Gonzaga Downs Pepperdine, 82-69
Feb. 17, 2001
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Dan Dickau scored 23 points, including a key 3-pointer with 4:13 remaining, as Gonzaga extended its winning streak to 14 games and clinched at least a share of the West Coast Conference championship with an 82-69 victory over Pepperdine Saturday afternoon in front of an overflow crowd of 4,000 in The Kennel.
Dickau hit 5-of-8 3-pointers and had a game-high 11 assists for the Bulldogs (20-5, 12-0). Casey Calvary scored 14 points on 5-of-7 field goals. Blake Stepp scored 12 points - all from long range on a 4-for-9 day from the field. Stepp's back-top-back treys in a 1:32 stretch late in the game all but sealed the win. His first came with 2:31 to play from the right corner just 1:41 after Dickau's back-breaking 3-pointer. That gave Gonzaga a 77-69 lead, and his bomb from the top of the key with 1:00 remaining pushed the lead to 80-69 and ended all thoughts of late-game Pepperdine heroics.
Dickau recorded his third double-double of the season with his 23 points and 11 assists. He opened the WCC season after a 9-game injury layoff with 13 points and 10 assists at the University of San Francisco, then came back the next night with 15 points and a career-high 12 assists at Saint Mary's College.
The win assured the Bulldogs the top seed into the West Coast Conference Tournament March 3-5 at the University of San Diego. The Bulldogs finish the regular season next week with road games at Santa Clara University on Thursday and USD on Saturday. The worst the Bulldogs can do is lose both games and tie Pepperdine (18-7, 10-2) for the WCC regular-season title. But the Bulldogs, by virtue of a 93-79 win over Pepperdine in the first meeting of the season, would win the tie-breaker and earn the top seed. No Gonzaga team has gone 14-0 in the WCC, the 1994 and 1999 squads going 12-2 in winning the regular season crown.
Gonzaga also reached the 20-win plateau for the fourth straight season, and for the seventh time in the last eight years.
Brandon Armstrong led the Waves, scoring 32 points on 11-of-30 field goals. He also had eight rebounds. Kelvin Gibbs scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
There were eight lead changes in the first half, but Gonzaga led the entire second half.
In the second half with the score 69-67 in favor of Gonzaga, Dickau hit a 3-pointer from deep beyond the arc at the top of the key and the Bulldogs never looked back.
The Waves shot only 37.3 percent for the game (25-67).
Gonzaga, which shot 66.7 percent from the field in the first meeting against Pepperdine (including 16-of-20 for 80.0 percent in the second half) shot 58.7 percent for the game on 27-of-46. But the Bulldogs connected on 62.5 percent in the second half on 15-of-24, and went 6-of-11 from 3-point range in the second half.
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