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Men: Gonzaga is tested in opening victory
Published November 19, 2005
SPOKANE, Wash. - J.P. Batista scored 23, including three straight baskets with the game on the line, and No. 9 Gonzaga beat stubborn Idaho 69-60 Friday in the opener for both teams.
Gonzaga, riding the highest preseason ranking in its history, extended its home winning streak to 26, longest in the nation.
Batista shot 10-for-13 and added nine rebounds. Derek Raivio scored 15 of his 19 in the second half, and Adam Morrison added 15 for Gonzaga.
"Idaho is better than people think," said Morrison, who shot 6-for-14.
After missing all nine of their 3-point attempts in the first 25 minutes, and falling behind at halftime, Gonzaga made four 3s in four minutes.
NO. 17 ILLINOIS 90, S. DAKOTA ST. 65: Dee Brown scored 19 and James Augustine had 18 and 14 rebounds in the host Illini's opener. Illinois broke it open with a 13-4 run at the end of the first half.
NO. 23 INDIANA 99, NICHOLLS STATE 65: Marco Killingsworth had 28 points and 13 rebounds in his Hoosiers debut, and Marshall Strickland scored a career-high 25. Killingsworth sat out last season after transferring from Auburn. Host Indiana won its opener despite playing without starters A.J. Ratliff (broken right thumb) and D.J. White (broken left foot).
UCLA: Point guard Jordan Farmar and center Michael Fey will miss today's game against Delaware State after getting hurt in Thursday's victory over Temple. Farmar sprained his right ankle. An X-ray was negative. Fey sprained and bruised his left shoulder, and a MRI was negative.
NO. 11 BC 80, DARTMOUTH 61: Craig Smith had 22 points and nine rebounds in the Eagles' opener.
NO. 24 MARYLAND 111, FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON 85: Mike Jones scored 22 off the bench and the host Terps had five others in double figures in their opener.
N.C. STATE 91, STETSON 61: Ilian Evtimov scored 20 and Gavin Grant had 13 points and nine assists as the host Wolfpack opened with a victory in the Hispanic College Fund Classic.
GEORGIA TECH 80, UNC-ASHEVILLE 52: Anthony Morrow led a balanced attack with 15 points as the host Jackets' five new starters rolled to an opening victory.
CLEMSON 84, B-CC 55: The host Tigers took a 40-point first-half lead in their opener. Shawan Robinson scored 18 and made 4-of-6 3-pointers, one a four-point play. Antonio Webb led the Wildcats with 22 points.
VA. TECH 74, MOUNT ST. MARY'S, MD., 62: Deron Washington nearly outscored Mount St. Mary's in the first half, hitting 20 of his game-high 24 points for the host Hokies (3-1). Washington was filling in for center Coleman Collins, who went home to Stone Mountain, Ga., to deal with family issues. It was 38-22 at halftime.
ARKANSAS 107, PORTLAND STATE 69: Ronnie Brewer scored a career-high 24 and Dontell Jefferson tied a host Razorbacks record with 15 assists in the opener.
LSU 84, SOUTHERN U. 56: Tasmin Mitchell had 19 points and 12 rebounds in the host Tigers' opener.
VANDY 67, JACKSONVILLE STATE 46: Shan Foster scored 17 as the host Commodores won their 10th straight opener. Virginia transfer Derrick Byars scored 10 in his Vanderbilt debut. The Commodores struggled in the first half without point guard Mario Moore, who is suspended for violating team rules.
SOUTH CAROLINA 87, W. CAROLINA 62: Dwayne Day scored 18 and the visiting Gamecocks went on an 18-4 second-half run in their opener.
ODU 74, GEORGIA 65: Valdas Vasylius scored 19 in the Paradise Jam tournament at Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands.
TENNESSEE 106, ETSU 83: Chris Lofton scored 24 as the host Vols won in Bruce Pearl's debut as coach.
NO. 5 VILLANOVA 78, STONY BROOK 35: Randy Foye scored 21 as the host Wildcats won their opener.
KANSAS 90, IDAHO STATE 66: Sasha Kaun had 25 points and 16 rebounds as the host Jayhawks won their opener, their first as an unranked team since 1990.
WISCONSIN 80, NORFOLK STATE 51: Brian Butch scored 23, making all three of his 3-pointers, as the Badgers won at the Paradise Jam tournament.
65-GAME SKID ENDS: Host Savannah State snapped a 65-game losing streak, beating Wilberforce 63-59 in its opener. The Tigers' last victory had been against Bethune-Cookman, 60-50, on Jan. 22, 2003.
ECKERD 62, N.C. CENTRAL 59: The Tritons (2-0) won in Boca Raton when the Eagles missed a 3-pointer at the end.
COLGATE 78, FLORIDA ATLANTIC 74: The visiting Owls lost their opener despite Rodney Webb's 23 points and seven rebounds.