SPOKANE, Washington (Ticker) -- A healthier Ronny Turiaf helped Gonzaga open the final season in the Kennel with a rout.
Turiaf bounced back from a rough opener with 18 points and nine rebounds as the 12th-ranked Bulldogs began the home portion of their schedule with an 84-63 thrashing of Idaho.
Turiaf was limited by a stress fracture in his right foot and managed just one basket in five minutes for Gonzaga (1-1) in last Friday's season-opening 73-66 loss to St. Joseph's in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. The 6-10 junior looked more mobile against Idaho, scoring 13 points in the first half.
The Bulldogs enjoyed another sellout crowd in the Kennel, the tiny gym where they are 140-10 over the last 12 years. Gonzaga's success has led to the university funding a more state-of-the-art building for next season.
Gonzaga has won nine of the last last 11 matchups with Idaho (1-2), which has lost two straight since Monday's season-opening victory over Elon.
Turiaf struggled from the floor, but was able to use his size advantage to get to the line and make 10-of-14 attempts. He also blocked four shots and Cory Violette added three.
Blake Stepp, who was outplayed by St. Joseph's guard Jameer Nelson in the opener, added 11 points and 13 assists. Violette netted 11 points in 22 minutes.
Tyrone Hayes scored 20 points and Tanoris Shepard added 14 for the Vandals, who shot 39 percent (23-of-59).