Dec. 18, 2004
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Adam Morrison scored 24 points to lift No. 22 Gonzaga to an 85-73 victory Saturday night over No. 3 Georgia Tech in the Las Vegas Showdown.
Derek Raivio tied a career high with 21 points on 11-of-18 shooting for Gonzaga (8-1), which earned its biggest victory since beating No. 3 Missouri on Dec. 13, 2003.
Will Bynum scored a career-high 28 points, going 9-of-16 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free throw line. But it wasn’t enough for the Yellow Jackets (7-1), who lost for the first time since falling to Connecticut in last season’s NCAA tournament championship game.
Gonzaga led 45-41 at halftime and then held Georgia Tech scoreless for the first 4:46 of the second half. The Bulldogs built their biggest lead to 15 points twice, the last at 68-53 with 10:28 left.
The Yellow Jackets got to 75-70 with 3:28 left, but Gonzaga pulled away late.
Ronny Turiaf had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Gonzaga, and Sean Mallon added 11 points.
Gonzaga led 14-8 before Georgia Tech went on a 22-9 run to build their largest lead of the game, 30-23 with 8:41 left in the first half. Gonzaga responded with a 9-0 run.
The Bulldogs made 16 of 30 shots in the first half.