Men's Basketball Back On Mainland To Play Idaho, UTPA

Jan. 4, 2000

Men's Basketball Game Facts

Game No. 14 - Gonzaga at Idaho
Tuesday, Jan. 4 - 7 p.m. PST
Kibbie Dome - Moscow, ID
Radio: KXLY 920 AM 25 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: None

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (8-5, 0-0 in West Coast Conference) G - 13 Matt Santangelo, 6-1, 176, Sr., Portland, OR
(11.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 6.9 assists, 0.8 steals)
G - 25 Mike Nilson, 6-5, 216, Sr., Seattle, WA
(3.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 0.9 assists, 1.7 steals)
C - 30 Axel Dench, 6-11, 245, Sr., Melbourne, Australia
(6.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.5 steals)
F - 24 Richie Frahm, 6-5, 210, Sr., Battle Ground, WA
(16.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.1 assists,. 0.8 steals)
F - 31 Casey Calvary, 6-8, 235, Jr., Tacoma, WA
(12.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.6 blocks)
HEAD COACH: Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)

UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO VANDALS (5-5, 0-0 in Big West Conference)
G - 23 Gordon Scott, 6-5, 205, Sr., Pasadena, CA
(19.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.7 assists, 1.6 steals)
G - 5 Adam Miller, 6-0, 190, Jr., Moscow, ID
(2.2 ppg, 0.5 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.3 steals)
C - 34 Kaniel Dickens, 6-8, 235, Jr., Denver, CO
(11.9 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.0 assists, 1.1 steals)
F - 4 Clifford Gray, 6-6, 220, Sr., Kannapolis, NC
(9.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.9 assists, 0.6 steals, 1.0 blocks)
F - 22 Devon Ford, 6-4, 200, Sr., Denver, CO
(13.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.3 steals)
HEAD COACH: David Farrar (Anderson College, 1969)
IDAHO RECORD: 20-17 (2nd year) CAREER RECORD: 81-90 (8th year)

Game No. 15 - Gonzaga vs. Texas-Pan American
Saturday, Jan. 8 - 7 p.m. PST
The Kennel - Spokane, WA
Radio: KXLI 630 AM 25 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: None

G - 5 Kwasinda Curtis, 6-1, Jr., Denver, CO
(7.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.1 assists, 1.7 steals)
G - 23 Brian Merriweather, 6-3, Jr., Evansville, IN
(22.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.5 assists, 1.3 steals)
C - 12 Gary Booker, 6-8, Jr., Yonkers, NY
(4.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 0.4 steals, 1.0 blocks)
F - 11 John Braxton, 6-4, Jr., Seabrook, TX
(5.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.5 assists, 2.2 steals)
F - 21 Kyle Sanders, 6-5, So., Philadelphia, PA
(11.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 0.7 assists, 1.2 steals)
HEAD COACH: Bob Hoffman (Oklahoma Baptist, 1979)
UTPA RECORD: 4-6 (1st year) CAREER RECORD: 246-85 (10th year)

BULLDOGS GO 1-2 IN ISLANDS: Gonzaga University will be hoping the welcome to the new century will be better than the exit the Bulldogs received from the previous century after dropping 2-of-3 games at the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic in Honolulu, HI, last week. After opening with an impressive 83-55 victory over Ohio University, the Bulldogs struggled in losses to the University of Oregon (70-64) and the University of Colorado (81-77), the latter in the battle for third and fourth place. In both setbacks the Bulldogs held late leads. With a total of one week between games, Gonzaga came out hot against Ohio, shooting 61.5 percent from the field in the first half, 52.8 percent for the game and shot a season-high 82.6 percent from the free throw line while connecting on 19-of-23. Against Oregon, the Bulldogs jumped out to big early leads of 11-2 and 25-15 only to see the Ducks even the halftime score at 34. Gonzaga still led 47-46 with 9:20 to play, but a 13-2 run had the Ducks ahead 59-50 with 5:38 remaining. Gonzaga cut the deficit to 2 on four occasions - including 59-57 by countering Oregon's run with a 7-0 spurt - but each time the Ducks held off the charge. Gonzaga was just 12-of-17 from the free throw line, including 9-for-19 in the second half. In the third-place game against the Buffaloes, Gonzaga again came out scorching the nets in the first half, Richie Frahm connecting for 21 first-half points which included five 3-pointers. Gonzaga held a 43-45 halftime lead. But Colorado countered by shooting 72.7 percent from the field in the second half (16-for-22) while the Bulldogs cooled off to 32.4 percent to finish the game at 41.2 percent. Free throw woes again cropped up as the Bulldogs made just 9-of-15 for the game while Colorado converted 20-of-29. Frahm finished with a season-high 32 points and the Bulldogs had a season-high 12 treys.

FRAHM ALL-TOURNAMENT: Senior Richie Frahm was Gonzaga University's lone selection to the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic all-tournament team. He averaged 20.0 ppg while going 22-for-44 from the field for 50.0 percent, including 11-for-25 from 3-point range for 44.0 percent. He scored a season-high 32 points against the University of Colorado, 5 shy of his career high of 37 set last season at the University of Memphis in the first round of the Chase NIT. Joining Frahm on the all-tournament team were MVP Pedrag Savovic and Troy Ostler of champion University of Hawaii, Robert O'Kelley (Wake Forest University), Richard Fox (University of Colorado) and A.D. Smith (University of Oregon). Hawaii downed Oregon 66-63 in the title game of the 36th annual event, Villanova University finished fifth with a 70-57 victory over Wake Forest, and Ohio University claimed 7th with a 63-52 win over Bradley University. It was Gonzaga's first appearance in the Rainbow Classic, and the first time the Bulldogs had played in an 8-team regular-season tournament since taking fourth in the 1983 Far West Classic in Portland, OR, when John Stockton was named the MVP.

SANTANGELO HITS ASSISTS PLATEAU: Senior guard Matt Santangelo has become the second player in Gonzaga University history to reach 500 career assists, entering Tuesday's game at the University of Idaho with 532 in his quest to usurp John Stockton as Gonzaga University's all-time assists king. Santangelo is 23 shy of surpassing Stockton's school mark of 554. He should hit the record early in the West Coast Conference season. The native of Portland, OR, had 184 assists last season to tie Stockton for second on the single-season GU list. Stockton is the single-season leader with 201 his senior campaign of 1983-84.

SANTANGELO POINTS ASSAULT: Matt Santangelo now has 1,501 career points to rank 6th on the Gonzaga University all-time scoring charts. He needs 7 points to move past Rich Evans and into 5th. Evans scored 1,507 points from 1947-50. He needs 297 points this season to move into third place on the all-time single-season list behind Frank Burgess (2,196 from 1959-61) and Jim McPhee (2,105 from 1986-90).

FRAHM 11th IN CAREER POINTS: Senior guard Richie Frahm continued his climb up the all-time Gonzaga University points chart with his season-high 32 points against the University of Colorado. He has 1,237 points for 11th, and needs 103 points to move past John Stockton and into 10th. Stockton scored 1,340 points from 1981-84. Frahm, who scored 504 points last season, needs 520 points this season to pass Jerry Vermillion for fourth place. Vermillion scored 1,547 points from 1952-55.

FRAHM DOUBLES UP: Richie Frahm's 10 point/10 rebound afternoon at UCLA was the first double-double in his Gonzaga University career. His previous best rebounding night was 8 on five occasions.

INJURY REPORT: Three minor, although at times nagging, injuries have hit Gonzaga University in the past week. Ryan Floyd has been slowed with a mild hamstring strain, Axel Dench played just seven minutes against the University of Colorado after aggravating a calf muscle and Zach Gourde suffered a broken nose in Sunday's practice. The status of Dench and Floyd won't be known until just prior to Tuesday's game at the University of Idaho. Gourde is expected to play while wearing a protective face mask.

GOURDE ON A TEAR: Redshirt freshman Zach Gourde has been an offensive sparkplug for Gonzaga University over the last five games. After scoring just 14 points in the six games following a 22-point night against Eastern Washington University, the Vancouver, WA, native had a streak of four straight double-digit scoring nights snapped when he scored 9 against the University of Colorado. He scored 10 points against the University of Montana, 12 against the University of California in the Pete Newell Challenge in Oakland, CA, and 12 in the first two rounds of the Rainbow Classic against Ohio University and the University of Oregon, respectively. He's averaging 10.8 ppg over his last five outings to improve his season average to 7.3 ppg.

STATE CHAMPIONS: With wins over Eastern Washington University, Washington State University and the University of Washington, state bragging rights belong to Gonzaga University for the second straight season as the Bulldogs again swept the state's other NCAA Division I teams.

CALVARY SWATS 'EM AWAY: Casey Calvary matched his career high with 5 blocks in Gonzaga University's win earlier this season over Eastern Washington University. He had 5 blocks last season against St. Martin's College. He has blocked at least one shot in 61 of his last 68 games and in 69 of his 81 career games overall. He has blocked at least one shot in 9-of-13 games this season. He had at least one block in 20 of the last 21 games his freshman season, then started last season with blocks in 29 straight games. He blocked a shot in 32 of his 34 appearances a year ago. He led the West Coast Conference in blocked shots with 46 as a freshman and again last year with 57. He has 122 blocks in his Gonzaga University career.

CALVARY COMES BACK STRONG: After playing just 7 minutes against the University of California in the Pete Newell Challenge while battling the flu bug, junior Casey Calvary came back strong in the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic in Honolulu, HI. He went 15-for-28 from the field for 53.6 percent, grabbed 13 rebounds and matched his season and career high with 19 points against the University of Colorado.

SPINK BLANKED FOR FIRST TIME: Reserve Mark Spink was blanked from the field for the first time in 13 games this season when he went 0-for-3 against the University of Colorado last Thursday. Spink is shooting a team-leading 60.8 percent from the field (31-for-51), with a season-high 4 field goals against the University of Cincinnati (4-5) and the University of Montana (4-8).

DENCH HITS THE BOARDS: Until he was limited to 7 minutes against the University of Colorado last Thursday after suffering a calf injury, center Axel Dench had grabbed 24 rebounds in the previous three games. He matched his season high with 7 against the University of California, broke it with 8 against Ohio University then broke it again with 9 against the University of Oregon, the latter two outings in Hawaii.

SAGARIN RANKINGS: Through Sunday's games, Gonzaga University was ranked 31st in the Jeff Sagarin NCAA Basketball Rankings. The Bulldogs have an 84.70 rating and are sandwiched between the University of Utah (30th at 84.82) and DePaul University (32nd at 84.42). The Bulldogs finished 18th last year with an 87.01 rating. Gonzaga's schedule is ranked 19th with a 79.10 rating. The University of Cincinnati, a 75-68 winner over Gonzaga this season, sits atop the Sagarin ratings with a 96.43. Howard University has the toughest schedule with an 84.81 rating. On a conference note, the West Coast Conference is the 13th best with a 75.49 rating. The Big Ten Conference ranks No. 1 with an 82.87.

THE POLLS: Gonzaga University slipped in both polls this week. The Bulldogs received 26 points in the Associated Press Top 25 balloting, good for 32nd of the poll was extended. fell In the ESPN/USA TODAY Top 25 the Bulldogs garnered 4 points to rank tied for 45th is the poll was extended. Stanford University heads both polls for the third straight week.

Pre-Season	        24 (227 pts.)		        26 (89 pts.)
11/15/99    	        25 (190)			No Poll
11/24/99		25 (197) 		        25 (71)
11/29/99		25 (176)                        26 (64)
12/5/99		        24 (194)		        27 (47)
12/13/99  	        22 (293)	      	        26 (105)
12/19/99                22 (339)	                25 (95)
12/27/99		27 (113) 		        28 (47)	
1/3/00                  32 (26)			         4 (45)

BULLDOGS IN THE KENNEL: The Kennel - home of Gonzaga University's Bulldogs - has gained the reputation as one of the toughest courts in the country. In the last nine seasons the Bulldogs are 96-8 at home for a nifty 92.3 winning percentage, including 3-0 at this season. Gonzaga has won 14 straight home games since a 65-64 setback to Pepperdine University in 1998. The Bulldogs completed a 10-0 season in The Kennel in 1999, winning by an average of 31.9 ppg. The Bulldogs also posted undefeated home campaigns in 1993 (13-0) and 1994 (14-0), and suffered just one home setback in 1996 and 1998. Gonzaga was 10-1 at home in 1998. The Bulldogs put together a 34-game home-court-winning streak from 1992-95, which at the time was the second-longest active streak in the country.

1992	12-2			1996	12-1
1993	13-0			1997	10-2
1994	14-0			1998	10-1
1995	12-2			1999	10-0
                 	        2000	 3-0
9-Year Kennel Total = 96-8 (92.3%)

FRAHM HEATING UP: Senior Richie Frahm has begun to show the form which saw him shoot better than 40.0 percent overall and from 3-point range a year ago. In the past six games the Battle Ground, WA, native has connected on 42-of-84 field goals for 50.l0 percent, and 24-for-50 from long range for 48.0 percent. Frahm's increased efficiency with his jumper is also reflected from his decreased trips to the line. Through the first five games Frahm was 24-for-30 from the free throw line as he was playing closer to the basket and driving the lane more while struggling with his jump shot. But since he's found the range, he's just 11-for-15 from the line over the last eight games.

MATERNITY WATCH: The clock is counting down as Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few and wife Marcy await the birth of their first child. The young Few - they don't know the gender - is due to arrive Jan. 20, the same day the Bulldogs are on the road at Saint Mary's College.



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