Men's Basketball Plays Home Finales Against Toreros, Gaels
Feb. 16, 2000
Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 26 - Gonzaga vs. San Diego
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (19-6, 9-1 in West Coast Conference)
UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO TOREROS (15-8, 6-4 in West Coast Conference
Game No. 27 - Gonzaga vs. Saint Mary's
SAINT MARY'S COLLEGE GAELS (7-16, 2-8 in West Coast Conference)
BULLDOGS FALL INTO TIE FOR WCC LEAD: Gonzaga University had it's school-record 11-game winning streak snapped Saturday in an 80-69 loss at Pepperdine University, and with it the Bulldogs also lost sole possession of first place in the WCC. Gonzaga, which came from a 15-point second-half deficit 10 days earlier in downing the Waves 62-57 in The Kennel, saw Saturday's game unfold in much the same way except there was no dramatic ending. Pepperdine jumped on top by 10 points early at 18-8, held a 45-32 halftime lead and then built as much as a 19-point second-half lead. The Bulldogs did have one run left, going on a 12-0 run to close to within 67-60 with 4:49 to play. But unlike in Spokane when the Waves were unable to recover from Gonzaga's momentum swing, Pepperdine responded with five straight points to push the lead back to 12 points.
BULLDOGS DROP LIONS: Gonzaga University opened its Los Angeles road trip by stopping Loyola Marymount University 101-77 last Friday. Richie Frahm scored 22 points and dished out a career high 9 assists as the Bulldogs stopped the Lions for the 10th straight time. Gonzaga had trampled the Lions 103-57 six days earlier in The Kennel. Frahm went 9-for-15 from the field, including 4-for-9 from 3-point range, for his 12th straight game in double digits since being held to a season-low 5 points against Oregon. Six Bulldogs scored in double figures for the second straight game with both forward Casey Calvary and center Axel Dench making all six of their field goal attempts. Gonzaga, which made 14 of its first 15 shots in the second half, hit 65.5 percent from the field for the game. Gonzaga's starters went 25-for-35 for 71.4 percent. The last time Gonzaga shot 60.0 percent or better was last season at home against LMU when the Bulldogs went 38-for-58 for 65.5 percent.
SANTANGELO TIES SCHOOL RECORD: Senior guard Matt Santangelo matched the single-game school assists record of 13 set by Ken Tyler against Montana State in 1975 and equaled twice by John Stockton against the University of San Diego and then the University of Portland during the 1983-84 season.
BULLDOGS ON THE RADIO: Gonzaga University's next three West Coast Conference games will be broadcast on KTRW 970 AM in Spokane. This week's game with the University of San Diego and Saint Mary's College, 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 609 career assists for fourth all-time in the West Coast Conference, 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 166 assists this season, Santangelo is 36 shy of breaking Stockton's single-season record of 201 set in 1984. Santangelo had 184 assists last year for a career high. He is also 39 assists shy of cracking the WCC single-season top 10, Smart 10th with 204 assists in 1994.
SANTANGELO POINTS ASSAULT: Matt Santangelo now has 1,672 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. He's averaging 13.8 ppg in his career.
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 1,449 for 8th. He needs 4 points to move past Gary Lehman and into 7th. Lechman scored 1,452 points from 1965-67. 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 HAVE BEST WCC START: Gonzaga University's 9-0 start in West Coast Conference play prior to last Saturday's loss to Pepperdine University gave the Bulldogs their 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.
GONZAGA HAS RPI OF 39: Gonzaga University is 39th in this week's RPI with a rating of .5828. 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 .6863. Gonzaga has also faced two teams ranked in both this week's Associated Press Top 25 and the ESPN/USA TODAY Top 25 polls - No. 1 Cincinnati and No. 15 Temple University.
HITTING A CENTURY: Gonzaga University posted back-to-back 100-point games for the first time in the Bulldogs' 42-year NCAA Division I history with the 103-56 and 101-77 drubbings of Loyola Marymount University. The Bulldogs reached the century mark for the third time this season, having defeated the University of Texas-Pan American 111-71. The 1963-64 squad had four 100-point outings for the most in a single season - 108-57 over Eastern Washington University, 103-70 against Eastern Montana College and 100-83 over the University of Montana. The Bulldogs also fell 105-100 to the University of Portland that season. Gonzaga has 43 100-point games to its credit as a Division I program, going 38-5 when scoring 100 or more points. Gonzaga has won 18 straight games when scoring 100 or more points.
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.
SCHOOL RECORD WINNING STREAK: Gonzaga University strung together a school record 11-game winning streak that was snapped by Pepperdine University with last Saturday's 80-69 setback. 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.
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 70 of his last 78 games and in 78 of his 91 career games overall. He has blocked at least one shot in 19-of-24 games he's played this season, including 4 last Friday 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 44 this season to rank first at 1.83/game, and has 147 blocks in his Gonzaga career.
FRAHM SLIPS TO SECOND IN SCORING CHASE: Gonzaga University senior guard/forward Richie Frahm slipped to second in this week's West Coast Conference scoring chase with his 16.8 ppg. He's second behind the University of San Francisco's Kenyon Jones at 17.2 ppg. Frahm is also second to Jones in WCC play only, averaging 16.0 ppg to Jones' 17.4 ppg.
FEW IN SEARCH OF 20: With one more victory, Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few will join an elite group of West Coast Conference coaches. Only five times has a WCC rookie head coach won 20 games, with Gonzaga's Dan Monson the last to turn the trick during the 1997-98 season. Few and Pepperdine University head coach Jan van Breda Kolff could both accomplish the feat this year as both bring 19-6 records into this week's action. The previous coaches to win 20 their first year were University of Portland coach Rob Chavez in 1994, Pepperdine's Tom Asbury in 1988 and the University of San Francisco duo o f Pete Barry (1980) and Dan Belloumini (1978).
SAGARIN RANKINGS: Through Tuesday's games, Gonzaga University was ranked 24th in the Jeff Sagarin NCAA Basketball Rankings. The Bulldogs have an 86.97 rating. The University of Purdue is 23rd at 86.98, and the University of North Carolina is 85th at 86.55. The Bulldogs finished 18th last year with an 87.01 rating. Gonzaga's schedule is ranked 84th with a 75.36 rating. The University of Cincinnati, a 75-68 winner over Gonzaga this season, sits atop the Sagarin ratings with a 98.32. The University of Kentucky has the toughest schedule with an 83.05 rating. On a conference note, the West Coast Conference is ranked 13th with a 74.39 rating. The Big Ten Conference is No. 1 with an 84.21.
BULLDOGS HOME STREAK RANKS 8TH: Gonzaga University's current 20-game home winning streak ranks 8th in the latest NCAA rankings through Monday's games. The University of Utah has the longest streak at 50. Gonzaga puts its streak on the line Thursday when the University of San Diego visits The Kennel.
THE POLLS: Gonzaga University lost ground in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA TODAY Top 25 this week. The Bulldogs earned 10 points in the AP poll and rank 30th if the poll was extended. Gonzaga received 8 votes in the ESPN/USA TODAY balloting and checked in at 34th if the poll was extended.
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.
SENIOR FAREWELL: Gonzaga University's five seniors will make their final appearances in The Kennel this week. The fivesome - Axel Dench, Ryan Floyd, Richie Frahm, Mike Nilson and Matt Santangelo - will be honored in pre-game ceremonies Saturday. Floyd will also get his first collegiate start Saturday when the Bulldogs close their home season against Saint Mary's College, replacing junior Casey Calvary in the lineup. Gonzaga ends the regular season next week at Santa Clara University and the University of San Francisco.
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