Men's Basketball Begins Road Trek
Dec. 4, 2000
Game No. 6 - University of Montana Grizzlies
Wednesday, December 6 - 6 p.m. PST
Adams Center - Missoula, MT
Radio: KXLI 630 AM 25 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KSKN (Channel 22 on Spokane AT&T Cable)
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (4-1, 0-0 in West Coast Conference)
UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA GRIZZLIES (3-2, 0-0 in Big Sky Conference)
G - 10 Shane Christensen, 6-1, 150, Jr., Las Vegas, NV
Saturday, December 9 - 6:30 p.m. PST
BSU Pavilion - Boise, ID
Radio: KXLY 920 AM 25 minutes prior to tipoff
BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY (3-2, 0-0 in Big West Conference)
BULLDOGS WIN DOG FIGHT: Gonzaga University bounced back from its first loss of the season at 5th-ranked University of Arizona with an 86-74 win over the University of Washington in a Battle of the Dogs in The Kennel last Saturday. Casey Calvary scored 21 second-half points on his way to a career-high 29 points as Gonzaga defeated the Huskies for the third straight year. Calvary, who went just 3-for-9 from the field for 8 first-half points, came out in the second 20 minutes and fueled a Gonzaga offense that shot 56.5 percent from the field. Calvary, a senior from the Huskies' back yard of Tacoma, went 8-for-12 in the second half and he dominated the paint as evidenced by his four second-half slam dunks. The Bulldogs, who trailed by as many as 8 points in the first half and trailed 41-40 at intermission, opened the second half with an 11-0 run for a 51-41 lead as Calvary scored 9 of the 11 points.
DICKAU OUT WITH BROKEN FINGER: Gonzaga University starting point guard Dan Dickau will be sidelined four weeks with a broken left index finger suffered in last Wednesday's loss at the University of Arizona. Spokane orthopedic surgeon Dr. Paul C. Horn, M.D., examined Dickau following the teams' return to Spokane Thursday afternoon. Dickau was placed in a splint and will be x-rayed every eight days. "We're hoping four weeks is the extreme case. Bones heal differently with different people. Some people heal quickly, some take longer. We hope he doesn't fall into the longer category," Gonzaga trainer Steve DeLong said. It is hopeful Dickau could return for the Zags' Dec. 30 game in The Kennel against Monmouth University. Dickau is averaging 16.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg and 5.0 assists per game. Dickau suffered a fractured heel 13 games into the 1998-99 season that sidelined him for the remainder of the season. Ironically, that injury also happened at McKale Center against Arizona.
FEW ON DICKAU: "We feel bad for Dan. After having to sit out last year after transferring and missing most of the previous season with an injury, this is an unfortunate setback. He is having an outstanding season and gives us a solid performer at the point guard. I think he proved with his effort against Arizona he is one of the premiere guards in the country," Gonzaga head coach Mark Few said. "But we're also going to do what is best for Dan. We're not going to rush him back. When he does return to action we want him to be 100 percent. We look for him to have an outstanding second half of the season. Until then, he will definitely be missed. But I also have confidence in out team to come together to get through this next month of the season."
ON THE TUBE: Wednesday's game between Gonzaga University and the University of Montana in Missoula will be televised in Spokane on KSKN Channel 22 on the AT&T Cable system. Airtime is 6 p.m. The game will be also televised in Montana on several AT&T systems. The game will also be available on satellite coordinates GE 5, transponder 13.
SCOUTING THE GRIZZLIES: The University of Montana brings a 3-2 record into Wednesday's game against Gonzaga University. The Grizzlies defeated Southeastern Louisiana University at home Saturday to snap a modest two-game losing streak. The Griz are led by 6-8 senior forward Jared Buckmaster who is averaging 17.2 ppg. He scored a career-high 24 points in an 86-85 overtime loss at the University of Nevada, and poured in 23 points in last Saturday's victory. JC transfer Dan Trammel, a 6-6 forward, is averaging 13.4 ppg and a team-leading 7.4 rpg.
BULLDOGS VS. GRIZZLIES: Gonzaga University leads the series over the University of Montana 26-16, including wins in the last three meetings. The Bulldogs played the dedication game of renovated the Adams Center to tip off last season and spoiled the Grizzlies' party with a 76-61 victory. Gonzaga also won last year's re-match 88-70 in The Kennel. The last win for the Grizzlies was a 67-63 overtime affair in The Kennel on Dec. 14, 1996. Gonzaga has won 60of-7 meetings since the 1979 season.
SCOUTING THE BRONCOS: Boise State University is 3-2 entering a Wednesday road game at Idaho State University. The Broncos have won three straight since season-opening losses to the University of Cincinnati and Kansas State University. The Broncos ventured into Portland, Ore., last week and defeated Portland State University 81-66 and the University of Portland 76-69 in overtime. The Broncos are led by the 19.4 ppg of 6-7 junior forward Abe Jackson. The Broncos were without 6-6 senior forward Kejuan Woods (11.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg) for both games on the Portland trip. He was nursing a sore wrist as well as witnessing the birth of his son Nov. 30 in Seattle. He's expected to be in uniform for Wednesday's game at Idaho State University.
BULLDOGS VS. BRONCOS: Gonzaga University has won three straight against Boise State, including last year's 71-55 victory in The Kennel, and leads the overall series 17-16. The Bulldogs have won 4-of-5 meetings since losing four straight in the series. The last BSU win in the series was a 73-64 verdict in the championship game of the Albertson's Holiday Classic on Dec. 28, 1996, at the BSU Pavilion.
CALVARY WOODEN AWARD NOMINEE: Gonzaga University senior forward Casey Calvary is one of 50 nominees for the John R. Wooden Award. A poll was conducted of The John R. Wooden Award Committee to determine the Pre-season Top 50 candidates for the 2000-01 Wooden Award All-American Team. On March 27, 2001, the 10-player Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced. One member of the Wooden Award All-American Team will be selected on Friday April 6, 2001 as the recipient of the Wooden Award Trophy as the nation's "Most Outstanding Collegiate Basketball Player of the Year." The event will be a one hour telecast on FOX Sports Net. The top 50 Candidates have been selected based on last year's individual performance and team records. In late December, the Wooden Award committee will release the Mid-season Top 30 during a half-hour program on FOX Sports Net. This is the second straight year the Bulldogs have had a Wooden Award nominee, guard Matt Santangelo getting the nomination a year ago.
FEW'S ROOKIE SEASON: Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few had one of the best rookie seasons in NCAA history, the Bulldogs' 26 wins ranking him tied for 7th for "Top 10 Career Starts For Head Coaches By Victories." He's tied with such coaching legends as Jim Boeheim at Syracuse University (1977), Denny Crum of the University of Louisville (1972) and Nolan Richardson of Tulsa University (1981). All won 26 games as rookie head coaches at the NCAA Division I level.
20 WINS AGAIN: For the seventh time in eight years Gonzaga University hit the 20-win plateau, the Bulldogs' 26 wins last season second only behind the 1999 school record mark of 28-7 mark. Last year marked the fourth time the Bulldogs hit the magic 20-win plateau in the regular season. The 1994 squad took a 20-6 record into the West Coast Conference Tournament, the 1998 team was 21-8 entering the tourney, the 1999 Bulldogs went 22-6 in the regular season and the 2000 squad was 21-8 heading into the WCC Tournament. Gonzaga's first 20-win season as a NCAA Division I program came in 1992 with a 20-10 mark, falling to Pepperdine University 73-70 in the Bulldogs' first appearance in the WCC Tournament title game.
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 106-9 at home for a nifty 92.2 winning percentage, finishing 10-1 last season. 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. The Bulldogs are 3-0 at home this season and have a winning margin of 29.7 ppg.
STEPP(ING) UP HIS GAME: Freshman point guard Blake Stepp came to the front Saturday in his first game as the "true" point guard as a result of the injury to junior Dan Dickau. Stepp, who scored 21 points, dished out three assists and had just four turnovers in 33 minutes at the University of Arizona, came back with 10 assists and just two TO's in 38 minutes Saturday against the University of Washington. Although he and Dickau had started each of the first four games as "dual" point guards, the freshman from Eugene, Ore., was in his first start as the sole point guard. The 10 assists were three shy of the Gonzaga single-game record of 13 shared by many, including Utah Jazz All-Star guard John Stockton. Stepp, who went 6-of-10 from 3-point range at Arizona, didn't shoot as well against UW with a 4-for-15 day from the field, but he went 8-for-8 from the free throw line on his way to 17 points.
TRICCO STRUGGLING: Sophomore guard Jimmy Tricco, who got the his first career start Saturday against the University of Washington, is still looking for his point of the season. He is 0-for-6 from the field, including 0-for-3 from 3-point range, in 54 minutes this season. He played 14 minutes against the Huskies and took just one shot.
THE WORLD OF FREE THROWS: Gonzaga University was back on track at the free throw line Saturday against the University of Washington, connecting on 19-of-23. Blake Stepp led the way with and 8-for-8 effort, while Anthony Reason was a perfect 4-for-4. The Bulldogs have been on a roller coaster ride at the line this season. Gonzaga went 14-for-32 in the season opener at Eastern Washington University, 25-of-33 against the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 6-of-11 against the University of Idaho and 14-of-26 at the University of Arizona. For the season the Bulldogs have hit 78-of-125 for 62.4 percent.
THE RATINGS: Gonzaga University is ranked 17th in the Jeff Sagarin College Basketball Rankings with an 86.62, 50th in the College RPI with a .6158 through Sunday's games. Duke heads both rankings - pulling a .7779 in the RPI and a 97.51 in the Sagarin.
SPINK GETS SEASON-HIGH 14: Senior Mark Spink scrapped his way to a career-high 14 points Wednesday at the University of Arizona. His previous high was 13 three times, the most recent this season against the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Spink went 6-for-7 from the field against the Wildcats and 2-2 for
BULLDOGS SEASON-HIGH 11 TREYS: Gonzaga University hit a season-high 11 3-pointers last week at the University of Arizona. The Bulldogs had hit 8 3-pointers in each of their last two outings against the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and the University of Idaho.
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