Men's Baksetball Doesn't Let PSU Pull Road Upset
Dec. 1, 2001
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University's men's basketball wasn't about to let happen what had transpired already this season at Arizona State University and Boise State University.
Portland State University wasn't going to leave The Kennel with a road win.
Even though the Vikings stayed close for the better part of 25 minutes, the Bulldogs went on a 13-0 run and then cruised to a 93-58 non-conference victory Saturday night, the 16th straight Kennel victory for the Bulldogs.
PSU (2-3) had already posted road victories against the Sun Devils and Broncos, two traditionally tough places to play. And with 8:03 to go in the opening half the Vikings were still within striking range at 23-16, even after the Bulldogs had gone on a 10-3 spurt to break a 13-13 tie. By halftime the Bulldogs had opened a 41-26 lead and seemed well on their way to victory.
But with the first eight points to open the second half - a 3-pointer by Jeb Ivey and a trey by Kevin Briggs sandwiched around an Aaron Fitzgerald lay-up - the Vikings had cut the lead to 41-34 with 17:55 remaining.
Zach Gourde, after getting 16 first-half points, scored two of his four second-points with a slam dunk to get the Bulldogs rolling. Dan Dickau, who scored 11 points in the second half on his way to a 14-point night, made a pair of free throws to get the lead back to double digits at 45-34 with 16:38 remaining.
But the next five Gonzaga baskets were from beyond the arc - Bankhead with two and Dickau with three - and suddenly the Gonzaga lead was 60-37 with 12:31 to go. PSU never recovered as the lead never dipped under 20 the remainder of the night.
Two nights after combining for 33 points - 30 of them from 3 -point range - Dickau and Bankhead again did a lot of long-range damage. Dickau, the senior point guard, made all four of his field goals from 3-point range. Bankhead, starting for the second straight night in place of Blake Stepp who again sat out with a sprained ankle, made all three of his baskets from beyond the 3-point line. The duo combined to go 7-for-16 from 3-point range.
While Dickau and Bankhead were again doing the damage from the outside, the inside arsenal of Gourde, Cory Violette and Ronny Turiaf was more than the Vikings could handle. Gourde went 6-of-7 from the field on his way to the big first half, and finished 8-for-9 for a game-high 20 points. Violette, who had his first career double-double on Thursday, toyed with another before settling for 16 points and 8 rebounds. Turiaf, who continues to sparkle off the bench, scored 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
While Dickau and Bankhead were the most noticeable from the guard sport, Winston Brooks had a silent 9 points and a season-high 7 assists.
The Bulldogs also dominated the boards, holding a 44-16 edge. PSU managed just two offensive rebounds.
Gonzaga, which went 17-for-32 from the free throw line for 53.1 percent on Thursday, came back for a season-best 20-for-23 for 87.0 percent, including 11-for-11 in the second half.
The final game of a three-game homestand for the Bulldogs will be Tuesday when Eastern Washington University visits for a 7 p.m. tip-off between the Inland Northwest rivals.
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