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Updated: Sunday, January 18, 2004 1:14 AM EST
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(17) Gonzaga 75, St Marys Ca 61

SPOKANE, Washington (Ticker) -- Gonzaga proved to St. Mary's it is still in control of the West Coast Conference.

Cory Violette scored 20 points and Ronny Turiaf added 19 as the 17th-ranked Bulldogs pulled away for a 75-61 victory over the Gaels.

St. Mary's is considered one of the biggest threats in the conference to Gonzaga, which has won the last five regular-season WCC titles. But the Bulldogs established continued their supremacy with a 15th straight win over the Gaels.

The game was tied, 50-50, midway through the second half before Gonzaga (14-2, 4-0 WCC) reeled off 12 of the next 13 points. Violette had six during the burst and freshman Derek Raivio added five, capping it with a 3-pointer for a 62-51 cushion with 7:38 to go.

Blake Stepp finished with 16 points for the Bulldogs, who have won seven in a row overall.

Paul Marigney scored 20 points to lead St. Mary's (10-7, 1-1), which lost for just the second time in its last six games.

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