(6) Gonzaga 95

(4-2, 2-1 away)

(18) Washington 99

(7-0, 7-0 home)

    10:30 PM ET, December 4, 2005

    Alaska Airlines Arena, Seattle, Washington

    1 2 T
    #6GONZ 42 5395
    #18WASH 51 4899

    Top Performers

    Gonzaga: A. Morrison 43 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Washington: J. Dentmon 17 Pts, 4 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl

    Morrison scores 43 in losing effort for Gonzaga

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Gonzaga star Adam Morrison walked into raucous Hec Edmundson Pavilion with his dark hair in a long, throwback, Pete Maravich-style cut, a "Pistol Pete" mustache and thick red-and-blue 1970s-style stripes on his white tube socks.

    Washington students and some alumni greeted Morrison with bars of soap, chanting "Take a shower!"

    Then came a roaring, recurring "Shave your mustache!" as Morrison stepped to the free-throw line in the second half.

    But there is no need to groom this guy. Or his Maravich-esque game.

    For the second time this season, No. 6 Gonzaga's first-ever preseason All-America grabbed his entire team and took off for a career high-tying 43 points. But unlike last time, Morrison didn't have teammates Derek Raivio or -- for long stretches -- J.P. Batista to support him.

    And unlike in the epic, triple-overtime win over Michigan State at last month's Maui Classic, Morrison couldn't will his Zags to win.

    Washington freshman Justin Dentmon did that for his Huskies instead, scoring all 13 of his second-half points in the final 13 minutes of No. 18 Washington's wild 99-95 win Sunday night.

    The thrilling evening became the Huskies' 29th consecutive home win, extending their national-best streak and moving them to 7-0 this season. It was the first Washington win in eight tries over Gonzaga (4-2), dating to Dec. 30, 1997.

    It was also another exquisite night for Morrison, in defeat.

    "He's the best offensive basketball player since Carmelo Anthony," said Washington coach Lorenzo Romar, reciting recent college basketball history. "What do you do to stop him?"

    The fans tried. Fate tried. Frantic Washington defenders tried, too.

    The heckling of Morrison was as loud as it was constant. Batista, Gonzaga's second-leading scorer, was silenced for 8 minutes of the second half. He was on the bench with four fouls. Third-leading scorer Raivio had been out since midway through the first half after bruising his lower back in a collision with rugged Washington defender Bobby Jones, who spent the rest of his night with two hands in Morrison's face and often an elbow in his side.

    Through it all, Morrison made 18 of 29 shots.

    When Washington cut off his drives to the basket, Morrison stepped away for fall-away field goals. When the wide-eyed, cat-quick Washington defenders jumped out to challenge him defensively, he usually just soared over them.

    "He made contested shots. He made uncontested shots," Washington's Jamaal Williams said after his 22 points, which led his team but were barely half of Morrison's total.

    "You couldn't ask us to do anything else."

    Freshman Jon Brockman said Romar told his Huskies, "You actually defended him pretty well. He probably could have scored 60."

    An already tense came turned wild when Washington senior leader Brandon Roy went to the bench with his fourth foul with 13:14 left and the Huskies leading 65-60. Gonzaga then continued a 10-2 run get within one on Morrison's fastbreak layup with just under 12 minutes left. It was the closest the Zags had been since 2-2.

    When Morrison made a pull-up jumper with 11:05 remaining, he had his 33rd point and the Bulldogs had their first lead, 70-69. Dentmon's late-game uprising was what kept Morrison from winning the game himself.

    His 43 points came from everywhere: On the perimeter. Falling away. On drives to the basket. On 6-for-9 free-throw shooting.

    The only place the Spokane native was a mortal was beyond the 3-point line. He was 1-for-8 there. The last miss sealed Gonzaga's loss.

    Morrison got the ball near the sideline with about 15 seconds to go and his team down 97-95. Within seconds, he was airborne above Jones for a difficult 3-point shot. It was long.

    Sean Mallon grabbed the offensive rebound and was within point-blank range to tie the game. But he missed, too.

    Jones then sealed the win with two free throws.

    "We took too tough a shot," Zags coach Mark Few said. "But Adam makes tough shots all the time. So if the ball is in his hands, that's where we want the ball to be."

    The Gonzaga players went immediately to their bus for a late flight home. They did not talk.

    Few spoke for them -- proudly.

    "They got us back in it, with the hodgepodge lineup out there," Few said. "I thought our guys showed character."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 95 99
    FG Made-Attempted 38-73 (.521) 31-64 (.484)
    3P Made-Attempted 1-15 (.067) 7-22 (.318)
    FT Made-Attempted 18-22 (.818) 30-35 (.857)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 11

    2005-06 Season

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