Zags rally to beat W. Kentucky in Great Alaska Shootout - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather

Zags rally to beat W. Kentucky in Great Alaska Shootout

ANCHORAGE, AK - The 14th-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs avoided an upset attempt by the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers by finding their stroke when it mattered most. After shooting 53.8 percent from the charity stripe in the first half, the Bulldogs connected on their final eight attempts to fend off a persistent Western Kentucky squad for an opening round 74-71 win in the 2007 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout.

The Bulldogs seemed poised to break the game open in the early stages but a player control foul on Gonzaga's Jeremy Pargo and an offensive outburst by Hilltopper star Courtney Lee slowed the Zags' momentum. With an 8-4 lead at the 15:15 mark, Pargo drove to basket, leaped over WKU's D.J. Magley and threw down a monstrous one-handed dunk. An energized crowed soon turned into an angry mob as Pargo was called for the charge. Gonzaga would rebound after a timeout and increase their lead to seven, but five points by Lee in a forty second span cut the deficit to two points and the Hilltoppers soon took over.

Tonight the Zags face Bobby Knight and the Texas Tech Red Raiders at 9 p.m. The game can only be seen on ESPN-360, which is ESPN's online network and is subject to cable availability.