Dec. 31, 2005
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - J.P. Batista scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as No. 8 Gonzaga beat Saint Joseph's 102-94 Saturday, giving the Bulldogs their 30th consecutive home victory, the longest streak in the country.
Gonzaga (10-3) scored 36 points in the paint, most by the 6-foot-9 Batista, had 20 points off turnovers and got 15 second-chance points.
Adam Morrison scored 25 points for the Bulldogs, but was held without a field goal in the second half.
No. 7 Washington had the nation's longest home winning streak snapped at 32 games earlier Saturday by Arizona in double overtime.
The Bulldogs outrebounded the Hawks (5-4) and held Saint Joseph's to just six second-chance points. Gonzaga shot 57 percent from the field, just better than the 54 percent by Saint Joseph's.
Gonzaga got off to a slow start, trailing 5-2 early, but took a 47-33 lead just before halftime on 3-pointers by Derek Raivio and Morrison. Raivio finished with 19 points and was 3-of-4 on 3-point attempts.
A 3-pointer by Pat Calathes and field goals by Jalloh and Lee pulled the Hawks within 48-41 at halftime.
Jalloh's third consecutive 3-pointer to start the second half gave the Hawks a 63-61 lead with 14:20 remaining. But Gonzaga pulled back into the lead on a three-point play and a layup by Jeremy Pargo that helped the Zags build a five-point lead.
Saint Joseph's pulled ahead again, 79-78, on Calathes' 3-pointer with 6:05 remaining. Gonzaga went ahead for good on a layup by Batista, whose previous best was 25 points against Portland on Jan. 29, 2005.
Gonzaga has won 43 of it last 44 non-conference home games. The last loss on campus was in overtime to Saint Joseph's on Dec. 31, 2002. The Bulldogs have won 17 straight nonconference matchups at home since.