Heytvelt Sharp In Exhibition Victory
Nov. 1, 2006
SPOKANE, Wash. - Sophomore Josh Heytvelt led four players in double figures with 23 points and Gonzaga University rolled to an 89-53 exhibition men's basketball victory over visiting Augustana College of Sioux Falls, S.D., on Wednesday.
A sold out McCarthey Athletic Center crowd of 6,000 saw the post-Adam Morrison/J.P. Batista era begin with an offensive explosion as the Bulldogs must replace the NCAA Division I leading scorer from a year ago and one of the top big men in the country. Morrison averaged 28.1 ppg and Batista averaged 19.1 ppg and nearly 10 rpg.
But Heytvelt went 10-for-18 from the field and grabbed 8 rebounds in 25 minutes of action.
Senior point guard Derek Raivio chipped in 16 points - most coming from his 4-for-6 night from 3-point range - and had three assists and four steals. Sophomore guard Jeremy Pargo had 13 points and senior Sean Mallon 10.
David Pendergraft paced the Bulldogs with 10 rebounds and could be called upon to pick up some of the rebounding slack left by Batista.
Gonzaga saw the Vikings hang close for the first 12 minutes, the Bulldogs leading just 23-22 with 7:41 to go in the opening half. But the Bulldogs went on a 21-6 spurt to close the half and build a 44-28 lead at intermission.
Gonzaga head coach Mark Few had mixed reviews on the Bulldogs inaugural outing of the season.
"It's a different team this season, a different look than last year," Few said. "We have a long ways to go. I thought we played hard and that's all we wanted to do. We wanted to play with fire and I thought they did that. They made a lot of good plays out there but we still need to correct some stuff."
But Few did compliment his defense which held Augustana to 32.8 percent from the field on 19-of-58. The Bulldogs also held a 49-38 rebound advantage.
"I hope our defense can continue to do perform like that. It's what we are striving and encouraging them to do in practice," the eight-year head coach said.
He particularly was impressed with the play of Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes, who had a pair of assists, two blocks and three steals while coming off the bench for 27 minutes.
"I thought that Pierre came in and changed the game in that way," Few said of the defensive effort. "He came in and caused some pressure on them."
"I thought Bouldin and Kuso had their moments," Few said. "They are having to think a little a bit right now. If we can get Matt to play with instincts, he has phenomenal instincts and once we get him doing that he will be a phenomenal player. For their first time under lights, they did a good job."
Nick Olson led Augustana with 14 points, the lone Viking in double digits.
Gonzaga will get its final tune-up of the exhibition season Saturday when Warner Pacific College of Portland, Ore., visits for a 7 p.m. contest. Gonzaga opens the regular season at home a week from Friday when Eastern Washington University visits the McCarthey Athletic Center.
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