Gonzaga keeps winning basketball games. The Bulldogs haven't won over their coach. "Pathetic," Mark Few said after No. 8 Gonzaga rallied for...
SPOKANE — Gonzaga keeps winning basketball games. The Bulldogs haven’t won over their coach.
“Pathetic,” Mark Few said after No. 8 Gonzaga rallied for a 75-65 victory over Eastern Washington on Monday night at the Spokane Arena. “We’ve got guys just sleepwalking through games.”
Adam Morrison, the NCAA Division I scoring leader at 28.4 points per game, had 29 for Gonzaga (8-2), which won its fourth straight overall and 20th in a row over Eastern Washington since 1990. J.P Batista added 22 points for the Bulldogs.
Freshman Rodney Stuckey led Eastern Washington (4-5) with 20 points.
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There were six ties and eight lead changes in the second half. Morrison, who scored seven points after Eastern Washington forged the final tie, 60-60 with 5:35 to go, shared Few’s concern about Gonzaga’s recent play.
“We’ve got to get out of this,” Morrison said. “We win games, but we’re not flying around and diving on the floor. That’s me included.”
The Bulldogs have trailed in the second half of their last three games against unranked teams. Morrison and Batista, who each had six rebounds, were the only Bulldogs with more than seven points.
“We just played awful,” Gonzaga point guard Derek Raivio said. “We didn’t come out ready, and we played flat.”
Gonzaga led 36-32 at halftime, but Stuckey scored seven points as Eastern Washington opened the second half with a 9-0 run before a sellout, pro-Gonzaga crowd of 11,879.
“We played very well,” Eastern Washington coach Mike Burns said. “Tonight, we played well enough to win.”
The arena is located close to Gonzaga’s campus and is about 16 miles from Eastern Washington in Cheney.
“They played a solid game,” Morrison said. “They played us hard. They always do. Coach Burns has that program on the rise.”
The Eagles were outscored 36-18 in the paint and 25-4 off turnovers. Stuckey, an inexperienced point guard on a team with only one senior, had six of Eastern Washington’s 16 turnovers. Gonzaga only had six.
“Those last four or five minutes got really physical,” Burns said. “We got bumped around a little bit.”
Jake Beitinger scored 13 points for Eastern, and Kellen Williams had all 12 of his points in the first half.
Morrison finished 11 of 23 from the field. Batista, a force inside, was 7 for 15 from the field and 8 for 10 from the free-throw line.
“[Morrison] got 29 — we held him to his average,” Burns said. “My deal is, he got 29 points, and he had 23 shots. I think our kids gave a great effort on him.”
|EASTERN WASHINGTON (4-5)|
Percentages: FG .407, FT .684. Three-point goals: 8-21, (Beitinger 1-2, Williams 2-2, Butorac 1-1, Stuckey 1-6, Smith 1-4, Penoncello 2-5, Zumwalt 0-1). Team rebounds: 2. Blocked shots: 6, (Beitinger 2, Stuckey, Bekkering, Humphrey, Zumwalt). Turnovers: 16, (Butorac 5, Stuckey 6, Penoncello 2, Risper). Steals: 2, (Beitinger 2).
Percentages: FG .431, FT .710. Three-point goals: 3-11, (Morrison 2-5, Raivio 1-6). Team rebounds: 1. Blocked shots: 3, (Batista, Gurganious, Pendergraft). Turnovers: 6, (Morrison, Batista 2, Mallon 2). Steals: 9, (Morrison, Batista, Raivio, Pargo 2, Gurganious 3, Pendergraft).
A — 11,879. Officials: Randy Burkhart, Mike Greenstein, Kevin Brill.Technical fouls: Eastern Washington-None. Gonzaga-None.