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Updated: Sunday, January 11, 2004 1:28 AM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(17) Gonzaga 74, Loyola Marymnt 60

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Ronny Turiaf bounced back from his worst game of the season, helping Gonzaga avenge a memorable loss.

Turiaf scored 27 points on 10-of-16 shooting as the 17th-ranked Bulldogs completed an unbeaten Southern California road trip with a 74-60 victory over Loyola Marymount in a West Coast Conference matchup.

Turiaf scored just nine points on 2-of-7 shooting in Thursday's victory at Pepperdine. He responded with a strong performance in front of eight NBA scouts as Gonzaga outplayed the team that handed it an 80-74 setback here last season, ending a 16-game winning streak against the Lions.

"A lot of same characters were out there from both sides of the ball and we talked a lot about (that) before the game," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said.

The Bulldogs (12-0, 2-0 WCC) never trailed in the second half, which they dominated, shooting 71 percent (17-of-24) from the floor and outscoring the Lions, 42-28.

"This was a tough and hard road win in conference," Few said. "It was exactly what we expected. I knew we were going to be in for a battle."

Cory Violette opened the second half with a layup to give Gonzaga the lead for good at 34-32 and spark a 6-0 run. The Bulldogs had a 47-42 edge with 12:10 remaining before going on a decisive 16-7 run.

Turiaf, Violette, Blake Stepp and Adam Morrison each scored four points during the burst, which gave Gonzaga a 63-49 cushion with just five minutes remaining.

"Gonzaga has great depth and is very well coached," Lions coach Steve Aggers said. "We have great respect for them but we do not fear them. Great teams will show you your weakness. We will learn from this game and grow."

Stepp finished with 17 points and Violette added 10 and the duo combined to make 12-of-16 shots as Gonzaga finished at 60 percent (29-of-48) overall.

Sherman Gay had 18 points and Keith Kincade collected 17 and seven rebounds for Loyola (8-5, 0-1), which was held to 37 percent (25-of-67) shooting and attempted only 10 free throws on its home floor.


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