Men's Basketball Buffaloed In Hawai'i 81-77 For Fourth Place
Dec. 30, 1999
HONOLULU, Hawaii - Richie Frahm scored a game high 32 points for Gonzaga University, but it was not enough to overcome a big inside game from Colorado as the Buffaloes overpowered the Bulldogs for an 81-77 victory Thursday night in the third place game of the Rainbow Classic at the Sheriff Center.
In a game highlighted by runs by both squads, it was a 9-1 Colorado spurt during the final seven minutes that put the cap on Gonzaga?s second consecutive loss and third in their last four outings. Tied at 64-64 with 7:14 remaining, the Buffaloes took advantage of a depleted Gonzaga post game and went to the free-throw stripe on six consecutive possessions. On the opposite end of the floor, the Zags shooters who had been lighting up the nets all afternoon went cold, missing nine consecutive shots at one point.
Colorado opened with the first run of the game a 8-0 run midway through the first period. Freshman center Richard Fox was able to capitalize on Gonzaga?s big men scoring 9 of Colorado?s first 10 points. The area would be a concern all night for the Bulldogs as center Axel Dench left the game at the 10:35 mark of the opening period with a strained calf. He would not return for the Zags.
The Bulldogs put an end to the first CU run with a Frahm run. Frahm connected on his fourth and fifth 3-point baskets of the opening half, followed by two lay-ins on Bulldog fast breaks. Both breaks were assisted by Matt Santangelo, who finished with a game-high 10 assists to also match his career high. Frahm added a bucket with 2:28 remaining to give him 21 first half points and guide the Zags to a 43-35 halftime advantage.
Gonzaga opened the second half of play determined to pull away and place third
at the Rainbow Classic. Zach Gourde poured in two of his nine points to put
Gonzaga up 50-41 with just under 17 minutes remaining in the game. Colorado
then put together several short runs throughout the half leading up to the final
9-1 clincher. The Buffaloes continued to pound the ball in low in the second
half as Richard Fox scored 15 points and forward Will Smith knocked down a
Colorado high, 17 points.
Trailing 73-65 with just over a minute remaining, Gonzaga closed to within two points as Casey Calvary dunked home two of his 19 points. However, the Zags were forced to foul and Colorado took advantage of an experimental rule in the Rainbow Classic that allows them to take the ball out instead of shoot free-throws. This exchange burned up most of the final minute as Gonzaga traded fouls for easy buckets Colorado was allowing. Matt Santangelo hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to cap his 11-point night and bring the final margin of defeat to 4.
Gonzaga drops to 8-5 on the season and will travel back to Spokane on New Year?s Day. Their next game will be on Tuesday at the University of Idaho. Colorado improves to 8-3 on the season.
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