Bulldog Men Open WCC Play With Win At USF
Jan. 12, 2001
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Casey Calvary scored 22 points, and Dan Dickau had 13 points and 10 assists in his first game since Nov. 29 as Gonzaga University (9-5, 1-0) opened West Coast Cost Conference play with a 78-58 win at the University of San Francisco (7-9, 0-1) on Friday night.
The Bulldogs got their sixth straight victory over the Dons as the Bulldogs played one of their most solid games of the season. Dickau, who suffered a broken left index finger in the waning minutes of Gonzaga's game at the University of Arizona, was cleared to play Tuesday morning and returned to his starting point guard spot Friday.
The return of Dickau had the Bulldogs offense back in more familiar surroundings, and Calvary led the way with his 22-point effort. A Wooden Award nominee, Calvary hit seven of his first nine shots as Gonzaga jumped to a 13-point lead in the first half and made a 19-7 run early in the second half to put the game away.
Dickau, who missed nine games with the injury, returned with an outstanding offensive game for the balanced Zags. Dickau threw a perfect alley-oop pass with 14:58 left to Calvary, and his thunderous slam gave Gonzaga a double-digit lead it never lost.
Ali Thomas hit three 3-pointers and had 13 points to lead San Francisco which lost in Memorial Gym for just the second time in seven outings this season. Hondre Brewer added 11 before fouling out for the Dons, who shot 32 percent from the field and couldn't find an offensive flow.
Darrell Tucker, who leads the Dons and is third in the WCC in scoring, didn't get his first field goal until 9:09 remained and San Francisco trailed by 20. He finished with four points, 13 below his average, on a 1-for-8 night from the field.
Gonzaga made just 3-of-16 3-pointers, but its big early lead held up. The Zags visit Saint Mary's College on Saturday night. The Gaels suffered a WCC opening-night loss to the University of Portland.
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