Men's Basketball Wins In Overtime, 84-79

Jan. 22, 2000

Box Score

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Richie Frahm scored 31 points and Matt Santangelo added 21 to lift Gonzaga to an 84-79 overtime victory Saturday over San Diego.

The Bulldogs (14-5, 4-0 West Coast Conference) hit their first three shots in overtime - the last a three-pointer by Santangelo - to take a five-point lead two minutes into the extra period. They increased the margin to 77-68 before making 7 of 8 free throws in the final 1:12.

The win gained a measure of revenge for Gonzaga after last season's 16-point loss here Feb. 4, the same week the Bulldogs moved into the AP Top 25 for the first time in school history. It was the worst loss of the season for Gonzaga, which advanced to the Elite Eight.

The senior class of Axel Dench, Ryan Floyd, Mike Nilson, Frahm, and Santangelo had never won a game at the USD Sports Center in three tries. It was the final trip for the Bulldogs to the USD Sports Center, the Toreros moving into their new Jenny Craig Center across the street next season. Gonzaga increased its win streak to six games.

Frahm and Santangelo combined to score 24 of the Bulldogs' 33 second-half points. But Gonzaga, which held an 11-point lead at the 11:54 mark, made just one basket in the final 5:50.

Nilson's lone field goal attempt of the game gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead just :48 into the contest, and the Bulldogs never trailed until Tom Lippold's pair of free throws gave the Toreros (11-6, 2-2) a 62-61 lead with 2:36 remaining in regulation. That brought USD back from as much as an 11-point second-half deficit, Gourde making two free throws with 11:48 to go to give Gonzaga a 49-38 advantage.

The Bulldogs still led 61-55 after a Santangelo jumper with 5:51 remaining, but Lippold made two free throws, Dana White drilled a 3-pointer and Lippold made two more free throws after being fouled on the fourth shot attempt by the Toreros, who held a 52-33 rebounding advantage and and grabbed 30 offensive rebounds in the contest.



Frahm quickly gave the lead back to the Bulldogs with a 3-pointer from the top of the key, and Cameron Rigby's two free throws tied the game with 1:53 to play. White's layin gave the lead back to USD at 66-64, and Nilson's two pressure free throws with :42 left tied the game. Gonzaga quickly gained control in the overtime, Calvary hitting a 3-pointer from straightaway. Tyler Field countered with a layup, but Axel Dench hit a jumper with his foot on the 3-point arc, and Santangelo drilled a 3-pointer for a 74-68 lead with 3:12 remaining. Nilson made 1-of-2 free throws with 2:21 left, and Gourde's rebound layin pushed Gonzaga's lead to 77-69 with 1:41 to go. Frahm, whose 31 points were one shy of his season high and six shy of his career best, made a pair of free throws then followed with a jumper with less than a minute remaining for an 81-73 lead.

The Toreros cut the deficit to 82-79 with 11 ticks left when White made 2-of-3 free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempt. But Frahm sealed the victory with two free throws with :06 showing.

The Toreros had three chances to win the game in the final eight seconds, but failed to convert on two three-point attempts by Laws and one by White at the buzzer.

Frahm, who was 4-for-15 from the field in Thursday's win at Saint Mary's while scoring 14 points, went 10-for-16 from the field Saturday, 2-for-4 from 3-point range and 9-of-10 from the free throw line. His 31 points vaulted him past John Stockton and Bill Suter into 9th place on the all-time Gonzaga scoring charts with 1,356 points. Stockton scored 1,349 and Suter 1,354 in their careers.

Santangelo was 7-for-14 from the field, and also dished out 7 assists to give him 574 in his career and move him into fifth on the all-time WCC list, one ahead of Darwin Cook of the University of Portland.

The Bulldogs shot 51.9 percent for the game, the fifth straight game the Bulldogs have shot at least 50.0 percent from the field. Gonzaga made just 10 field goals in the first half while shooting 41.7 percent, but heated up to shoot 12-for-22 for 54.5 percent in the second half and OT. USD hit just 33.8 percent from the field for the game, and of their 27 field goals 18 were from 3-point range as the Toreros went 18-for-29 from long range for the game.

Gonzaga returns home Wednesday to face Portland at 7:30 p.m., the second half of a double-header which tips off at 5:15 p.m. with the Bulldog women facing the Pilots. The teams return to Portland next Saturday for the twinbill re-match.

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