Frahm Scores 22 As Men's Hoops Squad Picks Up 11th Straight Win
Feb. 11, 2000
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Richie Frahm scored 22 points, dished out a career high 9 assists and point guard Matt Santangelo tied the school single-game record of 13 assists as Gonzaga won its school-record 11th consecutive game by defeating struggling Loyola Marymount 101-77 Friday night.
The Bulldogs (19-5, 9-0 in the West Coast Conference) tallied their highest point total for a road game since defeating Eastern Washington 108-67 in December, 1990.
Gonzaga, which has now beaten Loyola Marymount 10 times in a row, has won 13 of its last 14 games. Loyola Marymount (2-20, 0-9 in the West Coast Conference) is off to its worst conference start in school history. Gonzaga trampled the Lions 103-57 last Saturday in The Kennel.
Frahm went 9-for-15 from the field, including 4-for-9 from 3-point range, for his 12th straight game in double digits since being held to a season-low 5 points against Oregon.
Santangelo matched the single-game assists record set by Ken Tyler against Montana State in 1975 and equaled twice by John Stockton during the 1983-84 season. It was 16 years to the day since Stockton recorded his first 13-assist game. Santangelo, who passed Stockton this season as the Bulldogs' career assists leader, now has 604 career assists to rank fourth on the all-time WCC list.
Six Bulldogs scored in double figures for the second straight game with both forward Casey Calvary and
Axel Dench making all six of their field goal attempts. Gonzaga, which made 14
of its first 15 shots in the second half, hit 65.5 percent from the field for
the game. The last time Gonzaga shot 60.0 percent or better was last season at home against LMU when the Bulldogs went 38-for-58. Gonzaga's starters hit 25-of-35 shots for 71.4 percent Friday.
The Lions were led by freshman guard Stanley Thorne's career high 22 points. Forward Elton Mashack added 21 points and 9 rebounds.
The Bulldogs will face Pepperdine at 5 p.m. on Saturday in a game which has title implications. The Bulldogs battled back from as much as a 15-point second-half deficit last week at home to down the Waves 62-57. Pepperdine remained one game behind the Bulldogs with an 80-60 win over Portland on Friday. A Gonzaga victory Saturday all but gives the Bulldogs their third straight WCC regular-season title.
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