12:00 AM ET, January 17, 2006
McCarthey Athletic Center, Spokane, Washington
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Gonzaga point guard Derek Raivio has never had a stretch in college basketball quite like the one he enjoyed Monday night.Raivio scored 13 points during a 25-6 run, including the final seven, as the Bulldogs (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today; No. 6 AP) beat Loyola Marymount 92-80 on Monday night to extend the nation's longest home winning streak to 32 games."Maybe in high school or AAU ball, but not in college," Raivio said of the first-half outburst that blew open a close game.Raivio, who finished with 24 points, credited Gonzaga's defense with producing the offensive fireworks."We were flying around on the defensive end, which gets us out in transition, where we excel," Raivio said.Adam Morrison scored 30 points for Gonzaga and J.P. Batista added 25 points and 13 rebounds as the Bulldogs (14-3, 4-0 West Coast Conference) won their fifth straight game. Morrison, who leads the nation in scoring at 28 points a game, reached 30 points for the seventh time this season and for the third consecutive game."Derek is capable of going off, as everybody could see," Morrison said of the junior point guard, who had not topped 20 points since the third game of the season.Gonzaga's home winning streak is one game longer than those of Illinois and Southern Illinois.Wes Wardrop led Loyola Marymount (6-12, 3-1) with a career-high 31 points on 10-of-16 shooting. The Lions played a spirited game but could not overcome 44 percent shooting and 19 turnovers that led to a couple of decisive Gonzaga runs."Tonight we didn't do a good job of taking care of the ball," Loyola coach Rodney Tention said. "The tougher team won tonight."That is our goal, to be as tough and competitive as they are on a nightly basis," he added.Matt Knight had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Loyola, while Brandon Worthy had 13 points.Up 53-44 at halftime, Gonzaga opened the second half with a 12-3 run -- 11 of the points by Morrison, mostly on drives to the basket -- to take a 65-47 lead. The Lions did not threaten again, although Wardrop and Knight managed to keep it interesting.The score was 12-12 when Gonzaga went on the big run to take a 37-18 lead.The Lions mounted a comeback and three baskets by Chris Ayer cut Gonzaga's lead to 41-31.The teams traded baskets after that, with Raivio putting on a one-man exhibition of long bombs and acrobatic drives to finish with 22 points in the first half on 9-of-12 shooting, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range.Gonzaga shot 53 percent in the game, including 6-of-12 on 3-pointers.Sean Mallon, a starting forward for Gonzaga, left the game in the first half after striking his head on the court. Coach Mark Few said he would be checked for a concussion."This was a hard-fought win," Few said of the showdown between the last WCC teams unbeaten in conference play. "We could never put them away."Gonzaga has won five straight and 21 of its last 22 games against LMU.Gonzaga has not lost at the 2-year-old McCarthey Athletic Center.
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