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Gonzaga, Marquette bolt through semis

Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2001

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Dan Dickau hit an off-balance layup and a pair of free throws with less than a minute left and Gonzaga hung on to beat Texas 67-64 Friday night in the semifinals of the Great Alaska Shootout.

Gonzaga (3-1) led most of the game, fell behind, then outscored the Longhorns 11-7 in the final 5 minutes.

Dickau finished with 24 points, including 5 of 11 from 3-point range. Cory Violette and Zach Gourde each had 17 and together pulled down 21 rebounds against the taller Longhorns.

''We were surprised they established the inside early,'' said Texas Coach Rick Barnes. ''It's obvious Gonzaga is a well-coached team.''

Texas (1-2) took its only lead, 57-56, with just under seven minutes on a pair of fast-break lay-ins by Royal Ivey. After falling behind, Texas closed to within a point when Brian Boddicker hit two free throws with 1:18 left.

Gonzaga inbounded and with the shot clock about to expire, Dickau drove the lane and laid up a shot between two defenders that bounced off the glass and fell in with 47 seconds remaining.

''Dickau is an All-American. That's why he takes the big shots for them,'' said T.J. Ford, who played 37 minutes after sitting out the tournament opener with an injured ankle.

Chris Owens' twisting layup with 35 seconds left brought Texas to 65-64.

Dickau was fouled in the backcourt with 28 seconds left and hit two free throws to put Gonzaga up 67-64.

Texas could not score again. Boddicker missed a 3-pointer and Mouton rebounded but missed a short jumper. The Longhorns had the ball out under their basket with 13 seconds left but Gourde blocked Boddicker's 3-pointer and Owens missed at the buzzer.

Gonzaga Coach Mark Few called the victory a great win for the school.

''A lot of teams would have collapsed after losing the lead, but we hung in there and battled,'' Few said.

Gonzaga led from the opening minute until a 3-point shot by Royal Ivey tied the score at 21 with just over 9 minutes left. A 7-0 run fueled by a Dickau's jumper and 3-pointer from the baseline gave Gonzaga its biggest lead of the first half, 38-30, with 1:10 left.

Ivey led Texas with 15 points. Brandon Mouton had 13 and Owens 12 for the Longhorns.

Sydmill Harris, who suffered a concussion against Oregon State, did not play Friday. Barnes said he was not sure if Harris would be available Saturday.

Gonzaga will meet the winner of Indiana-Marquette in the tournament finals Saturday. Texas will play the loser for third place.

Marquette 50, No. 20 Indiana 49

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Dwayne Wade scored the deciding basket on a play that was not even designed for him.

Wade scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half, including a lay up with 11 seconds left, to lead Marquette to a 50-49 victory over No. 20 Indiana in a semifinal game of the Great Alaska Shootout Friday night.

''Get the ball to (Oluoma) Nnamaka to take it up strong and everyone support him,'' was the way Wade described the instructions as the Golden Eagles inbounded the ball with 21 seconds to go and Marquette trailing 49-48.

In the frenzy of activity in the lane, Jared Jeffries stripped the ball from Nnamaka. But Wade snagged it in heavy traffic and put it in with 11 seconds left.

''We needed an aggressive attitude in the second half and not to shy away from contact,'' Marquette (4-0) coach Tom Crean said. ''We finally settled down and played our style.''

Wade shot 2-for-7 in the first half and 9-for-18 in the game. He finished with eight rebounds.

After a timeout with 8 seconds left, Indiana inbounded to Tom Coverdale, whose pass glanced off the hands of Kyle Hornsby and out of bounds with 2 seconds left.

''If he could have grabbed that ball, it's just a layup,'' Indiana (2-1) coach Mike Davis said.

The coaches credited their defenses. Indiana led 23-17 after the first period.

''A charge, a loose ball, a layup could have won the game for us. They took us out of our comfort zone,'' Davis said.

The Golden Eagles will play Gonzaga, a 67-64 semifinal winner over Texas, in Saturday's championship game.

Dane Fife's jumper with 1:25 gave the Hoosiers their biggest lead, 23-15, of a sloppy first half. Marquette committed 10 turnovers, matching their total against Tennessee in the first round, and Indiana had 12.

The Golden Eagles shot 28 percent in the first period. Indiana shot 33 percent, including 2-for-10 from 3-point range.

Jeffries hit two free throws with 1:55 remaining, and Indiana never scored again.

Jeff Newton led Indiana with 11 points. The Hoosiers meet Texas in the consolation game.

In the consolation semifinals, St. John's defeated Oregon State 66-63, while Tennessee topped the University of Alaska Anchorage 74-54.



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