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Updated: Friday, January 30, 2004 1:20 AM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(10) Gonzaga 85, San Diego 73

SAN DIEGO (Ticker) -- Cory Violette and freshman Adam Morrison scored 20 points apiece as 10th-ranked Gonzaga rallied for an 85-73 victory over West Coast Conference rival San Diego.

Violette scored 10 points during a 16-4 run that gave Gonzaga (16-2, 6-0 WCC) the lead for good, 37-36, with 48 seconds left in the first half. Violette went 9-of-11 from the floor.

Morrison had seven points in a 10-2 burst that made it 61-49 with 12:50 remaining. He started the spurt with a layup and finished it with a three-point play.

Ronny Turiaf was his usual dominant self in the second half, scoring 14 points over the final 20 minutes as the Bulldogs pulled away for their ninth straight victory.

Gonzaga also exacted some revenge, having lost the WCC championship game in San Diego last season. The Bulldogs have won 10 of the last 11 matchups.

Brett Melton and Brice Vounang scored 22 points each for San Diego (3-17, 0-5), which lost four starters from last season's team, including All-WCC selection Jason Keep. As a result, the Toreros have lost nine in a row and are the only winless team in the conference.

San Diego still was able to build an 11-point lead in the first half. Brandon Gay scored four of his 19 points during a 9-0 run that made it 32-21 with 8:10 left before intermission.

The Toreros missed eight of their next nine shots as Gonzaga closed the half with a 16-4 run. Erroll Knight started it with a pair of free throws before Violette took over.

Violette scored eight of the next 14 points, converting one of Blake Stepp's five steals into a dunk to get the Bulldogs within 34-33 with 3:27 to go before the break. He finished the run with a layup and jumper.

San Diego got within 45-44 on a pair of free throws by Mike McGrain with 17:47 remaining. But Turiaf scored the next six points for a 51-44 lead.

Stepp chipped in 11 points, nine assists and six rebounds for the Bulldogs, who shot 52.5 percent (31-of-59). Stepp was just 3-of-12.


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