Bulldogs' Streak Stretches To 12 Wins
Jan 13, 2002
By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
SPOKANE, Wash. - Dan Dickau scored 23 points, 10 in the final 9 minutes, as No. 18 Gonzaga pulled away late from San Diego 75-62 Sunday for its 12th straight victory overall and its 21st straight home victory.
Dickau scored 10 of the final 19 points, and Zach Gourde added 20 for Gonzaga (15-2, 2-0 West Coast).
Roy Morris scored 17 points to lead San Diego (9-6, 1-1), which had dealt Gonzaga two of its nine home losses in the past decade, including two seasons ago when the Toreros snapped a 20-game Gonzaga home winning streak.
After trailing 45-28 at halftime, the Toreros outplayed Gonzaga for much of the second half.
Andre Laws and Jason Blair each scored six points during a 16-6 run after the break as San Diego cut Gonzaga's lead to 51-44 and narrowed to single digits what was once a 19-point deficit.
Three 3-pointers and a layup by Morris during an 11-2 run brought San Diego within 56-55 with 8:50 left before Dickau and Blake Stepp took control to expand the lead.
After Dickau's basket and free throw opened a 59-55 Gonzaga lead, Stepp scored five consecutive points to make it 64-57 with 6:09 remaining.
The Toreros then lost their shooting touch and were forced to foul. Gonzaga scored nine consecutive points, seven by Dickau, to build a 75-59 lead with a minute left.
In the first half, Gonzaga's Cory Violette scored nine points - two layups, a dunk and a 3-pointer - during an 18-4 run that gave the Bulldogs a 27-13 lead with 6:30 left in the first half.
San Diego scored only eight points during an 11-minute stretch of the first
half to fall behind 34-17 with 3:59 left. The Toreros shot only 37 percent in
the first half, and at one juncture were 1-for-10 on 3-pointers, while Gonzaga
was shooting 55 percent.
But in the span of a minute, Morris sank two 3-pointers, sandwiched around a 3-pointer by Tom Lippold, to bring the Toreros within 40-28 with 1:30 left in the half.
Dickau's 3-pointer at the buzzer gave Gonzaga its 45-28 halftime edge. Dickau, Violette and Zach Gourde all had 13 points by halftime for Gonzaga.
Gonzaga increased its home winning streak to 21 for the fourth longest current streak in NCAA Division I ranks. Michigan State's 53-game streak and Georgia State's 25-game run were snapped on Saturday. Detroit now heads the list with 37 straight wins, followed by Brigham Young at 28 and Illinois at 26. Fresno State has won 20 straight at home. Gonzaga's winll next put its streak on the line Jan. 24 when San Francisco visits The Kennel for an 8 p.m. game.
The Bulldogs will be on the road this week, facing Pepperdine Friday and Loyola Marymount on Saturday. Friday's game is a 7:30 p.m. tip on FOX Sports Net Northwest and Fox Sports West2.
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