For years, Gonzaga struggled to lure elite-conference programs to travel to its campus for games. Today a men's team from the vaunted Atlantic...
SPOKANE — For years, Gonzaga struggled to lure elite-conference programs to travel to its campus for games.
Today a men’s team from the vaunted Atlantic Coast Conference plays at Gonzaga for the first time. On the other hand, the opponent isn’t powerhouse Duke. It is Virginia, a team struggling with injuries and losses under first-year coach Dave Leitao.
The Cavaliers (3-3) have absorbed back-to-back losses to Georgia Tech and Fordham, earning the ire of former DePaul coach Leitao.
“I don’t like losing,” Leitao said recently. “I think you should be [mad]. Your players should be. Your program should be upset.”
Despite not having a home advantage, Gonzaga is 6-1 against ACC teams.
Virginia point guard Sean Singletary, who leads the team with 17 points per game, missed the Fordham game as he recovers from a hip injury. Leitao said Singletary has not fully recovered, but will play against the Zags.
That puts Virginia in a similar situation to Gonzaga, which has not had point guard Derek Raivio for the past 2 ½ games because of a back injury. Raivio is expected to play today.
Gonzaga (6-2) got a one-week break between games because of finals week, and the Zags needed the rest. They have been playing short handed because Erroll Knight and Josh Heytvelt are out with injuries.
“We’ve been kind of running on fumes,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said.
Adam Morrison of the Zags leads the nation in scoring at 28.5 points per game.
The Zags have won 40 of their past 41 nonconference home games.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Shannon Brown scored a career-high 27 points and 12th-ranked Michigan State rallied to beat Cleveland State 83-75 Friday night.
Paul Davis added 24 points, and Maurice Ager had 22 for the Spartans (8-2).
Michigan State trailed 46-35 late in the first half. The balanced Vikings (2-5) made a school-record 14 three-pointers, including 10 in the first half.
Raheem Moss and Patrick Tatham each had 12 points to lead Cleveland State in a near-triumphant return for Vikings coach Mike Garland, who was a Michigan State assistant from 1996 to 2003.
The Spartans were a different team in the last minute of the first half and the first eight minutes after the break, outscoring Cleveland State 28-4 to take a 63-50 lead.
Michigan State outscored the Vikings 40-16 inside the paint and had a 42-29 rebounding edge.
Davis grabbed 11 rebounds and had his sixth double-double of the season.
At USC 77, W. Michigan 62
Lodrick Stewart, a graduate of Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, scored 16 points to help the Trojans (6-2) defeat the Broncos (2-4).
USC’s Nick Young collected 19 points and eight rebounds.
Gabe Pruitt had 14 points and six assists for the Trojans, who extended their longest winning streak in four seasons to six games. The Trojans won nine consecutive games in 2001-02.
At USC 94,
Cal State Fullerton 54
Chloe Kerr scored the first eight points for the Women of Troy (6-3) as they overcame a slow start to overwhelm the Titans (1-8).
Kerr finished with a career-high 18 points.
USC’s Eshaya Murphy matched her career best with a game-high 22 points, and Meghan Gnekow had a double-double with 19 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Jamie Funn added 12 points.
Charlee Underwood and Sandra Woloschuk led Cal State Fullerton with 10 points apiece.