SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Last season, Adam Morrison and J.P.
Batista scored more than 50 percent of Gonzaga's points.
Without them, it's going to be different this season.Six different players scored at least eight points as Gonzaga
(1-0) beat Eastern Washington 90-75 on Friday night to extend the
nation's longest home winning streak to 41 games.Josh Heytvelt scored 22 points and Derek Raivio 21 to lead the
Zags, who beat Eastern Washington for the 21st consecutive time
since 1990. Gonzaga has yet to lose in 29 outings in the 3-year-old
McCarthey Athletic Center."We did a good job of spreading it out," Gonzaga coach Mark
Few said, noting that Matt Bouldin scored 12 points, Sean Mallon
had nine and Jeremy Pargo and David Pendergraft had eight each.The Zags roared to a 55-36 halftime lead, and then traded
baskets with Eastern Washington (0-1) down the stretch.Eastern was plagued by 15 turnovers and 41 percent shooting in
the first half."We had a couple of silly turnovers and we got saucer-eyed,"
Eagles' coach Mike Burns said. "It took off from there."The Zags shot 53 percent on the night and made 20-of-23 free
throws in showing they could still score big in the first game of
the post-Morrison era. Bouldin, a freshman, scored his 12 points on
5-for-5 shooting before fouling out."Bouldin came in and gave us a lift," Few said. "He's really
poised."Heytvelt, who played little because of injuries his freshman
year, is expected to produce plenty of scoring this year. The
6-foot-11 forward made 9-of-16 shots on a deft combination of dunks
and outside shots. He grabbed six rebounds.Eastern Washington was led by Rodney Stuckey's 18 points.
Stuckey is the leading returning scorer in the nation after
averaging 24.2 points per game as a freshman. Omar Krayem added 11
points.The Eagles had hopes of making it a close game since Gonzaga
lost Morrison to the NBA and Batista graduated.But Raivio scored 10 as Gonzaga built an early 17-13 lead. After
the Eagles tied the game at 18, Gonzaga went on a 16-2 run,
including eight points by Heytvelt, for a 34-20 lead."We knew we had to respond positively and, unfortunately, we
didn't," Burns said of the run.Raivio's 3-pointer made it 44-25 Gonzaga.Krayem's 3-pointer brought Eastern Washington to within 46-34
with 3:43 left in the first.But the Zags rebuilt their lead, making 61 percent of their
field goals in the first half.Gonzaga was not threatened in the second half, and the defense
held Stuckey to just 4 points. Few said the Zags kept switching
defenders on Stuckey.Eastern shot just 43 percent from the floor, including 8-of-25
3-pointers, and committed 20 turnovers in the game.The last time Gonzaga lost at home was 72-68 to Portland on Feb.
19, 2003, in the old Martin Centre. The Zags won their final 12
games in that building before moving to the MAC in 2004.Gonzaga is not ranked in the preseason Top 25 for the first time
since 2001."We've got to prove to some people we can play," Few said.