Bullogs Put Bite On Washington State
Dec. 15, 2001
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University put its No. 25 AP ranking on the line in the first meeting in The Kennel with Washington State University since the 1970s, and the Bulldogs took a 67-44 win over their nearby rival Saturday night in front of a standing room only crowd of 4,067.
The win was the sixth straight for the Bulldogs (9-2) and the third straight over the Cougars (4-4).
Senior point guard Dan Dickau, playing his first game against WSU since he was a freshman at the University of Washington prior to his junior-year transfer to the Bulldogs, scored a game-high 23 points, including a 10-for-12 night from the free throw line as he penetrated the lane often. Dickau, coming of a Gonzaga career-low 8 points last Tuesday in Seattle against his former team, scored 18 of his points in the first half as Gonzaga pulled away from a tight game for a 40-25 lead at the intermission.
With the Bulldogs clinging to a 22-21 lead with 7:07 to go in the opening half, Dickau started a 16-2 run with a pair of free throws. The only Cougar points in that span of 6:21 were two free throws - one by Jerry McNair at the 3:43 mark and another by Marcus Moore with 2:27 to go in the half. Dickau went 6-for-6 from the line in that stretch and also drilled a trey. Ronny Turiaf had five points in the outburst, including a dunk.
The Cougars, who dropped their second straight on the road since putting together a three-game winning streak, saw Milton Riley return to action for the first time since missing the last three games with a sprained ankle. He came off the bench to play 31 minutes and post the first double-double by a Cougar this season with his 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Gonzaga, out-rebounded for just the second time this season as WSU held a 39-36 edge, staved off one last second-half run by WSU that cut the margin to 44-37 with 12:59 remaining. A pair of Alex Hernandez free throws put Gonzaga ahead 44-33 with 13:51 to go. But back-to-back jumpers by Riley and J Locklier cut the Gonzaga lead to 44-37 with 12:59 remaining.
Head coach Mark Few called a timeout to allow his troups a chance to re-group, and Turiaf came out of the timeout with a jumper and Dickau followed with another with 9:46 to play to end a 2:46 dryless spell by both teams and a 48-37 lead. Locklier cut the margin under 10 points with a jumper for a 48-39 GU advantage.
But a 3-point play by Cory Violette, who saw his streak of three straight double-double games come to an end with a still respectable 13 points and 8 rebounds, pushed the lead to 51-39 and started the Zags on a 12-2 run that upped the lead to an insurmountable 60-41 with less than five minutes remaining. The biggest lead of the night was the final 23-point margin.
Gonzaga, which held WSU to a chilly 24.1 percent field goal percentage in the second half and 29.4 percent for the night, held both in-state Pacific-10 Conference teams to less than 50 points in a span of five days. Gonzaga topped Washington 67-47 on Tuesday. It's the first time in Gonzaga's NCAA Division I history the Bulldogs have held opponents to less than 50 points in back-to-back games.
The Bulldogs, who shot 54.2 percent from the field in the first half, misfired often in the second half and shot 29.6 percent. Neither team had a strong night from 3-point range, the Bulldogs 3-for-17 for 17.6 percent including 0-for-8 in the second half, WSU 2-for-15 for 13.3 percent, including 0-for-10 in the second half.
Gonzaga will break for final exams next week prior to hosting Eastern Oregon University Friday at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs will then get a few days off for Christmas prior to heading for the East Coast and a Dec. 29 matchup at Monmouth University and a New Year's Eve engagement with St. Joseph's University.
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