SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- J.P. Batista scored a career-high 32
points and grabbed 15 rebounds as No. 8 Gonzaga beat Saint Joseph's
102-94 Saturday, giving the Bulldogs their 30th consecutive home
Gonzaga (10-3) scored 36 points from the paint with feeds to the
6-foot-9 Batista, had 20 points off turnovers and got 15
Adam Morrison scored 25 points for Gonzaga, of the West Coast
Conference, but was held without a field goal in the second half.
The Bulldogs outrebounded the Hawks (5-4), of the Atlantic 10
Conference, and held them to 13 points off turnovers and six
second-chance points. Gonzaga hit 57 percent of its field goals to
54 percent for Saint Joseph's.
Abdulai Jalloh led Saint Joseph's with 27 points and six
rebounds. Chet Stachitas added 24 for the Hawks, while Dwayne Lee
had 13 points and Ahmad Nivins had 11.
Gonzaga got off to a slow start, but stormed back to take a
14-point lead, 47-33, after a pair of 3-pointers by Derek Raivio
and Morrison. Raivio finished with 19 points, including
three-of-four 3-point attempts.
The Hawks closed the lead to 48-41 to end the first half, and
Jalloh's three 3-pointers to start the second helped give St.
Joseph's a 63-61 lead.
The teams traded leads repeatedly. After the Hawks went up 79-78
with 6:05 remaining on Pat Calathes' 3-pointer, Batista hit a
lay-up, and Gonzaga made key free-throws down the stretch.
Batista's previous best was 25 points against Portland on Jan.
The victory gave the Bulldogs a 30-game home winning streak.
Arizona snapped No. 7 Washington's home streak at 32 games with a
96-95 double overtime victory Saturday in Seattle.
Gonzaga has won 43 of it last 44 non-conference home games. The
last loss on campus was to St. Joseph's on Dec. 31, 2002, 79-78 in
The Bulldogs have won 17 straight nonconference matchups at home
St. Joseph's beat St. Mary's 70-66 on Wednesday, posting a 1-1
record against the WCC in its annual West Coast trip.