SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- With former Gonzaga star Dan Dickau in
attendance, Bulldogs point guard Derek Raivio hoped to give the New
Orleans Hornets player something to see.
He sure did.
Raivio scored 29 points and dished out seven assists as No. 13
Gonzaga beat San Diego 90-73 on Thursday to retain first place in
the West Coast Conference.
Raivio had only one turnover in 39 minutes, and made 5-of-6
3-pointers and all 12 free throws.
"I just got into my game, I guess," the sophomore.
Both players hail from the Vancouver, Wash., area, and hook up
for workouts when Dickau visits Spokane in the summer.
"We've got each other's phone numbers," Raivio said. "When
he's in town he calls me up."
Said Dickau, who got a big cheer when he attended his first game
at Gonzaga's new McCarthey Athletic Center: "He's improved
tremendously since last year. He can definitely lead this team into
the NCAA Tournament, hopefully far."
J.P. Batista added 19 points for Gonzaga (20-4, 10-2 WCC), which
has won seven in a row and reached 20 wins for the eighth
consecutive season. Gonzaga (No. 16 ESPN/USA Today; No. 13 AP) is 35-0 at home when ranked and has a
23-game winning streak at home, tied for third longest in the
Ronny Turiaf had 15 points and 13 rebounds for his third
consecutive double-double and the 23rd of his career. He also moved
past Richie Frahm for sixth on the Gonzaga scoring list with 1,627
"Ronny is really rounding into the MVP of this league,"
Gonzaga coach Mark Few said.
San Diego coach Brad Holland said Raivio was the difference.
"Obviously they've got outstanding inside players in Turiaf and
Batista, but he's the key to their team. There's no doubt about
that," Holland said.
Gonzaga took an early 25-18 lead despite a slew of turnovers as
San Diego made only seven of its first 28 shots. But a field goal
and 3-pointer by Gay and a 3-pointer by Floyd North enabled the
Toreros to close to 30-28 with three minutes left in the first.
Gonzaga responded with consecutive 3-pointers by Raivio and a
basket by Adam Morrison, all in the final 48 seconds, for a 42-32
"That's not the way you want to finish a half," Holland said.
Few said he wanted his team to attack in that final minute
rather than just try to hold the lead.
"We did not want to grind out a possession at the end of the
first half," Few said.
The Bulldogs made 55 percent of their shots in the half, while
San Diego made just 34 percent.
A 6-0 run early in the second half helped Gonzaga build a 54-38
lead, and then play turned rough.
Technicals were called on San Diego's Corey Belser and Holland
after a dispute over a foul midway through the half. Raivio made
all four free throws for a 74-55 lead.
A technical foul was called on Gonzaga's Morrison for a hard
foul shortly after, and Gay made all four of the free throws as
part of an 8-0 San Diego run that cut Gonzaga's lead to 76-65.
Turiaf and Batista responded with dunks and the Toreros did not
The Bulldogs can clinch their fifth straight WCC regular season
title if they beat San Francisco on Saturday. The Dons beat them
earlier in the season.
"It's a great opportunity on Saturday to win the league
championship on our home floor," Few said.
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