MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Gonzaga coach Mark Few let his players
sleep in Saturday, and the extra rest wound up providing some
energy down the stretch.
Matt Bouldin scored 19 points and the 17th-ranked Bulldogs
pulled away for a 66-58 victory over Memphis on Saturday.
Gonzaga (19-4) made a cross-country flight Friday after Thursday
night's 76-49 win over Portland. It didn't take Few long after
arriving to know the travel had taken its toll.
"I could tell (Friday) night in the film session, we were
done," Few said. "We needed to sleep in. We got a late breakfast
(Saturday) and came to the arena 15 minutes early and got some
The extra rest helped the Bulldogs play through the end, closing
out Memphis with an 8-1 run to end the game.
"That was huge," Bouldin said of the extra rest. "We needed
rest. It was almost like an NBA trip. Playing one night, flying the
next day, playing the next morning."
Robert Sacre added 13 points and Steven Gray finished with 12,
despite shooting 4 of 12 from the field for Gonzaga. Gray had seven
Wesley Witherspoon led Memphis (16-7) with 26 points, hitting
eight of his 11 shots, including 4 of 6 on 3-pointers. Elliot
Williams finished with 11 points for the Tigers, who lost their
second game in the last three.
"(Witherspoon) stepped up big, especially when we were
struggling offensively," Memphis coach Josh Pastner said. "He
really picked up the slack and made shots. He made big shots, and
Gonzaga led 58-57 after Will Coleman, who had nine points and
eight rebounds, scored inside with 1:35 left. But Sacre scored
inside and Bouldin hit two free throws to give the Bulldogs enough
breathing room for their 11th win in the last 12.
Neither team shot well. Gonzaga converted 41.1 percent (23 of
56), while Memphis managed to shoot 39.6 percent (19 of 48).
Gonzaga went on a 9-0 run to help the Bulldogs take a 28-23
Bouldin was 3 of 6 in the half for eight points, but the
Bulldogs shot 37 percent (10 of 27), while Memphis was 8 of 22
(36.4 percent). The Tigers were hampered by nine turnovers to go
with their poor shooting.
Witherspoon led Memphis with 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting,
missing only one of his three 3-point attempts.
Gonzaga extended its lead to nine as Sacre began to score
Witherspoon was carrying the Tigers, and Memphis was hurting its
own cause by misfiring from the free throw line, ending the game 14
"We couldn't get the stops at the end and couldn't knock the
free throws down," Williams said. "Free throws and turnovers kind
of killed us at the end."
Before the problems in the stretch run, Memphis rallied for a
53-51 lead with 4:48 left on a layup by Willie Kemp.
From there, Gonzaga recovered to extend a 58-57 lead, including
the closing run.