Gonzaga Rolls Past Santa Clara With Big Second Half

Jan. 15, 2000

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Casey Calvary scored a career-high 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the fifth career double-double of his career, and Gonzaga University rallied from a 30-16 first-half deficit to bury Santa Clara University 97-67 Saturday at the Martin Centre.

The Bulldogs (12-5, 2-0) defeated the Broncos (10-7, 1-1) for the fourth straight time over the past two seasons. In the last three meetings Gonzaga has won by 18 (70-52), by 25 (91-66 in last year's WCC Tournament championship game) and now by 30.

With SCU leading 30-16 with 9:29 to go in the first half, Matt Santangelo's jumper started the Bulldogs on an 11-0 run as Santangelo and Ryan Floyd connected on back-to-back 3-pointers, and Calvary drove the lane and was fouled for a 3-point play to pull the Bulldogs to within 30-27. The 11-0 run took just 1:22. Todd Wuschnig tried to stop the bleeding with a pair of free throws, but the Bulldogs came back with an Axel Dench jumper, a Zach Gourde layin and a Mark Spink hook shot to grab their first lead at 33-32 with 3:23 to go in the half. A Santangelo layin completed the 19-2 run to give Gonzaga a 35-32 lead with 2:32 remaining in the opening half, Gonzaga taking a 41-37 halftime lead.

In the second half the Broncos closed the deficit to three points for the final time at 45-42 on a Brian Jones layin, but Richie Frahm nailed a 3-pointer from the top of the key for a 48-42 advantage and SCU would not get any closer than five the rest of the night.

Gourde's slam dunk put the lead at double-digits for good at 61-50 with 11:19 remaining, and head coach Mark Few was able to clear the Gonzaga bench for the final 3:00 with the Bulldogs enjoying a comfortable 25-point lead.

 

 

Calvary, who scored 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds this season against UCLA for his first double-double of the season, went 6-of-8 from the field and 9-of-10 from the free throw line in reaching the 20-point plateau for the first time in his career.

Santangelo, who scored 34 points against the Broncos on their court last March to propel the Bulldogs into the NCAA Tournament, scored 17 Saturday on a 7-of-16 night from the field which included a 3-for-8 night from 3-point range. Frahm, who came into the contest shooting 67.3 percent from the field and 65l.5 percent from 3-point range over the last four games, was held to 12 nights and a 3-for-8 night from the field. But he connected on 3-of-6 treys.

Four Bulldog starters scored in double figures, Axel Dench going 6-for-9 from the field on his way to a 13-point night. Zach Gourde came off the bench to contribute 10 points and 4 rebounds.

The Bulldogs, as they have done with regularity lately, shut down SCU's offense and Nathan Fast in particular. Fast, who was averaging a team-leading 14.8 ppg entering the contest, scored 10 while getting just six shots in a 3-for-6 night from the field. Darrell Teat paced SCU with 14 points, and Brian Jones had 12.

Gonzaga has scored 111, 96 an 97 points, respectively, in its last three games for a for 101.3 average. The Bulldogs have won four straight since losing 3-of-4.

The Bulldogs make their first WCC road trip of the season with games at Saint Mary's next Thursday and the University of San Diego next Saturday. Saturday's game will be broadcast on FOX Sports Net in the Pacific Northwest beginning at 3 p.m.

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