Men's Hoops Falls To No. 25 Gonzaga, 67-47
Dec. 11, 2001
By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE - Cory Violette scored a career-high 18 points and had 13rebounds to lead No. 25 Gonzaga over Washington 67-47 Tuesday night, a dayafter the Bulldogs broke into the Top 25 for the first time in two years.
It was Violette's third straight double-double and fourth in five games forthe Bulldogs (8-2). He also did it in a win over then-No. 21 Fresno State lastweek.
Gonzaga's defense flustered Washington all game, holding the Huskies to28-percent shooting and forcing them to take rushed and off-balance shots.
Washington (6-3) came into the game shooting 46.4 percent from the 3-pointrange but missed 12 straight during one stretch and went 6-of-25. Until JoshBarnard hit a 3 along the baseline with 11:33 left, the Huskies hadn't made onesince Grant Leep's 3 off the glass five minutes into the game.
Washington couldn't rely on the players who have helped the team to its beststart in four years. The Huskies are coming off consecutive 20-loss seasons forthe first time in the program's history and are desperate for a turnaround.
Leading scorer Doug Wrenn struggled after scoring the first points for theHuskies. He had some sloppy turnovers, tossed an airball and was whistled foran offensive foul. Wrenn was held to nine points on 4-of-19 shooting afterentering the game averaging 17.7 points.
Wrenn and Leep, who also scored nine points, led Washington in scoring.
Gonzaga's Dan Dickau was booed by the fans at the school where he played twoseasons before transferring across the state. But he wasn't the problem forWashington, which couldn't defend the paint or establish an inside game. Dickauplayed only seven minutes in the first half and finished with eight points, 10below his average.
Aside from the 6-foot-8 Violette, 6-8 Zach Gourde added 13 points and eightrebounds for the Bulldogs, while Blake Stepp added 15 points, including three3-pointers.
Gonzaga, which has reached the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament the lastthree seasons, is ranked for the first time since the opening seven weeks ofthe 1999-2000 season.
The Huskies got within 47-39 in the second half, but couldn't get closer.They have now lost four straight to Gonzaga.
The Bulldogs led by as many as 11 points in the first half and were up 35-26at halftime.