(14) Gonzaga 61

(19-4, 9-2 WCC)

Loyola Mary 58

(11-13, 3-8 WCC)

    9:00 PM ET, February 12, 2005

    Gersten Pavilion, Los Angeles, California

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    #14GONZ 32 2961
    LMU 28 3058

    Top Performers

    Gonzaga: R. Turiaf 20 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Ast, 6 Blk

    Loyola Marymount: M. Knight 13 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 4 Stl

    Batista's only three points the difference

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - J.P. Batista scored his only three points for Gonzaga when they mattered most.

    Batista pulled down a key offensive rebound and converted a three-point play with 9.1 seconds left Saturday night, giving the 14th-ranked Bulldogs a four-point lead in a 61-58 victory over Loyola Marymount.

    Damian Martin missed a potential tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.

    "I'm hoping the next time it doesn't come to the last shot," Gonzaga forward Ronny Turiaf said. "Everybody wants a piece of us pretty badly."

    Turiaf had 20 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks. He went 6-for-8 from the field and 8-for-11 from the foul line. Adam Morrison added 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Erroll Knight had 10 points for Gonzaga (19-4, 10-2 West Coast Conference), which has won six straight.

    But it was Batista's big play that saved the Bulldogs. "I just got into position," he said, "and grabbed the ball. It was a sloppy game."

    Brandon Worthy and Matthew Knight led Loyola with 13 points apiece.

    The Bulldogs stumbled all night. They shot just 42 percent from the field, including 2-of-13 on 3-pointers, and had 20 turnovers to Loyola's seven.

    But Gonzaga pulled down the first seven rebounds of the game and outrebounded the Lions 50-30.

    "If they don't play perfectly, they find a way to win," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. "Tonight it was rebounding. It carried us, and has been carrying us."

    Gonzaga has outrebounded its last six opponents. The Bulldogs extended their conference lead to 1½ games over second-place Saint Mary's.

    Loyola Marymount (3-7, 11-12) has lost eight of 10.

    Gonzaga took a 36-28 lead soon after halftime. But with 12:17 remaining, Worthy hit a layup to give Loyola its first lead in nearly 22 minutes. The lead changed hands twice before Gonzaga went on an 11-2 run, which included a two-handed dunk by Turiaf.

    After the Lions took a 14-10 lead, the Bulldogs went on a 15-2 spurt, capped by Derek Raivo's 3-pointer.

    Gonzaga stretched the lead to 29-19, but Loyola answered with a 7-0 spurt and trailed 32-28 at halftime.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 61 58
    FG Made-Attempted 21-50 (.420) 23-66 (.348)
    3P Made-Attempted 2-13 (.154) 5-23 (.217)
    FT Made-Attempted 17-24 (.708) 7-15 (.467)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 22 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 9 4

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