Gonzaga beats DeMatha in classic rivalry

2:04 PM, Jan 18, 2013   |    comments
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(Washington) -- When a team with a 13-2 record faces off with an opponent that's 8-5, one would think an easy win would be within reach. Well that just wouldn't be a rivalry, it wouldn't be the WCAC, and it wouldn't be why Gonzaga and DeMatha elicit a college gym to play in when they match up. From the moment each team reaches the gym, nothing else prior, nor in the future matters more then the game at hand. 

Gonzaga, (14-2,7-0) was able to make plays down the stretch to prevail in a 61-52 victory over their rival DeMatha, in a game that looked evenly matched throughout the contest. The Eagles unsung star, Charles Glover made big shots, frequently attacking the lane, making several trips to the free throw line that proved to be the difference maker. The senior finished with 14 points, 11 of them coming in the second half. "He's the under rated guy on our team. He's our only senior right now that's not committed to a school. One University is going to land him and be in love with the fact they got him," said Gonzaga head coach Stephen Turner. His point production played dividends, and that's his key role on this conference leading Gonzaga team, "He understands that his job night in and night out is to be another scorer with Kris for us. He made some huge plays for us, especially around the rim against their biggest guys," said Turner. 

Going into the half down 14, the Stags came out in the second half aggressive, behind their leader, VCU bound Jarius Lyles. Lyles superior ball handling free'd him up to take open mid range jumpers and penetrate the defense, finishing with 17 points. As Lyles continued to draw attention, the Stags found ways to get highly talented big man, BeeJay Anya the ball, who finished with 18. Anya's toughness around the basket was on display and factored into the Stags cutting the lead dow to 2, 48-46, with 5 minutes remaining. 

Kris Jenkins began getting double teamed in the second half and still managed to finish the game with 22 points and 11 rebounds. In the second half, the Stags began double teaming the future Villanova guard, opening lanes to the baskets for other players and the opportunity to attack the basket. "We had to come out, be aggressive, stay aggressive, and attack. We're at our best when we attack the basket," said Jenkins.  



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