Men's Basketball Tips Off WCC Action At Home

Jan. 12, 2000

Men's Basketball Game Facts

Game No. 16 - Gonzaga vs. San Francisco
Thursday, Jan. 13 - 7 p.m. PST
The Kennel - Spokane, WA
Radio: KXLI 630 AM 25 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: None

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (10-5, 0-0 in West Coast Conference)
G - 13 Matt Santangelo, 6-1, 176, Sr., Portland, OR
(11.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 7.1 assists, 0.8 steals)
G - 25 Mike Nilson, 6-5, 216, Sr., Seattle, WA
(3.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.0 assists, 1.8 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
(17.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.9 assists, 0.8 steals)
F - 31 Casey Calvary, 6-8, 235, Jr., Tacoma, WA
(12.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 0.9 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.6 blocks)
HEAD COACH: Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)

UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO DONS (12-1, 0-0 in West Coast Conference G - 11 LyRyan Russell, 6-0, 160, Jr., San Francisco, CA
(4.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 4.9 assists, 1.9 steals)
G - 32 Ali Thomas, 6-2, 175, Jr., San Francisco, CA
(10.1 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 3.1 assists, 0.8 steals)
C - 54 Kenyon Jones, 6-10, 270, Se., Savannah, GA
(17.1 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 0.8 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.4 blocks)
F - 30 James Lee, 6-6, 200, Jr., Los Angeles, CA
(11.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.1 assists, 1.2 steals)
F - 50 Russell Hinder, 6-10, 225, So., Sydney, Australia
(4.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.5 assists, 1.1 steals)
HEAD COACH: Philip Mathews (Cal-Irvine 1972)
USF RECORD: 74-53 (5th year) CAREER RECORD: Same

Game No. 17 - Gonzaga vs. Santa Clara
Saturday, Jan. 15 - 7 p.m. PST
The Kennel - Spokane, WA
Radio: KXLI 630 AM 25 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: FOX Sports Net (Channel 34 AT&T Cable in Spokane)

SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY BRONCOS (9-6, 0-0 in West Coast Conference
G - 12 Brian Jones, 6-3, 195, Jr., Carson, CA
(13.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.3 assists, 1.9 steals)
G - 20 Nathan Fast, 6-4, 187, Sr., Fresno, CA
(14.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.5 assists, 1.1 steals)
C - 51 Jamie Holmes, 6-8, 240, Jr., Merced, CA
(7.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 0.9 assists, 0.4 steals)
F - 22 Todd Wuschnig, 6-7, 210, Sr., San Jose, CA
(8.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.6 assists, 1.0 steals)
F - 24 Darrell Teat, 6-3, 205, Sr., Fairfield, CA
(8.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.2 assists, 1.3 steals)
HEAD COACH: Dick Davey (Pacific, 1964)
SCU RECORD: 130-84 (8th year) CAREER RECORD: Same

BULLDOGS OPEN WCC SLATE: One of the biggest West Coast Conference openers in recent years is on tap Thursday when Gonzaga University hosts the University of San Francisco in The Kennel, followed by an invasion from perennial nemesis Santa Clara University Saturday in a game to be televised on FOX Sports Net within the Pacific Northwest, and on Bay TV in northern California. Action both nights tips off at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs were tabbed by the WCC coaches to win a third straight WCC regular-season title, but USF seems intent on having a say about that happening. The Dons are on a 12-game winning streak since suffering a season-opening loss to then 23rd-ranked University of Maryland. It's the longest run for the Dons since 15 straight during the 1975-76 season. The Bulldogs bring a two-game winning streak into the contest after dropping three of their previous four outings.

IN THE POLLS: Gonzaga University and the University of San Francisco Each received votes in this week's Associated Press Top 25 and ESPN/USA TODAY Top 25 polls. Gonzaga and the Dons were tied for 34th in the ESPN/USA TODAY voting with 9 points each. USF had the edge in the AP balloting, tallying 13 votes for 32nd compared to Gonzaga's 10 points for 34th.

MID-MAJOR RANKINGS: College Sports Insider conducts a poll of teams from mid-major conferences such as the West Coast Conference, and this week's poll had the University of San Francisco first and Gonzaga University second.

TOP TWO SCORERS IN ACTION: The top two scorers in the West Coast Conference square off Thursday when Gonzaga University guard/forward Richie Frahm (17.4 ppg) and University of San Francisco center Kenyon Jones (17.1 ppg) meet in The Kennel. The last Bulldog to lead the WCC in overall scoring was Bakari Hendrix, who averaged 19.8 ppg during the 1997-98 season on his way to Player of the Year honors.

FRAHM SETS RECORD, NAMED WCC PLAYER OF WEEK: Red-hot sharpshooter Richie Frahm was dubbed the West Coast Player of the Week for his record-setting performance in becoming Gonzaga University's all-time 3-point shooter. The senior from Battle Ground, WA, went 7-for-7 from the field, including 4-for-4 from long range against the University of Texas-Pan American to give him 233 career treys. That pushed him past John Rillie's 230 3-pointers from 1983-85 for the school career lead, and also moved him into 7th on the all-time WCC charts. In Gonzaga's two wins last week, Frahm went 16-for-20 from the field for 80.0 percent, 9-for-11 from 3-point range for 8.18 percent and scored 25 points against the University of Idaho and 27 against UTPA to average 26.0 ppg.

SANTANGELO NEARS ASSISTS RECORD: Senior guard Matt Santangelo needs 5 assists to break the Gonzaga University career record of 554 set by John Stockton from 1981-84. Santangelo dished out a career-high 11 assists last Saturday against the University of Texas-Pan American to give him 550 in his career. The 11 assists were two shy of the Gonzaga single-game record set by Ken Tyler against Montana State University in 1975, and matched by Stockton against the University of Portland and the University of San Diego in 1984. Santangelo, a 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. He is 11th in this week's NCAA rankings with 7.1 assists/game.

SANTANGELO POINTS ASSAULT: Matt Santangelo now has 1,517 career points to rank 5th on the Gonzaga University all-time scoring charts. He needs 31 points to move past Jerry Vermillion and into fourth. Vermillion scored 1,547 points from 1952-55. Santangelo needs 129 more 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 continues his climb up the all-time Gonzaga University points chart, entering Thursday's game with 1,289 for 11th, and needs 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.

GOURDE EQUALS CAREER HIGH: His career encompasses just 15 games, but Gonzaga University redshirt freshman center Zach Gourde is off to a good start as a Bulldog. In his second straight start, he matched his career high with 22 points against the University of Texas-Pan American last Saturday. He scored 22 off the bench in the second game of the season against Eastern Washington University. He has had six double-digit scoring games this season, including one stretch of four straight. For the season he's averaging 8.1 ppg and 3.3 rpg. Even though Axel Dench is expected to return to action Thursday against the University of San Francisco, head coach Mark Few isn't certain which of the two big men he'll have come off the bench against the Dons.

INJURY UPDATE: Axel Dench (calf strain) and Casey Calvary (ankle sprain) are both expected to return to action Thursday. Dench has missed the last two games, Calvary one. Calvary was listed at 90 percent ready Wednesday by Gonzaga University trainer Steve DeLong.

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.

SPINK GETS START: Junior Mark Spink got his first career start in a Gonzaga University uniform last Saturday against the University of Texas-Pan American. He went 4-for-6 from the field, 3-for-6 from the free throw line, scored 11 points and grabbed a pair of rebounds in 25 minutes. He's shooting 60.7 percent from the field for the season (37-for-61) for second on the team.

DENCH HITS THE BOARDS: Until he was limited to 7 minutes against the University of Colorado and then missing each of the last two games 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.

SEASON BEST FROM FIELD: Gonzaga University shot a season-best 54.4 percent from the field in last Saturday's 111-71 win over the University of Texas-Pan American, the fourth time this season the Bulldogs have shot better than 50.0 percent in a game. Gonzaga went 37-for-68 against the Broncs, setting a season high for field goals made and matching the previous high of 68 attempts against the university of Colorado. The Bulldogs, who have struggled from the free throw line this season, went 29-for -41 against UTPA for 70.7 percent.

CENTURY MARK: The 111 points Gonzaga University scored against the University of Texas-Pan American were a season high and marked the 41st time in Gonzaga's 42-year NCAA Division I history the Bulldogs have reached the century plateau. It was the 16th straight time the Bulldogs have won a game when scoring 100 or more points, Gonzaga 37-5 when scoring 100 or more points. The last time Gonzaga had a 100-point night go for naught was in a 144-100 setback at Loyola Marymount University Jan. 19, 1990.

SAGARIN RANKINGS: Through Tuesday's games, Gonzaga University was ranked 27th in the Jeff Sagarin NCAA Basketball Rankings. The Bulldogs have an 85.59 rating and are sandwiched between the University of Maryland (26th at 85.05) and the University of Louisville (28th at 85.51). The Bulldogs finished 18th last year with an 87.01 rating. Gonzaga's schedule is ranked 21st with a 78.10 rating. The University of Cincinnati, a 75-68 winner over Gonzaga this season, sits atop the Sagarin ratings with a 96.57. The University of Kentucky has the toughest schedule with an 81.64 rating. On a conference note, the West Coast Conference is the 13th best with a 74.91 rating. The Big Ten Conference ranks No. 1 with an 83.08.

THE POLLS: Gonzaga University gained ground in one poll and slipped in another this week. The Bulldogs received 10 points in the Associated Press Top 25 balloting, good for 34th if the poll was extended. Gonzaga gained ground in the ESPN/USA TODAY Top 25 as the Bulldogs garnered 9 points to rank tied for 34th if the poll was extended.

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)
1/10/99			10 (34)			 9 (T34)

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 97-8 at home for a nifty 92.4 winning percentage, including 4-0 at this season. Gonzaga has won 15 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	4-0
9-Year Kennel Total = 97-8 (92.4%)

BULLDOGS HOME STREAK RANKS 13TH: Gonzaga University's current 15-game home streak ranks tied for 13th in the latest NCAA rankings. The University of Delaware and George Mason University also own 15-game streaks. Murray State University has the longest streak at 46 heading into Thursday's home game with Eastern Illinois.

Rank/Team 	            No. 	Next Home Game
  1. Murray St.	            46	        Jan. 13 Eastern Ill.
  2. Utah	            45	        Jan. 22 Wyoming
  3. Duke	            42	        Jan. 12 Georgia Tech
  4. Cincinnati	            38	        Jan. 15 Ohio
  5. Weber St.	            30	        Jan. 22 Eastern Wash.
  6. Auburn	            25  	Jan. 19 South Carolina
     Col. of Charleston	    25   	Jan. 15 Davidson
  8. Xavier	            24	        Jan. 23 La Salle
  9. Michigan State	    21  	Jan. 22 Northwestern
10. Alcorn State	    18  	Jan. 15 Alabama St.
10. Hofstra	            18  	Jan. 14 Vermont
12. Louisiana Tech	    17   	Jan. 20 Ark.-Little Rock
13. Delaware	            15  	Jan. 22 Towson
    George Mason	    15   	Jan. 15 Old Dominion
    GONZAGA	            15   	Jan. 13 San Francisco



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