Gonzaga Dismisses Boise State, 71-55
Dec. 1, 1999
By MARK JEWELL
SPOKANE, Wash. - Axel Dench and No. 25 Gonzaga picked up the pace in the second half against Boise State.
Dench scored 12 of his 15 points in an early second-half run as the Bulldogs beat the Broncos 71-55 on Wednesday night.
Dench scored the first six points of the second half, and got another six before the end of a 24-7 run that put Gonzaga (4-0) up 52-36 with 8:59 remaining.
Richie Frahm added a pair of 3-pointers during the spurt.
The Broncos (2-2), who led 29-28 at the half, got no closer than 14 points behind the rest of the way.
Gonzaga coach Mark Few said his team was too timid offensively in the opening half.
"Boise State did a great job taking us out of our offense," he said. "We weren't ready to go mentally. In the second half, we pushed the ball upcourt and defended better."
Boise State coach Rod Jensen said his team played aggressively in the first half only to cave in during the second.
"I don't have any answer to how we could go so Dr. Jeckyll-and-Mr. Hydish," he said. "When we came out and missed our first layup of the second half, you could almost see our shoulders sag."
After starting its early second-half run, Gonzaga was relentless.
"They smelled blood, and just went for the jugular," Jensen said.
The Broncos contained Gonzaga's big men - 6-foot-11 Dench and 6-8 Casey Calvary - in the first half. Dench was held to three points and Calvary - who led the Bulldogs with 19 points in a victory over Washington State on Monday night - was scoreless in the opening 20 minutes.
Boise State jumped out to an early 13-8 lead, with Justin Lyons scoring his team's first five points.
Lyons picked up his third foul with 7:38 remaining and sat out the rest of
Dench finished 5-for-6 from the field for Gonzaga, which also got 15 points and seven assists from Matt Santangelo. Frahm finished with 13 points - nine of them from 3-point range - and Calvary had eight.
Kejuan Woods led Boise State with 14 points, and Clint Hordemann had 13 on 5-for-7 shooting.
Abe Jackson, who entered the game as the Broncos' leading scorer with a 17.7 average, was held to seven points on 3-for-10 shooting.
Boise State committed 21 turnovers to Gonzaga's 12, but outrebounded Gonzaga 31-27.
Gonzaga faces its biggest challenge of the season so far when it takes on No. 1 Cincinnati on Saturday at the Rock 'n' Roll Classic in Cleveland.
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