SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Gonzaga made an impressive bid Wednesday
to return to the Top 25.
Adam Morrison scored a career-high 26 points and Ronny Turiaf
had 23 points and 13 rebounds as Gonzaga upset Washington (No. 16 ESPN/USA Today, No. 14 AP)
99-87 for its seventh straight win over the Huskies.
The Bulldogs (4-1) bounced back against their cross-state rival
after a loss to No. 5 Illinois last Saturday that caused them to
drop out of the ESPN/USA Today and AP Top 25 poll.
"I'm proud of how we came back from Saturday. That's a sign of
competitive souls and competitive hearts. They had me wondering
about that Saturday," Few said.
Nate Robinson led Washington (4-1) with 22 points, including
The Huskies were without second-leading scorer Brandon Roy, who
had surgery Tuesday to repair a torn knee ligament. Roy, averaging
18 points per game, will miss at least four weeks.
His absence allowed Morrison and Sean Mallon, who had 16 points,
to score from the paint. Meanwhile, Derek Raivio had 21 points --
including 5-of-6 from 3-point range -- with eight assists, four
steals and no turnovers.
"You'll be hard-pressed to find a guard with no turnovers
against that pressure," Few said.
That was a far cry from what Few said to him after a poor
performance against Illinois.
"He said I wasn't playing tough, and I wasn't," Raivio said.
"So I said, 'I've got nothing to lose, so come out and play
tough.' That's what I did."
Morrison wasn't surprised by the Bulldogs' resilience after last
"I knew we could play like that," he said. "Illinois helped
us a lot. Just looking in the mirror and saying, 'We can't win just
because we're wearing a Zags uniform."
Gonzaga led from the opening tip, building a 29-19 lead before
Robinson tied it at 33 on two technical foul shots with 4:21
remaining in the first half. Gonzaga pulled ahead for a 39-38
The game was tied four times in the second half before Gonzaga
pulled away. Three-pointers by Raivio and Morrison helped Gonzaga
build a 92-82 lead with 2:25 to play.
Gonzaga avoided losing two in a row for the first time since
falling to Stanford and St. John's in December 2002.
"They obviously hurt us inside and we were hurt early in
transition," Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said. "We didn't
defend the way they did."
Romar acknowledged the Huskies missed Roy.
"If we defend, we've got a chance to win without him," Romar
said. "I'm not going to whine about it. We had a chance to beat
them and we didn't get it done."