Men's Basketball Plays Ohio In Rainbow Classic Opener

Dec. 27, 1999

Men's Basketball Game Facts

Game No. 11 - No. 22 Gonzaga vs. Ohio Tuesday, Dec. 28, 7 p.m. PST Stan Sheriff Center - Honolulu, HI (Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic) Radio: KXLI 630 AM 25 minutes prior to tipoff TV: None

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (7-3, 0-0 in West Coast Conference)
G - 13 Matt Santangelo, 6-1, 176, Sr., Portland, OR
(12.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 6.5 assists, 0.9 steals)
G - 25 Mike Nilson, 6-5, 216, Sr., Seattle, WA
(2.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.1 assists, 1.2 steals)
C - 30 Axel Dench, 6-11, 245, Sr., Melbourne, Australia
(7.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.6 steals)
F - 24 Richie Frahm, 6-5, 210, Sr., Battle Ground, WA
(14.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.2 assists, 0.8 steals)
F - 31 Casey Calvary, 6-8, 235, Jr., Tacoma, WA
(11.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 0.9 assists, 1.9 blocks)
HEAD COACH: Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD: 7-3 (1t year) CAREER RECORD: Same

OHIO UNIVERSITY BOBCATS (7-3, 0-0 in Mid-American Conference)
G - 5 Anthony Jones, 6-4, 210, Jr., Austin, TX
(11.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.1 assists, 3.0 steals)
G - 10 Corey Reed, 5-10, 175, Sr., Milwaukee, WI
(1.7 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.1 assists, 0.6 steals)
F - 34 Brandon Hunter, 6-7, 240, Fr., Cincinnati, OH
(10.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 0.5 assists, 0.4 steals)
F - 30 Sanjay Adell, 6-6, 230, Sr., Milwaukee, WI
(19.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.9 assists, 0.8 steals)
F - 33 Shaun Stonebrook, 6-8, 230, Sr., Westerville, OH
(15.5 ppg, 11.9 rpg, 3.9 assists, 2.1 steals)
HEAD COACH: Larry Hunter (Ohio University, 1971)
OHIO RECORD: 172-127 (11th year) CAREER RECORD: 477-203 (24th year)

Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic Schedule
Monday, December 27
Colorado vs. Villanova, 7 p.m. PST
Hawaii vs. Bradley, 9:30 p.m. PST
Tuesday,  December 28
Gonzaga vs. Ohio, 7 p.m. PST
Wake Forest vs. Oregon, 9:30 p.m. PST
Wednesday, December 29
Dec. 27 Losers, 1 p.m. PST
Dec. 28 Losers, 3:30 p.m. PST
Dec. 28 Winners, 7:30 p.m. PST
Dec. 27 Winners, 10 p.m. PST
Thursday, December 30
7th Place Game, 1 p.m. PST
5th Place Game, 3:30 p.m. PST
3rd Place Game, 7 p.m. PST
Championship Game, 9:30 p.m. PST

BULLDOGS OFF TO THE ISLANDS: Gonzaga University will get three days off for Christmas, then depart Christmas morning for Honolulu, HI, to compete in the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic hosted by the University of Hawai'i. The Bulldogs open play Tuesday against Ohio University, a 68-66 loser Wednesday night at the University of Portland. The Bulldogs are in the same bracket as Wake Forest University and the University of Oregon, who play the other Tuesday first-round game. Monday's openers have the University of Colorado facing Villanova University, and the host Rainbows battling Bradley University. The Zags are not strangers to Honolulu, having met the Rainbows in the second round of the 1998 National Invitational Tournament at Stan Sheriff Center, the hosts taking a 78-70 victory. All seven letterwinners on this year's Bulldog squad were a part of the NIT team.

BEARS END GONZAGA'S PAC-10 STREAK: The University of California ended Gonzaga University's 6-game winning streak against Pacific-10 Conference competition with a 72-64 victory Tuesday at the Pete Newell Challenge in Oakland, CA. The Bulldogs had their second-worst shooting night of the season, hitting 22-of-56 field goal attempts for 39.3 percent. After falling behind by as many as 13 points in the opening half at 30-17, the Bulldogs cut the deficit to 36-28 by halftime and took their first lead at 41-40 with 15:39 to play when Richie Frahm hit a 3-pointer. The Bulldogs led by as many as 4 points, the last time with 6:29 to play. But the Bears held Gonzaga to just one field goal - a 3-pointer by Frahm - and a free throw the rest of the way while outscoring Gonzaga 12-4 down the stretch. Gonzaga had defeated Washington State University and the University of Washington each of the past two seasons, topped UCLA this year in Pauley Pavilion and downed Stanford University last year in the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the 6-game streak against Pac-10 foes entering the Cal game.

FRAHM EQUALS SCHOOL TREY MARK: Senior guard/forward Richie Frahm returned to the form which helped lead Gonzaga University to the Elite Eight a year ago, hitting 8-of-16 3-pointers Tuesday against the University of California. The 8 treys tied the school mark held by Jarrod Davis (1991), John Rillie (1995), Frahm (1999) and Matt Santangelo (1999). Frahm had 8 3-pointers last season at the University of Memphis in the first round of the Chase NIT, then Santangelo connected for 8 in the West Coast Conference Tournament title game. Frahm connected on seven straight 3-pointers Tuesday night to shoot the Bulldogs back into contention against the Bears. Frahm missed his first six shots of the game before connecting with a 3-pointer with 3:25 remaining in the first half, sparking the Bulldogs on an 11-2 run which cut a 13-point Cal lead to 5 points with 2:58 to play in the opening half.

SANTANGELO HITS ASSISTS PLATEAU: Senior guard Matt Santangelo has become the second player in Gonzaga University history to reach 500 career assists, entering Tuesday's game against Ohio University with 508 in his quest to usurp John Stockton as Gonzaga University's all-time assists king. Santangelo is 47 shy of surpassing Stockton's school mark of 554. He should hit the record early in the West Coast Conference season. 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.

SANTANGELO POINTS ASSAULT: Matt Santangelo now has 1,470 career points to rank 6th on the Gonzaga University all-time scoring charts. He needs 38 points to move past Rich Evans and into 5th. Evans scored 1,507 points from 1947-50. He needs 297 points this 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 12th IN CAREER POINTS: Senior guard Richie Frahm continued his climb up the all-time Gonzaga University points chart with his 24 points against the University of California. He has 1,177 points for 12th, moving past Greg Sten (1,168) and Matt Stanford (1,171) with his Tuesday performance. He needs 50 points to move into 11th past Bill Wilson, who scored 1,226 points from 1962-64. Frahm is 163 points shy of overtaking John Stockton for 10th on the all-time list. Stockton scored 1,340 points from 1981-84. 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.

STATE CHAMPIONS: With wins over Eastern Washington University, Washington State University and the University of Washington, state bragging rights belong to Gonzaga University for the second straight season as the Bulldogs again swept the three other NCAA Division I teams in the state.

FLU BUG BITES CALVARY: The flu bug bit Gonzaga University junior Casey Calvary prior to Tuesday's game against the University of California, limiting the Bulldogs' power forward to just seven first-half minutes. He missed his only shot of the game, grabbed just 2 rebounds and had 1 blocked shot. He started feeling the effects of the flu prior to Sunday's game against the University of Montana, and was ineffective during Gonzaga's Tuesday shoot around prior to the game.

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 60 of his last 65 games and in 68 of his 78 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 120 blocks in his Gonzaga University career.

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 with 11 against the University of Washington. 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.

SAGARIN RANKINGS: Through Wednesday's games, Gonzaga University was ranked 23rd in the Jeff Sagarin NCAA Basketball Rankings. The Bulldogs have an 86.12 rating and are sandwiched between the University of Texas (22nd at 86.35) and the University of Kentucky (24th at 86.10. The Bulldogs finished 18th last year with an 87.01 rating. Gonzaga's schedule is ranked 37th with a 78.58 rating. The University of Cincinnati, a 75-68 winner over Gonzaga this season, sits atop the Sagarin ratings with a 94.56. Davidson University has the toughest schedule with an 83.98 rating. On a conference note, the West Coast Conference is the 13th best with a 75.43 rating. The Big Ten Conference ranks No. 1 with an 82.87.

THE POLLS: Gonzaga University dropped out of both the Associated Press Top 25 and the ESPN/USA TODAY Top 25 this week after being ranked 22nd in AP each of the past two weeks and 25th in ESPN/USA TODAY last week. The Bulldogs received 113 points in the AP poll this week for 27th behind the 167 points of University of Kentucky and the 181 points of 25th-ranked University of Utah. The Bulldogs were 28th in the ESPN/USA TODAY rankings with 47 points behind the 52 points of Tulsa University and the 50 points of North Carolina State University.

BULLDOGS WEEK-BY-WEEK IN THE POLLS
	                             ASSOCIATED PRESS		ESPN/USA TODAY
Pre-Season	                       24 (227 pts.)		      26 (89 pts.)
11/15/99			       25 (190)			      No Poll
11/24/99			       25 (197)			      25 (71)
11/29/99			       25 (176)                       26 (64)
12/5/99			               24 (194)			      27 (47)
12/13/99			       22 (293)		      	      26 (105)
12/19/99      			       22 (339)		              25 (95)
12/27/99                               27 (113)                       28 (47)

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 96-8 at home for a nifty 92.3 winning percentage, including 3-0 at this season. Gonzaga has won 14 straight home games since a 65-64 setback to Pepperdine University in 1998. 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.

HOME COOKIN' IN THE KENNEL
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	3-0
9-Year Kennel Total = 96-8 (92.3%)

RARE 20 SPOT: When Richie Frahm scored 24 points Tuesday night against the University of California, it marked just the second time this season a Bulldog has scored 20 points in a game. Zach Gourde scored 22 points in the second game of the season against Eastern Washington University. Gonzaga's scoring balance is reflected by the fact three players are averaging in double figures, but Frahm's 14.9 ppg lead the way. Matt Santangelo is averaging 12.1 ppg, while Casey Calvary is at 11.2 ppg.

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES: Last season Gonzaga University was 7-3 after 10 games, and people were thrilled with the record based on the Bulldogs' tough schedule which included a season-opening loss at 8th-ranked University of Kansas, a Chase NIT first-round win at the University of Memphis, a second-round NIT loss at 15th-ranked Purdue University and a victory against 17th-ranked University of Washington. Gonzaga went on to finish 28-7 and advance to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. Don't look now, but the Bulldogs are 7-3 after 10 games this season, and some people are asking, "What's wrong with the Bulldogs?" This year's schedule is tougher than last - #1 University of Cincinnati, #18 Temple University and #11 UCLA having been a part of those first 10 games. Last season the Bulldogs were a better offensive club through the first 10 games, but this year the defense has performed better and the rebounding totals are higher. Here are some comparisons through the first 10 games last year vs. this year.

CATEGORY         	                1998-99   	1999-2000
Field Goals Made/Avg.	                267/26.7	254/25.4
Field Goals Attempted/Avg.	        592/59.2	582/58.2
Field Goal Percentage	                47.5     	43.6
3-Point Field Goals Made/Avg.	        77/7.7  	67/6.7
3-Point Field Goals Attempted/Avg.	227/22.7	216/21.6
3-Point Field Goal Percentage	        33.9	        31.0
Free Throws Made/Avg.	                138/13.8	129/12.9
Free Throws Attempted	                199/19.9	213/21.3
Free Throw Percentage	                69.3    	60.6
Points Scored/Avg.	                751/75.1	704/70.4
Points Allowed/Avg.	                632/63.2	616/61.6
Offensive Rebounds/Avg.	                134/13.4	135/13.5
Defensive Rebounds/Avg.	                243/24.3	260/26.0
Total Rebounds/Avg.	                377/37.7	395/39.5

BULLDOGS VS. THE FIELD: Of the other seven teams in the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic Field, Gonzaga University has met just two of them previously. The University of Oregon holds an 18-3 series lead against the Bulldogs, and host University of Hawai'i holds a 1-0 advantage against Gonzaga.

 

 

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