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Gonzaga Stuns No. 22 Washington


Jeremy Eaton and the Gonzaga Bulldogs had no pity on No. 22 Washington as the Huskies closed out a six-game road swing Tuesday night.

Eaton scored a career-high 25 points and matched up nearly evenly with Washington's highly touted Todd MacCulloch in an 82-71 Gonzaga victory.

It was the third loss in a row for the Huskies (4-3), who were upset 69-61 Saturday at Boise State.

Washington coach Bob Bender was downcast after Tuesday night's loss.

"We didn't respond to match their emotion, match their toughness," he said. "Right now we're a team that certainly is back on our heels more than I thought going in."

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The Huskies have played six road games since a season-opening win at home over UNC-Wilmington and don't play again until Dec. 19 against visiting New Mexico State.

"We've got 11 days now to try to sort things out and get some rest and maybe recharge our batteries," Bender said. "But right now, we're searching for a lot of answers that we don't have."

The Bulldogs (6-3) led nearly the entire game and outscored the Huskies 10-4 in the final 1:40 to put the game away.

MacCulloch scored 28 points for Washington, which pulled within one point with 14:48 left. Gonzaga responded with an 18-3 run to take a 64-48 lead.

Washington later cut Gonzaga's lead to five, but Richie Frahm went 10-for-10 from the foul line in the final 1:23 to clinch the victory for the Bulldogs.

"I thought it was probably our best assertive offensive output of the year and it was probably going to take an effort like that to beat a team like Washington," Gonzaga coach Dan Monson said.

Frahm finished with 21 points for Gonzaga, which made seven 3-pointers while holding Washington to one.

MacCulloch was 11-for-15 from the field and grabbed 15 rebounds. Eaton, one inch shorter than the 7-foot MacCulloch, was 10-for-21 from the field but had only four rebounds.

Chris Walcott added 18 points for Washington. But Deon Luton, who was averaging 13.5 points, was held to two on 1-for-9 shooting from the field.

Washngton played without starting guard Donald Watts, who was sidelined by a sprained ankle.

Monson, whose Bulldogs play in the West Coast Conference, predicted Washington will come back once the Pacific-10 Conference season starts.

"When they get Donald Watts healthy, I think they're going to be in the thick of the Pac-10 race," Monson said.

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