Broncos End Nation's Longest Win Streak
Feb. 22, 2001
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Kyle Bailey scored 10 of his 16 points in the final 4:49 of play as Santa Clara upset Gonzaga 84-71 on Thursday night to end the Bulldogs' 14-game winning streak.
Steve Ross scored 22 points, one off his career high, for the Broncos (8-5, 17-11), who clinched third-place in the West Coast Conference. Jamie Holmes added 17 points as Santa Clara improved to 13-1 on the year when scoring 70 or more points.
Dan Dickau scored 39 points for Gonzaga (12-1, 20-6), which had the nation's longest current winning streak end. Dickau was 9-of-13 from three-point range, 11-of-18 from the field and 8-of-8 from the foul line.
No other team in the conference has had as much success against the Bulldogs than Santa Clara, which has won eight of the last 15 meetings between the teams.
Santa Clara's Brian Jones, with his sixth assist of the game midway through the second half, became the first player in WCC history with more than 1,500 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists. He finished the game with 13 points.
Gonzaga, which had already clinched the regular season title, came into the game leading the WCC in most offensive categories, including scoring 83.3 points a game.
The Bulldogs pulled to within 59-53 on Dickau's eighth three-pointer of the game with 9:27 remaining to play and remained within striking distance the rest of the way. During a stretch of four minutes, Dickau scored all 20 of Gonzaga's points.
Santa Clara raced to a 17-4 lead, highlighted by a 10-0 run, in the game's first six minutes. The Broncos led by as many as 19 points in the first half before settling for a 38-23 halftime lead. It was Gonzaga's biggest halftime deficit of the season.