Dickau's Late Trey Gives Bulldogs Win
Dec 31, 2001
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The ball was right where Gonzaga wanted it in the final seconds of its game against Saint Joseph's on Monday night - in the hands of senior point guard Dan Dickau.
Dickau's 3-pointer with 3.6 seconds remaining lifted No. 22 Gonzaga to its ninth straight win, 83-80. He scored Gonzaga's last nine points, including a 21-footer from the right wing over Saint Joseph's Na'im Crenshaw to win it.
"In my mind, that's going to be my shot and if you ask the other guys they'd probably say the same thing," said Dickau, who shot 9-for-18 from the field, including 5-for-8 from 3-point range, and scored 25 points. "I knew I wanted to take that shot and I thought I'd make it."
Crenshaw's desperation jumper from 30 feet at the buzzer banged off the rim as Saint Joseph's (6-4) lost its third straight. The Hawks were ranked 10th in the preseason polls and was 15th two weeks ago before losing to Georgia State and North Carolina.
"That was one of the best games I've been involved in in a long time," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. "There was a very high level of play and there were two good teams slugging it out."
Bill Phillips had a career-high 26 points, Jameer Nelson had 13, Crenshaw scored 12 and Damian Reid added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks, who outrebounded the Bulldogs 35-31, just the third time this season that Gonzaga lost the rebounding margin.
"It was the game we thought it was going to be," said Nelson, the sophomore guard who lost at home for the first time in his career as Saint Joseph's snapped a 14-game win streak at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. "I knew (Dickau) was going to shoot and it was right on."
Marvin O'Connor, Saint Joseph's top scorer averaging 19.8 points per game, seemed hampered by his sprained left toe and scored just eight points and was 2-of-13 from the field.
"(Marvin) has missed a lot of practice time and that has hurt his conditioning," Hawks coach Phil Martelli said.
Saint Joseph's took a 75-74 lead with 4:02 left when Nelson made 1-of-2 from the foul line. Dickau then scored four straight points, including a driving layup, to give the Bulldogs a 78-75 advantage with 2:53 remaining. A 3-pointer by Phillips with 2:24 left tied it.
After two free throws by Phillips gave the Hawks a two-point advantage with 1:27 left, Dickau made a leaning 8-footer to tie it at 80 with 1:13 remaining.
"When (Dickau) starts feeling it, the basket looks huge to him," Few said. "(Down the stretch) he really started to feel it."
Trailing 72-69 with 5:50 left in the second half, the Hawks shot 5-of-6 from the foul line to pull ahead 74-72. A steal by Nelson led to a fast break and two free throws by O'Connor that capped the run.
The first half was played at a blistering pace, with the Hawks leading 42-40 at the break.
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