Gonzaga Staves Off Upset, Wins in OT

Oregon survives Kansas State, USC tops Oklahoma
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2007 3:20 AM CST
Gonzaga's Austin Daye celebrates after he scored against St. Joseph's in overtime during basketball game, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007, in Philadelphia. Daye scored 17 points to help No. 19 Gonzaga hold off...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – In a game that looked nearly out of reach with No.19 Gonzaga up 17 on St. Joe's early in the first half, the final outcome turned out to be anything but certain, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. With Gonzaga shooting 1-15 in one second half stretch, St. Joseph grabbed a late six-point lead, but was unable to hang on, losing 70-65 in overtime. In other action:

  • In their first matchup with a ranked non-conference opponent in 5 years, No.17 Oregon got off to a slow start against Kansas State, before surging back in the second half. They won 80-77 in OT.
  • In the teams' first meeting in 24 years, No. 22 USC topped Oklahoma 66-55. Freshman Davon Jefferson had 23 points for the Trojans.