Gonzaga holds off Idaho, 69-60

Posted: November 19, 2005

J.P. Batista scored 23 points, including three straight baskets with the game on the line, and No. 9 Gonzaga beat stubborn Idaho, 69-60, last night in the season opener for both teams in Spokane, Wash.

Elsewhere: In Boston, Craig Smith had 22 points and nine rebounds as No. 11 Boston College beat Dartmouth, 80-61, in its first game as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. . . . Taurean Green had 23 points and keyed a late second-half run to lead Florida over No. 16 Syracuse, 75-70, in the championship game of the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic in New York. . . . Dee Brown scored 19 points to power No. 17 Illinois (1-0) to a 90-65 win over South Dakota State (1-2) in Champaign, Ill. . . . Justin Gray hit a jumper to force a second overtime and then scored four of his 18 points in the extra session to lift No. 19 Wake Forest (3-1) to a 78-73 victory over Texas Tech (2-2) in the consolation game of the 2K Sports College Hoop Classic in New York. . . . Marco Killingsworth had 28 points and 13 rebounds in his Indiana debut, and Marshall Strickland added a career-high 25 points to lead No. 23 Indiana to a 99-65 victory over Nicholls State in Bloomington, Ind. . . . Mike Jones had 22 points off the bench, and No. 24 Maryland breezed to a season-opening 111-85 rout of Fairleigh Dickinson in College Park, Md.

In the region

Dowling 72, Holy Family 65 - Holy Family (0-1) could not overcome a 37-26 halftime deficit and the Tigers dropped their season opener to Dowling in the opening round of the Bulldog Classic hosted by Bowie State in Bowie, Md.

West Chester 74, St. Leo's 69 - Donnell Butler scored 14 points to lead the Golden Rams (2-0) past visiting St. Leo (2-1).

Delaware 77, The Citadel 57 - Zaire Taylor made all eight shots and scored 22 points in his college debut, Rulon Washington added 16 and Delaware (1-0) held The Citadel (0-1) to 27 percent shooting in a victory in the Hispanic College Fund Classic in Raleigh, N.C.

Bucknell 56, Rider 54 - Kevin Bettencourt hit a jump shot with 1.2 seconds remaining to give Bucknell a 55-54 lead over Rider, then added a free throw after Rider turned over the inbounds pass to clinch the victory for the Bison in the season opener for both teams in Lawrenceville, N.J.

Lincoln 72, Kings 69 - Sami Wilie scored 22 points and Thomas Hickson scored 21 and grabbed 15 rebounds as the Lions (1-0) beat the Monarchs (0-1) in a game at Elizabethtown College.

Women

Duke 93, Penn State 67 - Freshman Abby Waner scored 15 points, Alison Bales added 15 points and nine rebounds, and No. 1 Duke (1-0) used its stifling defense to pull away in the second half of a rout of Penn State (0-1) in State College, Pa.

Baylor 93, UCLA 85 - Sophia Young scored 26 points and Angela Tisdale added 23 to lead No. 6 Baylor (2-0) to a win over UCLA (1-0) in Waco, Texas.

Elsewhere: Ivory Latta had a game-high 20 points and seven assists, and Erlana Larkins added 12 points to lead No. 7 North Carolina to a season-opening 86-48 win over Davidson in Chapel Hill, N.C. . . . Alexis Kendrick's only basket of the game, a jumper with one second to play, rallied No. 8 Georgia (1-1) to a 92-91 win over Santa Clara (0-1) in Athens, Ga. . . . Liz Shimek had a career-high 26 points and 10th-ranked Michigan State used a 27-4 start to beat UC Santa Barbara, 86-55, in the season opener for both teams in East Lansing, Mich. . . . Dionne Marsh scored 24 points and New Mexico (3-1) handed No. 12 Texas (0-1) a rare home loss, 76-68, in Austin, Texas. . . . Erin Grant scored 23 points to lead No. 13 Texas Tech (1-1) to an 85-56 win over Southeast Missouri State (0-1) in Lubbock, Texas. . . . Shay Doron scored 16 of her 23 points in the first half, leading No. 14 Maryland (1-0) to an easy 107-66 victory over Siena (0-1) in Loudonville, N.Y. . . . In South Bend, Ind., Charel Allen scored 16 points and Lindsay Schrader had 10 points and 14 rebounds in her college debut, leading No. 15 Notre Dame (1-0) to a 55-45 victory over Michigan (1-2) and giving coach Muffet McGraw her 500th career victory. . . . Jenna Rubino scored 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting to lead No. 18 DePaul to a 97-52 victory over Harvard in the season opener for both teams in Chicago. . . . Jodi Howell scored nine of her 14 points during a 28-5 first-half run, making her debut with No. 19 Purdue (1-0) in an 85-59 rout over Butler (0-1) in West Lafayette, Ind. . . . Khadijah Whittington had a career-high 21 points and 16 rebounds, helping No. 23 North Carolina State beat UNC-Greensboro by 76-46 in the season opener for both teams in Raleigh, N.C.

Villanova 64, Marist 60 - Betsy McManus and Liad Suez led a late comeback as the Wildcats (1-0) won their season opener in a nonleague game over Marist (0-2) in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

St. Joseph's 58, Princeton 46 - Ayahna Cornish had a game-high 16 points to lead St. Joseph to a season-opening victory over Princeton at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.

Penn 76, Lehigh 73 - Joey Rhoads scored 26 points and Monica Nalter added 18 as the Quakers (1-0) won the nonleague season opener over the visiting Mountain Hawks (0-1).

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