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
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
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.