Scores

Final

(8) Gonzaga 68

(11-3, 1-0 WCC)

Saint Mary's 60

(7-6, 0-1 WCC)

    11:05 PM ET, January 7, 2006

    McKeon Pavilion, Moraga, California

    1 2 T
    #8GONZ 36 3268
    SMC 25 3560

    Top Performers

    Gonzaga: A. Morrison 25 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

    Saint Mary's: D. Kickert 18 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Morrison's 25 leads No. 9 Gonzaga past St. Mary's

    MORAGA, California (Ticker) -- Adam Morrison was the key as No. 9 Gonzaga built a lead. Derek Raivio was the one who helped the Bulldogs keep it.

    Morrison scored 25 points and Raivio added 13 of his 16 points in the final 5:15 as Gonzaga posted a 68-60 triumph over St. Mary's in the West Coast Conference opener for both teams.

    A National Player of the Year candidate and the country's leading scorer, Morrison scored 17 points in the first half as the Bulldogs (11-3) jumped to a 36-25 lead at the break.

    Gonzaga's advantage was 40-28 with 17:27 left in the game, but the Gaels, who defeated the Bulldogs here last season, reeled off the game's next 10 points. John Winston, who scored five of his 11 points during the surge, capped it with a 3-pointer with 12:03 to go.

    It remained a two-point game when Raivio hit a pair of free throws at the 5:15 mark and buried a 3-pointer less than a minute later.

    St. Mary's (8-5) closed within 60-55 with just over a minute left but Raivio, who was 8-of-8 from the line, made six free throws in the final 55 seconds to seal the win.

    Daniel Kickert scored 18 for the Gaels, who have lost 21 of the last 22 meetings against the Bulldogs, including the last two WCC Tournament finals.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    GONZ
    SMC
    Points 68 60
    FG Made-Attempted 20-52 (.385) 21-62 (.339)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-10 (.300) 6-27 (.222)
    FT Made-Attempted 25-26 (.962) 12-15 (.800)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 24 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 11 1

    2005-06 Season

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