Zags End Season with Whimper, Fall to Indiana, 70-57
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Gonzaga Bulldogs' season of turmoil is over. The Indiana Hoosiers ended the Zags' season with a 70-57 victory in an NCAA first-round game in Sacramento, California.
The 10th-seeded Zags' season-ending defeat was their 11th of the season in 34 games. They were led by David Pendergraf's 12 points and five rebounds, and Sean Mallon's 11 points and six rebounds.
Gonzaga's Derek Raivio came into the game averaging a team-leading 18.2 points, but was held to 12 points on 4-for-10 shooting and four assists. It was the senior guard's final college game.
By winning, coach Kelvin Sampson's Indiana team earned the right to face Pac-10 regular-season champion UCLA in the second round. Sampson is a former Washington State head coach.
Led by All-America forward Adam Morrison, Gonzaga eliminated the Hoosiers 90 to 80 in the second round of the NCAA tournament last season. The Bulldogs lost Morrison to the NBA after his junior season and played tonight without suspended sophomore center Josh Heytvelt, who was suspended from his drug arrest.
The Zags had a streak of four straight years winning their NCAA tournament opener. They played in their ninth consecutive NCAA tournament.