Bulldogs End Break At Home Against Monmouth
Dec. 28, 2000
Game No. 10 - Monmouth University
Saturday, December 30 - 7 p.m. PST
The Kennel - Spokane, WA
Radio: ESPN 630 AM The Score - 25 minutes prior to tipoff
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (5-4, 0-0 in West Coast Conference)
MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY HAWKS (6-2, 3-0 in Northeast Conference)
Tuesday, January 2 - 7:30 p.m.
Spokane Arena - Spokane, WA
Radio: KXLY 920 AM 25 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: FOX Sports Northwest (Channel 34 AT&T Cable in Spokane)
UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO LOBOS (7-1, 0-0 in Mountain West Conference)
DICKAU TO MISS SATURDAY'S GAME: Gonzaga University men's basketball point guard Dan Dickau, sidelined with a broken finger, will not be available for duty Saturday against Monmouth University when the Bulldogs return to action at 7 p.m. in The Kennel. There was guarded optimism Dickau, who suffered a broken left index finger Nov. 29 at the University of Arizona, would be ready to return to action Saturday. But while x-rays revealed the fracture is healing, he has not been cleared to practice or play, according to Gonzaga head athletic trainer Steve DeLong. "He won't be able to touch a basketball until Jan. 1," DeLong said as the Bulldogs prepared to return to practice Tuesday following a Christmas break. The Bulldogs have not played or practiced since a 72-61 defeat at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay on Dec. 20. DeLong said it is also doubtful Dickau would be able to see any duty Jan. 2 when Gonzaga hosts the University of New Mexico at 7:30 p.m. in the Spokane Arena. "We'll have Dr. (Russell) VanderWilde look at it again this week, but he hasn't been released to play or practice. He is out of the splint and the healing process seems to be going well, but it will be at least Jan. 1 before he is cleared to return," DeLong said. VanderWilde is one of Gonzaga's orthopaedic surgeons. DeLong was hopeful Dickau would be able to return this Saturday following the initial diagnosis because it takes an average of four weeks for the normal healing process. But DeLong also noted everybody heals at a different rate. In Dickau's absence, freshman Blake Stepp has moved from the off guard to point guard. The Eugene, Ore., native is averaging 12.1 ppg, 4.6 assists/game and 4.0 turnovers/game for the 5-4 Bulldogs who are in the midst of a 3-game losing streak.
BULLDOGS DROP THIRD STRAIGHT: The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay out-rebounded Gonzaga by a 12-2 margin during a crucial five minute stretch of the second half as the host Phoenix snapped a five game losing skid with a 72-61 win over Gonzaga University on Dec. 20, the final outing prior to Christmas break for the Bulldogs. During that crucial five minutes Green Bay was able to convert that 10 rebound advantage into a 14-2 run that gave the Phoenix a 64-49 lead with just over 3:30 remaining. Green Bay finished with a 40-26 rebounding edge over the Bulldogs, who had won the first meeting of the year 85-58 in Spokane Dec. 19. After falling behind early to open the contest on two 7-0 Green Bay runs, the Zags tied the contest at 23-23 with 5:49 remaining in the opening period. Mark Spink scored 2 of his 8 first-half points sending home a dunk on an assist by Casey Calvary. After being tied 25-25, Gonzaga would never tie or lead in the contest again, the Phoenix leading 38-27 at halftime. Gonzaga opened the second half with Calvary and Spink drawing their third personal fouls of the game, but the Bulldogs seemed to rally in the face of adversity and went on a 12-5 run. Gonzaga closed to within 48-44 with 9:45 to play, but the Bulldogs hit a 4-minute dry spell from the field and the Phoenix put the finishing touches on the victory.
BATTLE OF THE BOARDS: The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay's 40-26 rebounding advantage was the most the Bulldogs have been out-rebounded since the University of San Diego pulled a +19 against Gonzaga last season. The only difference is the Bulldogs won that meeting against the Toreros. Gonzaga has been out-rebounded in each of its past two losses in their current 3-game skid. The University of Florida held a slim +2 edge on the boards. In Gonzaga's other two setbacks this season the Bulldogs have won the battle of the boards - 34-31 at Boise State University and 35-33 at the University of Arizona. The Bulldogs were 6-6 last season when out-rebounded.
TAKING CARE OF THE BALL: Gonzaga University did a better job of taking care of the ball at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The Bulldogs, who had committed 19 turnovers in each of their last two games heading to Green Bay, had just 11 against the Phoenix. Gonzaga had a season high 23 turnovers in the season opener at Eastern Washington University in a victory, and 21 turnovers in the loss at the University of Arizona. The Bulldogs are averaging 17.5 turnovers/game in their four losses, and 14.2 turnovers/game in their five victories. In four of those wins the Bulldogs had 13 turnovers or less. Gonzaga had a season-low 10 turnovers at the University of Montana.
THREE STRAIGHT LOSSES: For the first time since the end of the 1996-97 season, Gonzaga University has dropped three straight games. The Bulldogs have lost at Boise State University, to the University of Florida on a neutral court in Sunrise, Fla., and at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in their last three outings. The last time the Bulldogs were in a skid this bad the club lost the final three regular-season games and then dropped a first-round game in the West Coast Conference Tournament to finish the 1996-97 campaign. Current head coach Mark Few and assistant coach Bull Grier were both assistant coaches with that club. The Bulldogs lost back-to-back games three times last season, and at one time dropped 3-of-4 outings. Gonzaga's longest losing streak is 10 games during the 1990 WCC season.
WILLIAMS HANGS 'EM UP: Gonzaga University sophomore walk-on guard Kenny Williams has decided to forego his basketball career to concentrate on his academics. Williams has played just five minutes in Gonzaga's first nine games. "He felt the commitment he was making to basketball was detracting from his academic pursuits," Gonzaga head coach Mark Few said. "We wish him nothing but the best." Williams played 67 minutes in 18 appearances a year ago.
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.
CALVARY PASSES 1,000-POINT PLATEAU... Senior forward Casey Calvary has become the 22nd played in Gonzaga University to surpass the 1,000-point barrier, entering Saturday's game against Monmouth University with 1,096 points. That ranks him 16th in school history, 25 shy of matching Jack Curran's 1,121 points. Calvary should move into the top 10, needing 259 more points to surpass Bill Suter at No. 10 with 1,354.
...AND NEARS 600 REBOUNDS: Casey Calvary will become just the fourth player in Gonzaga University history to join the 1,000-point/600-rebound club. He's already achieved the 1,000 points, and now has 598 career rebounds. Calvary cracked Gonzaga's career Top 10 with his 8 rebounds against the University of Florida, passing Joe Clayton's 593 rebounds and Frank Burgess' 595 rebounds to move into the 9th spot. Larry Brown is currently 8th with 604.
BULLDOGS WIN 200TH: Gonzaga University's win at the University of Montana earlier this year was the 200th for the Bulldogs in the last 10 seasons. Gonzaga is 200-87 since the 1991-92 season for a .697 winning percentage.
SCOUTING THE HAWKS: Monmouth University of West Long Branch, NJ, is off to its best start since the 1990-91 season, the Hawks 6-2 and riding a 5-game winning streak heading into Christmas break. Monmouth is also 3-0 in the Northeast Conference. A 79-50 non-conference home victory over St. Peter's College on Dec. 16 was the largest margin of victory for the Hawks since the 1992-93 season. The Hawks will be idle until Dec. 28 when they start their western swing at UNLV. Rahsaan Johnson and Gerry Crosby have each scored in double figures in all eight contests to date. The duo is averaging a combined 38.6 ppg. Johnson is averaging a team-leading 20.5 ppg, Crosby 18.1 ppg.
SCOUTING THE LOBOS: The University of New Mexico is 7-1 and on a six-game winning streak entering the COMCAST Lobo Invitational this Friday and Saturday in The Pit on the UNM campus. The six-game streak is the longest for the Lobos in head coach Fran Fraschilla's two seasons, and is the longest since the Lobos opened the 1998-99 season with an 8-0 record. Forward Wayland White returns from a two-game academic-related suspension. He leads UNM in rebounding with 8.0 rpg and in blocked shots with 3.5/game. The Lobos are allowing just 60.5 ppg, and no foe has hit the 70-point plateau through the first eight games. George Mason University scored 68 points in the season opener. UNM's only setback of the season was a 61-49 loss at Temple University on Nov. 15. Next Tuesday's visit to Spokane will be just the third road game in the first 11 outings of the season for UNM. Other than the Temple game, the Lobos have not been out of the state of New Mexico, their other "road" game at New Mexico State University on Dec. 7.
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