Dickau's 39 Not Enough For Bulldogs
Feb. 22, 2001
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara University survived the Dan Dickau show in the second half Thursday, and the Broncos held on for an 84-71 West Coast Conference men's basketball victory over Gonzaga University, handing the Bulldogs their first WCC setback in 13 outings.
Dickau, the junior from Vancouver, Wash., scored a career-high 39 points and set a Gonzaga single-game record with nine 3-pointers as he almost single-handedly brought the Bulldogs back from as much as a 19-point first-half deficit. After scoring 8 first-half points, Dickau came out in the second half and went 8-of-11 from the field, 7-of-9 from 3-point range, 8-for-8 from the free throw line and in one 5:19 stretch of the second half scored 20 straight Bulldog points.
The loss also snapped Gonzaga's school-record 14-game winning streak, a mark that was tied with Hofstra University for the longest current winning streak in the nation among NCAA Division I schools.
Dickau passed an elite list of Bulldog shooters on his way to the single-game record for treys. Matt Santangelo, Richie Frahm (twice), John Rillie and Jarrod Davis shared the previous record of 8 3-pointers in a game. Santangelo and Rillie each did it on the same court as Dickau on Thursday. Santangelo went 8-for-11 from 3-point range against the Broncos in the WCC Tournament championship game March 1, 1999, and Rillie accomplished the feat with an 8-for-12 night against the University of San Diego in the first round of the WCC Tournament on March 4, 1995.
Dickau began his string of 20 straight Bulldog points with Gonzaga trailing 52-35 with 14:15 to play. He hit his first of four 3-pointers in the run with 13:45 to go and by the time he connected on a pair of free throws with 8:26 to play the SCU lead had been cut to 61-55.
But the 6-point margin was as close as the Bulldogs would get, also closing to 68-62 and 74-68, the last time after a Dicak 3-pointer with 2:20 remaining.
But the Broncos weathered each Dickau-led comeback, despite hitting a cold streak from the field. After a Brian Jones 3-pointer with 12:58 to play pushed the SCU lead to 55-38, the Broncos would get just one field goal until the 7:21 mark when Brian Vaka scored on a layin. But in that stretch the Broncos were 8-for-10 from the free throw line.
Santa Clara, which clinched the No. 3 seed into the WCC Tournament next week, opened the 19-point first-half lead at 34-15 and led 38-23 at halftime due in part to 13 first-half Bulldog turnovers. SCU turned the ball over just six times, and the Broncos launched 14 more shots than the Bulldogs in the opening 20 minutes. SCU went 15-for-34 for 44.1 percent in the first half, Gonzaga 7-of-20 for 35.0 percent.
The Bulldogs fell behind 17-4 at the 14:19 mark, and Casey Clavary sat on the bench for six minutes of the first half after collecting two fouls in the first 11:22 of the game. Calvary, the Bulldogs' leading scorer and the 23rd-leading scorer in the country entering the game with his 20.5 points/game average, was held to just 2 points in the first half and 7 points in the game. It was his first time in single digits this season, and his lowest output since scoring 5 points at home against Pepperdine University last season.
Dickau was the lone Bulldog in double digits. Steve Ross led four Broncos in double figures, scoring 13 of his 22 points in the second half. Jamie Holmes, who got the Broncos off to the quick start with 11 first-half points, finished with 17, David Emslie scored 16 and Kyle Bailey had 16, 11 in the second half.
Gonzaga (20-6, 12-1), which clinched the top seed into the WCC Tournament last Saturday in the home finale, will end the regular season Saturday at the University of San Diego. The Toreros fell at home to the University of Portland on Thursday, relegating USD to the No. 4 seed into the WCC Tournament it will host beginning next Saturday. Gonzaga can still set a school record for WCC wins and clinch the regular-season title outright with a victory over USD. Saturday's game will begin at 8 p.m. and be televised on most FOX Sports Net affiliates on the West Coast.
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