No. 11 Gonzaga Upends Portland, 94-80
Feb 2, 2002
PORTLAND, Ore. - Dan Dickau returned home - or at least across the river from home - to match his career high 39 points as 11th-ranked Gonzaga University broke away midway through the second half to record a 94-80 West Coast Conference win over the University of Portland Saturday night in the Chiles Center.
With a crowd of 4,492 evenly divided partisans in attendance, Dickau scored 24 of his points in the second half. He finished 12-of-18 from the field, 8-off-11 from 3-point range and 7-of-8 from the free throw line. Plus, the Vancouver, Wash., native found time to dish out 7 assists while playing 35 minutes. He sat five minutes in the opening half after picking up his second foul midway through the stanza.
Dickau, who scored 11 of Gonzaga's first 13 points in the first 3:30 of the game, finished the first half with 15 points. He didn't score a point for 12:01 until nailing his 3-pointer with 4:29 to go. Then came the second half fireworks.
The win ran the Bulldogs' record to 20-3 overall and 7-1 in the WCC, still a game behind undefeated (8-0) Pepperdine University, an 89-79 winner over Loyola Marymount University on Saturday. Gonzaga and Pepperdine meet Feb. 16 in The Kennel in the final home game for the Bulldogs.
The pre-game hype centered around the injury bug as the Bulldogs limped into the game with sprained ankles to Cory Violette and Ronny Turiaf suffered in Wednesday's meeting in Spokane. The Pilots were also unsure of the status of freshman Patrick Galos, who sprained an ankle in practice Thursday. Violette started and played 28 minutes, Galos played 16 minutes and Turiaf road the bench in his uniform unable to play.
After the Pilots rallied from as much as a 14-point first-half deficit to grab a 48-46 halftime lead, the game stayed close through the first 10 minutes of the second half. Neither team could garner than a 3-point lead to that point - Portland at 54-51 and 60-57. But a 9-1 Bulldog spurt opened some distance for a 68-61 lead with 10:30 to go. Blake Stepp, from nearby Eugene, Ore., drained a 3-pointer from the right corner for a 59-57 Gonzaga lead with 13:23 to go, the Bulldogs' first lead since 46-45. Gonzaga extended the run to 15-5 after being tied at 56 with 14:49 remaining.
Following the Stepp trey, Eric Knight, who had scored just four points in his previous four games and was held scoreless in Spokane, countered with a 3-pointer from the left top of the arc for three of his career-high 18 points for a 60-59 Pilots' advantage. Knight was a perfect 5-of-5 from the field in the first half, including three 3-pointers. But he went just 2-of-6 from the field in the second half and 1-for-4 from long range.
Over the next 1:29 the Pilots were whistled for four fouls and the Bulldogs converted 7-of-8 free throws for a 66-61 advantage. Violette's short jumper in the paint and Stepp's 3-pointer from the right side opened a 71-61 lead with 9:37 to go. Another Dickau bomb made it 74-61 with 7:53 remaining and capped an 18-5 run, including 11 straight, before Coky Rochin scored with 7:12 to go to end a 4:34 scoreless drought and a 5:28 streak without a field goal for the Pilots.
The Pilots made a game out of despite falling behind early.
Dickau got Gonzaga off to a hot start, scoring the first nine points, all from long range. The Vancouver, Wash., native, playing in front of the "home" fans for the final time in his career, took six of the first eight Bulldog shots, hitting four. Four of Gonzaga's first six baskets were for three. The first non-Dickau basket was a Gourde jump hook in the lane with 17:08 remaining in the half.
With the Bulldogs continuing to hit from long range - five of their first nine baskets were from beyond the arc - Gonzaga built a 23-9 lead and the game had shades of Wednesday's 102-67 rout in The Kennel.
But a 6-0 Pilot run cut the deficit to 23-15 with 11:31 to go. The Bulldogs still had a seemingly commanding 33-22 lead with 7:51 to go in the first 20 minutes. Casey Frandsen, who paced the Pilots with 29 points including six 3-pointers, got a bucket, Knight drilled his third 3-pointer from the top of the circle and Adam Quick converted a one-and-one from the free throw line for a 7-0 run and a 33-29 deficit.
Bankhead countered with a 3-pointer deep from the left top of the circle, but the Pilots went on a 7-2 spurt keyed by a Galos bucket from the top of the key and a Galos trey from deep out front to cut the Gonzaga lead to 39-36 with 5:35 remaining in the half.
Another mini-run by the Pilots, this one 5-0, knotted the contest at 43. Gourde and Knight traded baskets, Dickau made 1-of-2 from the line and Frandsen buried a three-ball from the top of the arc with :05 to go to complete the 26-13 Portland run over the final 7:51 of the half and take a 48-46 advantage into the halftime locker room.
Gonzaga shot 50.0 percent or better from the third straight game and for the sixth time in the last seven outings, connecting on 31-of-59 for 52.5 percent. The Pilots shot just 36.5 percent on 27-of-74, the 14th time opponents have shot under 40.0. Portland was 11-of-34 from 3-point range, Gonzaga 13-of-28 as the teams combined for 62 shots from beyond the arc.
The win was the 13trh straight in the series and the sixth straight in the Chiles Center, and the Bulldogs 20-3 record marks the fifth straight season and the eighth time in the last nine years the Bulldogs have reached the 20-win plateau.
Gonzaga will remain on the road next week, heading to Santa Clara University on Thursday and to the University of San Diego next Saturday.
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