Gonzaga gets its groove back in time for conference play
SPOKANE, Wash. - With a win over No. 15 Tennessee, the Gonzaga Bulldogs just might have gotten their groove back. The Zags defeated the Vols 89-79 in overtime, ending Tennessee's 37-game home winning streak.
Zag guard Matt Bouldin scored a career-high 26 points in the contest. It was the second time this year the Zags (9-4) have beaten the Volunteers (9-4). Coach Mark Few's Zags had lost four of their last five games.
Wednesday night, it was all Gonzaga in the overtime, with Austin Daye hitting a 3-pointer and four free throws in the extra session to finish with 20 points. Josh Heytvelt had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Zags.
Tennessee led by 15 points in the first half and was ahead 40-33 at halftime. The Vols sent the game into overtime on Tyler Smith's layup with 26 seconds left in regulation that tied the score at 73.
Gonzaga will open defense of its WCC title at 5 Saturday night in Spokane against the University of Portland Pilots. The Zags will be after their ninth straight WCC championship in 2008-09.