Gonzaga Sets Record In Rout Of Northwest College
Jan. 4, 2001
SPOKANE, Wash. - With their leading scorer on the bench with a mild case of tendonitis, Gonzaga University's men's basketball team nontheless went on a scoring spree Thursday at The Kennel, setting a school record in a 93-36 rout of Northwest College of Kirkland, Wash.
The 57-point victory set a school mark, erasing the old record of 51 set Jan. 13, 1951 in a 90-39 win over cross-town foe Whitworth College and matched Dec. 2, 1963 in a 108-57 victory over nearby rival Eastern Washington University. The 36 points were the second fewest a Bulldog team has allowed, the best defensive effort coming in a 58-35 win over Carroll College on Nov. 27, 1981.
The Bulldogs were playing without the services of Casey Calvary, who took the night off to rest a mild case of tendonitis in a knee. He's averaging a team-leading 21.4 ppg.
But in Calvary's absence the Bulldogs got some career performances from some usually unsung heroes. Germayne Forbes, who has taken over the starting spot at the off guard the past three games, followed up his career-high 12-point performance in Tuesday's loss against New Mexico to pour in another career high 18. He went 6-of-11 from the field, and 4-for-6 from 3-point range. True freshman Cory Violette, who started in place of Calvary, tossed in a career-matching 13 points with a 6-of-11 night from the field. Violette had 13 against the University of Idaho. And regular Mark Spink scored a career-high 16 points, all in the first half and then seeing just 5:00 of "PT" in the second half. Alex Hernandez, who had not played in the previous two games, came off the bench with a career-high 11 points.
Gonzaga shot 53.4 percent from the field, the first time in seven games the Bulldogs had been at 50.0 percent or better from the field. Northwest College shot a cold 24.6 percent from the field, and just 16.7 percent in the second half.
The Eagles were actually in this contest for the first 11:00, trailing just 16-11 with 9:20 to go in the opening half. But a Zach Gourde layin, a Gourde hook and a pair of Spink free throws had the Bulldogs up 22-11 with the 6-0 run. The Eagles got the lead under double-digits one last time at 27-19 before the Bulldogs went on a 16-4 run to close the first half for a 43-23 advantage.
The Bulldogs steadily increased the lead in the second half, the margin reaching 50 points at 84-34 with 2:46 remaining when Hernandez hit a free throw to complete a 3-point play.
The Bulldogs, playing their third game in six days, don't get much time to rest as they host Prairie View A&M Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Spokane Arena. The Bulldogs lost a nail-biting 81-80 overtime decision in the Arena Tuesday against New Mexico.
Tickets for Saturday's game are still available through all G&B Select-A-Seat outlets, at the Arena box office, by calling 1-800-325-SEAT or by going online at ticketswest.com.
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