Men's Basketball In Home Debut Friday Against Eastern Washington In The Kennel
Nov. 25, 1999
Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 2 - Gonzaga vs. Eastern Washington
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (1-0, 0-0 in West Coast Conference)
EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY EAGLES (0-2, 0-0 in Big Sky)
Game No. 3 - Gonzaga vs. Washington State
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY COUGARS (1-1, 0-0 in Pacific-10)
BULLDOGS TIP OFF HOME SEASON: Gonzaga University, a 76-61 season-opening win at the University of Montana safely tucked away, will make its 1999-2000 debut in The Kennel Friday when Eastern Washington University visits for a 7 p.m. contest. The game will mark the first of three straight games in Spokane for the Bulldogs before embarking on perhaps the most grueling 10 days in the Bulldogs' regular-season history. The Zags will meet Washington State University Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the Spokane Arena in a game to be televised regionally on FOX Sports Net, then enter the December portion of their schedule Wednesday when Boise State University visits The Kennel for a 7 p.m. game.
FEW, BULLODGS OFF TO GOOD START: Although it didn't score a lot of style points, Gonzaga University's 76-61 win at the University of Montana Sunday afternoon got the Bulldogs' season and the Mark Few era off to a positive start. "Anytime you go into Montana and come out with a 15-point win you have to be pleased with the effort," the first-year head coach of the Bulldogs said. "Not many teams have done that in the past nor will many do it this season." The game marked the dedication of the Grizzlies' newly-remodeled Adams Center/Dahlberg Arena and a capacity crowd of more than 6,500 was on hand for the event.
THE POLLS: Gonzaga University is 25th this week in both the Associated Press Top 25 poll and the ESPN/USA TODAY Top 25. The Bulldogs were 24th in the AP pre-season rankings, fell to 25th without playing a game and remain there following Sunday's season-opening victory at the University of Montana. The Bulldogs, who tied for 12th with Miami (Ohio) in last year's final ESPN/USA TODAY poll, made their first appearance of the season in the poll of coaches. The University of Cincinnati, which sits on Gonzaga's horizon with a Dec. 4 date at the Rock-N-Roll Shootout in Cleveland, OH, sits atop both polls this week. The Sporting News Power Poll ranks Gonzaga 21st this week, with Michigan State University on top.
SANTANGELO STARTS ASSISTS COUNTDOWN? The countdown has started for senior point guard Matt Santangelo is his quest to usurp John Stockton as Gonzaga University's all-time assists king. With seven assists in the season opener, Santangelo now has 450 career dishes, 105 shy of Stockton's school mark of 554. The native of Portland, OR, had 184 assists last season to tie Stockton for second on the single-season GU list. Stockton is the single-season leader with 2-1 his senior campaign of 1983-84.
?AND POINTS ASSAULT: With 14 points in the season opener, Matt Santangelo moved into 8th on the Gonzaga University all-time scoring charts with 1,363 points, moving past Bull Suter (1,354 from 1964-66). Doug Spradley (1986-89) is 7th with 1,427 points.
FRAHM 19th IN CAREER POINTS: Senior guard Richie Frahm moved into 19th on the all-time Gonzaga University scoring charts with his 12 points in the season opener. His 1,040 career points moved him ahead of John Rillie's 1,038 from 1993-95. Frahm should quickly ascend to the 15th spot. He's 15 away from moving ahead of Jarrod Davis who scored 1,054 from 1991-92, 21 away from 17th and Bryce McPhee's 1,060 from 1981-85, 32 from 16th and the 1,071 of Jon Kinloch from 1993-96 and 44 from the 15th spot and the 1,083 of Frank Walter from 1947-50. 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.
CALVARY SWATS 'EM AWAY? With three blocks in the season opener at the University of Montana, junior forward Casey Calvary has blocked at least one shot in 53 of his last 56 games and in 61 of his 69 career games overall. He had at least one block in l20 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 against last year with 57. He has 104 blocks in his Gonzaga University career.
?AND SCORES AT THE OTHER END: When he's not swatting them away at the defensive end, Gonzaga University junior forward is usually making shots at the offensive end. He led the West Coast Conference with his 65.8 percent from the field last season, a Gonzaga single-season record. He picked up where he left off last year with an 8-for-11 performance in the Bulldogs' season-opener at the University of Montana on his way to a team-high 17 points. He went 127-for-193 from the field last season for the record. He broke the mark of 63.6 percent set by Bill Dunlap in 1981.
TICKET FEVER: Tickets to Gonzaga University home games are at a premium this season. With season ticket sales at an all-time high, individual game tickets won't go on sale until the Monday prior to each home game - if there are any remaining. The Bulldogs added new upper seating on the south side of The Kennel, including six rows of theater-style chairback seats, which account for approximately 300 seats.
BULLDOGS VS. EAGLES: Gonzaga University and Eastern Washington University will renew their rivalry Friday night in The Kennel on the Bulldogs' campus, the home opener for Gonzaga. The Bulldogs have dominated the series in recent years, winning 12 straight and 18 of the last 19. The only breakthroughs for the Eagles since the 1986-87 season were a 62-60 win that season in the consolation game of the Inland Empire Classic at the now-demolished Spokane Coliseum, and during the 1989-90 campaign when the Eagles prevailed 70-55 in The Kennel. Gonzaga leads the series 40-9 since joining the NCAA Division I ranks for the 1958-59 season.
BULLDOGS VS. COUGARS: Gonzaga University will be looking for a second straight win over Washington State University for the first time since the 1972-73 season when the Bulldogs swept the season series. That year the Bulldogs took a 54-52 win in Kennedy Pavilion (since re-named the Martin Centre) on the Gonzaga campus, and also defeated the Cougars 71-62 at Friel Court in Pullman in the re-match. WSU leads the overall series 95-40.
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 eight seasons the Bulldogs are 93-8 at home for a nifty 92.1 winning percentage. 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
SANTANGELO HONORABLE MENTION AA: Guard Matt Santangelo received Associated Press All-America honorable mention recognition last spring, the first Bulldog player since John Stockton in 1884 to receive such an honor. Other Bulldogs to receive national All-America accolades were Bill Dunlap as an AP honorable mention pick in 1982, and Frank Burgess who was a consensus second team All-America selection in 1961. Burgess is the only Gonzaga player to receive consensus honors.
SANTANGELO, FRAHM ALL-DISTRICT 14: Gonzaga University placed Matt Santangelo and Richie Frahm on the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 14 second team in 1999, the first time the Bulldogs have had two players so honored in one season. The first team was comprised of Todd MacCulloch, University of Washington, Mark Madsen, Stanford University, Arthur Lee, Stanford University, Deaundra Tanner, Oregon State University, and Jason Hartman, Portland State University. Joining Santangelo and Frahm on the second team were Donald Watts, Washington, Eric Schraeder, Saint Mary's College, and Jan-Michael Thomas, Washington State University.
Head Coach Mark Few Speaks Out On?
THE OPENER: "It was good to get one on the road out of the way. That's a tough place to open the season. It was nice to get out of there with a win. I don't know how much we learned about this team, but we found some areas we need to work on which is going to happen after every game. We focused defensively a lot leading up to the game and it showed, because rebounding and defense won us the game. Our offensive execution left a little something to be desired, but we'll spend some time on that this week."
EWU, WSU GAMES: "These are two really big games. EWU is an in-town rival and they always come in here and get after us. We're leery of them, and it's the only one we're really focusing on right now. Anytime you return a lot of starters like WSU, they are obviously going to be tough. But we have to deal with EWU first, knowing the Cougar game will be a war like it was last year. It was a death struggle to win that one. They have more starters returning than we do, and I don't know if many people are aware of that."
IMPORTANCE OF HOME BEFORE HITTING ROAD: "Two of these next three are on our home floor. We have to clean up some things and play well and take care of business at home. It's important we defend our home court. I think if we keep that same defensive intensity, rebound and get better on offense we'll make some great strides."
FIRST GAME PERSONALLY: "I can honestly say that never at any time did I think of it as my debut as a head coach. To me it was a win for our program which, as crazy as this might sound, was a much-needed win. People don't have any idea of going to Montana, opening their arena, being ranked and knowing how difficult that was. I knew it was important we go over there and establish we can play in that kind of situation where people are after us. It was a staff and a team win. Just like the 170 before - they weren't all Dan Fitzgerald's or Dan Monson's."
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