Calvary Takes Control In Second Half Of GU Win
Dec. 6, 2000
MISSOULA, Mont. - Casey Calvary scored 20 of his game-high 28 points in the second half as Gonzaga University defeated the University of Montana for the fourth straight time 77-69 at the Adams Center Wednesday night.
Calvary made a single-game career high four 3-pointers in the game, but it might have been the Bulldogs' 11th and final trey of the night - and the only one by Anthony Reason - that may have taken the last flickering hope for victory away from the Grizzlies.
With the shot clock clicking down, Reason buried a 3-pointer from the right top of the key as the shot clock buzzer sounded, giving the Bulldogs (5-1) a 70-63 lead with 1:01 remaining. Jared Buckmaster, who finished with 11 points, retaliated with a three from the top of the key to pull the Grizzlies (3-3) back within 70-66 just 44 ticks from the end.
But the Bulldogs, who made 14-of-18 free throws for the game, put the game away by hitting 7-of-8 throws in the final 38 seconds, including 4-for-4 from Kyle Bankhead and 3-of-4 by Reason. Bankhead finished with a career-high 13 points.
Calvary, who fell one shy of his career-high 29 against the University of Washington last Saturday, was the difference in the second half.
After Dan Trammel regained the lead for the Grizzlies early in the second half with a hook from close range and a slam dunk, Calvary's spinning layin and a jumper from the right block gave the Bulldogs a 38-35 lead.
The game would be tied at 40-40 with 14:12 to go before the Bulldogs went on a 10-2 run over the next 2:15. Bankhead started the spurt with a 3-pointer from the left top of the key, Cory Violette buried a 3-pointer from the top of the key and Calvary put the exclamation point on the run with back-to-back slam dunks, the last a on a breakaway following a Grizzly turnover at mid-court.
With Trammel getting back-to-back jumper from the left baseline the Grizzlies made one more run at the Bulldogs, going on a 9-2 - interrupted by yet another Calvary slam on a lob pass from Reason - to regain the lead 56-54 with 7:26 to play.
Calvary again brought the Bulldogs back, hitting a 3-pointer from the right top of the key for a 57-56 lead, then getting another slam on a feed from Zach Gourde for a 59-56 advantage at the 6:05 mark.
Shane Christensen knotted the game with a deep three from the top of the key, Gourde's free throws gave Gonzaga a 61-59 and Montana forged ahead for the final time on a pair of Buckmaster free throws and a Trammel hook with 3:52 left.
Another Calvary trey, his final slam of the night and a Reason free throw pushed the Gonzaga lead to 67-63 and set up Reason's back-breaking 3-pointer just 61 seconds from the end.
The Bulldogs went to the lockerroom with a 32-31 halftime lead in a half that featured little excitement. The teams were whistled for 17 fouls, preventing either team from getting into the flow of the game or establishing much in the way of momentum.
Both teams used the long ball in the first half, Gonzaga connecting for six 3-pointers, the Grizzlies five. Redshirt freshman walkon Kyle Bankhead and Calvary each had a pair of treys for the Bulldogs, while Buckmaster, Montana's leading scorer entering the contest at 17.2 ppg, hit two.
The opening 20 minutes featured 12 lead changes and five ties, and neither team held more than a 3-point lead after the Grizzlies opened the game with a pair of Dan Trammel baskets for an early 4-0 advantage just 1:33 into the game.
Gonzaga, which had shot less than 50 percent from the field in the first half only once previously this season, hit 11-of-27 for 40.7. The Bulldogs shot 48.3 percent in the first half a week ago at the University of Arizona.
Montana was as chilly as the temperature in Missoula, connecting on 13-of-36 first-half attempts for 36.1 percent.
Both teams warmed up in the second half, the Bulldogs going 15-for-27 for 55.6 percent, the Griz 15-of-25 for 60.0 percent. The difference was at long range and the free throw line for the Bulldogs, who went 11-for-20 from 3-point land and 14-of-18 from the charity stripe. Montana was 8-for-20 from three and 5-of-7 from the line.
Gonzaga returns to action Saturday at Boise State University. Game time is 6:30 p.m. PST. The game can be heard on this Internet site, or on KXLY 920 AM in Spokane. There will be no television of Saturday's game.
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