Downs, Bouldin lead Gonzaga over Northridge 85-59
Micah Downs scored 19 points and No. 17 Gonzaga recovered from its worst offensive performance in a decade to whip Cal State Northridge 85-59 on Saturday.
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SPOKANE, Wash. -- Micah Downs scored 19 points and No. 17 Gonzaga recovered from its worst offensive performance in a decade to whip Cal State Northridge 85-59 on Saturday.
Matt Bouldin added 18 points and Abdullahi Kuso had 11 rebounds for Gonzaga (8-2), which improved to 43-2 at the McCarthey Athletic Center since it opened in 2004.
Deon Tresvant scored 15 points to lead Cal State Northridge (6-2), while Calvin Chitwood and Rob Haynes had 11 each. The Matadors finished 24 points below their season average of 83.1.
Gonzaga was coming off a 51-47 home loss to No. 8 Washington State on Wednesday, its lowest point total since 1996. The Bulldogs scored 45 in the first half alone this game.
Bouldin, who missed all nine of his shots and did not score against Washington State, made seven of 13 field goals against Northridge.
The Zags, who shot 25.9 percent against Washington State, made 44 percent of their shots this time, while holding Northridge to 36 percent. They also clobbered the Matadors 50-29 on the boards, and were 24-of-32 from the line.
Northridge managed to stay close in the first 10 minutes, trailing just 20-13. But a dunk by Larry Gurganious and consecutive 3-pointers by Bouldin just 20 seconds apart lifted the Zags to a 28-13 lead.
The game turned into a 3-point contest, with Gonzaga making three and the Matadors two over the next three minutes to give Gonzaga a 39-21 lead with 7:13 left.
The Matadors got five unanswered points from Tremaine Townsend and a breakaway slam from Chatwood to close to 41-28 with 1:38 left.
Gonzaga led 45-30 at halftime, thanks to 51 percent shooting, including 6-of-11 on 3-pointers.
Bouldin scored three field goals early in the second half as Gonzaga built a 54-36 lead, and cruised to an 8-2 record for the third consecutive season.
Gonzaga's Theo Davis has left the team to return to Canada to help care for his ailing father. It is not clear when he will return.
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