No. 13 Gonzaga Breezes By Loyola Marymount, 94-60
Jan 19, 2002
LOS ANGELES (AP) - There is no mercy rule in college basketball. Gonzaga's Dan Dickau invented one for Loyola Marymount, anyway.
Dickau scored all of his 34 points in the first half, including a school-record nine 3-pointers, as No. 13 Gonzaga coasted to a 94-60 victory over Loyola Marymount on Saturday night.
Dickau came within two of the West Coast Conference single-game record for 3-pointers, set by Loyola Marymount's Jeff Fryer in the second round of the 1990 NCAA tournament against Michigan. The NCAA single-game record is 15.
"I knew I had it rolling," Dickau said. "But I never once thought, 'Hey, let's see if I could get any records.'
"The ball felt like it was rolling off my hand perfectly. Even when I don't get my feet just right, as long as it comes off my fingers like that, I think it's still going in the basket."
The Bulldogs (16-3, 3-1), who had their 12-game winning streak snapped Friday night at Pepperdine, beat Loyola Marymount for the 13th straight time and have won 17 of the last 18 meetings. Gonzaga shot 65 percent from the field and won by 20 points during last season's visit to Gersten Pavilion.
Greg Lakey scored 18 for Loyola Marymount (9-9, 2-2).
"Tonight was the Dan Dickau show. We had no answer for him at all," Loyola coach Steve Aggers said. "We tried four different defenders on him in the first half. But he was in a zone, to say the least. He was shooting from past the NBA line and demoralized our players. He's definitely a first-round draft pick."
Playing in front of a crowd of 3,342, including Chicago Bulls general manager Jerry Krause, Dickau powered the Bulldogs to a 58-32 halftime lead and topped his season average by 12 points. His total was five more than any Gonzaga player has had in any game this season.
"I set extremely high standards for myself," said Dickau, who committed eight of Gonzaga's 18 turnovers in Friday's 88-79 loss. "I was disappointed in my performance last night, but I was even more disappointed in the way I led the team last night. I never seemed to take charge on the court at Pepperdine."
This time, he did. The senior point guard, who shot 11-for-14 in the first half, scored all of Gonzaga's points during a 21-6 run that helped the Bulldogs open up a 38-21 lead with 5:35 to go before intermission.
"The guys did a nice job of feeding him the ball without really just standing around, and most of the shots he took were in the context of what we do," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said.
Dickau, who entered the game shooting 43.6 percent from 3-point range, opened the scoring with a 3 and then made seven more in a scintillating four-minute span.
He made another 3 with four seconds left in the half, but spent the second half trying to get his teammates involved in the offense and did not score another point before going to the bench with 5 1-2 minutes to play and the Bulldogs ahead 79-48.
"Dan did a good job in the second half of being unselfish. And that speaks volumes about the character of this guy," Few said. "Instead of going for 50, he stayed with the program and spread the ball around in the second half."
Gonzaga's ranking is the highest by a WCC school in the AP poll since San Francisco was ranked seventh in February 1982. The Bulldogs are off to their best start in the 44-year history of the basketball program.
"We got throttled by a team that played like the 13th-rated team in the country. No excuses," Aggers said. "They were more physical and aggressive than we were. You wash this game down the shower drain along with the soap and go on to the next one."
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