Zags Conclude Long Road Trip Saturday At Santa Clara
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Saturday's game at Santa Clara University concludes a three-games-in-three-cities-in-seven-days road trip for Gonzaga University.
The Zags left Spokane Dec. 30 for a New Year's Eve game at Oklahoma State University and went right to Los Angeles following the game to open West Coast Conference play Thursday at Pepperdine University. It's the longest outing of the season for the Bulldogs.
Gonzaga holds a 47-30 lead in the series with Santa Clara University after sweeping last year's games 82-60 at home in the McCarthey Athletic Center and 73-62 at the Leavey Center. The Bulldogs had a 9-game winning streak in the series snapped Jan. 20, 2011, at SCU 85-71. That's the only win for SCU head coach Kerry Keating in 12 tries against the Bulldogs, who have won 25 of the last 26 meetings. The Broncos handed the Bulldogs their first setback in the McCarthey Athletic Center Feb. 12, 2007, 84-73, Gonzaga's first loss after 38 straight wins since the facility opened for the 2004-05 season. The setback also snapped a 50-game home winning streak for the Zags, who had won their final 12 games next door in the Martin Centre. SCU played the last game in the Martin Centre, falling 80-64 in 2004.
Thursday's West Conference victory was the 17th straight conference-opening victory for Gonzaga. The last time Gonzaga lost a WCC opener was Jan. 12, 1996, at Santa Clara University 72-61.