Gonzaga steam rolls over Southern University 117-72

Gonzaga steam rolls over Southern University 117-72

Gonzaga steam rolls over Southern University 117-72

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on November 12, 2010 at 11:49 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Steven Gray made five 3-pointers, handed out nine assists and scored 25 points to lead No. 12 Gonzaga to a 117-72 season-opening win over Southern University on Friday night.

Gonzaga had six players score in double figures. Sam Dower scored 15 points, Elias Harris and Mathis Monninghoff added 12 each, Robert Sacre contributed 11 and Kelly Olynyk finished with 10.

Madut Bol led Southern with 12 points, while Julius Ingram, Patrick Coleman and Jameel Grace each scored nine. The Jaguars shot 41.1 percent from the field.

The Bulldogs led 56-30 at halftime and extended the lead to 91-50 with 7:57 remaining. Gonzaga emptied its bench, letting 12 players play in the game. Gonzaga's biggest lead was 48 points.

Gonzaga started slow, holding a 22-20 lead with 9:55 remaining in the first half. But the Bulldogs woke up and went on a 31-7 run over the last 7:45 of the half to take a 56-30 lead.

Gonzaga used its taller lineup to wear down the Jaguars. Gonzaga started two 7-footers, Sacre and Olynyk, and controlled the paint by holding a 57-16 rebounding margin. Gonzaga made 13 of 22 3-pointers and shot 54.2 percent (39 of 71) from the field.

Southern didn't have the size to battle Gonzaga in the paint with their tallest starter, Quinton Doggett, listed at 6-8.

Gonzaga and Southern have never faced each other although the programs are familiar with each other because Southern's athletic director, Greg LaFleur, is the father of Sacre, Gonzaga's center. LaFleur was a tight end in the NFL from 1981-86.

Gonzaga returned four starters from last season but lost Matt Bouldin, their leader and top scorer, to graduation. The backcourt is the big question mark heading into the season.

The Bulldogs went 27-7 last season, 12-2 in the West Coast Conference, and lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Gonzaga is coming off its 10th consecutive West Coast Conference championship.

This was the first of three games in five days for Gonzaga. IUPUI comes to town on Sunday, followed by No. 25 San Diego State on Tuesday. Southern travels to Washington State on Saturday.

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