Gonzaga Advances Past Cincinnati

SALT LAKE CITY—Gonzaga held off a furious Cincinnati rally to advance to the second round with a 74-69 win. The Bulldogs made just two field goals in the final 12:00 but got to the foul stripe enough to hold their lead.

Gonzaga's Tony Skinner redeemed himself with a huge defensive play. Skinner, who missed a breakaway dunk that would have sealed the game, blocked a Bearcat field goal attempt that would have tied the game with seconds to go.

Momentum swung in the Bulldogs direction when with 16:17 left to play in the first half, Cincinnati Head Coach Bob Huggins was ejected for receiving a double technical foul while complaining over a traveling call. Blake Stepp knocked down all four free-throws to give his team an 11 point lead, 51-40, the biggest margin held by any team during the game.

Gonzaga played an up-tempo game throughout, often beating the Cincinnati team down court for easy baskets. They used this run and gun style to jump out to an early 8-0 lead. However, the Bearcats quickly battled back and took their first lead of the game, 14-13, at about the midpoint of the first half.

The teams stayed relatively close for the first remainder of the first half, trading the lead 6 times. Gonzaga pulled away at the end of the first half with an 8-0 run, capped by a three pointer from Troy Skinner at the buzzer.

Ronnie Turiaf finished with 22 points on 16-22 free throw shooting and added 10 rebounds.

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GONZAGA

PLAYER MIN FGM-A FTM-A OFF REB AST PF PTS
T. Skinner 35 3-6 1-2 0 3 1 2 9
R. Turiaf 35 3-10 16-22 3 10 1 3 22
Z. Gourde 16 1-3 0-0 0 2 0 3 2
W. Brooks 36 4-5 0-0 0 7 3 2 11
B. Stepp 35 2-8 7-8 0 4 7 2 12
J. Reisman 3 0-1 2-2 0 0 0 0 2
K. Bankhead 11 1-5 0-1 0 1 0 1 2
C. Violette 28 6-9 2-2 2 5 0 2 14
R. Fox 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 200 20-47 28-37 5 32 12 15 74
  .426 .757  

TEAM REBS: 4
TURNOVERS: 12 (B Stepp 5, Z Gourde 2, W Brooks 2, K Bankhead, R Turiaf, T Skinner)
BLOCKED SHOTS: 2 (R Turiaf, T Skinner)
STEALS: 2 (B Stepp, C Violette)
3-PT FGS: 6-14, .429 (T Skinner 2-3, W Brooks 3-4, B Stepp 1-4, K Bankhead 0-3)

 

CINNCINATI
PLAYER MIN FGM-A FTM-A OFF REB AST PF PTS
L. Stokes 30 2-10 2-4 2 6 5 4 7
J. Maxiell 19 4-5 0-0 1 3 0 4 8
K. Johnson 15 2-4 0-0 1 3 1 2 4
F. Williams 29 3-9 0-0 0 1 0 0 9
T. Barker 33 5-9 2-3 0 3 4 2 16
C. Moore 4 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0
D. Hollman 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0
J. Lucas 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0
E. Hicks 7 0-2 0-0 1 3 0 1 0
T. Bobbitt 19 3-12 0-0 0 2 1 4 8
R. Flowers 21 3-6 1-1 4 4 0 3 7
A. Kirkland 19 4-8 2-2 3 7 1 3 10
Totals 200 26-66 7-10 12 34 13 24 69
  .394 .700  
TEAM REBS: 1
TURNOVERS: 10 (L Stokes 4, R Flowers 2, A Kirkland 2, J Maxiell, C Moore)
BLOCKED SHOTS: 6 (A Kirkland 3, L Stokes, J Maxiell, E Hicks)
STEALS: 7 (L Stokes 2, T Barker 2, R Flowers, J Maxiell, F Williams)
3-PT FGS: 10-27, .370 (L Stokes 1-2, F Williams 3-9, T Barker 4-8, C Moore 0-1, T Bobbitt 2-6, R Flowers 0-1)
 


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