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Bulldogs shot 71 percent from floor in second half

1/11/2004

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Ronny Turiaf wasn't about to let Gonzaga get
off to a slow start in the second half Saturday night.

Turiaf scored 27 points and the Bulldogs (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today, No. 16 AP) shot 71
percent after halftime in a 74-60 victory over Loyola Marymount.

"We let them off the hook in the first half and didn't want
that happening again," Turiaf said.

Turiaf hit five of six field-goal attempts in the second half as
Gonzaga (12-2, 2-0 West Coast Conference) made 17 of its 24 shots
to break open a game that was tied at halftime.

Gonzaga shot 60 percent for the game, while holding Loyola
Marymount to 37 percent.

The last time the teams met, Loyola Marymount (8-5, 0-1) handed
Gonzaga one of its two conference losses of the 2002-03 season.

That ended Gonzaga's 16-game winning streak against LMU, going
back seven seasons.

"Believe me, we talked about that at halftime tonight,"
Gonzaga coach Mark Few said.

Gonzaga's only two losses this season have come against
Stanford (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today, No. 4 AP) and No. 9 St. Joseph's, who are both unbeaten.

Blake Stepp added 17 points for Gonzaga, including 10 in the
second half. Turiaf had eight rebounds.

Sherman Gay finished with 18 points to lead LMU. Keith Kincade
had 17.

Loyola Marymount freshman Damian Martin made a layup in the
final second of the first half to tie it at 32.

Gay scored the first nine points of a 13-4 run that lifted the
Lions to a 13-12 lead after eight minutes.

Three field goals by Turiaf sparked a 14-2 run that gave Gonzaga
a 30-20 lead. But starting with a 3-point basket by Kincade, LMU
scored 12 of the final 14 points of the half.