SPOKANE, Washington (Ticker) -- Fifth-ranked Gonzaga will close
out its stay at The Kennel on Saturday as it seeks to complete
its first unbeaten West Coast Conference schedule in the
regular-season finale against Santa Clara.
Gonzaga (24-2, 13-0 WCC) enters on a school-record 17-game
winning streak as it plays its final game at its cozy 4,000-seat
gymnasium. The Bulldogs will move into a bigger facility next
season.Saturday will mark the final home game for Gonzaga four-year
seniors Blake Stepp, Kyle Bankhead and Cory Violette. Transfers
Tony Skinner and Richard Fox will also take the floor in
Spokane for the final time.Stepp needs one 3-pointer to break Richie Frahm's school record
of 280 in his career. He nailed eight - all in the second half -
and scored 24 points in Thursday's 97-78 rout of San Diego.Gonzaga is 160-15 at The Kennel since 1991.The last team to go unbeaten in the WCC was the 1991-92
Pepperdine squad, which was 12-0.Santa Clara (14-14, 6-7) ended a four-game slide with a 55-54
victory at Portland on Thursday. Doron Perkins scored 17 points
to lead the Broncos.Gonzaga owns a six-game winning streak over Santa Clara, posting
a 79-63 road win on January 31 behind Stepp's 21 points.
Violette added 14 points and nine rebounds.