Men's Basketball Squad Gearing Up For Showdown With Washington
Dec. 13, 1999
SEATTLE - After a stunning win at one of college basketball's most storied institutions, Gonzaga tries to complete a sweep of Pac-10 Conference opponents as it battles Washington on Monday.
The 24th-ranked Bulldogs (5-2) snapped a two-game losing streak by stifling No. 11 UCLA, 59-43, at Pauley Pavilion on Saturday. Reserve Ryan Floyd sank five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points as Gonzaga held the Bruins to their lowest-ever point total at Pauley Pavilion.
Mark Few's team appeared to have applied the lessons learned from their two-game road trip last week to the Midwest, where the Bulldogs lost to No. 1 Cincinnati in Cleveland and No. 19 Temple in the Great Eight Classic in Chicago.
"I'm feeling extremely proud," Few said. "We exorcised the demons from our Chicago trip."
Gonzaga was able to get out on the perimeter and defend. In the two losses, the Bulldogs allowed the Bearcats and Owls to hit almost 45 percent (13-of-29) of their 3-point shots. They held the Bruins to 4-of-26 shooting from beyond the arc.
Including last season, Gonzaga has won five straight against Pac-10 foes, highlighted by its second-round upset of Stanford in the NCAA tournament.
Washington (3-3) kicks off a three-game homestand with this contest. The Huskies snapped a three-game losing streak with a 78-70 victory at Old Dominion on Dec. 4.
Senque Carey scored a career-high 28 points for Washington, which is playing its home opener. This season, the KeyArena will be home for the Huskies as renovations are made to the Edmundson Pavilion.
Bob Bender has been trying to reload the Huskies, who graduated center Todd MacCulloch and guard Donald Watts from a squad which reached the NCAA tournament the past two seasons. Forward Chris Walcott is one of four players averaging in double figures for the Huskies, averaging 14 points per game.
One player unable to play but will have torn emotions will be guard Dan Dickau. He transferred from Washington to Gonzaga in the offseason but is sitting out this season per NCAA rules.
Last season, the Bulldogs rolled to an 82-71 victory over the Huskies. Jeremy Eaton scored 25 points for Gonzaga, which won for just the second time in the last 14 games between the schools.
Washington holds a 28-7 lead in the all-time series.
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