Gonzaga Men's Basketball Stifles EWU
Video Highlights
  • Matt Santangelo from way downtown
  • Casey Calvary sends a ball in the stands
  • Zach Gourde scores one of his game high 24 points

    Nov. 26, 1999

    Box Score

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Redshirt freshman Zach Gourde came off the bench to score a game-high 24 points, Casey Calvary tied his career high with five blocked shots and Gonzaga University posted an easy 81-47 non-conference men's basketball victory over Eastern Washington University Friday night in The Kennel.

    The Bulldogs pushed their record to 2-0 by winning their home opener, while EWU fell to 0-3.

    Gourde, who sat out last year while watching the Bulldogs advance to the NCAA Elite Eight, made his presence felt Friday. He connected on 10-of-12 shots from the field and 4-of-5 free throw attempts and also tied Calvary and EWU's Will Levy for game-high rebounding honors with nine. The native of Vancouver, WA., scored 9 first-half points while going 4-for-4 from the field, then put on a dominating display in the second half. He scored 13 of his points in the final 7:24, including 8 straight in one 2:40 stretch when he hit a jumper, back-to-back tipins and then put an exclamation point on the evening with a slam dunk.

    The Bulldogs used a cold-shooting night from the Eagles to put this game away early, pushing the lead to double-digits for the final time at 29-19 on a Gourde layin and never looking back. The game was tied just once at 2-2, and the lone EWU lead of the night was 3-2 on Chris White's 3-point play with 18:50 remaining in the opening half. A Dench jumper gave the Bulldogs the lead for good, and the tone was set when Calvary and Spink blocked three consecutive shots by the Eagles in a 30-second span. Calvary denied Levy and Kareem Hunter, then Hunter was stuffed by Spink. Gonzaga blocked 9 shots, two shy of the school record, and Calvary matched his career high set last year against St. Martin's College.

    Gonzaga shot a less-than-impressive 48.4 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes, but EWU connected on just 6-of-32 first-half field goal attempts for 18.8 percent. Gonzaga finished 27-for-60 from the field for 45.0 percent, 3-of-14 from 3-point range and 24-of-34 from the free throw line. EWU shot a paltry 22.7 percent from the field for the game on 15-of-66.

    EWU actually held a 46-45 rebounding edge, but Gonzaga scored 18 points off 13 EWU turnovers and held a 17-10 advantage in second-chance points.

    While Gourde led the way with 24 points, the Bulldogs also had Richie Frahm (15 points), Matt Santangelo (11) and Casey Calvary (10) in double figures.

    The Bulldogs, ranked 25th by both Associated Press and ESPN/USA TODAY, won't get much time off, meeting Washington State University Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the Spokane Arena, then facing Boise State University at home Wednesday. Gonzaga has a date with top-ranked University of Cincinnati next Saturday at the Rock-N-Roll Shootout in Cleveland, OH.

     

     

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