Calvary's Career-High 29 Gives Zags Battle of Dogs
Dec. 2, 2000
SPOKANE, Wash. - Casey Calvary scored 21 second-half points on his way to a career-high 29 points Saturday as Gonzaga University downed the University of Washington 86-74 in front of a sellout crowd of 4,000 in The Kennel on the Gonzaga campus.
The Battle of the Dogs saw Gonzaga (4-1) win for the third straight year while the Huskies (3-2) had a modest three-game winning streak snapped.
Calvary, who went just 3-for-9 from the field for 8 first-half points, came out in the second 20 minutes and fueled a Gonzaga offense that shot 56.5 percent from the field. Cavlary, a senior from the Huskies' back yard of Tacoma, went 8-for-12 in the second half and he dominated the paint as evidenced by his four second-half slam dunks.
The Huskies, who arrived from Wichita, Kan., on Friday after a Thursday victory over Wichita State University, came out of the blocks quickly. After a 14-14 deadlock 4:05 into the game, the Huskies got a 3-pointer from the corner from Bryan Brown, Michael Johnson's second 3-pointer and a Will Perkins hook shot for an 8-0 run and a 22-14 lead at the 12:48 mark.
But the Bulldogs strung together an 8-0 run on a Zach Gourde jumper, back-to-back Gourde hooks and an Anthony Reason layin at 10:25. Neither team led by more than six points the rest of the half, Gonzaga going on an 11-4 run for a 38-32 lead with 3:02 to go in the half. Kyle Bankhead, who saw 25 minutes of action at guard in place of the injured Dan Dickau,drilled a 3-pointer from the right corner to seal the run.
But the Huskies came back to capture a 41-40 lead at the half. Greg Clark, who scored 8 of his 11 points in the first half, had a layup and a 3-pointer to spark the Huskies to the halftime advantage.
Gonzaga came out in the second half and took control early, grabbing a 51-41 lead less than 5:00 into the half with an 11-0 run. A pair of Calvary free throws just :41 into the half gave Gonzaga the lead it would never relinquish. A Calvary hook, a Calvary 3-pointer from the top of the key and a Blake Stepp steal and driving layin gave Gonzaga a 49-41 lead with 17:49 to go.
The next basket didn't come for 2:00, Calvary scoring on a layin for the 51-41 lead. Perkins responded with a layin to cut the UW deficit to 8 points, but Calvary hit two more free throws for a 54-43 Gonzaga advantage and the lead never got under double digits the rest of the way.
The Bulldogs were playing their first game without UW transfer Dan Dickau who suffered a broken left index finger Wednesday at the University of Arizona. He'll be sidelined for approximately four weeks.
But Gonzaga showed few ill effects of not having Dickau in the lineup at Stepp responded with 17 points, 10 assists and just two turnovers while playing all but two minutes of the first half.
Gourde also turned in one of his stronger efforts of the season as he continues to shake off September knee surgery that hampered his practice and conditioning in the early season. He scored 12 points on a 6-of-7 night from the field while playing 17 minutes.
The Huskies, after shooting 45.9 percent in the first half and hitting 5-of-11 treys, hit just 12-of-36 second-half shots for 33.3 percent, including 1-of-9 from long range. Johnson and Perkins each finished with 18 points to lead the visitors.
Gonzaga goes on the road for its next four outings beginning with a Wednesday game at the University of Montana. Gonzaga will be at Boise State University on Saturday. The Bulldogs don't return home until Dec. 30 against Monmouth University.
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