SALT LAKE CITY (AP)—There’s a lot more to Gonzaga than Adam Morrison and his wispy mustache. Good thing for the Zags, because they needed the whole package to get past Indiana and its vast collection of 3-point shooters.
The Zags proved they’re much more than a one-man show Saturday in the second round of the tournament, defeating the Hoosiers 90-80 and making coach Mike Davis’ resignation official despite getting only 14 points from their scraggly haired superstar.
With Indiana defenders taking turns draping themselves over the mustachioed Morrison, J.P. Batista had 20 points and nine rebounds, Erroll Knight had 11 points and Sean Mallon had a career game with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
The victory got the third-seeded Bulldogs (29-3) out of the first weekend of the tournament for the first time since 2001. Davis, meanwhile, will head back and start packing his desk despite a super effort from the sixth-seeded Hoosiers (19-12).
Next up for Gonzaga a trip to Oakland, which means another chance for Morrison to show he’s the best player in the country, not Duke’s J.J. Redick.
Morrison certainly didn’t have it all going in this one. He shot 5-for-17, marking only the sixth time this season he’s been held under 20. He was frustrated, much as he was in the first-round win against Xavier, and it boiled over early in the second half when he started jawing with Roderick Wilmont, who was harassing him all game long.
Morrison and Wilmont each got hit with technicals, though it was another T, 22 seconds later on Indiana center Marco Killingsworth, that completely changed this game.
The technical, right after a personal foul, gave Killingsworth four fouls and put him on the bench—turning Indiana’s strategy into a 3-or-nothing game. The Hoosiers hit a bunch—13 to be exact—in the second half and kept the game in reach for most of it.