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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
/articleid/3429054/1/pictures/801204">Photo -  Gonzaga's Bol Kong (34) gets out of the way after a dunk by Oklahoma's Tiny Gallon (24) shattered the backboard during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Spokane, Wash., Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009. AP Photo
Gonzaga's Bol Kong (34) gets out of the way after a dunk by Oklahoma's Tiny Gallon (24) shattered the backboard during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Spokane, Wash., Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009. AP Photo

Gallon went up for an alley-oop with 15:34 left in the game. The 296-pound Gallon missed the ball but grabbed the front of the rim with both hands. The force shattered the glass backboard, showering players and some fans with debris. Gonzaga was leading 59-41 at the time.

Gonzaga's Robert Sacre said “I had to take a shower” to remove glass from his body during the 50-minute delay.

Harris scored 10 points as Gonzaga jumped to a 25-12 lead after 10 minutes. A pair of 3-pointers by Ray Willis helped Oklahoma cut the deficit to 37-30. But Gonzaga closed with a 15-4 run in the final three minutes for a 52-34 halftime lead. The Zags shot 67 percent and made nine 3-pointers in the first half.

The backboard delay didn't seem to bother either team. Gonzaga went on a 12-5 run, six points by Sacre, to open a 74-54 lead with 9:19 left. The Sooners did not threaten after that.

Andrew Fitzgerald added 13 points for Oklahoma, which was outrebounded 33-25. The Sooners shot 50 percent and made eight 3-pointers.

Matt Bouldin had 12 points and eight assists for Gonzaga. His sixth point of the game lifted him past legend John Stockton (1,340 points) for 17th on Gonzaga's career scoring list. Bouldin now has 1,347.


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