Bulldogs Try To Take Down Another Pac-10 Team In Cal

Dec. 21, 1999

OAKLAND, Calif. - Gonzaga hopes to make it 4-for-4 against Pac-10 schools this season as it battles California in the Pete Newell Challenge at Oakland, Calif.

The 22nd-ranked Bulldogs (7-2) already have beaten then No. 11 UCLA at Pauley Pavillion as well as Washington and Washington State. Gonzaga seems on its way to returning to the NCAA tournament for a second straight season after its stunning run to the West Region final last season as a No. 10 seed.

Gonzaga pulled away for an 88-70 win over Montana on Sunday. Matt Santangelo had 15 points and nine assists without a turnover for the Bulldogs, who pounded the offensive glass in the second half to wear down the Grizzlies. Santangelo, however, was not thrilled with the team's performance.

"It was unemotional on our part," he said. "They really wanted this game and it showed."

The good news for the Bulldogs was the return of the team's excellent 3-point shooting. They made 11-of-24 shots from beyond the arc, as Santangelo made 4-of-9 and Richie Frahm was 3-of-4.

Frahm is leading the team in scoring at 13.9 points per game, followed by Santangelo (13.2 ppg) and center Casey Calvary (12.4 ppg). Gonzaga is holding opponents to 36.9 percent shooting from the field and 28.6 percent from 3-point range.

California (6-2) is trying to improve to 3-0 in the Pete Newell Challenge. In 1997, the Bears defeated BYU and upset North Carolina last season.

Sean Lampley had 16 points and 10 rebounds as Cal cruised to an 88-61 win over UC Irvine on Saturday. Freshman Donte Shipp netted a season-high 16 points and Joe Shipp added 13 for the Bears, who shot 59 percent from the field (20-for-34) in the second half and had a 41-29 rebounding advantage.

This is the first meeting between the schools.



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