Originally created 11/30/03

Gonzaga men's basketball team beats Georgia in OT



SPOKANE, Wash. -- Ronny Turiaf scored all 11 of Gonzaga's points in overtime and made key defensive stops in the No. 16 Bulldogs' 82-76 victory over Georgia on Saturday.

Turiaf led Gonzaga (3-1), which suffered its largest margin of defeat last season at Georgia by a score of 95-83, with 22 points. He also grabbed the final rebound of the game to seal the victory.

Rashad Wright's basket for Georgia (2-1) tied the score at 71-all with 4 seconds left in regulation.

Turiaf, playing with four fouls, hit three of four free throws to open the overtime for a 74-71 Gonzaga lead. Georgia's Jonas Hayes, who had 20 points, sank a pair from the line to make it 74-73.

Turiaf's turnaround jumper made it 76-73 for Gonzaga, then Turiaf blocked Hayes' shot and made a layup on the other end for a 78-73 lead.

Levi Stukes replied with a 3-pointer and Georgia trailed 78-76 with 1:15 left.

Each team missed a shot and Gonzaga ran down the clock before Turiaf was fouled with 8 seconds left

He made both free throws, then rebounded Wright's missed shot on the other end. Turiaf made two final free throws with less than a second left.

The teams traded leads throughout the game, none larger than five points until the final score.

Georgia led 54-52 when Gonzaga's Cory Violette, playing with four fouls, scored five consecutive points. Erroll Knight's layup capped a 7-0 run as Gonzaga built a 59-54 lead with 6 minutes left.

But Rashad Wright's steal and slam, followed by his 3-pointer, finished a 7-0 Georgia reply for a 63-61 lead with 4 minutes left. Wright had 21 points.

Violette fouled out with the score tied 65-all with 2:13 left, and Jonas Hayes made both free throws. Freshman Sean Mallon, who replaced Violette, scored consecutive layups for a 69-67 Gonzaga lead with 1 minute left.

Damien Wilkins' free throws tied the game at 69-all.

Wright fouled a driving Blake Stepp with 11 seconds left and Stepp swished both free throws. But Wright hit a short jumper to tie the score at 71-all and Stepp's half court shot missed as time expired.

Gonzaga plays just one or two home games a year away from tiny Martin Centre in the much larger Spokane Arena, and seemed to have trouble shooting in the first half, hitting just 2-of-11 from 3-point range.

Damien Wilkins, who had 12 first half points, hit two free throws and a 3-pointer as Georgia closed to 35-33 late in the first half. But Adam Morrison, who scored six of Gonzaga's final nine points, hit two free throws for a 37-33 halftime lead.