PHOENIX (AP) -- Gonzaga gave youthful Texas a lesson Saturday
about the value of experience.
Derek Raivio made seven 3-pointers en route to 27 points, and
the Bulldogs (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today; No. 22 AP) beat the Longhorns 87-77 in the opening game of
the Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge.
No. 16 Arizona beat Illinois 84-72 in the second game of the
doubleheader at US Airways Center.
Raivio, 7-of-14 on 3s, fell two short of the school record of
nine set twice by Dan Dickau.
"We weren't aware of where he was sometimes," Texas freshman
Kevin Durant said. "Especially in transition, he was getting wide
open shots because we didn't see him. They just made an extra pass
and he was wide open."
Raivio said this Gonzaga team is more balanced than last year's
version that featured Adam Morrison.
"We're moving the ball a lot better, we're just having fun,"
Raivio said. "When we've got three or four guards out there
playing together, it's a lot of fun. No one's really dominating the
ball too much. We share it, and we have fun."
Durant matched his season high with 29 points on 8-for-18
shooting and 10-for-10 from the foul line. He also had nine
rebounds. Another freshman, Justin Mason, had 17 points for the
Longhorns (5-2), who shot 41 percent, 32 percent in the first half.
A.J. Abrams was just 3-for-17 shooting for Texas, 1-for-11 on
"I had to work harder than I have any other game just to get
open," said Abrams, himself just a sophomore. "It's disappointing
we had a couple of days to prepare for them and we didn't come out
there and show what we can do."
The Bulldogs led 87-59 before the Longhorns, who start four
freshmen and a sophomore, scored the last 18 points of the game.
"I thought for stretches of that game, both in the first half
and the second half, we played some of the best basketball we've
played this year," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said.
Texas used a 12-4 run to cut the lead to 55-51 on a pair of free
throws by Durant with 14:04 to go. But Gonzaga scored the next 12
to go up 67-51 after Pargo's three-point play on a fastbreak layup
with 11:38 remaining.
The run reached 24-4 on Heytvelt's tip-in and the Zags led 79-55
with 8:01 to go.
"I really think they're going to be good," Few said of the
Longhorns, "but right now, we talked about trying to exploit their
Texas had two turnovers and a lane violation on a one-and-one
free-throw opportunity during early stages of the Bulldogs' surge.
"We haven't learned to listen and communicate," Longhorns
coach Rick Barnes said. "We don't understand yet the fine line
between winning and losing, and it goes back to listening and
The Zags outscored Texas 17-6 over the final 5 minutes of the
first half to take a 43-33 lead at the break. Raivio scored eight,
including a pair of 3-pointers, and Pargo four during the run.
The Longhorns were 11-for-34 shooting in the first 20 minutes.
Still, Texas led 27-26 after Durant sank two free throws to cap
a 6-0 spurt with 6:44 left in the half. Heytvelt made a layup on a
pass from Pargo to put Gonzaga back on top 28-27, then Pierre Marie
Altidor-Cespedes sank a 3-pointer.
The Bulldogs finished the half with a 9-2 spurt. Raivio sank a
3-pointer with 1:23 left and Gonzaga led 43-33 at halftime.