get closer as Georgia held the Zags at arm’s length
before pulling away late for the victory.

Raivio’s jumper gave Gonzaga a 35-32 lead with just over six minutes left in
the first before Stukes scored five straight points to spark a quick 9-0 spurt
that gave Georgia a 41-35 lead with 5:11 remaining.

Georgia’ lead rose to as much as 48-39 on a Stukes three pointer but Raivio
answered with a trey of his own as Georgia took a 50-45 lead into the break.

Game Notes

Mercer finished with 19 points and seven rebounds for Georgia…Gonzaga has
hit at least one three-pointer in 437 straight games, a streak that dates back
to January of 1993.