No. 12 Gonzaga soars to exhibition win, 90-58

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by Gonzaga U / KREM 2 Sports

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Posted on November 5, 2010 at 11:54 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 5 at 11:55 PM

SPOKANE -- Steven Gray scored nine of his 17 points in the first eight minutes, helping pre-season No. 12 Gonzaga roll to a 90-58 exhibition victory over Southern Oregon on Friday night.

Redshirt freshman forward Sam Dower also scored 17 points for the Bulldogs, who had five players finish in double figures.

Gray, the lone senior for the Bulldogs this year, went 7-for-12 from the field, dished out four assists and had five steals and a block.

Kyle Tedder scored 16 of his 20 points in the first half for the NAIA Raiders, and his 3-pointer with 19:01 to go gave the visitors their lone lead of the night at 3-2. Gonzaga went on a 10-0 run to open a 12-3 advantage by the 15:22 mark and the rout, for all practical purposes, was on.

Kelly Olynyk's layin put the Bulldogs ahead for good, Gray and Robert Sacre followed with layups and Marquise Carter hit a jumper from inside the paint for a 10-3 lead. Olynyk's layin with 15:22 to go in the opening half completed the 10-0 run.

Gray connected on his only trey of the night at 14:16 for a 16-5 lead, Demetri Goodson got an old-fashioned 3-point play with a layin and a free throw and Gray hit another jumper for a 21-7 lead less than eight minutes into the contest.

The Bulldogs increased the margin to 20 points at 35-15 on a 6-0 run with 6:37 remaining, and took a 44-24 halftime lead.

The second half was more of the same as the Bulldogs steadily pushed the lead to 30 less than five minutes into the second half, and took a game-high 39-point lead at 88-49 on a David Stockton 3-pointer with 3:16 to go in the contest.

Gonzaga head coach Mark Few saw both some good and not-so-good with his team's performance.

"I think there were some positives and some negatives. That's kind of how exhibitions go. But by in large it gives us something we can now watch on film and then take back and show the guys, explain to them and improve on," Few said. "We've got a week before our first counter. We've got three games in five days so that's going to be a tough stretch."

Dower, who redshirted as a freshman last season, drew some praise.

"Sam could have played for us last year. There were a lot of guys (last year). I thought we could get him more minutes this year," Few said. "Sam's had a good fall. There's still a lot he can improve on but he's got a knack to score the basketball. Certainly that is something the team can use."

Few said the point guard position is still up for grabs, as are several perimeter spots.

"Nobody's really totally established themselves at that spot (point) or at several of the spots in the perimeter so it depends on what practice you watch them or scrimmage or a game who kind of establishes themselves. I thought Meech (Demetri Goodson) was good tonight. Starting tomorrow or Monday we'll probably start giving him more reps there."

Few said there is still plenty of work to be done.

"We need to get solidified on who's going to help us on the perimeter. We need more consistent play out there. Obviously we need to get "E" (Elias Harris) back. That kind of changes our look of our team and who we are, and get use to playing with him in different spots. We need to take better care of the basketball both in the scrimmage and tonight. I thought we were too loose with the ball and we need to crank up some of our defensive deficiencies."

The Bulldogs were without the 6-7 sophomore forward Harris who is nursing a sore shoulder suffered in practice 10 days ago. Redshirt sophomore Mike Hart started in his place.

Gonzaga's inside game held a 22-8 edge in points in the paint and 8-2 in second-chance points as the Bulldogs held a 51-31 rebounding advantage.

The Bulldogs had 17 turnovers resulting in 18 SOU points. The Raiders, however, reciprocated with 18 miscues leading to 22 Zag points.

Tedder was the lone bright spot for SOU, his fourth trey of the night with 1:37 to go in the first half keeping the score at a somewhat respectable 15points at 38-23.

Goodson and Olynyk each added 12 points for the Bulldogs and Sacre had 11 for the other Bulldogs in double digits. Sacre also had 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.

Gonzaga opens the regular season next Friday at home against Southern University of Baton Rouge, La., to begin a stretch of three games in five days. 
 

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