Memorable Games Gonzaga 82 North Carolina 74 Nov. 22, 2006 New York, NY One of the first big upsets of the collegiate season came on perhaps the biggest stage of Madison Square Garden as No. 23 Gonzaga topped No. 2 North Carolina 82-74 in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-off. Derek Raivio scored 21 points, and Josh Heytvelt and a strong supporting cast clamped down on Tar Heels AllAmerican Tyler Hansbrough, who was held to 9 points and 9 rebounds. Trailing 65-50 with 11:52 left in the game, the Tar Heels used an 18-5 run to get to ahead 70-68 Hansbrough’s putback dunk with 4:16 left. Jeremy Pargo scored a basket and was fouled to push the lead back to five, and UNC got no closer than four the rest of the night. Heytvelt added 19 points and eight rebounds to win the battle of the big men, while Pargo had 16 points. UNC took a quick 10-0 lead in the first 2:24 of the game, but the Bulldogs rallied behind Heytvelt to take a 40-37 lead at intermission. Duke 61, Gonzaga 54 Dec. 21, 2006 New York, NY In their second trip to Madison Square Garden in a month, fans finally got the muchanticipated showdown between Gonzaga and Duke, albeit a year late in the minds of many. The previous season the Bulldogs had the nation’s leading scorer in Adam Morrison while Duke had runner-up J.J. Redick, two players who captured the nation reminiscent of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird of the late ‘70’s. But the contest was still one of college basketball’s showcase matchups of the season as No. 6 Duke beat No. 22 Gonzaga 61-54 in what Gonzaga coach Mark Few said “had the feel of an NCAA Tournament game to it.” Jeremy Pargo had 21 points, 17 in the second half, for the Bulldogs. Gonzaga led 21-20 after a lethargic first half, Duke shooting 22.6 percent (7-for31), while Gonzaga connected on 35.7 percent (10-for-28). Duke heated up early in the second half, hitting six of its first seven shots for a 34-30 lead and the Blue Devils never trailed the rest of the way. Santa Clara 84 Gonzaga 73 Feb. 12, 2007 Spokane, WA All good things must come to an end, and such was the case this night for Gonzaga as its 50game home court winning streak, the longest active streak in the nation at the time, came to an end and the Bulldogs suffered their first loss after 38 straight wins in the 3-year-old McCarthey Athletic Center. Santa Clara ruined the party by an 84-73 count as retiring Broncos coach Dick Davey made his final appearance
in Spokane and was presented a fly rod and reel in a pre-game ceremony. The Bulldogs had won their final 12 games in the old Kennel prior to moving into the new facility. Gonzaga fell behind 13-0 and never recovered. Gonzaga’s last home loss was Feb. 19, 2003, against Portland. Memphis 78 Gonzaga 77 (OT) Feb. 17, 2007 Spokane, WA A sellout crowd in the Spokane Arena witnessed one of the top collegiate games of the season, even though it was in defeat for the hometown team as No. 8 Memphis squeaked past Gonzaga 78-77 in overtime. Chris Douglas-Roberts slashed across the key through traffic and hit a one-handed layup with 5.6 seconds remaining to make the difference in the see-saw game. The Tigers led 76-75 on Jeremy Hunt’s trey, but Gonzaga’s Abdullahi Kuso was fouled with 17.6 seconds left and sank both free throws for a 77-76 Gonzaga lead, setting the stage for the decisive drive by Douglas-Roberts. Gonzaga’s Jeremy Pargo hit a jumper with a minute remaining in regulation to tie it at 69-69 after the Bulldogs trailed most of the way. Memphis took a 49-40 lead early in the second half, and the Bulldogs went to the 3-ball to get back in the game down the stretch and trail just 69-67 with 1:46 to play and set up the overtime theatrics. Gonzaga 70, Saint Joseph’s 65 (OT) Nov. 19, 2007 Philadelphia, PA Gonzaga’s second trip to Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse on the Saint Joseph’s campus brought another thrilling finish for fans to enjoy. Dan Dickau’s buzzer-beating trey in 2002 gave Gonzaga an 83-80 win, but this night it would take overtime for the 19th-ranked Bulldogs to prevail over their Jesuit counterparts. The home team rallied from an early 29-12 deficit as Gonzaga went cold from the field, including one stretch of 1-for-15. But Matt Bouldin’s 3-pointer late in regulation sparked a Gonzaga comeback from a 53-47 deficit with 5:07 to play, Saint Joe’s made a pair of free throws with 10.3 seconds remaining and the Bulldogs missed two shots down the stretch to send the game to OT. Bouldin’s free throws in overtime put the Bulldogs ahead for good, Austin Daye hit a key jumper and Micah Downs sank a pair of free throws to seal the win as Gonzaga escaped Hawk Hill with the victory. Gonzaga 85, Connecticut 82 Dec. 1, 2007 Boston, MA Third time was charm for Gonzaga as the Bull-
dogs finally beat UConn, which won a memorable 1999 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight game and a 2005 Maui Invitational championship game in the previous two meetings. Jeremy Pargo scored eight of his 23 points over the final 4:17 and No. 19 Gonzaga held off the Huskies 85-82 at The Hartford Hall of Fame Showcase at TD Banknorth Garden. Pargo’s jumper with 1:43 left gave the Bulldogs a 7976 lead, he made two free throws later an 8176 lead and Austin Daye hit 3-of-4 free throws late for an 85-82 lead. UConn’s A.J. Price’s trey from the left side bounced off the rim at the buzzer. Gonzaga 87, Santa Clara 82 (2OT) Feb. 2, 2008 Santa Clara, CA Austin Daye scored 13 of his career-high 22 points in overtime, including the go-ahead basket, as Gonzaga survived Santa Clara’s upset bid, escaping with an 87-82 win. Steven Gray, who scored 16, made a pair of free throws with 0.3 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime. The Broncos, who led 61-54 with less than four minutes to play in regulation, were all set to celebrate its second straight regular-season upset over the Bulldogs after John Bryant blocked a shot in the final four seconds to preserve a two-point lead. All that remained was for the Broncos to inbound a pass and run out the clock. Daye’s 3-pointer got GU to within 63-61 with 1:32 remaining. SCU worked the clock down to 19 seconds, Ben Dowdell was fouled by Daye and Dowdell missed both free throws. Matt Bouldin grabbed the rebound, a long pass was tipped in the backcourt and Gray was fouled by Brody Angley to set up the tying foul shots. Davidson 82, Gonzaga 76 Mar. 21, 2008
Gonzaga fell victim to one of the greatest individual efforts in NCAA Tournament history as Davidson’s Stephen Curry scored 30 of his 40 points in the second half and hit the tie-breaking 3-pointer to just over a minute left to lead the Wildcats an 82-76 first-round win. Curry hit 8-of-10 3-pointers, and his two free throws with 14.5 seconds left iced it. Gonzaga freshman Steven Gray tried to match Curry, hitting seven 3-pointers and scoring 21 points. Gonzaga led by as many as 11 in each half but could not find a second-half answer for Curry. Gonzaga tied it on Jeremy Pargo’s driving layup 1:45 left, but Curry’s eighth trey opened a lead the Wildcats never relinquished.
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