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Updated: Sunday, February 29, 2004 12:05 AM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(5) Gonzaga 80, Santa Clara 64

SPOKANE, Washington (Ticker) -- Gonzaga will never win another game in The Kennel.

The fifth-ranked Bulldogs closed their gym with what else, a victory, completing their fourth perfect home season in the last six years with an 80-64 rout of Santa Clara in a West Coast Conference matchup.

The Kennel has been the home of Gonzaga basketball for 39 years, including those of future NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton, one of several former Bulldogs introduced during a halftime ceremony.

They sat back and watched the current Bulldogs finish perfect seasons on their home floor and in the WCC. They won all 11 of their games in The Kennel and all 14 in the league.

It was the first perfect regular season in the conference for Gonzaga, the first WCC team to do so since Pepperdine went 12-0 in 1991-92.

The four-year senior trio of Blake Stepp, Kyle Bankhead and Cory Violette combined for 36 points - each leaving in the closing minutes to an appreciative home crowd.

Stepp led the way with 14 points as Gonzaga extended its overall winning streak to a school-record 18 games.

Kyle Bailey and Doron Perkins had 19 points apiece for Santa Clara (14-15, 6-8), which has lost of five of its past six games and seven in a row to Gonzaga.

The Broncos were overwhelmed from the start as Gonzaga opened with a 22-5 run. Bankhead scored six points during the burst, capping it with a 3-pointer 13:16 before halftime.

Santa Clara took a respectable 37-26 deficit to halftime and was within 46-35 with 16:34 to play, but the Bulldogs scored the next 13 points. Ronny Turiaf and Adam Morrison had four apiece in the tear.

Gonzaga led by at least 12 points the rest of the way and closed its cozy gymnasium with a 397-104 record.

Stepp had 14 points and eight rebounds, Turiaf scored 13 points and Bankhead added 12 on four 3-pointers. Violette had 10 points and 10 rebounds and Morrison chipped in 10 points.

The Bulldogs shot 53 percent from the field (29-of-55) while holding Santa Clara to 40 percent (22-of-55). They also held a 37-25 advantage on the glass and totaled 20 assists.

The Broncos were 11-of-27 from 3-point range and 11-of-28 on two-point field goals.


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