12:00 AM ET, January 22, 2008
McCarthey Athletic Center, Spokane, Washington
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- San Francisco coach Eddie Sutton was going for the 800th win of his coaching career on Monday night. Instead, Gonzaga coach Mark Few got No. 226.Freshman Steven Gray scored 16 points and Gonzaga held on to beat San Francisco 72-64, spoiling Sutton's first attempt to become the fifth Division I coach to reach 800 wins. Austin Daye and Matt Bouldin added 10 points each as Gonzaga (15-4, 4-0 West Coast) won its sixth game in a row. The Zags play at No. 1 Memphis on Saturday. San Francisco (5-13, 1-2 WCC) was coming off a win at Portland that was the 799th of Sutton's career. Dior Lowhorn led the Dons with 21 points, while Myron Strong added 14. "I would have bet a lot of money that we weren't going to beat Gonzaga tonight," Sutton said. "They are a lot better than we are." Sutton, 71, said the 800th win is more important to others than it is to him. "There is very little difference between 798 and 800," he said. "Eight hundred will come in time." Gonzaga had a 19-point lead at 62-43 with 8:05 left, but the Dons whittled that down to 70-64 in the closing seconds before they ran out of time. "We had a real letdown in the last 5 minutes and San Francisco did a nice job of making us pay," Few said. That won't be good enough at Memphis, he said. "We have to play just about perfect down there to win," Few said. San Francisco trailed by eight at halftime, and the Zags pulled away in the second half until the late spurt by the Dons. Three-pointers by Bouldin and Daye capped an 8-2 run that lifted Gonzaga to a 55-41 lead. After Lowhorn's basket for the Dons, Gonzaga scored seven straight points to grab the 62-43 margin. The Dons then scored 10 points in a row to close within 68-60 with 1:12 left. Lowhorn's basket cut the Gonzaga lead to 70-64 with 22 seconds left, but Gray hit two free throws for the final points. Gonzaga led 37-29 after a first half in which nine Bulldogs scored. San Francisco has not won in Spokane since 1989, losing 19 in a row here. Sutton is 0-3 versus the Zags, with two previous losses coming when he was at Oklahoma State. Sutton, whose career has included stints at Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma State, joined the Dons in late December after coach Jessie Evans took what the school has termed a leave of absence. Sutton has a record of 799-320 in 37 seasons. The Dons lost their first four games under Sutton before the win at Portland on Saturday. Sutton has been to 26 NCAA tournaments as a coach. He led Arkansas to the Final Four in 1978 and Oklahoma State in 1995 and 2004. Sutton retired as coach at Oklahoma State in 2006 following a drunken driving accident. Sutton has said he plans to coach only through the rest of the season. Only four coaches in Division I history have reached 800 wins, led by Texas Tech coach Bob Knight, who became the first coach to reach 900 on Wednesday. The others are Dean Smith at 879, Adolph Rupp at 876, and Jim Phelan at 830. Few, in his ninth season, has a record of 226-56.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||21-52 (.404)||25-58 (.431)|
|3P Made-Attempted||5-13 (.385)||6-17 (.353)|
|FT Made-Attempted||17-20 (.850)||16-24 (.667)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||19 (0/0)||17 (0/0)|