November 6, 2010 in Sports

Zags cruise, but turnovers concern Few

By The Spokesman-Review
 

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Gonzaga got an exhibition men’s basketball win – and several items to work on.

Curtailing turnovers will probably be at the top of the practice agenda after the Bulldogs committed 12 in the first half of their 90-58 rout of Southern Oregon in front of 6,000 Friday at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

GU was turnover-free most of the second half before finishing with four turnovers in the final 6 minutes. It hardly mattered on the scoreboard as the Bulldogs overwhelmed the NAIA visitors from Ashland. GU led 44-24 at intermission and by as many as 39 in the second half.

“He (head coach Mark Few) just flat-out told us (at half) we can’t turn the ball over like that,” senior guard Steven Gray said. “We have to clean things up with our feet and not force passes into the post. Just make simpler plays.”

Ten Bulldogs scored in the first half and five eventually reached double figures. Gray and redshirt freshman forward Sam Dower each scored 17 points. Demetri “Meech” Goodson had 12 points, seven boards and three assists. Robert Sacre and Kelly Olynyk combined for 23 points, 19 boards and four blocks.

Gray, JC transfer Marquise Carter and walk-on sophomore Mike Hart started in the backcourt. Goodson, who had seven points and three rebounds coming off the bench in the first half, joined Gray and Carter as second-half starters.

“Nobody has really totally established themselves at that (point guard) spot, or at several spots on the perimeter,” Few said. “It depends on what practice you watch or scrimmage or game. I thought ‘Meech’ was really good, so starting Monday we’ll probably start giving him some more reps.”

Gonzaga led by nine points 5 minutes in and stretched it to 19-7 after Dower swatted a shot and Goodson raced down court for a three-point play.

It was 35-15 after Mathis Keita’s putback basket with 6:32 left, but the Zags got careless with the ball, leading to a 5-minute, 10-second drought without a field goal.

Shortly after the 10th turnover of the half, Few sent five players to check in at the scorer’s table.

Dower scored eight points in a 3-minute span early in the second half.

Sophomore forward Elias Harris sat out with what he described as “basically a badly bruised (left) shoulder,” but he expects to be ready for Friday’s season-opener against Southern University.

Gonzaga 90, So. Oregon 58

FGFTReb
SOU (0-0)MinM-AM-AO-TAPFPTS
Highland243-64-61-31210
Hawley121-50-00-0252
Tiefenthaler201-60-01-4122
Herrera251-41-21-2223
Tedder246-154-61-21420
White130-30-01-2000
McCay112-41-30-1016
Carpenter41-10-00-0002
Bush131-50-01-5002
Daum131-30-00-0303
Derry101-40-00-0023
Osofsky111-40-02-2023
Wolfer201-40-01-2122
Totals 20-6410-1911-31112258

Percentages: FG .313, FT .526. 3-Point Goals: 8-22, .364 (Highland 0-1, Tiefenthaler 0-1, Herrera 0-1, Tedder 4-10, White 0-1, McCay 1-1, Daum 1-2, Derry 1-2, Osofsky 1-3). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots: 0. Turnovers: 17 (Highland 5, Tiefenthaler 3, Herrera 2, Tedder 2, McCay, Bush, Derry, Osofsky 2). Technical Fouls: None.

FGFTReb
GU (0-0)MinM-AM-AO-TAPFPTS
Olynyk215-72-42-92012
Sacre223-55-62-101111
Carter162-60-00-0005
Hart160-21-21-4221
Gray247-122-21-14217
Goodson185-71-11-73312
Arop192-50-01-4125
Stockton151-30-00-1213
Mnninghff130-23-42-3133
Keita132-30-01-2004
Hyland40-10-00-2000
Dower197-123-53-51417
Totals 34-6517-2414-51171890

Percentages: FG .523, FT .708. 3-Point Goals: 5-19, .263 (Olynyk 0-2, Carter 1-3, Hart 0-1, Gray 1-2, Goodson 1-1, Arop 1-2, Stockton 1-3, Moenninghoff 0-1, Keita 0-1, Hyland 0-1, Dower 0-2). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 8 (Olynyk, Sacre 3, Hart 2, Gray, Dower). Turnovers: 17 (Olynyk, Sacre 2, Carter, Gray 2, Goodson 2, Stockton 5, Moenninghoff, Hyland, Dower 2). Steals: 8 (Sacre, Gray 5, Goodson).

Halftime: GU 44, SOU 24. A – 6,000.


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