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No. 8 Gonzaga Outlasts Saint Joseph's, 102-94
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  12/31/2005

Dec. 31, 2005

Box Score

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.

Abdulai Jalloh led Saint Joseph's with 27 points and six rebounds. Chet Stachitas added 24 points for the Hawks, and Dwayne Lee had 13 points and Ahmad Nivins 11.

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.