Bulldogs Bite Cougars 73-63 For 3-0 Start
Nov. 29, 1999
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University overcame a sub-par shooting night from both the field and the free throw line to defeat Washington State University 73-63 Monday night in the Spokane Arena before a near-capacity crowd of 11,048.
The Bulldogs, ranked 25th in this week's Associated Press Top 25, remained undefeated in three outings, while the Cougars' record evened after four games.
Casey Calvary led the Bulldog attack with 19 points, while Matt Santangelo added 15 and Richie Frahm 12. The Bulldogs went just 13-for-31 from the field in the first half for 41.9 percent, ending the game 24-for-52 for 46.2 percent. Free throws woes saw the Bulldogs connect on just 20-of-33 attempts for 60.6 percent.
WSU was even colder, shooting 34.6 percent on 18-of-52 after a chilly 6-for-24 for 25.0 first half. The Cougars were 22-of-32 from the charity stripe for 68.8 percent.
Calvary scored 11 first-half points as the Bulldogs built as much as a 15-point first-half lead at 30-15 in going on a 9-2 run. But the Cougars got to within 9 at 33-24 before an Axel Dench putback gave the Bulldogs a 35-24 halftime lead.
With the Bulldogs unable to put the Cougars away in the second half, due largely in part to the Bulldogs 14-for-25 second-half free throw exhibition, WSU stayed close for the first 13 minutes of the second half. WSU trailed 56-51 with 6:54 remaining when the Bulldogs went on a 7-0 run to up the lead to 12 at 63-51 with 5:00 remaining. A Mike Nilson 3-pointer started the spurt and Calvary converted a 3-point play when he was fouled on one of his many dunks on the night.
Jan-Michael Thomas, who did the most Cougars' damage of the night with 19 points and a 5-for-8 night from long range, hit a 3-pointer to cut the gap to 63-54, but Nilson retaliated with his second trey of the game for a 66-54 lead with 4:21 to play.
Chris Crosby, WSU's leading scorer coming into the contest at 18.0 ppg, scored his only field goal in a 1-for-11 night from the field with 1:46 to play, was fouled and made the free throw to cut the Gonzaga lead to 69-63. Gonzaga quickly got the lead back to 72-63 when Ryan Floyd made one of two from the line and Dench got a layin following a Blake Pengelly turnover with 1:19 remaining.
Calvary, who had 17 points in Gonzaga's season-opening win at the University of Montana, went 7-for-10 from the field and 5-of-9 from the line. Santangelo and Frahm, in early-season shooting slumps, had a combined 8-for-23 might. Frahm, shooting 37.5 percent entering the contest, hit two of his first three shots of the night, finished 3-for-10 in the first half and took just two second-half shots. Santangelo went 5-for-11 from the field after coming into the game shooting 34.8 percent from the field.
The Bulldogs had 16 turnovers, while the Cougars were guilty of 20 miscues. Gonzaga held a 40-36 rebounding edge with Santangelo, Floyd and Mark Spink each with 6.
Gonzaga will be back in action Wednesday in The Kennel when Boise State University visits for a 7 p.m. game.
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