Cougars Downed By Gonzaga

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Cory Violette scored a career-high 31 points and15th-ranked Gonzaga shot 70.8 percent from the field in a 96-58 rout ofWashington State on Sunday night.

It was the second-best shooting performance ever by Gonzaga.

Ronny Turiaf scored 19 and Adam Morrison added 17 points for the Bulldogs(8-2), who were coming off a loss to No. 6 Stanford. The 38-point victory wasGonzaga's largest in the 96-year history of the series.

Thomas Kelati led Washington State (6-4) with 15 points, and Marcus Mooreadded 13. The Cougars had not allowed anyone more than 64 points in a gamebefore Sunday.

The 6-foot-8, 265-pound Violette and 6-10, 243-pound Turiaf dominated theundersized Cougars inside.

After scoring just 10 points in the previous two games combined, Violettescored 15 in the first half against Washington State. Ten of those points cameon dunks.

Violette finished 11-for-13 from the field, with six dunks. Turiaf went6-for-8, and Morrison was 8-for-9. The Cougars shot 30 percent from the fieldin the first half and 39 percent for the game.

Gonzaga led 24-8 after 11 minutes and 39-24 at the half. Moore, who scored acareer-high 42 points in an overtime loss to Gonzaga last year, was heldscoreless in the first half.

Washington State has lost 40 straight games to Top 25 teams since defeatingNo. 25 California in 1997. The Cougars have lost five straight to Gonzaga, butstill lead the all-time series 95-43.

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