No. 21 Gonzaga 79, Augustana,Ill. 40

Coach Mark Few wanted to make sure his No. 21 Bulldogs did not

take it easy against Division III opponent Augustana of Illinois on


They didn’t.

Steven Gray scored 12 points and Gonzaga overwhelmed the Vikings

79-40, rebounding from Saturday’s tough loss to Wake Forest. Bol

Kong and G.J. Vilarino each added 10 points as 12 different players

scored for Gonzaga (7-2).

“Our goal was to play a little bit harder than they did,” Few


Augustana shot just 27 percent for the game, including 1 of 21

on 3-point attempts. They made just 5 of 13 from the free throw

line and committed 20 turnovers. Kyle Nelson and Matt Pelton led

them with eight points each. Troy Rorer had nine rebounds as the

Vikings were outrebounded 45-41.

Augustana (5-1), from Rock Island, Ill., was on the schedule

because members of the two coaching staffs are friends. The teams

had originally talked about playing an exhibition game, but that

turned into a regular season game when Gonzaga needed to fill an

opening on its schedule.

“It’s an experience to play in one of the great venues in all

of college basketball,” said Augustana coach Grey Giovanine. “I

hope it serves us well the rest of the season.”

The Vikings are a power in D-III, ranked 15th this week.

But they could do little right against the Zags, starting with

the warmup. The Vikings dunked during the warmup, and were assessed

a technical. Matt Bouldin made both free throws and the game began

with the Vikings already trailing 2-0.

This one was over early, the Zags taking a 20-7 lead on Gray’s

3-pointer midway through the first.

Bouldin, Gonzaga’s leading scorer, bumped heads with an

Augustana player in the first half and was on the floor for a

couple of minutes. He was able to walk off, but did not play in the

second half as a precaution.

Few said Bouldin was feeling woozy after the collision. He will

be evaluated Thursday to see if he can play Saturday against


Few experimented with various lineups and played lots of


The Zags went on a 20-3 run in the final 6 minutes of the first

to take a 40-14 lead at halftime. The Vikings shot just 24 percent

in the opening half, missing all ten of their 3-point attempts.

The Zags were not challenged in the second half, building a

60-25 lead with 9:25 left.

Gonzaga shot 50 percent from the floor, but struggled at the

free throw line for the second consecutive game. They made 17 of 30

from the line, but that didn’t cost them dearly as it did in the

77-75 loss to Wake Forest.

Gonzaga is 66-4 in the McCarthey Athletic Center since it opened

in 2004.

The Bulldogs play Davidson on Saturday during their annual home

game in Seattle. Stephen Curry led Davidson to an upset win over

Gonzaga in the first round of the 2008 NCAA tournament in the only

previous meeting between the teams.