Bulldogs Top Gaels For Record Winning Streak
Feb. 11, 2001
SPOKANE, Wash. - Casey Calvary scored 28 points to crack Gonzaga Univiersity's top 10 scoring list, and the Bulldogs won their school record 12th straight game with a 90-64 West Coast Conference men's basketball victory over Saint Mary's College in a Sunday matinee in The Kennel.
The Bulldogs (18-5, 10-0) retained sole possession of first place in the WCC, and can clinch the top seed into the WCC Tournament with a home sweep of Loyola Marymount University and Pepperdine University this weekend. Saint Mary's (2-21, 0-10) lost for the 14th straight time and saw its road losing streak reach 19 games.
Calvary now has 1,355 career points, moving past John Stockton's 1,340 (1981-84) and Bill Suter's 1,354 (1963-66). He is 73 shy of overtaking Doug Spradley for 9th, Spradley with 1,427 from 1986-89. He also had 12 rebounds Sunday for his third double-double of the season and the 10th of his career.
Gonzaga bettered its 11-game winning streak set last season on its way to a 26-9 campaign and Sweet Sixteen appearance in the NCAA Tournament. With a one-game lead over Pepperdine, the Bulldogs can clinch the top seed into the WCC Tournament on their home court. The Bulldogs face LMU Thursday at 7 p.m., then get the Waves in a 3 p.m. Saturday matinee. Gonzaga won the first meeting of the season with Pepperdine, 93-79 in Malibu, Calif. Thus, if Gonzaga can sweep this weekend in the home finales, the Bulldogs would have at least a two-game lead over Pepperdine with two to play. With a pair of wins over the Waves, the Bulldogs would win the tiebreaker if needed since Pepperdine is the only team that could knot the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs, a 102-48 winner over the Gaels in the first meeting this season in Moraga, Calif., opened a quick 10-point lead just 6:00 into the contest as Gonzaga pounded the ball inside and hit 6-of-7 free throws in building a 17-7 lead. Calvary had a 3-point play, Zach Gourde and Anthony Reason a pair of free throws each and Germayne Forbes a 3-pointer to get the Bulldogs off to a quick start. The lead grew to as many as 18 points late in the half, and the Bulldogs took a 41-28 halftime lead.
Calvary scored 16 of his 28 points in the opening half, connecting on 4-of-8 shots from the field and 8-of-10 free throw attempts. He finished 8-for-17 from the field and 11-for-14 from the line before exiting in favor of reserve Jay Sherrell with 3:51 to play.
Gonzaga, which has hit less than 50 percent of its shots from the field in the last two outings after putting together back-to-back plus-60.0 percent outings the previous weekend, connected on 15-of-35 second-half field goal attempts for 42.9 percent which in part helped keep the Gaels within striking distance the second half. SMC cut a 24-point lead to 15 at 71-56 with 7:30 to play.
But the Bulldogs came back when Mark Spink blocked a Tyler Herr shot at the free throw line and went coast-to-coast for a layin to start a 15-2 Gonzaga run that took the lead to 86-58 with 4:24 to play. Anthony Reason's exclamation point dunk from the left baseline brought the crowd to its feet to end the run, the Gaels called a timeout to try and stop the Gonzaga momentum, but the lead never crept under 26 points the rest of the afternoon.
Jovan Harris, the Gaels leading scorer who had 31 in Friday's loss at the University of Portland, paced the Gaels with 18 points. Chris Schlatter had 17 and Ross Benson 10. The Gaels got just 15 points in 76 minutes from the bench, Herr leading the bench scoring with 8 points.
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