Men's Basketball Goes Bear Hunting Against Grizzlies, Bears
Dec. 18, 1999
Game No. 9 - No. 22 Gonzaga vs. Montana
Sunday, December 19, 2 p.m. PST
The Kennel - Spokane, WA
Radio: KXLI 630 AM 25 minutes prior to tipoff
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (6-2, 0-0 in West Coast Conference)
UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA GRIZZLIES (2-5, 0-0 in Big Sky Conference)
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BEARS (5-2, 0-0 in Pacific-10 Conference
BULLDOGS GO TO 3-0 VS. PAC-10: Gonzaga University continued its mastery of Pacific-10 Conference competition this season with a 76-66 win over the University of Washington Monday in KeyArena in Seattle. The Bulldogs opened as much as a 14-point lead in the second half on Matt Santangelo's jumper with 6:40 remaining. But the Huskies battled back and closed the margin to within 4 points in the final minutes. But the Bulldogs, who were shooting 58.9 percent from the free throw line for the season entering the contest, went 7-for-7 from the line in the final 1:14 to hold off the Huskies. Richie Frahm, mired in a shooting slump most of the season, broke loose for a 7-for-14 night from the field for a game and season-high 19 points. Casey Calvary had his second straight double-digit rebounding game with 11, and Santangelo scored 14 points, dished out a season-high 9 assists and had just two turnovers in 38 minutes.
STREAK VS. PAC-10 REACHES SIX: With at least one more meeting against a Pacific-10 Conference member remaining on the Gonzaga University schedule this season, the Bulldogs will be looking to run their winning streak to seven against Pac-10 foes when they meet the University of California Tuesday at the Pete Newell Challenge at the Oakland County Coliseum. Gonzaga went 3-0 against Pac-10 teams last year - Washington State University and 17th-ranked University of Washington in the Spokane Arena, and 7th-ranked Stanford University in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in KeyArena in Seattle. This season the Bulldogs have knocked off WSU in the Spokane Arena, 11th-ranked UCLA in Pauley Pavilion and UW Monday in KeyArena, site of all Husky home games this season while Hec Edmundson Pavilion undergoes an extensive remodel. The last time Gonzaga lost to a Pac-10 team was during the 1997 season when Washington posted an 88-82 home win in Hec Edmundson Pavilion. Gonzaga could face the University of Oregon in the second round of the Rainbow Classic Dec. 29 in Honolulu, HI.
BEAR HUNT STARTS AGAIN SUNDAY: Bear hunting season opens for Gonzaga University for the second time this season Sunday when the Bulldogs host the University of Montana in a rematch of the season opener. The Zags dedicated the remodeled Dahlberg Arena/Adams Center on the Montana campus Nov. 21 with a 76-61 win over the Grizzlies. The 17 points of Casey Calvary led the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs shot a season-high 48.3 percent from the field and hit 7-of-20 3-pointers for 35.0 percent, the third highest percentage of the season thus far from long range. But Gonzaga's woes from the free throw line began in the season opener when the Bulldogs connected on just 13-of-22 for 59.1 percent. Gonzaga also committed a season-high 17 turnovers. "To go into Missoula and get a win was still a great effort, even though it wasn't a pretty one," head coach Mark Few Said. "People don't realize how tough it is to win there."
CALVARY DOUBLES UP ON BOARDS: Casey Calvary, who had a double-double in Gonzaga University's win at 11th-ranked UCLA two days earlier, had another double-digit rebounding night against the University of Washington Monday with 11. Against UCLA. The native of Tacoma, WA, scored 12 points and grabbed an equal number of rebounds for the fourth double-double of his career. He had three double-doubles last season - 17/11 at the University of Portland Jan. 16, 1999, 13/13 at Texas-Pan American Dec. 30, 1998, and 14/12 against Chicago State University Dec. 19, 1998. He leads the team in rebounding at 7.4 rpg.
STATE CHAMPIONS: With wins over Eastern Washington University, Washington State University and now the University of Washington, state bragging rights belong to Gonzaga University of the second straight season as the Bulldogs again swept the three other NCAA Division I teams in the state.
SAGARIN RANKINGS: Through Thursday's games, Gonzaga University was ranked 21st in the Jeff Sagarin NCAA Basketball Rankings. The Bulldogs have an 86.34 rating and are sandwiched between Vanderbilt University (20th at 86.59) and the University of Wisconsin (22nd at 86.21). The Bulldogs finished 18th last year with an 87.01 rating. Gonzaga is 1-2 against Top 30 competition this season, 0-1 against Top 10 teams. Gonzaga's schedule is ranked 63rd with a 77.61 rating. The University of Arizona sits atop the Sagarin ratings with a 95.63. The College of Charleston has the toughest schedule with an 84.89 rating. On a conference note, the West Coast Conference is the 13th best with a 75.76 rating. The Big Ten Conference ranks No. 1 with an 81.89.
GRIZ HOLD KENNEL VICTORY: The University of Montana holds one of the eight victories opponents have managed over Gonzaga University in The Kennel since the 1992 season. The Grizzlies posted a 67-63 overtime victory during the 1996-97 season, snapping a 42-game non-conference Gonzaga winning streak in The Kennel. Gonzaga is currently tied with the University of Delaware for 16th on the current longest home court winning streak, both schools with 12 straight victories. Murray State University sits atop the list with 45.
SANTANGELO EYES ASSISSTS MARK: The countdown has started for senior point guard Matt Santangelo in his quest to usurp John Stockton as Gonzaga University's all-time assists king. Santangelo has 491 career assists entering the University of Montana game, 64 shy of surpassing 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 201 his senior campaign of 1983-84.
?AND POINTS ASSAULT: With 14points Montana against the University of Washington, Matt Santangelo now has 1,453 career points to rank 6th on the Gonzaga University all-time scoring charts. He edged past the 1,452 points of Gary Lechman from 1965-67. He needs 297 points for the season to move into third place on the all-time single-season list behind Frank Burgess (2,196 from 1959-61) and Jim McPhee (2,105 from 1986-90).
FRAHM 15th IN CAREER POINTS: Senior guard Richie Frahm continued his climb up the all-time Gonzaga University points chart with his 19 points against the University of Washington. He has 1,138 points for 14th , moving past Jack Curran and into 14th. Curran scored 1,121 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.
FRAHM DOUBLES UP: Richie Frahm's 10 point/10 rebound afternoon at UCLA was the first double-double in his Gonzaga University career. His previous best rebounding night was 8 on five occasions.
CALVARY SWATS 'EM AWAY? Casey Calvary matched his career high with 5 blocks in Gonzaga University's win earlier this season over Eastern Washington University. He had 5 blocks last season against St. Martin's College. He has blocked at least one shot in 58 of his last 63 games and in 66 of his 76 career games overall. He had at least one block in 20 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 again last year with 57. He has 117 blocks in his Gonzaga University career.
THE POLLS: Gonzaga University moved up to 22nd in the Associated Press Top 25 last week, the Bulldogs' highest regular-season AP ranking ever. The Bulldogs garnered 293 points to edge the University of Oklahoma for 22nd, the Sooners checking in with 284 points. Indiana University is 21st with 375 points. Gonzaga is also out of the ESPN/USA TODAY Top 25 coaches poll for the second straight week after being 25th after the first week of the season. The Bulldogs received 105 points, the first team listed among the "others receiving votes" category. The University of Utah is 25th.
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 95-8 at home for a nifty 92.2 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 2000 2-0 9-Year Kennel Total = 95-8 (92.2%)
GIMME SOME "D": Last Saturday's game at UCLA marked the second time this season Gonzaga University had held an opponent in the 40's, defeating Eastern Washington University 61-47 in The Kennel. GU held Whitman College to 35 points in the 1981-82 season opener. The 43 points by the Bruins was their lowest total in 35 years and 546 games in Pauley Pavilion history.
BULLDOGS VS. THE PAC-10: Gonzaga University will face its fourth Pacific-10 Conference opponent of the season Tuesday when the Bulldogs face the University of California in the Pete Newell Challenge at Oakland County Coliseum. Since joining the NCAA Division I ranks for the 1958-59 season, Gonzaga trails 55-18 in meetings with current-day Pac-10 members. Most of those meetings have come against Washington State University. Here's a breakdown of how the Bulldogs have fared against the Pac-10 over the last 42 years: Washington (2-7), UCLA (1-0), Oregon (0-6), Oregon State (0-9), USC (0-2), Stanford (2-0) and Washington State (13-31).
DOWN UNDER FOR BOARDS: Center Axel Dench, who had just 7 rebounds through the first three games of the season, has grabbed 24 in the last five games and 5 in each of the last four outings. He's averaging 3.9 rpg for the season, but 4.8 rpg for the last four games.
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