Men's Basketball Snaps 3-Game Losing Streak
Dec. 30, 2000
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few juggled his starting lineup, and Zach Gourde responded with a game-high 21 points as the Bulldogs snapped three-game losing streak with a 95-69 victory over Monmouth University Saturday.
The Bulldogs, who had not played a home game since Dec. 2, treated a sellout crowd of 4,000 in The Kennel to a 45-24 halftime lead to all but seal the victory.
Few inserted Gourde and Germayne Forbes into the starting lineup to go with regulars Casey Calvary, Mark Spink and point guard Blake Stepp. Gourde responded with 21 points, one shy of his career-high, as he went 5-of-6 from the field in the second half after scoring 11 first-half points. He also grabbed 6 rebounds.
Forbes also turned in a solid performance in his first career start, scoring 6 points, collecting an assist and having just one turnover in 19 minutes.
Kyle Bankhead, replaced by Forbes in the starting lineup, came off the bench for a career-high 15 points, all in the second half. He went 5-for-8 from 3-point range after an 0-for-2 first half.
Calvary was his usual steady self, scoring 10 of his 18 points in the first 20 minutes. He played nine minutes in the second half as Few went to his bench freely. Calvary also grabbed 7 rebounds.
Anthony Reason also made big contributions off the bench, scoring 9 points and grabbing a season and game-high 11 rebounds. He went 4-for-8 from the field for his best showing of the season. His 9 points matched his season-high at the University of Montana.
The Bulldogs didn't warm up from the field until the second half. Gonzaga went 15-of-34 from the field for 44.1 percent in the first half, but just 4-of-14 from 3-point range. In the second half the Bulldogs hit 18-of-36 shots for 50.0 percent, and 7-of-14 from long range.
Monmouth, an 81-70 loser at UNLV on Thursday, hit just 26.9 percent from the field in the opening half on 7-of-26. The Hawks finished 25-of-62 for 40.3 percent, but connected on just 8-of-24 from 3-point range, many of those in an effort to get back into the game.
Gonzaga also won the battle of the boards, pulling down a season-high 53 rebounds while Monmouth grabbed just 28.
The Bulldogs played their fifth straight game without the services of point guard Dan Dickau, who suffered a broken left index finger at the University of Arizona on Nov. 29. Dickau will be examined again next week and his status re-evaluated.
Gonzaga, which had not played a game since a 72-61 loss at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay on Dec. 20, won't waste any time getting back into action. The Bulldogs host the University of New Mexico at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Spokane Arena, a game televised on FOX Sports Net Northwest. The game is the second half of a double-header, the Zag women opening the Arena twinbill at 4:30 p.m. against Colgate University.
Tickets for Tuesday's doubleheader, and Gonzaga's men's game next Saturday against Prairie View A&M in the Arena are on sale through all G&B Select-A-Seat outlets by calling toll free 1-800-325-SEAT, online at www.ticketswest.com and at the Arena ticket office.
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