Men's Basketball Ready For Los Angeles Rematches

Feb. 9, 2000

Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 24 - Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount
Friday, February 11 - 7 p.m. PST
Gersten Pavilion - Los Angeles, CA
Radio: KTRW 970 AM
TV: None

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (18-5, 8-0 in West Coast Conference)
G - 13 Matt Santangelo, 6-1, 176, Sr., Portland, OR
(13.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 6.4 assists, 0.7 steals)
G - 25 Mike Nilson, 6-5, 216, Sr., Seattle, WA
(3.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.8 assists, 1.9 steals)
C - 30 Axel Dench, 6-11, 245, Sr., Melbourne, Australia
(8.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.5 steals)
F - 24 Richie Frahm, 6-5, 210, Sr., Battle Ground, WA
(17.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.1 assists, 0.8 steals)
F - 31 Casey Calvary, 6-8, 235, Jr., Tacoma, WA
(12.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.7 blocks)
HEAD COACH: Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT LIONS (2-19, 0-8 in West Coast Conference)
G - 1 Stanley Thorne, 5-8, 170, Fr., Culver City, CA
(9.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.7 assists, 0.7 steals)
G - 33 Curtis Slaughter, 6-7, 180, So., Los Angeles, CA
(10.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.9 assists, 1.0 steals)
C - 31 Pablo Machado, 6-10, 235, Jr., Merida, Venezuela
(9.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 0.9 assists, 0.6 steals, 1.3 blocks)
F - 3 Elton Mashack, 6-5, 210, Jr., Walnut, CA
(10.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.8 steals)
F - 21 Kevin Richard, 6-5, 190, Fr., Pasadena, CA
(2.2 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 0.3 assists, 0.3 steals)
HEAD COACH: Charles Bradley (Wyoming, 1981)
LMU RECORD: 20-55 (3rd year) CAREER RECORD: 57-98 (6th year)

Game No. 25 - Gonzaga at Pepperdine
Saturday, February 12 - 5 p.m. PST
Firestone Fieldhouse - Malibu, CA
Radio: KTRW 970 AM, Catholic Radio Network 25 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: FOX Sports Net West2 (Not televised in Pacific Northwest)

PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY WAVES (17-6, 7-1 in West Coast Conference)

G - 3 Brandon Armstrong, 6-4, 180, So., Vallejo, CA
(19.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.5 assists, 1.9 steals)
G - 12 Tezale Archie, 6-1, 170, Sr., Fresno, CA
(9.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 5.9 assists, 2.4 steals)
C - 52 Nick Sheppard, 6-11, 270, Sr., Lake Charles, LA
(9.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 0.9 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.3 blocks)
F - 23 Tommie Prince, 6-5, 215, Sr., Compton, CA
(9.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.9 steals)
F - 32 Kelvin Gibbs, 6-6, 270, Jr., Bellflower, CA
(10.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.1 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.3 blocks)
HEAD COACH: Jan van Breda Kolff (Vanderbilt, 1974)
PU RECORD: 17-6 (1st year) CAREER RECORD: 144-106 (9th year)

BULLDOGS GRAB TOP SPOT WITH SWEEP: Gonzaga University grabbed sole possession of first place with a thrilling come-from-behind win over Pepperdine University, and an easy rout of Loyola Marymount University last week in The Kennel. The Bulldogs produced one of their biggest comebacks with Thursday's 62-57 win over previously undefeated Pepperdine in the battle of 6-0 WCC teams. Gonzaga trailed by as many as 15 points in the second half and trailed 50-37 with 11:55 to play before rallying for the victory. The first GU lead came with 2:57 to play on a Richie Frahm layin for a 55-54 advantage. It was the second big home comeback of the season for Gonzaga, who trailed Santa Clara University by 13 first-half points in a 97-67 blowout. Saturday's 103-56 victory over LMU was decided early, the Bulldogs taking 12-0 and 33-10 leads on their way to a 44-19 halftime advantage. No Gonzaga starter played more than 26 minutes, and no starter played more than 9 minutes in the second half with reserves going the final 10 minutes. The 47-point margin of victory matched last season's 105-47 thrashing of the University of Portland at home as Gonzaga's biggest WCC victory.

FRAHM SPARKS COMEBACK: Richie Frahm scored all 13 of his points in the second half to help spark Gonzaga University's comeback against Pepperdine University, going 5-for-7 from the field. He scored 6 straight points in a stretch of 1:03 to pull Gonzaga to within 50-46, hitting a pair of free throws, a jumper and a layin. His layin with 2:57 to go gave the Bulldogs their first lead of the game at 55-54, a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the night.

REPEAT WEEK: It's repeat week for Gonzaga University as the Bulldogs head to Los Angleles to face Loyola Marymount University Friday night followed by another important meeting with Pepperdine University Saturday at sold out Firestone Fieldhouse as the Waves celebrate Homecoming. Saturday's game will be televised on Fox Sports Net West2 affiliates in southern California but will not be seen in the Pacific Northwest. Gametime Saturday is 5 p.m.

BULLDOGS ON THE RADIO: Gonzaga University's next five West coast Conference games will be broadcast on KTRW 970 AM in Spokane. This weekend's games at Loyola Marymount University and Pepperdine University, the Feb. 17 and 19 home games against the University of San Diego and Saint Mary's College, respectively, and the Feb. 25 game at Santa Clara University will all be aired on KTRW 970 AM. Gonzaga's final regular-season game at the University of San Francisco will be broadcast on KXLI 630 AM. The broadcast schedule and stations for the West Coast Conference Tournament March 4-6 will be announced later.

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 on Jan. 13 for the 555th in his career to break John Stockton's mark of 554 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 now has 591 career assists. He is five shy of moving past Keith smith of Loyola Marymount University who had 594 from 1983-86. USF's Orlando Smart holds the WCC mark with 902. With 148 assists this season, Santangelo is 54 shy of breaking Stockton's single-season record of 201 set in 1984. Santangelo had 184 assists last year for a career high.

SANTANGELO POINTS ASSAULT: Matt Santangelo now has 1,647 career points to rank 3rd on the Gonzaga University all-time scoring charts. He moved past Jeff Brown who had 1,646 from 1992-94. Santangelo trails Frank Burgess (2,196 from 1959-61) and Jim McPhee (2,105 from 1986-90) on the all-time list.

FRAHM PASSES 1,400 POINT BARRIER: Senior guard Richie Frahm continues his climb up the all-time Gonzaga University points chart, and has eclipsed the 1,400 point barrier with 1,421 entering Friday's game for 9th. He needs 7 points to move past Doug Spradley and into 8th. Spradley scored 1,427 points from 1986-89. 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.

BULLDOGS EQUAL BEST WCC START: Last week's sweep gave Gonzaga University an 8-0 record in West Coast Conference play, matching the Bulldogs' best start ever since joining the conference for the 1979-80 season. Last season the Bulldogs were 8-0 and ranked 25th in the ESPN/USA TODAY Top 25 prior to suffering a 75-59 setback at the University of San Diego. For the third straight season, Gonzaga University has opened West Coast Conference play at least 5-0.

GONZAGA HAS RPI OF 36: Gonzaga University is 36th in this week's RPI with a rating of .5318. Of Gonzaga's opponents this season, 14 have a RPI in the top 150, including top-ranked University of Cincinnati which checks in with a .6291. Gonzaga has also faced three teams ranked in this week's Associated Press Top 25 - No. 1 Cincinnati, No. 19 Temple University and No. 24 University of Oregon. The ESPN/USA TODAY Top 25 has Cincinnati No. 1 and Temple No. 19 as teams Gonzaga has faced this season.

FRAHM WCC PLAYER OF MONTH: Gonzaga University senior guard Richie Frahm was been named the West Coast Conference men's basketball Player of the Month for January. Frahm averaged 19.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, shot 59.0 percent from the field, 57.1 percent from 3-point range and nailed 83.3 percent of his free throws in helping Gonzaga to an undefeated (8-0) month. The native of Battle Ground, WA, scored 20 or more points four times, including 31 against the University of San Diego. He was named the WCC Player of the Week twice for the month. It marked the second straight year Frahm earned the league's nod for the month of January, and is the fifth straight season a Gonzaga player has been honored for the month of January.

SEASON-HIGH WINNING STREAK: Gonzaga University has a season-high 10-game winning streak entering Friday's game with Loyola Marymount University. The current streak is Gonzaga's longest since joining the WCC for the 1979-80 season. The Bulldogs had two winning streaks of at least seven games last season, putting together a mid-season 9-game winning streak, then a late-season 7-game streak, which included the Bulldogs' three wins in the NCAA Tournament.

FRAHM SLIPS TO SECOND IN SCORING CHASE: Gonzaga University senior guard/forward Richie Frahm slipped to second in this week's Wesrt Coast Conference scoring chase with his 17.3 ppg. He's second behind the University of San Francisco's Kenyon Jones at 17.3 ppg. Frahm scored 13 points against Pepperdine University and 14 against Loyola Marymount University last week, but played just 26 minutes in the blowout win over LMU. He'salso second in WCC games only at 16.5 ppg behind Jones' 17.8 ppg. Frahm leads the WCC in 3-point field goal percentage, connecting on 62-of-148 for 41.9 percent, and in 3-point field goals made/game with 62 for 2.7/game.

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 68 of his last 76 games and in 76 of his 89 career games overall. He has blocked at least one shot in 17-of-22 games he's played this season, including 3 last Saturday against Loyola Marymount University. 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 38 this season and 141 blocks in his Gonzaga University career.

SAGARIN RANKINGS: Through Tuesday's games, Gonzaga University was ranked 20th in the Jeff Sagarin NCAA Basketball Rankings. The Bulldogs have an 87.57 rating. The University of Illinois is 19th at 87.62, and LSU is 21st at 87.20. The Bulldogs finished 18th last year with an 87.01 rating. Gonzaga's schedule is ranked 83rd with a 75.25 rating. The University of Cincinnati, a 75-68 winner over Gonzaga this season, sits atop the Sagarin ratings with a 97.74. The University of Wisconsin has the toughest schedule with an 82.68 rating. On a conference note, the West Coast Conference is ranked 13th with a 74.24 rating. The Big Ten Conference is No. 1 with an 84.23.

THE POLLS: Gonzaga University gained ground in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA TODAY Top 25 this week. The Bulldogs earned 55 points in the AP poll and rank 26th if the poll was extended. Gonzaga received 31 votes in the ESPN/USA TODAY balloting and checked in at 27th if the poll was extended.

BULLDOGS HOME STREAK RANKS 9TH: Gonzaga University's current 20-game home winning streak ranks 9th in the latest NCAA rankings through Sunday's games. The University of Utah has the longest streak at 48. Gonzaga doesn't play at home against until Feb. 17 when the University of San Diego visits The Kennel.

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 102-8 at home for a nifty 92.7 winning percentage, including 9-0 this season. Gonzaga has won 20 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.

SANTANGELO FEATURED ON FOX: Gonzaga University senior guard Matt Santangelo will be featured on The Slant which airs on FOX Sports Net. The segment on Santangelo will be shown on FOX Sports Net affiliates in the Pacific Northwest on Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. and Feb. 11 at 1:30 p.m.

GAMES SOLD OUT: Gonzaga University athletic director Mike Roth announced there will be no tickets available for sale to the general public for the Bulldogs' remaining two home men's basketball games. "We had the luxury of selling general admission tickets to some of our December and January games when our students were gone for semester break," Roth said. "But with school in session and the interest so high in men's basketball, we do not have the flexibility to sell general admission tickets for the remaining two home games." Roth urged fans to arrive early for the remaining two games.



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