Scott Dougherty scored 23 points as Santa Clara beat Gonzaga 84-73 Monday night to end the nation's longest home winning streak at 50 games...
SPOKANE — Scott Dougherty scored 23 points as Santa Clara beat Gonzaga 84-73 Monday night to end the nation’s longest home winning streak at 50 games.
Gonzaga played without forward Josh Heytvelt, who was arrested last weekend for investigation of alleged drug possession and suspended from the team.
Santa Clara (19-7 overall, 9-2 West Coast Conference) also snapped a tie with Gonzaga for first place in the WCC and ended a 13-game losing streak to the Zags. It was the first loss for Gonzaga (18-9, 8-3 WCC) in 39 outings at the 3-year-old McCarthey Athletic Center.
The Zags had also won their final 12 games at the old Martin Centre.
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Gonzaga won an emotional game Saturday against Saint Mary’s without Heytvelt, its leading rebounder (7.7 per game) and second-leading scorer (15.5), but could not pull off another win.
Gonzaga fell behind 13-0 at the start and shot poorly from the floor and the free-throw line.
Santa Clara, on the other hand, shot 53 percent from the field and made 25 of 29 at the line.
Gonzaga’s last home loss was Feb. 19, 2003, against Portland.
Derek Raivio scored 21 points for the Zags, and Jeremy Pargo added 20.
Two free throws by Brody Angley, who finished with 18 points, lifted Santa Clara to a 53-36 lead with 14:57 left, the largest deficit Gonzaga had faced at home since the winning streak began. The previous worst deficit was 15 points in last year’s WCC title game against Loyola Marymount.
Angley’s three-pointer lifted the Broncos to a 60-40 lead with 11:29 left. It was the biggest deficit Gonzaga had faced at home since the streak began.
But the Bulldogs went on a 13-2 run, with Derek Raivio’s three-pointer cutting the Broncos’ lead to 62-53. Raivio finished with 21 points.
He hit four consecutive free throws to cut the deficit to 64-57 with 6:43 left.
Danny Pariseau, a Spokane native who transferred to Santa Clara from Eastern Washington, hit a three-pointer to extend the lead to 10, but Raivio hit four more free throws to cut the lead to six points. Raivio scored 15 points in a five-minute span.
The teams traded baskets, with Pariseau’s three-pointer giving the Broncos a 74-65 lead with 3:23 left.
Dougherty’s three-pointer with just over two minutes left made it 77-67 for the Broncos, and the Zags could not make another big dent in the deficit.
In the first half, after Santa Clara jumped to its 13-0 lead, Pargo hit a pair of threes during an 8-0 Gonzaga run to cut the Broncos’ lead to 17-11.
Santa Clara held a 42-29 halftime advantage after shooting 56 percent in the half.
Top 25 men
Louisville 66, at No. 7 Pittsburgh 53
David Padgett scored a game-high 16 points to lead the Cardinals (18-8, 8-4 Big East) over the Panthers (22-4, 10-2).
Pittsburgh hosts Washington on Saturday.
Louisville’s Terrence Williams, a graduate of Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, had eight points, seven assists and no turnovers.
At No. 14 Georgetown 71, No. 23 West Virginia 53
Roy Hibbert scored 20 points, and the Hoyas (19-5, 9-2 Big East) downed the Mountaineers (19-6, 7-5) to extend their winning streak to eight.
Georgetown beat then-No. 11 Marquette 76-58 Saturday.
At Texas 83, No. 18 Oklahoma St. 54
Kevin Durant scored 21 points and the Longhorns (18-7, 8-3 Big 12) pounded the Cowboys (19-6, 5-5).
Top 10 women
No. 2 North Carolina 80, at Florida St. 59
Ivory Latta scored 21 points as the Tar Heels (25-1, 9-1 Atlantic Coast) shook off 28 turnovers and routed the Seminoles (18-7, 7-3).
• Eastern Washington guard Rodney Stuckey, a Kentwood High School graduate, was voted Big Sky men’s player of the week for averaging 35 points in two games. The sophomore has won the honor three times this season and seven times in his career.
• Gonzaga freshman forward Heather Bowman, who averaged 26.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in two games, was the WCC women’s player of the week. She is from Lewis & Clark High School in Spokane.
• Arizona State’s Aubree Johnson was voted Pac-10 women’s player of the week.
• Florida fired women’s coach Carolyn Peck, one day after the Gators lost their 13th straight. Florida went 69-74 in Peck’s five seasons.