Portland St 80

(0-1, 0-1 away)

(25) Gonzaga 98

(1-0, 1-0 home)

    10:00 PM ET, November 19, 2004

    McCarthey Athletic Center, Spokane, Washington

    1 2 T
    PRST 46 3480
    #25GONZ 46 5298

    Top Performers

    Portland St: S. Boxley 21 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast

    Gonzaga: R. Turiaf 33 Pts, 9 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Gonzaga 98, Portland State 80

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Gonzaga star Ronny Turiaf knew it was time to take control.

    Portland State shot better than 60 percent to stay close Friday night before Turiaf scored 12 consecutive Gonzaga points midway through the second half to blow open the game and lead No. 25 Gonzaga to a 98-80 victory in the season opener for both teams.

    Turiaf finished with a career-high 33 points -- 19 in the second half -- and nine rebounds.

    "We've got to play hard for 40 minutes," Turiaf said. "If we do that, people are going to have a hard time playing us."

    The Vikings made 68 percent of their shots in the first half and entered intermission tied with the Zags at 46-all. Gonzaga was almost as sharp, shooting 64 percent.

    Portland State was within 66-61 midway through the second when Turiaf -- Gonzaga's only returning senior starter -- made five baskets and two free throws in three minutes to open a lead the Vikings would never overcome.

    Gonzaga coach Mark Few called it the worst defensive performance he had seen in 16 years with the Bulldogs. Portland State finished 30-of-49 for 61 percent, including 8-of-17 from 3-point range.

    "We were just awful defensively," Few said.

    Few did note that Erroll Knight, one of his best defensive players, was out with an injury. The Bulldogs were also playing for the first time in the new $25 million McCarthey Athletic Center.

    "Chalk this up to stage fright," Few said.

    Portland State coach Heath Schroyer was proud of his team.

    "They're a load," he said of Gonzaga. "Ronny Turiaf is a lottery pick, and the four guys around him can shoot it."

    Neither team looked like it was playing its season opener. Both shot well in a frantically paced contest. Gonzaga finished 39-of-60 to shoot 65 percent.

    Blake Walker led Portland State with 22 points, Seamus Boxley added 21 points and Jake Schroeder had 20, including six 3-pointers.

    Schroeder hit three early 3-pointers to help Portland State build a 31-23 lead.

    The Zags scored eight unanswered to tie the game, and Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes scored on consecutive short jumpers to give Gonzaga a 37-35 lead.

    The Bulldogs held the lead until the final second of the half, when Portland State point guard Will Funn's buzzer-beater tied the score at 46-all. Funn picked up his second technical arguing that he was fouled and was ejected.

    Derek Raivio opened the second half with two free throws for Funn's technical and Gonzaga never trailed again. Nathan Doudney's 3-pointer capped a 10-0 spurt as the Bulldogs built a 58-48 lead.

    Doudney, a transfer from Texas Tech playing his first game for Gonzaga, scored 14, while Sean Mallon had 18 and Adam Morrison 14.

    Gonzaga's new 6,000-seat arena replaced the tiny Martin Centre, where the Bulldogs posted a 161-15 record from 1991 through 2004.

    Knight missed the game with a thumb injury, and junior college transfer J.P. Batista has not yet been cleared to play by the NCAA. That forced the Bulldogs to play highly touted freshman David Pendergraft, who they had hoped to redshirt.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 80 98
    FG Made-Attempted 30-49 (.612) 39-60 (.650)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-17 (.471) 3-7 (.429)
    FT Made-Attempted 12-24 (.500) 17-22 (.773)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 8 19

    2004-05 Season

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