Men's Basketball Thumps San Diego 78-57
Jan. 27, 2001
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University rallied ffrom a 35-34 halftime deficit and held the University of San Diego to 22 second-half points in rolling to a 78-57 West Coast Conference men's basketball victory Saturday in front of a sellout crowd of 4,000 in The Kennel, the eighth straight win for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs (14-5, 6-0) set up Friday's showdown for first place at Pepperdine University, which ran it's WCC record to 6-0 with a 77-65 win at Saint Mary's College. With Saturday's loss, USD (11-8, 3-3) had a 3-game winning streak snapped.
After going an uncharacteristic 1-for-10 from the field in Thursday's win over Santa Clara University, junior point guard Dan Dickau came back to go 6-for-7 from the field and 11-for-11 from the free throw line for a career and game-high 25 points. His 11-for-11 from the free throw line tied the Gonzaga single-game record for free throw percentage with a minimum of 10 attempts. Eight players before him have had perfect nights from the field with at least 10 attempts, Frank Burgess and Geoff Goss both going 15-for-15 to lead the way. Dickau's 11 is the seventh most.
Also unlike Thursday when the Bulldogs shot a season-low 37.3 percent from the field and went 1-for-17 from 3-point range, Gonzaga returned to form Saturday by going 27-for-55 from the field for 49.l percent and connected on 8-of-17 trey attempts.
The second half was the difference after USD scrapped to a 35-34 halftime lead despite Dickau's 5-for-6 from the field on his way to 13 first-half points. The Toreros' Andre Laws went 4-for-6 from the field and scored 11 points, and Dan White and Tyler Field contributed 6 each as San Diego shot an even 50.0 percent on 14-for-28. USD hit 3-of-6 3-pointers, and held an 18-14 edge in the boards.
But with USD trailing just 43-40 in the second half, the game took a turn for the Bulldogs. With 15:11 to go in the game USD coach Brad Holland was whistled for a technical foul. Dickau stepped to the line and sank both free throws for a 45-40 lead. Casey Calvary's jumper on the ensuing possession at 14:58 gave Gonzaga a 47-40 lead, and Holland, who went on the floor to apparently call a timeout, was whistled for a second technical which led to his ejection. Dickau sank both free throws and the Bulldogs had a 49-40 lead. Gonzaga finished a 17-0 run with a Blake Stepp 3-pointer from the right corner for a 55-40 lead with 11:06 to go.
Gonzaga continued to build on the lead which grew to as many as 23 points with 2:01 to play on Stepp's 3-pointer for a 78-55 advantage.
The Bulldogs gained a slight bit of revenge against the Toreros, who snapped Gonzaga's 20-game Kennel winning streak last season with an 82-70 victory. Gonzaga has now won 9 straight at home dating back to the final game of a year ago, and is 29-1 in their last 30 home games over the past three seasons.
Calvary, who matched his career high with 29 points Thursday, scored 16 against USD, while Stepp, who had 6 points Thursday, had 14 Saturday night. Stepp and Dickau, who combined to go 3-for-19 from the field and 0-for-12 from 3-point range against SCU, hit a hot 11-of-15 from the field and 6-of-10 from beyond the arc.
Laws and Field each finished with 11 points to lead USD, the only Toreros in double figures. White had 9 points.
Friday's game against Pepperdine will be televised by most FOX Sports Net affiliates on the West Coast. Gametime is 7 p.m. Gonzaga will end its southern California swing at Loyola Marymount University on Saturday.
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