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Bulldogs Can’t Buck Trend: Gaels Top Gonzaga, 73-66

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WCC/BIG SKY

0h-and-five. A late and spirited rally against Saint Mary’s, and 22 points by point guard Kyle Dixon Friday night, were overshadowed by the simple fact that the Gonzaga men’s basketball team lost its fifth consecutive West Coast Conference game.

Again, this one was close, with the Bulldogs trailing by only three in the final minute. However, Saint Mary’s (3-3 WCC, 8-8) came away with a crucial offensive rebound and scored the final four points for a 73-66 win at McKeon Pavilion in Moraga, Calif.

The Bulldogs (11-6) continue to look for their first WCC win tonight against Santa Clara (13-4) at Toso Pavilion. Tipoff is 7:30.

“We played a lot better; we’ve just got a lot of kids who are overmatched when it comes to league play,” GU coach Dan Fitzgerald said. “But we competed a lot better tonight. When (the deficit) was 15, we could have let it get to 25, but we came back.”

They certainly did.

A 3-point basket by Jon Kinloch and a free throw and a hoop by backup center Scott Morgan pulled GU within 69-66 with 1:19 on the clock.

Saint Mary’s guard Kamran Sufi was sent to the free-throw line with 51 seconds left. He missed the front end of a bonus situation, apparently giving GU an opportunity to cut into the lead. But Gaels guard Chris Johnson was not blocked out on the shot, allowing him to get the rebound that led to a basket by Brent Farris that put the game out of reach.

Dixon “had a good night offensively,” Fitzgerald said, “but he did not have a really good defensive effort.”

Once again, the Bulldogs suffered from weak interior defense, said Fitzgerald, noting that 290-pound Gaels center Jumoke Horton scored 20 points and pulled down 14 rebounds. “We don’t have a body that can move him out of there,” Fitzgerald said.

Saint Mary’s shot 66 percent in the first half, but the key stat of the game was the Gaels’ 36-24 dominance in rebounds.

Another critical factor was the lack of offense from senior guard John Rillie (two points) and center Paul Rogers (six points). Rogers made only 2 of 7 free throws, including four straight misses in the second half. GU made only 15 of 25 from the line.

Combined with Saturday’s win by the Gaels at the Martin Centre, this made the first Saint Mary’s sweep of GU since 1989.

St. Mary’s 73, Gonzaga 66 GONZAGA (11-6)

Kinloch 4-7 2-3 12, Rubright 4-6 0-0 8, Rogers 2-8 2-7 6, Dixon 8-11 6-8 22, Rillie 0-4 2-2 2, Williams 1-4 0-0 3, Nemeth 0-0 2-2 2, Cole 0-2 0-0 0, Morgan 2-4 1-2 5, Bond 1-1 0-0 2, Snider 2-2 0-1 4. Totals 24-49 15-25 66.

ST. MARY’S-CALIF. (8-8)

Farris 5-11 3-7 14, Unruh 3-5 2-2 8, Horton 6-8 8-10 20, Sufi 4-6 2-3 12, Gilmore 3-6 0-0 7, Johnson 1-5 1-2 4, Peek 0-0 0-0 0, Rollins 3-5 2-5 8. Totals 25-46 18-29 73.

Halftime-St. Mary’s 39, Gonzaga 30. 3-Point goals-Gonzaga 3-13 (Kinloch 2-2, Williams 1-2, Rubright 0-1, Rogers 0-1, Dixon 0-1, Cole 0-2, Rillie 0-4), St. Mary’s 5-16 (Sufi 2-3, Farris 1-3, Gilmore 1-4, Johnson 1-5, Unruh 0-1). Fouled out-Unruh. Rebounds-Gonzaga 24 (Rubright 8), St. Mary’s 36 (Horton 14). Assists-Gonzaga 9 (Dixon, Rillie 3), St. Mary’s 16 (Sufi 8). Total fouls-Gonzaga 23, St. Mary’s 20. A-1,784.

Santa Clara 85, Portland 58

In Santa Clara, Calif., Steve Nash scored 18 points as the Broncos (5-1 WCC, 13-4) routed the Pilots (4-1, 13-4) for first place in the conference.

PORTLAND (13-4)

Daniels 6-12 0-2 12, Chatman 7-18 3-6 17, Ranta 6-12 0-1 12, Holton 1-3 1-1 3, Flicker 1-4 0-1 2, Fines 1-4 1-4 3, Anderson 0-5 3-4 3, Metoyer 0-0 0-1 0, Brainard 1-3 0-0 2, Ross 1-4 0-0 3, Harris 0-2 1-2 1. Totals 24-67 9-22 58.

SANTA CLARA (13-4)

Sedlock 0-6 0-0 0, Dunne 8-12 0-0 16, Zurek 2-5 0-0 4, Nash 6-10 4-4 18, Garnett 3-11 2-2 8, Graves 3-4 3-4 9, Pierce 3-9 5-7 11, VonBuchwaldt 4-6 1-1 9, Jones 0-1 2-2 2, Anderson 4-4 0-0 8. Willett 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-68 17-20 85.

Halftime-Santa Clara 35, Portland 25. 3-Point goals-Portland 1-10 (Ross 1-2, Chatman 0-1, Ranta 0-1, Fines 0-1, Anderson 0-1, Brainard 0-1, Flicker 0-3), Santa Clara 2-12 (Nash 2-2, Zurek 0-2, Sedlock 0-4, Garnett 0-4). Fouled out- None. Rebounds-Portland 45 (Chatman 12), Santa Clara 44 (Graves 9). Assists-Portland 11 (Holton 4), Santa Clara 16 (Nash 6). Total fouls-Portland 19, Santa Clara 20. A-3,875.

BIG SKY CONFERENCE

Boise St. 74, Montana 66

In Missoula, 7-foot senior center John Coker scored 21 points to lead the Broncos (4-1 Big Sky, 13-3) past the Grizzlies (2-2, 11-6).

Coker scored six of his points in BSU’s 12-1 run early in the second half that put the game away.

BOISE STATE (13-3)

Morris 5-10 4-4 15, Huleen 2-6 1-1 6, Coker 8-11 5-5 21, Woods 2-7 9-10 13, Folson 0-2 0-0 0, B. Walker 2-2 0-2 4, Dille 0-1 0-0 0, Rodman 4-9 1-2 9, Tharp 3-4 0-0 6. Totals 26-60 20-24 74.

MONTANA (11-6)

Spoja 1-7 0-0 2, Samuelson 4-9 8-10 16, Kempfert 4-8 2-3 10, Belnap 0-3 6-9 6, Lake 5-15 0-0 14, K. Walker 2-4 2-2 8, Dade 0-1 0-0 0, Camel 3-5 1-3 7, Covill 1-2 1-2 3. Totals 20-54 20-29 66.

Halftime-Boise St. 36, Montana 35. 3-point goals-Boise St. 2-13 (Morris 1-2, Huleen 1-2, Woods 0-1, Dille 0-1, Folson 0-7), Montana 6-18 (Lake 4-7, K. Walker 2-3, Samuelson 0-2, Spoja 0-3, Belnap 0-3). Fouled out-none. Rebounds-Boise St. 38 (Rodman 10), Montana 38 (Samuelson 10). Assists- Boise St. 16 (Woods 7), Montana 10 (Belnap 3). Total fouls-Boise St. 19, Montana 21. A-6,160.

Montana St. 88, Idaho St. 70

In Bozeman, Mont., Quadre Lollis scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and the Bobcats (1-3, 13-4) limited Bengals star Donnell Morgan to eight points to surprise Idaho State (4-1, 13-3).

Montana State led 14-5 in the first 5 minutes.

Idaho State battled within 27-26 with 7:40 remaining in the half, but fell behind for good as Montana State took a 43-36 halftime advantage.

IDAHO STATE (13-3)

Green 0-3 0-0 0, Morgan 3-9 2-3 8, Potter 10-15 3-5 23, Lands 2-8 2-2 6, Watkins 3-10 0-0 7, Cotton 5-9 0-0 10, Lee 0-0 0-0 0, Harwell 0-0 1-2 1, Arave 0-0 0-0 0, Preston 3-3 0-0 6, Daniels 2-6 3-6 7, Maxwell 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 29-65 11-18 70.

MONTANA STATE (13-4)

Leachman 2-8 0-0 5, Harrison 6-10 5-6 17, Michaels 5-6 0-1 10, Hatler 1-6 4-4 7, Talley 7-11 1-4 16, Lollis 6-8 3-5 15, Elliott 3-5 0-2 6, Coleman 3-10 1-2 8, Garrison 0-0 0-0 0, Sullivan 1-3 2-2 4. Totals 34-67 16-26 88.

Halftime-Montana St. 43, Idaho St. 36. 3-point goals-Idaho St. 1-10 (Watkins 1-3, Potter 0-3, Lands 0-1, Cotton 0-1, Morgan 0-1, Green 0-1), Montana St. 4-13 (Coleman 1-5, Hatler 1-5, Talley 1-1, Leachman 1-2). Fouled out-Green. Rebounds-Idaho St. 34 (Lands 9), Montana St. 41 (Lollis 10). Assists-Idaho St. 15 (Lands 6), Montana St. 23 (Hatler 8). Total fouls-Idaho St. 20, Montana St. 20. A-7,147.

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