Bulldogs Make First WCC Sojourn To Newcomer Pacific

            STOCKTON, Calif. - Gonzaga University goes on the road once again still in search of that one elusive win to wrap up the West Coast Conference regular-season title outright.

            The Bulldogs, who lost at BYU and San Diego last week, heads to WCC newcomer University of the Pacific Thursday and longtime rival Saint Mary’s Saturday as the regular season draws to a close.

            Gonzaga makes its first trip to Stockton to play the University of the Pacific as a West Coast Conference member, although Gonzaga and the Tigers played last season before anyone knew UOP would be entering the conference.

            It will be Gonzaga’s first trip to Stockton since Dec. 23, 1976, when the Bulldogs claimed a 70-60 victory. Pacific was a charter member of the then-West Coast Athletic Conference which began as a basketball conference in 1953. Pacific was in the conference until 1971 and most recently had been a member of the Big West Conference.

            Thursday will be the sixth meeting all-time between the Bulldogs and the Tigers with the Bulldogs holding a 4-1 edge in the series dating back to an 85-83 Gonzaga road win in 1959. Prior to last season the teams hadn’t met since that 1976 game in Stockton, UOP’s only win in the series. Gonzaga claimed a 51-48 victory Nov. 29, 1975, and won the inaugural WCC meeting between the teams 86-64 earlier this year in Spokane.

            Gonzaga suffered a West Coast Conference road sweep for the first time since 2011 when BYU and San Diego downed the Zags last week. The Bulldogs lost at Santa Clara and San Francisco, then returned home and lost their next outing to Saint Mary’s to mark the last time Gonzaga lost three straight games overall and in WCC play.



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