Men's Basketball Throttles Saint Mary's 102-48
Jan. 13, 2001
MORAGA, Calif. - Gonzaga University got a balanced all-around effort in a record-setting 102-48 West Coast Conference men's basketball victory over Saint Mary's College Saturday night at McKeon Pavilion.
The win gave the Bulldogs (10-5, 2-0) a sweep of their WCC openers following Friday's victory at the Univesity of San Francisco. The 54-point victory was the thrid of the season by 50 or more points for the Bulldogs, and was their largest WCC victory in 22 years of conference membership. Gonzaga has two 47-point league victories to its credit - 104-57 against the University of Portland in 1999, and 103-56 last season over Loyola Marymount University, both games in The Kennel. Gonzaga set a school record with a 57-point victory over Northwest College nine days ago. Saturday's margin of victory was the largest for the Bulldogs over a NCAA Division I program, erasing the 50-point victory earlier this season over the University of Idaho.
For the second straight night, point guard Dan Dickau made his return to the Gonzaga lineup an impressive one. After missing nine games with a broken finger, Dickau returned to his starting point guard spot Friday at USF and responded with 13 points and 10 assist. He came back Saturday with 15 points and 12 assists, falling one assist shy of matching the school record held by John Stockton (twice), Matt Santangelo and Ken Tyler.
Gonzaga, which went 36-for-56 from the field for 64 percent, opened the game with a 3-pointer from Blake Stepp and never trailed. Gonzaga went on a 21-2 run started by a Spink basket, back-to-back treys from Bankhead and 8 straight points from Forbes to increase the lead to 36-13. Gonzaga held a 40-20 halftime advantage.
The Bulldogs never let the Gaels get back into the contest in the second half, steadily increasing the lead even after head coach Mark Few had cleared his bench. The largest margin was the final 54 points. All 12 players scored, and the bench went 18-for-25 from the field, including a 5-for-5 night from Forbes, including 4-4 from 3-point range, and Bankhead's 3-for-3, all from long range.
Gonzaga won the battle of the boards 39-20, getting a career-high 10 rebounds from Cory Violette off the bench. Violette also scored 9 points as he fell short of a double-double.
Gonzaga returns home Wednesday to face Portland in what has become an early-season showdown for first place. The Pilots also opened WCC play with a Bay Area sweep. Pepperdine is the only other undefeated team after two games, coming from behind to down the University of San Diego on Saturday in an early-season meeting of pre-season favorites.
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