Inside the Box Score: Gonzaga

Welcome back to the column! After each game, I'll take a look at some of the key statistics that stood out once the dust settled. I'll also scan recent history for parallels between what we see today and what we saw yesterday. Wednesday night's double-overtime defeat to the Zags gave us 50 minutes and 176 points of data to scrutinize.

-  What do an Anthony Goods jumpshot at 11:38 remaining in the second half and Brook Lopez' putback with 10:29 left in the second half have in common?  These were the only baskets converted by Stanford out of Gonzaga's 10 turnovers.  Amazingly enough, both hoops had special circumstances surrounding them.  Goods' jumper came out of a media timeout, while Brook Lopez' putback came after two offensive rebounds.  Conversely, Gonzaga scored 17 points off of Stanford's 16 turnovers.

-  A disturbing trend has developed over the past few weeks for Stanford in regards to turnovers.  The Cardinal are losing the turnover battle by a wide margin as they have forced just 47, or just under eight turnovers a game, while opponents have been able to get Stanford to cough up 97 turnovers, or just over 16 a game.

-  One key moment that came in the first half as Gonzaga was making their move was when Fred Washington left the game with 4:42 to go with an apparent wrist injury. He did come back in at the 1:53 mark, but not until after Derek Raivio got off the schnide without Stanford's defensive stalwart in the lineup.  Up until that point, Raivio had zero points on 0-of-3 shooting.  With Washington out, Raivio immediately hit his first three-point shot,and then converted a lay-up at 2:35 remaining in the opening stanza.  This may have given Raivio some confidence heading into the second half of play.  He ended the game with 21 points.

-  Stanford was outscored in the paint 34-24, with Gonzaga holding a 12-4 advantage spanning the two overtime periods.

-  Brook Lopez had career highs of 20 points and 12 rebounds while playing 35 minutes.  Unfortunately, his last rebound came with 5:48 remaining in regulation and his last points came shortly thereafter on two free throws with 5:32 left.

-  Stanford and Gonzaga combined for 31 free throws in overtime.  They had combined to shoot just 33 through the end of regulation.

-  It did take double overtime, but Gonzaga put up 90 on the scoreboard Wednesday night, eclipsing Arizona's 89 for the most points allowed this season by the Cardinal.  Arizona and Gonzaga are the only two teams to break the 80-point mark this season against Stanford.  Last winter, four teams broke 80 points against Stanford, including both the Bulldogs and Wildcats.  Montana and USC were the other two squads to accomplish this feat.

-  Finally, with 10 more blocked shots, Stanford now has swatted away 119 shots this season.  This places the 2006-07 squad in fifth place all-time, just 48 behind the record setting 1999-00 team.


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