SPOKANE, Washington (Ticker) -- Ronny Turiaf, one of the top inside players in the nation, ruined Washington's victorious return from Alaska with his relentless play.
Turiaf scored 23 points on near-perfect shooting and grabbed 13 rebounds to lift Gonzaga to a 99-87 victory over 16th-ranked Washington.
Tightly contested throughout, the Bulldogs (4-1) pulled away over the final 6:20 with a 21-10 run, sparked by the outstanding play of the French-born center.
The loss was the first of the season for Washington (4-1), which captured the Great Alaska Shootout last week with three impressive wins against Utah, Oklahoma and Alabama.
"They killed us on rebounds," Huskies guard Nate Robinson said. "Offensive, defensive, second-chance points."
Despite holding a 15-13 edge in offensive rebounds, Gonzaga held a 19-2 advantage in second-chance points. One of the biggest offensive rebounds came with Gonzaga clinging to an 80-77 lead with just over five minutes remaining. Turiaf outhustled two Washington players off a 3-point miss by Adam Morrison to bat a loose ball to Derek Raivio, who buried one of his five 3-pointers.
Turiaf, who finished 7-of-9 from the field, was fouled on a made jumper, converting the free throw to push the Bulldogs' advantage to 88-79 with 3:39 remaining.
Sean Mallon added a tip-in with 2:26 left, and made all four of his free throws in the final 82 seconds to help seal Gonzaga's 15th consecutive win at home. He finished with 16 points on 5-of-6 shooting and had five rebounds.
Morrison, who scored a career-high 26 points against Illinois in the Wooden Tradition, matched it on 9-of-19 shooting and Raivio set a career high with 21 for Gonzaga, which defeated Washington for the seventh straight time. Raivio is replacing two-time West Coast Conference Player of the Year Brook Steppe, who graduated after last season.
Nate Robinson, the Most Outstanding Player in Alaska, scored 22 points, including 15 in the second half, with four 3-pointers for Washington. After a breathtaking dunk on the baseline with 7:05 remaining, the 5-9 guard nailed a 3-pointer, cutting the Huskies' deficit to 78-77.
Will Conroy scored 14 points and Mike Jensen added 13 for the Huskies, who fell despite shooting 50 percent (12-of-24) from the arc.
Washington was without second-leading scorer Brandon Roy, who had surgery Tuesday for a torn knee ligament. Roy, averaging 18 points per game, will miss four to six weeks.