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Morrison's banked 3 caps Gonzaga's comeback

SEATTLE (AP) -- Adam Morrison took the ball with his Gonzaga
Bulldogs trailing by a point to the rugged Oklahoma State Cowboys
and less than 10 seconds left. The nation's leading scorer stood
about 20 feet from the basket as the clock ticked down to 5
seconds.

The fact that he had missed eight of 13 shots in the game meant
nothing to him. As he began his shot from behind the 3-point line,
he saw it was about to be blocked by either Marcus Dove or David
Monds, both of whom were running at his chin.

So Morrison calmly stepped back from both defenders and banked a
3-point shot high off the backboard with 2.5 seconds left to give
Gonzaga (No. 11 ESPN/USA Today, No. 9 AP) a wild 64-62 comeback win over the stunned Cowboys.

The game ended seconds later with Morrison in showman mode.
Screaming teammates mobbed him from behind while he stretched both
arms wide to the roaring home-state crowd. He finished with 25
points -- four below his season average coming in -- for Gonzaga
(6-2).

"Morrison does such a good job moving without the ball," said
Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton, who is in his 36th year as a
college head coach. "He's like a throwback. He plays the way a lot
of players used to. He's terrific."

Mario Boggan finished with a career-high 19 to lead Oklahoma
State (6-3), which led by 12 after the first possession of the
second half. Team leader JamesOn Curry, the lone returning starter
from a team that advanced to the final 16 of the NCAAs last spring,
scored just two points.

The Cowboys have dropped two straight and are off to their worst
start in seven seasons.

Oh, by the way: Morrison said he called "bank" on his latest
money shot.

"I had the angle," he said.

Bulldogs coach Mark Few said: "That's what the best offensive
player in America does at the end of a game. He makes a shot.

"Was it lucky? Yeah. But that kid makes shots, better than
anybody in the country."

He wasn't making much before that. Morrison earned every point
against Dove, who continually ran through screens and stayed in
Morrison's face.

"I take the challenge of taking the best guy on the other team
every game," said Dove, whose offense is hindered by a sore
shooting hand.

Morrison felt that challenge. He said every time he dribbled
"four guys were coming at me, collapsing."

The Cowboys matched Dove's tenacity and turned much of the game
into repeated scrums for the loose balls they kept forcing on
Gonzaga possessions. They also harassed Bulldogs second-leading
scorer J.P. Batista into 5-for-12 shooting inside, as the Gonzaga
offense looked out of sync without injured point guard Derek
Raivio.

Few called Oklahoma State "the toughest team, hand-to-hand,
physically, that we played all year."

Morrison finally made a 3-pointer off a screen with 2:40 left
over Dove to get Gonzaga within 60-59, the closest the Bulldogs had
been since 5:40 remained in the first half.

It was Morrison's first shot to go through the basket since 7
minutes were left in the opening half; his only previous field goal
in the final period came on a goaltending call.

And when Batista made a shot from the low blocks with 1:20
remaining, Gonzaga had its first lead since 6:14 remained in the
first half. Oklahoma State's Jamaal Brown answered with two free
throws to put the Cowboys back ahead, 62-61, with 47.2 seconds
remaining -- setting up Morrison's amazing finish.

Six days earlier in the same city, Morrison missed a similar,
step-back 3-pointer with less than 10 seconds to go in a frantic
loss to No. 13 Washington.

This time, it went in -- but he insisted it was not his greatest
last-minute shot. He cited a game-winning shot that beat San
Francisco in Spokane last season as better than this ending.

"It was a big one," Morrison said, matter-of-factly, of
Saturday's shot. "But it wasn't number one. It was just a big
shot."