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MORAGA, Calif. (AP) - Gonzaga coach Mark Few was uncertain how his team would respond on the road following back-to-back losses that knocked the Bulldogs out of the Top 25.
Dower bounced back from one of his worst performances of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds as part of Gonzaga’s 75-47 win over St. Mary’s on Saturday.
It was the Bulldogs’ second straight lopsided win after they were knocked off by BYU and San Diego last week. Gonzaga beat Pacific 70-53 on Thursday.
“It’s difficult to try to right your ship on the road,” Few said. “To these guys’ credit, it’s all them. They banded together and we really played a tough, hard-nosed physical brand of ball. I wish we would have done this the weekend before, but maybe we had to go through that to get to this point where we are now.”
Limited to six points because of foul trouble against Pacific, Dower was the catalyst for the Bulldogs in their regular season finale. He went 7 of 11 from the floor and helped spark an early 21-3 run that put Gonzaga ahead for good.
Dower, who has seven of his eight career double-doubles this season, was coming off a back injury and didn’t score in seven minutes when the two teams played on Jan. 2.
He had no health issues this time, scoring on a series of mid-range jumpers in the first half, then powering in for a thunderous dunk early in the second half.
“We just knew that we had to focus on these guys, on the team, and nothing else,” Dower said. “Guys took responsibility for what they weren’t doing in those games we lost, and as a team, we grew. We knew what we had to do here. Big things were at stake.”
David Stockton added 10 points, five assists and five rebounds while Przemek Karnowski had 10 points and six rebounds for the Bulldogs (25-6, 15-3 West Coast Conference). Few’s team had previously clinched the regular season title and will head into the conference tournament as the top seed.
The Zags led by as much as 34 and outscored the Gaels 42-14 in the paint.
Stephen Holt had 10 points, all on free throws, for St. Mary’s (21-10, 11-7). The Gaels shot just 23.1 percent from the floor and lost for the third time in five games.
“We did not bring a good enough effort across the board,” St. Mary’s coach Randy Bennett said. “You get what you tolerate. We’ve got to identify why we’re not playing harder. I’ve got to figure that out, fast.”
The game drew a standing-room-only crowd to McKee Pavilion for Senior Night and was televised nationally, reminiscent of previous clashes between these two longtime rivals.
It wound up a blowout by the Bulldogs, who built a 20-point halftime lead then cruised to their sixth straight win over the Gaels and their most lopsided since a 105-65 win in the 2001 conference tournament.
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