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Updated: Sunday, December 19, 2004 6:53 AM EST
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Gonzaga 85, (3) Georgia Tech 73

LAS VEGAS (Ticker) -- Gonzaga has made its reputation knocking off favored teams in the NCAA Tournament in recent years. It used a lesser event to make a big statement Saturday.

Adam Morrison scored 24 points and Derek Raivio added 21 as Gonzaga rolled to an 85-73 upset of No. 3 Georgia Tech in the nightcap of the Las Vegas Showdown.

In the past six seasons, the Bulldogs (8-1) have won seven NCAA Tournament games against higher-seeded opponents. With an all-around effort Saturday, they improved to 2-1 this season vs. ranked teams.

"(The Yellow Jackets) are a legitimate national championship contender," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. "This is a great win for our program."

Morrison scored 14 points in the first half and had Gonzaga's final two baskets of the game. After the Yellow Jackets missed a pair of layups that would have pulled them within seven points with just over six minutes remaining, Morrison made a tough baseline jumper to extend the Bulldogs' lead to 75-64.

Georgia Tech (7-1) rallied to cut the deficit to 77-71, but Morrison hit another short jumper and Gonzaga made eight straight free throws in the final 3:26 to seal it.

"Morrison's a terrific scorer off the bounce," Yellow Jackets coach Paul Hewitt said. "With his size he's able to shoot over people. While we did a good job on (Bulldogs center Ronny Turiaf) in the first half, Morrison was the major difference. He played really well."

Raivio got the better of Georgia Tech star point guard Jarrett Jack, tying his career high in points on 7-of-11 shooting. Acting as the aggressor in the matchup, Raivio was 3-of-6 from 3-point range and made three steals.

The Bulldogs finished the first half on a 22-11 run and opened the second with six straight points, holding the Yellow Jackets without a field goal for over eight minutes across the two halves.

Playing on a sore ankle, Turiaf scored 11 of his 17 points in the second half and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs, who have won five straight and improved to 3-9 all-time vs. schools ranked in the top five.

Will Bynum scored 16 of his career-high 28 points in the second half to keep Georgia Tech close. Jack chipped in 15 but had five turnovers, giving him 18 in his last three games.

"He was outstanding," Hewitt said of Bynum. "Will played very aggressive basketball. To put up 28 points against a team like that, you're playing well."

Gonzaga shot 49 percent (30-of-61), including a 16-of-30 effort in the first half.

Prior to their loss Saturday, the Yellow Jackets had limited opponents to a collective 32.5 percent shooting - tops in the Atlantic Coast Conference - and had not surrendered more than 50 points in their last three games.


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