Men's Basketball Takes 2-0 WCC Record On Road
Jan. 20, 2000
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (12-5, 2-0 in West Coast Conference)
SAINT MARY'S COLLEGE GAELS (6-9, 1-1 in West Coast Conference)
UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO TOREROS (10-5, 1-1 in West Coast Conference)
BULLDOGS OFF TO FAST WCC START: Gonzaga University opened West Coast Conference play much the way they ended it last season with a pair of convincing victories over the University of San Francisco and Santa Clara University. The Bulldogs hit 21-of-35 first-half shots in burying USF early on the way to a 96-73 victory on Thursday, then rallied from a 30-16 first-half deficit to rout SCU 97-67 last Saturday in The Kennel. The Bulldogs scored 11 points in a 1:20 against SCU to close the gap to 30-27, sparking a 19-2 run which helped the Bulldogs take a 41-37 halftime lead. Gonzaga outscored the Broncos 56-30 in the second half for the 30-point victory.
SANTANGELO GETS THE RECORD: Senior guard Matt Santangelo got the much-anticipated school career assists record when he handed out five assists against the University of San Francisco to give him 555 in his career to move one ahead of John Stockton's career mark set from 1981-84. Santangelo's record-breaking assist was an inbound pass to Ryan Floyd who drained a 3-pointer from the left corner with 16:23 to go in the game, Santangelo's lone second-half assist. Santangelo came back Saturday against Santa Clara with five more to push his career record to 560, which also ranks sixth in the WCC. USF's Orlando Smart holds the WCC mark with 902. With 117 assists this season, Santangelo is 85 shy of breaking Stockton's single-season record of 201 set in 1984. Santangelo had a career-high 184 assists last year.
IT'S A BOY: Austin James Few arrived Tuesday at 4:35 a.m., making Gonzaga University head men's basketball coach Mark Few and his wife Marcy parents for the first time. A.J. tipped the scales at 7 lbs., 13 oz., and was 20 1/2 inches long. Marcy and A.J. were due to go home from the hospital Wednesday.
FRAHM TOPS WCC IN SCORING: Senior guard/forward Richie Frahm continued his hot hand in last Thursday's win, his 20 points marking his fourth straight game of 20 or more points. He came back with 12 points against Santa Clara University on Saturday, and leads the West Coast Conference scoring chase with his 17.2 ppg. In the last five games Frahm has connected on 38-of-60 field goal attempts for 63.3 percent, including 22-for-35 from 3-point range for 62.9 percent. He is averaging 23.2 ppg in that stretch, with a season-high 32 points against the University of Colorado. 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.
SANTANGELO NABS WCC HONOR: Senior guard Matt Santangelo, who had not scored more than 15 points in any game this season, broke loose for 26 points Thursday in Gonzaga University's win over the University of San Francisco, then came back for 17 in the Bulldogs' rout of Santa Clara University to earn West Coast conference Player of the Week honors. He went 17-for-35 from the field for 48.6 percent, 7-for-17 from 3-point range for 41.2 percent, scored 43 points for a 22.5 average and handed out 10 assists for a 5.0 average. He became the second straight Bulldog to earn Player of the Week honors, Richie Frahm grabbing the honor the previous week.
SANTANGELO POINTS ASSAULT: Matt Santangelo now has 1,560 career points to rank 4th on the Gonzaga University all-time scoring charts, moving past Jerry Vermillion who scored 1,547 points from 1952-55. Santangelo needs 86 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 ECLIPSES 1,300 POINT BARRIER: Senior guard Richie Frahm continues his climb up the all-time Gonzaga University points chart, entering Saturday's game with 1,321 for 11th, and needs 20 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.
20/20 FOR BULLDOGS: With Matt Santangelo scoring 26 points and Richie Frahm 20 in Thursday's win, it marked the second straight game the Bulldogs had two players with 20 or more points. Frahm hit for 27 and Zach Gourde 22 in Gonzaga's 111-71 victory over the University of Texas-Pan American last Saturday.
SPINK SHOOTS FOR PERCENTAGE: Junior Mark Spink averages only 4.6 shots/game, but when he shoots there's a good chance it's going to go in. He has made his last nine field goal attempts dating back to Gonzaga University's game with Texas-Pan American. He made his final shot in that game, went 6-for-6 against the University of San Francisco and 2-for-2 against Santa Clara University. For the season he's hitting 65.2 percent of his shots on 45-for-49. He's six makes shy of qualifying for the WCC FG percentage list.
INJURY UPDATE: Axel Dench (calf strain) and Casey Calvary (ankle sprain) both returned to action last Thursday. Dench came off the bench to play 23 minutes after missing two straight games, but got the start Saturday against Santa Clara University. Calvary played 22 minutes in a starting role Thursday. Richie Frahm, who had a tightening in his quad Tuesday prior to the USF game, was much improved Thursday and played 27 minutes against the Dons and 26 minutes against SCU.
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 62 of his last 70 games and in 70 of his 83 career games overall. He has blocked at least one shot in 11-of-16 games he's played 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 126 blocks in his Gonzaga University career.
CAREER HIGH, DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR CALVARY: Casey Calvary led a strong inside game Gonzaga University employed against Santa Clara University to score a career-high 21 points while pulling down 10 rebounds for the fifth double-double of his career and his second this season. He had a 12/12 afternoon against UCLA in Pauley Pavilion this season. Calvary is 11th in the WCC in scoring at 12.3 ppg, 9th in rebounding at 6.4 rpg, 5th in field goal percentage at 55.6 and 4th in blocked shots with 1.4/game.
GOURDE TOPS WCC FG LIST: Redshirt freshman center Zach Gourde of Gonzaga University heads the West Coast Conference in field goal accuracy, going 55-for-85 for 64.7 percent. He's 16-for-23 in his last three games for 69.7 percent. He went 8-for-11 in the two WCC openers last weekend. He has scored at least two field goals in each of the last nine games, and went a season-best 9-for-11 in the second game of the season against Eastern Washington University.
DENCH HITS THE BOARDS: Axel Dench picked up last Thursday where he left off prior to being limited to 7 minutes against the University of Colorado and then missing two games after suffering a calf injury, grabbing 7 rebounds in the West Coast Conference opener against the University of San Francisco. He had four boards last Saturday against Santa Clara University. In his last five complete games he's grabbed 35 rebounds, matching his season high with 7 against the University of California, breaking it with 8 against Ohio University, breaking it again with 9 against the University of Oregon, pulling down 7 against USF and getting 4 against Santa Clara. That's a 7.0 rpg average in that span. For the season he's averaging 4.9 rpg.
HOT FROM THE FIELD: Gonzaga University shot a season-best 57.8 percent from the field in last Thursday's 96-73 win over the University of San Francisco. The Bulldogs have shot better than 50.0 percent in their last three outings, the first time this season Gonzaga has shot better than 50.0 percent for two straight games. Gonzaga connected for 54.4 percent against the University of Texas-Pan American, 57.8 against USF and 54.1 against Santa Clara University last Saturday on a 33-for-61 night. Over the last three games Gonzaga is 107-for-193 for 55.4 percent. Gonzaga hit a season-high 37 field goals against both UTPA and USF. From 3-point range Gonzaga is 30-for-65 for 46.2 percent over the last three outings, and hit 11 treys in each of the WCC outings last weekend.
SPINK CAREER HIGH BOARDS: Junior forward Mark Spink came off the bench to grab a career-high 9 rebounds last Thursday against the University of San Francisco, breaking his previous best of 8 against Whitman College.
FROM THE LINE: Although the recent numbers won't win any free throw shooting contests, Gonzaga University has improved its accuracy from the free throw line after struggling around the 60.0 percent mark eight games into the season. The Bulldogs are 120-for-172 for 69.8 percent from the free throw line over the last nine games. Gonzaga has pushed its season mark to 64.1 percent, after reaching a season-low 59.2 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.
OFFENSIVE PRODUCTION: Gonzaga University is averaging 101.3 ppg in its last three outings, scoring no less than 96 points in the last three games. The last time Gonzaga scored 90 or more points in back-to-back games was in 1993-94 when the Bulldogs topped Eastern Washington University 99-654 then topped Western Montana College 97-50. The last trifecta of 90 or more was in 1990-91 with the Bulldogs beating Idaho State University 112-75, Fairfield University 99-98 in overtime and EWU 108-67.
SAGARIN RANKINGS: Through Tuesday's games, Gonzaga University was ranked 22nd in the Jeff Sagarin NCAA Basketball Rankings. The Bulldogs have an 86.65 rating. Auburn University is 21st at 86.76 and Iowa State University is 23rd at 85.87. The Bulldogs finished 18th last year with an 87.01 rating. Gonzaga's schedule is ranked 25th with a 77.48 rating. The University of Cincinnati, a 75-68 winner over Gonzaga this season, sits atop the Sagarin ratings with a 97.01. The University of Wisconsin has the toughest schedule with an 82.30 rating.
THE POLLS: Gonzaga University gained ground in both major polls this week, receiving 22 points in the Associated Press Top 25 balloting, good for 33rd if the poll was extended. Gonzaga gained ground in the ESPN/USA TODAY Top 25 as the Bulldogs garnered 20 points to rank 31st if the poll was extended.
ASSOCIATED PRESS ESPN/USA TODAY 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) 1/19/00 22 (33) 20 (31)
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 99-8 at home for a nifty 92.5 winning percentage, including 6-0 at this season. Gonzaga has won 17 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 6-0
BULLDOGS HOME STREAK RANKS TIED FOR 10TH: Gonzaga University's current 17-game home streak is tied for 10th in the latest NCAA rankings through Tuesday's games. The university of Utah has the longest streak at 46 heading into Saturday's home game with Eastern Illinois. Gonzaga is tied with George Mason University entering GM's home game Wednesday with Detroit. Gonzaga plays its next home game next Wednesday when the University of Portland visits for a 7:30 p.m. contest.
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