Sooners fall to Gonzaga, Tiny Gallon shatters backboard

FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Modified: January 1, 2010 at 11:43 am •  Published: January 1, 2010
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Tiny Gallon will probably always remember his biggest highlight from Thursday's game, but Gallon and the rest of the University of Oklahoma basketball team wouldn''t mind forgetting the rest.

Gallon shattered a backboard, the first of the 6-9, 290-pounder's career, at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane, Wash., and caused a lengthy delay early in the second half of Oklahoma's 83-69 loss to Gonzaga on Thursday.

Gonzaga buried Oklahoma under an early barrage of 3-pointers and ran away with the game Thursday night.

Steven Gray scored 18 points while Elias Harris added 15 points and Bol Kong 14 for Gonzaga (10-3), which had five players in double figures. The Bulldogs shot 50 percent and made 11 3-pointers, many on wide-open looks.

That included four 3-pointers as they built a 25-12 lead in the first 10 minutes.

“You can't undervalue good shots,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. “We shot the ball well from the 3 and from the free throw line, and that cures a lot of ills.”

Willie Warren led Oklahoma (8-5) with 19 points. The Sooners have lost two straight.

“We have a long way to go to be a good team,” Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel said.

While the Sooners have a lot of young talent, Capel said that is not enough. He said his team did little well.

“Talent is overrated,” he said.

Gallon got the New Year's Eve festivities off to an early start when he shattered the backboard in the second half.