11:00 PM ET, November 24, 2004
McCarthey Athletic Center, Spokane, Washington
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Ronny Turiaf wasn't surprised when winless Idaho nearly pulled even with Gonzaga (No. 25 ESPN/USA Today, No. 24 AP) in the second half, and he wasn't surprised that the Vandals' post players were fouling him with abandon."Every time teams play us they come at us with their `A' game," Turiaf said. "That's what they did tonight."Turiaf was up to the challenge, scoring a career-high 40 points and grabbing 11 rebounds as Gonzaga beat Idaho 88-74 on Wednesday night.He made 13 of 18 field goals and 14 of 15 free throws to help Gonzaga (3-0) hold off a spirited challenge from Idaho (0-4) in the second half."For me it's always physical," Turiaf said. "Everybody tries to challenge me and make life difficult at the post."Mike Kale, Idaho's tallest starter, fouled out early in the second half. Still, the Vandals used five 3-pointers early in the half to cut an 11-point halftime deficit to three. They shot 11-of-29 from behind the arc in the game."Idaho had a heck of an effort tonight," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said.Dandrick Jones' 3-pointer helped Idaho close to 64-61 with 11:29 left. But Turiaf hit a pair of free throws and a turnaround jumper as Gonzaga built a 72-64 lead. Adam Morrison followed with a 3, and Turiaf nailed three free throws and a fadeaway jumper as Gonzaga took an 80-68 lead.After a basket by Idaho's Lionel Davis made it 80-70 with 4 minutes left, the Vandals went scoreless for three minutes as Gonzaga put the game away."Turiaf is just a monster inside," Jones said. "We didn't have an answer for that."Turiaf became the first Gonzaga player since Jim McPhee in 1990 to score 40 points in a game. Turiaf set his previous career high with 33 points earlier this season.Morrison added 13 points for Gonzaga, and Derek Raivio and Sean Mallon scored 11 each.Jones led Idaho with 23 points, and Dillon Higdon added 16."I thought we put ourselves in a position to make a run," Idaho coach Leonard Perry said. "We just couldn't answer the bell in terms of getting the shots we needed."Gonzaga shot 56 percent in the game and outrebounded the Vandals 37-24.Turiaf had 21 first-half points, shooting 8-of-11, as Gonzaga took a 47-36 lead.Junior college transfer J.P. Batista played in his first game for Gonzaga after missing the first two while the NCAA investigated his junior college career.The highly touted junior college transfer was suspended initially for three games because his Barton County (Kansas) Community College coach paid to send him to a summer camp in Atlanta after his freshman year.Batista was expected to contend for a starting position and missed Gonzaga's first two games against Portland State and Montana.Gonzaga has won 15 straight home games and is 28-0 at home when ranked. The Bulldogs have won five straight against Idaho.The Zags face their toughest test so far this season on Saturday against No. 5 Illinois at the Wooden Tradition in Indianapolis.
|FG Made-Attempted||26-55 (.473)||31-55 (.564)|
|3P Made-Attempted||11-29 (.379)||4-13 (.308)|
|FT Made-Attempted||11-18 (.611)||22-26 (.846)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||24 (0/0)||17 (0/0)|
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