Back with the game story from Gonzaga’s season ending 87-65 loss to Syracuse. Read on for the unedited version and check back in about 90 minutes for notes and column.
By Jim Meehan
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The Bulldogs made two trips to the
Gonzaga (27-7) dropped to 0-5 versus No. 1 seeds. Much like last year’s loss to eventual national champion
“When they’re going like that, they’re better than anybody in the country,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. “They’re still going to have to make shots to win this thing. If they shoot it like they did today, nobody will beat them.”
Meanwhile, Gonzaga’s Matt Bouldin and Steven Gray were a combined 6 of 24 from the field. Add in third guard Demetri Goodson and that figure dropped to 6 of 29. Gray was 3 of 9 on 3-pointers; the rest of the Bulldogs 0 of 12.
”I told Mark this is as well as we played all year,”
The way this one started out, it appeared a shootout was brewing. Gonzaga scored on its first three possessions, all three baskets on assists by Bouldin.
But Gonzaga wouldn’t score again until a Harris layup 4-plus minutes later, which ended a 9-0
“That was the game, that last 4 minutes,” Few said.
If it wasn’t out of reach at half, Rautins made the deficit insurmountable by scoring 11 of his 24 points in a two-minute flurry as
“It’s disappointing to get knocked out of the tournament so early,” Harris said. “We couldn’t show everybody how we can really play or how much potential we have.”
Harris did, and he had company in sophomore center Rob Sacre. Harris had 24 points and eight rebounds and Sacre added 17 points and eight boards, but the Bulldogs had few other sources for points. Bouldin didn’t break into the scoring column until hitting a mid-range jumper four minutes into the second half.
“I thought we attacked the zone pretty well,” said Bouldin, who was 0 of 6 on 3s. “We just weren’t knocking down shots. And the thing about them, you miss a few and they’re going to make a run. Steven and I didn’t shoot nearly as well as we have all year.”
Gonzaga took pretty good care of the ball (11 turnovers) and had a chance to stretch a modest lead early, but
From there, the
“Once they got started with a couple of easy ones, it just got them going,” Gray said. “And it didn’t seem like they really missed.”