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December 17, 2007
Downs hit a career-high five 3-pointers in 10 attempts as the Bulldogs (9-2) overcame a slow start to coast to an easy win. Steven Gray, playing for the first time this season, added 12 points and Jeremy Pargo had 10 points and eight assists for the Zags.
Jabrik Banks had 18 points for Northern Colorado (5-4), which missed its first 13 attempts from 3-point range and shot 31 percent from the field overall.
Gonzaga led 37-24 at halftime and then outscored the Bears 11-4 at the start of the second half for a 48-28 lead with 14 minutes left. The Bears did not threaten again.
Gonzaga, coming off a nine-day break for final exams, did not score in the opening four minutes and missed its first six shots to fall behind 8-2. Downs hit consecutive 3-pointers and Pargo made a layup for an 8-0 run that tied the score at 14.
Gray's 3-pointer gave the Zags their first lead, 17-16 with 10:32 left. It was the first regular season appearance for Gray, a freshman, who fractured his wrist in an exhibition game and had a pin inserted on Nov. 14.
Northern Colorado scored 10 points and made just two field goals over the final 13 minutes of the first half. Northern Colorado shot just 24 percent in the first half.
Matt Bouldin, Gonzaga's leading scorer with a 13.3 average, did not play because of an ankle injury.
Northern Colorado, which moved up to Division I in 2003, has already surpassed its victory total of four from last season.
Gonzaga plays at Oklahoma on Thursday.