BC Basketball Classic Tickets Go On Sale Friday At 10 a.m.

            SPOKANE, Wash. - Tickets for the BC Basketball Classic Nov. 19 between Gonzaga University and the University of Hawai'i at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

            Tickets are available online at www.ticketmaster.ca, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 1-855-985-5000. Prices start as low at $14. For fans that are looking to attend the game in a large group, a limited number of group tickets can be purchased by calling (480) 620-9039. 

            The BC Basketball Classic will be the first regular-season NCAA men's basketball game to take place in British Columbia since 1990, when the UNLV Rebels defeated the University of Alabama-Birmingham 109-68.

            When the Bulldogs take the court at Rogers Arena, they will be playing in Vancouver for the first time since Nov. 25-26, 1966, when the team participated in the Totem Tournament, defeating St. Martin's College 78-60 and the University of British Columbia 89-73.

            Gonzaga features three players from Canada in senior center Robert Sacre (North Vancouver, B.C.), junior forward Kelly Olynyk (Kamloops, B.C.) and freshman guard Kevin Pangos (Newmarket, Ontario).  The event will be a homecoming for Sacre who attended Handsworth Secondary School, located less than 10 miles from Rogers Arena.  Sacre led the Handsworth basketball team to the 61st AAA Provincial Championship as a junior. 

            Led by All-WAC Honorable Mention guard Zane Johnson, the Rainbow Warriors return three starters from a team that won 19 games and advanced to the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament a season ago. Johnson's 15.8 ppg led the team.

            The two teams last faced each other in the second round of the 1998 NIT, with Hawaii defeating the Zags, 78-70 in Honolulu. Gonzaga leads the all-time series 2-1.

            The last basketball game at Rogers Arena took place last season when the Toronto Raptors defeated the Phoenix Suns in an NBA preseason game Oct. 6.  The former home of the Vancouver Grizzlies holds 17,391 spectators for basketball games. 



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