Gonzaga Men's Basketball Falls To Boise State 94-69
Dec. 9, 2000
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State University handed the Gonzaga University's men's basketball team its worst defeat since 1991 Saturday as the Broncos thwarted the Bulldogs 94-69 in front of a 8,879 fans at the BSU Pavilion.
The Bulldogs (5-2) haven't been beaten more soundly since an 84-56 loss at Pepperdine University on Feb. 15, 1991. The Bulldogs have suffered a pair of 24-point losses since that 28-point loss to the Waves, 87-63 to the University of Maryland in the first round of the 1995 NCAA Tournament in Salt Lake City, UT, and 71-47 at Southern Utah University to open the 1996-97 season.
The Bulldogs, who are now just 4-12 in Boise, fell behind 44-33 at halftime and never put together a second-half rally to threaten the Broncos. BSU went on a 15-5 run to open the second half in pushing the lead to 21 points, then cruised the remainder of the night. The biggest lead for the Broncos was 35 points when Clint Hordemann's jumper with 10:15 to play gave BSU (5-2) a 79-44 advantage. BSU won its fifth straight since a pair of season-opening losses.
Gonzaga was out of sync at both ends of the court, shooting a season-low 42.3 percent from the field on 22-of-52, while the Broncos were blitzing the nets for 55.0 percent on 33-of-60. No opponent had shot better than 50.0 percent from the field against the Bulldogs in their first six outings. With Abe Jackson connecting on 9-of-14 3-pointers, the Broncos hit 11-of-22 from long range as a team to become just the second team in two seasons to hit double-digits from long range against Gonzaga. Jackson finished with a game-high 29 points, finishing 10-of-18 from the field.
Casey Calvary led Gonzaga with 19 points on an 8-for-13 night from the field, and except for the career-high 13 points of Jimmy Tricco off the bench, got little offensive support. Gonzaga's other four starters went a combined 6-for-21 from the field. Tricco had just 3 points on the season entering Saturday's game.
Calvary was the Bulldogs' offense for the final 7:39 of the first half and the first 2:24 of the second half - a span of 10:03. He scored the final 11 points of the first half for the Bulldogs on three free throws and three slam dunks, then got the first GU points of the second half on a layin just :47 into the half. Reason ended the string when he made a pair of free throws with 17:36 to go in the contest.
Gonzaga held the lead just three times, the last at 16-15 with 13:00 to go in the first half when Cory Violette, who attended Boise's Bishop Kelly High, converted a BSU turnover into a layin. The only tie of the game was at 6-6.
Head coach Mark Few juggled the Bulldogs' starting lineup for this game after a sluggish first half from his troops in Wednesday's win at the University of Montana. Kyle Bankhead, who scored a career-high 13 points and went 3-for-3 from 3-point range against the Grizzlies, got the nod in place of Tricco, and Anthony Reason, who hit a big 3-point shot late in the game against Montana, was inserted into the starting five in place of Alex Hernandez.
Jackson, who set a BSU record with his 9 treys, was one of five Broncos in double figures. Kejuan Woods, who returned to the starting lineup after a 3-game absence, hit 9-of-13 shots on his way to a career-high 22 points, center Trever Tillman scored 11 first-half points and finished with 13, and Delvin Armstrong and reserve Richard Morgan, the latter out of the starting lineup because of the flu, each scored 10.
The Bulldogs, who had just 23 turnovers in the last two games combined, were guilty of 19 turnovers Saturday that led to 23 BSU points.
Gonzaga will now turn its attention to final exams beginning Monday, as well as begin preparations for next Saturday's game against the University of Florida in the Orange Bowl Basketball Classic at the National Car Rental Center in Sunrise, FL. The Gators, who lost in the NCAA Tournament title game to Michigan State University last season, are ranked in the top 10 in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA TODAY polls. The game is a re-match of the 1999 NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen game won by the Bulldogs 73-72 on Calvary's tip-in with :04 to play.
Saturday's game against Florida will be televised in Spokane on KAYU-TV (Channel 3 on the AT&T Broadband cable system, UHF Channel 28), as well as on the Sunshine Network in Florida.
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