Georgia falls at Gonzaga

SPOKANE, WA - Matt Bouldin scored 21 points and helped Gonzaga build a second-half lead big enough to withstand Georgia's late rally, holding off the Bulldogs 75-67 in a non-conference basketball game here Saturday night.

The Zags (11-4) took control of the game late in the first half but broke it open further in the second period. Bouldin's jumper with 8:07 left in the game got his team its biggest lead at 64-46. They matched it a minute later on a 3-pointer by Josh Heytvelt, pushing the score to 67-49.

Georgia climbed back into contention with a series of 3-point shots, as well as a trapping defense that forced a number of Gonzaga turnovers. Three straight long shots, two by Sundiata Gaines and a third by Billy Humphrey pulled the Bulldogs back within 10 at 68-68 with 3:59 left. Gaines' steal and layup with 2:02 left got Georgia within seven at 72-65.

Despite multiple opportunities to trim the lead even more but were never able to get closer than the 7-point deficit.

"I was pleased with the way we competed, in this environment and against a quality opponent," said Georgia coach Dennis Felton. "We still must work on giving consistent effort for a 40-minute game. We'll certainly need that next Wednesday and from here on out."

Georgia wraps up its non-conference schedule Wednesday night at home against Georgia Tech. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m.

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