The last time No. 22 Gonzaga faced a team as highly ranked as No. 3 Georgia Tech, the game was an instant classic. On March 22, 2003, the Bulldogs lost in double overtime to No...

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SPOKANE — The last time No. 22 Gonzaga faced a team as highly ranked as No. 3 Georgia Tech, the game was an instant classic.


On March 22, 2003, the Bulldogs lost in double overtime to No. 2 Arizona 96-95 in the second round of the NCAA tournament in Salt Lake City.


This year, Gonzaga’s only loss was Nov. 27 to Illinois, which was No. 5 at the time and is top-ranked now.


Coach Mark Few knows the Bulldogs (7-1) will have their hands full against Georgia Tech (7-0), which has most of its players back from the team that lost to Connecticut in last season’s national-championship game.


Jarrett Jack, Will Bynum, B.J. Elder, Luke Schenscher, Isma’il Muhammad and Anthony McHenry are likely to give the Bulldogs all they can handle tomorrow in the second game of the Las Vegas Showdown. The Yellow Jackets are allowing just 51 points a game, fourth best in the U.S.


“They are great, a legitimate No. 1 contender,” Few said.


It’s the first meeting between the two teams.


Gonzaga has won four straight since losing to Illinois, including beating No. 16 Washington and Massachusetts, and a narrow escape from Washington State.


Gonzaga, with four starters averaging in double digits, is so balanced that it routed Saint Louis last week even though leading scorer Ronny Turiaf was limited to two points because of an ankle injury and double-teaming.


The Bulldogs are 2-9 all-time against teams in the top five. They beat No. 3 Missouri last year and No. 5 Clemson in 1997.




Top 25 women




No. 4 Texas 79, at North Texas 54


Jamie Carey scored a career-high 30 points for the Longhorns (5-2).


Tiffany Jackson added 17 points and 15 rebounds for Texas, 9-0 all-time against the Mean Green (4-4).




No. 19 Houston 66, at Hawaii 55


Sancho Lyttle had 21 points and 16 rebounds as the Cougars improved to 9-0.




Pac-10 women




At Arizona 96, Santa Barbara 80


Senior point guard Dee-Dee Wheeler scored 35 points as the Wildcats (7-2) won their 33rd consecutive home game.


The 35 points tied the school record for points in a game. Wheeler also had 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals.


She hit a career-high seven three-pointers, which also tied a school record.




Notes


• Florida forward Mohamed Abukar has decided to transfer because of limited playing time through the first seven games of the season. A top recruit from San Diego, Abukar will be the fifth scholarship player to leave the men’s program since October 2003. Point guard Ryan Appleby transferred to Washington.


• Louisville men’s coach Rick Pitino said he might consider reinstating freshman center Terrance Farley. Louisville announced Wednesday that the little-used Farley had been dismissed.


• Fairfield will not be sanctioned by the NCAA after an investigation into its men’s program found no major violations.