Men's Basketball Opens Season 2-0
Nov. 19, 2000
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University's men's basketball team unveiled its 2000 NCAA Sweet 16 banner in pre-game ceremonies, then the 2001 version of the Bulldogs took care of business in an 85-58 home-opening victory over the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Sunday afternoon in The Kennel.
The Bulldogs remained undefeated in two outings, while the Phoenix split their two-game Northwest swing to the University of Idaho and Gonzaga. UWGB stopped the Vandals 62-50 Friday in the season opener.
Gonzaga came out hot for the second straight game, shooting 66.7 percent from the field in the first half on 14-of-21, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range. After a 9-9 tie, the game pretty much belonged to the Bulldogs. Calvary's driving layin gave the Zags an 11-98 lead they never relinquished, although the visitors cut the margin to 17-16 with a 7-0 run.
But after Devante Blanks' layup, the Bulldogs went on a 10-1 spurt that started with a Gourde layin after his first shot was blocked. A Blake Stepp jumper and a Dickau 3-pointer from the top of the key made it 24-16 with 8:37 to go in the first half.
UWGB got as close as 9 points at 33-24 with 3:45 to go in the half, but Gonzaga answered with a 12-3 run the rest of the half for a 45-27 halftime advantage. Dickau hit his third trey of the half to start the run, and the Bulldogs, who went 14-for-32 from the free throw line Friday at Eastern Washington University, went 5-of-6 in the final 2:18 of the half to help build the lead. Gonzaga finished 25-of-33 from the free throw line.
Gonzaga pushed the lead to as many as 35 points in the second half before both coaches went to their benches. No Gonzaga starter played more than 12 second-half minutes, and only two Phoenix starters played more than 6 minutes in the second half.
Aaron Jessup paced the Phoenix with 16 points, 10 in the second half, for the lone UWGB player in double figures.
The meeting between the Bulldogs and the Phoenix was the first since Nov. 22, 1985, when the Bulldogs won 63-47 in Spokane. Gonzaga now leads the series 2-1, the Bulldogs dropping the inaugural meeting in the series at Green Bay.
The Bulldogs return to action next Saturday when the University of Idaho visits The Kennel for a 7 p.m. contest.
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