Bulldogs Open WCC Play With SCU, USD
Jan. 8, 2002
Game No. 16 - Santa Clara Broncos
Friday, Jan. 11 - 7:30 p.m. PST
The Kennel - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk AM 1510 KGA - Pre-game show at 7:15 p.m. PST
TV: FOX Sports Net Northwest
No. 18 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (13-2, 0-0 West Coast Conference)
SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY BRONCOS (5-8, 0-0 West Coast Conference)
Sunday, Jan. 13 - 1 p.m. PST
The Kennel - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk AM 1510 KGA - Pre-game show at 12:45 p.m. PST
TV: KHQ-TV (Spokane), KNDO (Yakima), KNDU (Tri-Cities)
UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO TOREROS (8-5, 0-0 West Coast Conference)
ZAGS WIN IN THE PIT: In one of the most enduring efforts in Gonzaga University history, the Bulldogs escaped The Pit at the University of New Mexico with a 95-90 victory Monday in front of a national television audience to tip off ESPN's "Big Monday" package. The Bulldogs survived a late technical foul and a last-second UNM shot in regulation to force the extra period after the Lobos had rallied from as much as a 12-point second-half deficit. With the score tied at 78, the Bulldogs' Dan Dickau was whistled for a charge and Alex Hernandez was called for a technical foul after slamming the ball to the court. But Ruben Douglas missed both technical foul shots, and Marlon Parmer's 23-footer at the buzzer bounced off the rim to send the Bulldogs to overtime. From there, Dickau took charge, scoring 8 of his 19 points and dishing out three assists to play a direct role in 14 of Gonzaga's 17 points in the OT. He went 6-for-6 from the line in the overtime, scored a lay-in and had back-to-back assists on Anthony Reason baskets, the first a half-court lob that Reason slammed home for a 82-78 lead as Gonzaga scored the first four points of OT. Gonzaga carried a 42-32 lead into halftime, and still held a 52-42 advantage with 13:36 remaining. But the Lobos, in front of a noisy, hostile crowd of 17,423 took its first lead since 24-22 when Parmer's trey gave them a 64-63 lead with 6:55 to go. Gonzaga regained the lead on Gourde's hook with 6:35 to go and the Bulldogs would not trail the remainder of regulation. UNM's lone OT advantage was 88-87 when Eric Chatfield made 1-of-2 free throws with 1:13 to go. The game was tied at 89 with 47.6 seconds remaining, but Dickau's drive and fallaway jumper off the glass gave Gonzaga the lead for good with 35 ticks left, and his four free throws down the stretch sealed the victory.
BACK-TO-BACK OT'S: Monday marked the second straight year Gonzaga University and the University of New Mexico battled to overtime. Last season, Kyle Bankhead's 3-pointer at the buzzer sent the game into OT, but the Lobos prevailed 81-80 in the Spokane Arena as Casey Calvary missed the potential game-winning shot with 3.4 seconds left.
BULLDOGS 18th: Gonzaga University moved up four notches to 18th in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA TODAY Top 25 polls for the week of Dec. 31-Jan. 6. It's the fifth straight week for the Bulldogs in the AP rankings, cracking the list Dec. 12 at No. 25. Gonzaga is in the USA TODAY/ESPN poll for the fourth straight week, entering the poll 24th on Dec. 16. The Bulldogs current ranking is their highest regular-season ranking ever in either major poll. However, the Bulldogs have enjoyed loftier rankings, being ranked 12th in the final USA TODAY/ESPN poll of the 1999 season, Gonzaga's best ranking in school history, and 20th in last year's final USA TODAY/ESPN poll.
BEST START SINCE '67: With a 13-2 record this season, Gonzaga University is off to its best start since the 1966-67 campaign when the Bulldogs were also 13-2 after 15 outings. Since the 1966-67 campaign the Bulldogs have started a season 11-4 six times - 1997-98, 1994-95, 1993-94, 1991-92 and 1978-79. The Bulldogs overcame 1-3 starts in 1994 and 1992 to post the lofty starts.
BROOKS OUT: Junior point guard Winston Brooks will be sidelined indefinitely with a broken right wrist. Brooks had been bothered by the wrist the past couple of weeks, and a bone scan last Saturday confirmed the break. He is in an arm-length cast and will be re-evaluated frequently. The 6-0 native of Richmond, Virg., had appeared in all 14 games for the Bulldogs with one start against Eastern Oregon University. He scored a season-high 9 points against Portland State University, grabbed 4 rebounds against the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff and dished out 7 assists twice against PSU and EOU.
POUNDING THE BOARDS: Gonzaga University continues to lead the NCAA Division I ranks in rebounding margin through games of Jan. 7. The Bulldogs have a +12.8 rebounding margin. The University of Wyoming is second at +11.2 and the University of Oklahoma is third at +11.0. The Bulldogs have been out rebounded just three times this season - 31-26 against Marquette University in the title game of the Great Alaska Shootout, 39-36 at home against Washington State University and 35-31 at Saint Joseph's University. Gonzaga has held the edge in 12 of 15 outings, including a double-digit difference in 10 of those games. Gonzaga has grabbed 50 or more rebounds four times this season - 53 at home against the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 50 at the University of Washington, 51 at home against Eastern Oregon University and 53 against Monmouth University. Cory Violette's career-high 20 rebounds against Fresno State University is tied for the sixth highest single-game total this season in NCAA Division I ranks.
FR. TONY LEHMANN HOSPITALIZED: Gonzaga University Alumni Chaplain Fr. Tony Lehmann, S.J., is hospitalized in Spokane after being diagnosed with leukemia during Gonzaga's recent East Coast swing. Fr. Tony, a fixture at the end of the Bulldogs' men's and women's basketball bench as well as at other sporting events, was flown back to Spokane last weekend and is under the care of his doctor. Fr. Tony remains in a weakened condition, but is alert and well aware of his situation. His doctors continue to monitor his condition and have begun a program to treat his leukemia. Fr. Tony's doctor has mandated a strict NO VISITOR and NO PHONE CALL ORDER. Cards and messages can be sent to the Gonzaga Alumni Office, 502 E Boone, Spokane, WA 99258. The latest information on Fr. Tony's condition is posted on the Gonzaga web site at www.gonzaga.edu and clicking on the Alumni link.
ELITE COMPANY: Gonzaga University is one of just three schools to advance to the Sweet Sixteen each of the past three seasons. Michigan State University and Duke University are the other two. Duke and MSU appeared in their fourth straight Sweet Sixteen in 2001. Since the bracket expanded to 64 teams in 1985, there have been 18 occasions where teams have had runs of three years or more into the Sweet Sixteen. The University of North Carolina leads the way with a 9-year stretch from 1985-93, followed by Duke with a 7-year run from 1986-92.
BULLDOGS AND 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 10 seasons the Bulldogs are 121-9 at home for a nifty 93.1 winning percentage. The Bulldogs went 12-0 at home in 2001, winning by an average of 24.7 ppg. The Bulldogs are 38-1 in The Kennel over the past four seasons with this year's 6-0 start. The 2000 squad was 10-1, and the 1999 Bulldogs completed a 10-0 season in The Kennel, 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. The Bulldogs put together a 34-game home-court-winning streak from 1992-95, which at the time was the country's second-longest active streak. Gonzaga currently has a 19-game home winning streak dating back to the last home game of the 1999-00 campaign, the current streak ranking seventh. Michigan State University heads the current list with 53 straight victories at the Breslin Student Events Center.
WINNING STREAK: Gonzaga University takes a 10-game winning streak into Friday's game against Santa Clara University. The Bulldogs strung together a school-record 14-game streak last season.
STEPP(ING) UP: Gonzaga University guard Blake Stepp, hampered with off-season surgery to repair a bone degeneration of a knee, played a season-high 36 minutes in Monday's overtime win at the University of New Mexico. He scored a season-high 20 points, giving him double digits in five of his last six games. Except for a 19-0minute stint in a blowout win over Eastern Oregon University, Stepp has played at least 25 minutes in 7 of the last 8 outings.
DICKAU ON WOODEN AWARD TOP 30 LIST: Point Guard Dan Dickau is the third straight Gonzaga University representative on the John R. Wood Award Midseason Top 30 candidates announced Dec. 28 for the 2001-02 Wooden Award All-America Team. Casey Calvary, a Wooden All-America pick last season, and Matt Santangelo in 2000 were the previous Bulldogs on the list. Dickau was on The Wooden Award Top 50 announced this past summer. On March 26, 2002, the 10-player Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced. One member of the Wooden Award All-American Team will be selected on Sunday, April 7, 2002, as the recipient of the Wooden Award Trophy as the nation's "Most Outstanding Collegiate Basketball Player of the Year."
FEW'S TWO-YEAR RUN: Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few probably never thought life as a head coach would be so "sweet." But in his first two seasons as head coach the Bulldogs have advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen, one of only two NCAA Division I head coaches to accomplish that feat since the bracket expanded to 64 teams in 1985. Gonzaga, defending national champion Duke University and 2000 national champion Michigan State University are the only three schools to reach the Sweet Sixteen each of the past three seasons. Few was an assistant coach on Gonzaga's run to the 1999 Elite Eight. Few's 2-year record of 52-16 places him among elite company for second-year head coaches. His 2-year total of 52 wins has him tied for third for second-year coaches with Dan Monson, his predecessor at Gonzaga, and Ben Carnevale of the University of North Carolina (1945-46).
BULLDOGS HIT 20 WINS AGAIN: With a 26-7 record last season, Gonzaga University hit the 20-win plateau for the 8th time in the last 10 seasons, matching the 2000 win total and second all-time behind only the 1999 school record mark of 28-7. Last season marked the fifth time the Bulldogs have hit the magic 20-win plateau in the regular season. The 1994 squad took a 20-6 record into the West Coast Conference Tournament, the 1998 team was 21-8 entering the tourney, the 1999 Bulldogs went 22-6 in the regular season and the 2000 squad was 21-8 heading into the WCC Tournament. Gonzaga's first 20-win season as a NCAA Division I program came in 1992 with a 20-10 mark, falling to Pepperdine University 73-70 in the Bulldogs' first appearance in the WCC Tournament title game.
O-FER FROM THREE: The last time Gonzaga University took the collar from 3-point range was in an 0-for-5 night in The Kennel against the University of Portland on Jan. 27, 1993, a 71-53 Gonzaga victory. Gonzaga has made a 3-point field goal in 280 straight games. Gonzaga made a school record 291 treys in 1999.
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