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Utah Falls Just Short at Gonzaga

Tyler Kepkay led Utah with 16 points Monday night at Gonzaga.

Tyler Kepkay led Utah with 16 points Monday night at Gonzaga.

Dec. 31, 2007

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Matt Bouldin scored a career high 26 points, including 20 in the second half, as Gonzaga outlasted Utah 61-59 on New Year's Eve.

Bouldin made 8 of 11 shots, including 6-of-8 3-pointers, as Gonzaga (10-4) snapped a two-game losing streak that dropped the Bulldogs from the Top 25. Tyler Kepkay scored 16 points to lead Utah (8-4), which stayed close by making a season high 12-of-27 from 3-point range, but shot just 40 percent in the game.

Shaun Green and Luke Nevill added 15 each for the Utes, who came into the game as the nation's fourth-best shooting team at 51 percent.

After leading by one at halftime, the Zags scored the first 10 points of the second half - seven by Bouldin - for a 36-25 lead. Utah answered with a 10-2 run. But Bouldin then hit a pair of 3-pointers during a 12-3 Gonzaga run for a 50-38 lead with seven minutes left.

The Utes kept scoring, but Bouldin made two more 3-pointers to maintain a 56-45 lead. Utah's Nevill then scored three straight layups to cut Gonzaga's lead to 56-51 with 2:07 left.

After Jeremy Pargo scored for the Zags, Johnnie Bryant's long 3-pointer brought the Utes to within 58-54 with 1:03 left. After a Bouldin free throw, Nevill sank a long jumper to cut Gonzaga's lead to 59-56 with 10.3 seconds left.

Utah fouled on the inbound play and Josh Heytvelt sank both free throws for a 61-56 lead with 8.8 seconds left. Bryant hit another 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds remaining to pull Utah within two. But Gonzaga successfully inbounded the ball and ran the last half-second off the clock.

Despite horrendous shooting, the Utes led most of the first half until Gonzaga's Pargo tied the score at 19-19 with 3:36 left. The teams swapped baskets until Pargo's 3-pointer lifted Gonzaga to a 26-25 halftime lead.



Heytvelt scored 14 points in the first half for the Zags, topping his season high, and finished with 16. The Zags shot 50 percent in the game.


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