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McCarthey Athletic Center timeline

10/23/2004

Opens to the public with a dedication and scrimmage.

11/5/2004

New arena gets a game-night shakedown cruise, a 114-86 exhibition victory over Emporia State. Sean Mallon lights it up for 28 points in front of a crowd of 5,941.

11/19/2004

First official game in McCarthey sees Ronny

Turiaf score 33 points and Zags shoot 65 percent in a 98-80 win over Portland State.

11/20/2004

The women get their first bow in the new building, whipping Utah Valley 87-41 in front of 1,644.

11/21/2004

A 78-62 win over Montana is the only regular-season men’s game not listed as a 6,000-seat sellout. Official attendance: 5,917.

12/1/2004

First ranked opponent in McCarthey, No. 14 UW, falls 99-87.

1/16/2005

Bill Cosby, left, takes the stage as the first non-sports attraction.

1/29/05

ESPN cameras visit McCarthey for the first time for 91-79 win over Portland on the Deuce.

2/3/2005

Down 12 at halftime, Zags hold Saint Mary’s to 24 percent shooting thereafter in 68-63 win.

2/19/2005

Adam Morrison fall-away jumper from the wing with .05 a second left beats USF 75-73. John Cox’s desperation heave from the wing for USF was ruled to have come after the buzzer.

2/26/2005

Gonzaga’s women make their debut as a Top 25 team with an 81-35 blitz of Portland to clinch their first 14-0 WCC season, with a league-record 5,825 on hand.

9/29/2005

Yellowcard, above, headlines the biggest rock concert on campus since Led Zeppelin and Vanilla Fudge played in 1968.

10/21/2005

You might be a redneck if you attended Jeff Foxworthy’s concert.

12/18/2005

The Zags women fall for the first time in the new joint, 72-60 to Montana.

12/31/2005

St. Joseph’s makes 15 3-pointers – still a McCarthey record – in a 102-94 loss.

1/16/06

Zags make first Big Monday appearance on ESPN, a 92-80 winner over LMU.

1/28/2006

Adam Morrison sets an arena record with 42 points against Portland.

2/6/2006

Sean Mallon‘s free throw with .03 left beats Saint Mary’s 62-61.

2/11/2006

ESPN College GameDay visits Spokane and sees Adam Morrison rip Stanford for 34 points in an 80-76 win.

3/5/2006

J.P. Batista returns from knee sprain to lift Zags past San Diego 96-92 in overtime in the only WCC Tournament played in Spokane. Gonzaga edges Loyola Marymount for the title the following night.

12/9/2006

Two ranked teams meet for the first time, with No. 18 GU burying No. 13 Washington 97-77 behind Derek Raivio‘s 25 points.

2/12/2007

Santa Clara ends Gonzaga’s 50-game home winning streak dating back to the old Kennel, 84-73.

3/1/2008

Jeremy Pargo scores all 18 of his points in the second half of an 88-76 win over Saint Mary’s.

12/30/2008

Coach Pat Summitt and Spokane’s Angie Bjorklund of Tennessee help GU’s women sell out the building for the first time with a 77-58 Vols win.

1/29/2009

Saint Mary’s Patty Mills lights up GU with six 3s before breaking his wrist in a fall, and Zags surge in second half to win 69-62.

3/3/2009

A 90-40 win over USC Upstate on Senior Night is the building’s largest margin of victory

4/24/2009

Death Cab for Cutie, above, plays the McCarthey.

12/2/2009

Zags recover from 12-point halftime deficit to beat WSU 74-69 with Matt Bouldin caning seven 3s.

12/5/2009

Wake Forest takes advantage of Elias Harris’ ejection for a forearm blow to edge the Zags 77-75.

1/21/2010

Pepperdine’s Keion Bell torches GU for 37 points, an Arena record for a visiting player.

1/30/2010

Heather Bowman becomes GU’s all-time women’s scoring leader, with the woman she passed, Tammy Tibbles, watching the Zags beat USF 93-53.

11/12/2010

Gonzaga scores 117 points against Southern, a McCarthey record.

11/16/2010

Steven Gray’s 35 points can’t stop San Diego State from pulling out a 79-76 win. Coupled with a later loss to Saint Mary’s, it’s the only time GU has lost twice in the same season in the McCarthey.

3/21/2011

Courtney Vandersloot becomes the first women’s player in NCAA history to top 2,000 points and 1,000 assists with a layup in an 89-75 win over UCLA that sends the Zags to the Sweet 16.

11/14/2011

Freshman Kevin Pangos scores 33 points on nine 3s in his first start and an ESPN audience sees GU beat WSU 89-81.

1/21/2012

Robert Sacre’s 18 points and 11 rebounds spur the Zags to their 100th McCarthey win, 77-60 over San Diego.

2/12/2012

The GU women’s 100th victory comes at the expense of Portland, 77-56, with Kayla Standish netting 18 in front of 5,136.

5/13/2012

Nobel Prize winner Desmond Tutu, above, speaks at graduation.

12/28/2012

Kevin Pangos’ 31 points and seven 3s beat Baylor, 94-87.

11/11/2013

Zags make 14 3-pointers in a 93-61 romp over Colorado State

2/15/2014

The first 10 years at McCarthey ends for the men with a 86-67 sprint past Loyola Marymount behind Sam Dower’s 25 points.

3/1/2014

Without anyone knowing, it’s Kelly Graves’ McCarthey farewell as women’s coach in an 81-77 win over Pacific. He accepts the job at Oregon five weeks later.


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