Dench Leads Men's Basketball Past Team Concept
Nov. 12, 1999
SPOKANE, Wash. - Axel Dench scored 26 points to lead six Gonzaga University players in double figures Friday night as the Bulldogs posted a 128-72 exhibition men's basketball victory over Team Concept AAU of Portland, OR.
The game concluded the exhibition season for the Bulldogs, who downed the Old Dogs AAU, a team comprised of former Gonzaga players, 133-60 last Saturday. Gonzaga opens the regular season Sunday, Nov. 21, at the University of Montana. The Bulldogs make their regular-season home debut Nov. 26 against Eastern Washington University.
Dench, a 6-11 senior from Australia, went 11-for-18 from the field to spark the Bulldogs to a 59.0 percent field goal percentage. Gonzaga connected on 49-of-83 shots, including 28-of-45 for 62.2 percent in the first half. Team Concept hit just 28.1 percent from the field.
Friday's game was over early for all practical purposes, the Bulldogs racing to a 12-2 lead in the first 2:03 as Casey Calvary opened the contest with a layin and a free throw, then followed with slam dunk. Matt Santangelo nailed a 3-pointer for an 8-0 lead before Team Concept got on the scoreboard with a pair of Phil Johnson free throws. a Ryan Floyd jumper and another Dench layin pushed the lead to 12-2.
Team Concept came back to tie the game 14-14 as Orlando Williams hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored 8 points in a 12-2 Team Concept run. But the Bulldogs put together a 15-0 run for a 29-14 lead with 12:26 to go in the half. Mark Spink's slam dunk started the surge and his layin capped it. Santangelo pumped in two more 3-pointers in the run.
The lead was 46 points - 76-30 at halftime - and Gonzaga head coach Mark Few went to his bench often in the second half as the five starters combined for just 34 second-half minutes.
Jimmy Tricco, a true freshman from Phoenix, AZ, and Spink each finished with 16 points, while Santangelo, Calvary and redshirt freshman Zach Gourde each added 13 points to go with the big night from Dench.
The Bulldogs held a 57-35 rebounding edge with Spink grabbing a game-high 8 rebounds as nine of the 12 players grabbed at least 4 rebounds.
Team concept, which plays at the University of Montana Sunday, was led by the 31 points of Williams. The former University of Oregon player went 10-of-25 from the field, including 9-of-17 from 3-point range. He was the only Team Concept player in double figures.
Gonzaga also took advantage of 20 Team Concept turnovers which led to 32 points, while also scoring 33 second-chance points.
TEAM CONCEPT (72) Orlando Williams 10-25 2-4 31, Tim Cook 1-2 0-0 3, Kevin Hood 1-2 0-0 2, Phil Johnson 2-8 2-3 7, Greg Taylor 1-8 1-2 5, Cavan Scanlan 1-2 4-7 6, Chance McCobb 0-2 0-2 0, Greg Walker 0-7 9-10 9, Scott Tharp 1-3 0-0 2, DeRay Thirdgill 1-5 7-8 9. TOTALS 18-64 25-36 72.
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