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TheZagPhish
11-11-2007, 02:35 PM
AP article at ESPN (http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/recap?gameId=273152250)

TheZagPhish
11-11-2007, 02:44 PM
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Section 116
11-11-2007, 02:51 PM
It's just amazing how fast Nick Geranios gets this stuff written up and posted. Deadlines are obviously not a problem for him. This thing is posted less than 45 minutes after the game:


By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -Freshman Austin Daye scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help No. 14 Gonzaga open its season by beating Montana 77-54 on Sunday.

Gonzaga (1-0) largely smothered the Montana offense, and coach Mark Few was able to give plenty of minutes to his bench players.

Montana (1-1), expected to be one of the top contenders in the Big Sky Conference, got into a hole early because of poor shooting and never threatened after that.

The Bulldogs made 53 percent of their field goals and 15 of 21 free throws. Montana made just 30 percent of its shots, including 5 of 22 3-pointers.

Gonzaga also dominated the rebounding 40-29.


The Grizzlies were led by Matt Martin's 18 points.

Daye, a 6-foot-10 forward from Irvine, Calif., is the son of former UCLA and NBA player Darren Daye. He made 8 of 13 field goals.

For Gonzaga, Jeremy Pargo added 17 points, Matt Bouldin 13 and Larry Gurganious 12.

The Zags blew the game open with a 15-4 run late in the first half for a 36-16 lead with 5 minutes left.

Gonzaga led 44-25 at halftime, after holding Montana to 29 percent shooting while shooting 55 percent.

Seven different Zags scored in the first half, led by Daye's 12 first-half points.

Montana went on a 10-2 run in the second half to close the deficit to 51-37. But the Zags answered with an 11-3 run, holding Montana scoreless for 5 minutes, for a 62-40 lead with 9:44 left. The Grizzlies scored only 7 points during a 10-minute span late in the game.

Gonzaga played without star Josh Heytvelt, who was sidelined with a foot injury in what would have been his first game after being suspended the final nine games of last season for his arrest for drug possession.

Once a member of the Big Sky, Gonzaga leads the series 101-48. Montana has not won since 1996, and has lost nine straight in the series.

Gonzaga is 40-1 in the McCarthey Athletic Center since it opened in 2004.

Gonzaga finished 23-11 last season.

ZagNative
11-11-2007, 03:53 PM
Yahoo.com (http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaab/recap;_ylt=ApnrBRK6qvsFATyFYw.BIIDevbYF?gid=200711 110233&prov=ap)


By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press Writer
November 11, 2007

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Gonzaga's Austin Daye had jitters in his first college basketball game, what with his father in the stands and missing his first two shots.

But Daye found his range, scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds as No. 14 Gonzaga pounded Montana 77-54 in its season opener on Sunday.

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"I hope I didn't set the bar too high," said Daye, the son of former UCLA and NBA player Darren Daye.

The 6-foot-10 Daye, from Irvine, Calif., is one of the most prized recruits in Gonzaga history, and he showed why as he made 8 of 13 field goals, both his 3-point attempts and led all players in rebounding. He also had two blocks and two steals.

"My dad was watching my first college game. It was pretty nerve-racking," Daye said.

Coach Mark Few said Daye hadn't put on such a display in practice.

"Austin is a gamer," Few said. "It's only one game out, but it's an incredible opening act."

The Bulldogs made 53 percent of their field goals and 15 of 21 free throws. Montana made just 30 percent of its shots, including 5 of 22 3-pointers.

"I think it all started with the defense," said Gonzaga's Jeremy Pargo, who scored 17 points and had five assists. Matt Bouldin added 13 and Larry Gurganious 12 points, and the Zags dominated the rebounding 40-29.

The Grizzlies were led by Matt Martin's 18 points.

"They're a very good team," Martin said of the Zags. "They should probably be in the top 10."

"I wish we could play like that every game," Few said.