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Washington Loses to Gonzaga in Overtime
Release: 12/02/2002
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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Junior guard Blake Stepp scored a career-high 33 points Monday night to lead Gonzaga to a 95-89 overtime victory over Washington.

The Bulldogs (3-2), who dropped out of the Top 25 this week, trailed for much of the game.

Sophomore guard Will Conroy led Washington (0-3) with a career-high 32 points, including a last-second 3-pointer to send the game into overtime.

Stepp went 8-for-8 at the free-throw line to account for all of Gonzaga's points in the final two minutes of overtime. A lay-up by Anthony Washington gave Washington its third and final overtime lead with three minutes to go.

Ronny Turiaf had 18 points for Gonzaga. Teammate Cory Violette collected 17 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots. Stepp finished 8-for-12 from the field and 16-for-20 at the line.

Gonzaga nursed small leads for most of the first half, but Jeffrey Day's short jumper gave Washington a 36-29 lead with 43 seconds left in the half. Kyle Bankhead's 3-pointer with 24 seconds to go narrowed Washington's lead to 36-32 at halftime.

The young Huskies, playing aggressive man-to-man defense, outshot the Bulldogs in the first half from the field and at the free-throw line. However, Gonzaga shot 66 percent from the field after halftime and sank 9 of 10 free throws in overtime.

The game was tied 15 times. Washington fell to 0-3 for the first time since a 0-5 start in 1993-94.

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