Gonzaga's Long Road Saga Ends In Virginia

Jan. 1, 2007

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 15 - Virginia
Wed., Jan. 3 - 6 p.m. PST John Paul Jones Arena - Charlottesville, VA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane); 1340 KCTR (Tri-Cities); 980 KUSA (Yakima)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
G -   2 Jeremy Pargo, 6-2, 219, So., Chicago, IL
       (12.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.9 assists, 1.0 steals)
G -   5 Derek Raivio, 6-3, 177, Sr., Vancouver, WA
       (18.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.3 assists, 1.4 steals)
G -  15 Matt Bouldin, 6-4, 215, Fr., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (8.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.9 assists, 0.8 steals)
F -  42 Josh Heytvelt, 6-11, 238, So., Clarkston, WA
       (16.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 0.6 assists, 0.4 steals, 1.3 blocks)
F -  32 Sean Mallon, 6-9, 233, Sr., Spokane, WA
      (7.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 0.9 assists, 0.4 steals)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  197-46 (8th year - 18th at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA CAVALIERS (8-3; 0-0 ACC) G - 2 J. R. Reynolds, 6-2, 188, Sr., Roanoke, VA (16.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.9 assists, 0.8 steals) G - 44 Sean Singletary, 6-0, 185, Jr., Philadelphia, PA (17.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 5.5 assists, 1.2 steals) C - 21 Tunji Soroye, 6-11, 212, Jr., Gugbe Ibadan, Nigeria (1.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 0.3eals, 2.3 blocks) F - 24 Mamadi Diane, 6-5, 197, So., Potomac, MD (10.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.5 assists, 0.7 steals) F - 1 Will Harris, 6-6, 230, Fr., Corona, NY (5.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 0.5 assists, 0.5 blocks) HEAD COACH: Dave Leito (Northeastern, 1983) UVA RECORD: 23-18 (2nd year) CAREER RECORD: 103-87 (7th year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 16 - Loyola Marymount
Sat., Jan. 6 - 1 p.m. PST
McCarthey Athletic Center - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane); 1340 KCTR (Tri-Cities); 980 KUSA (Yakima)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KHQ-TV (Spokane); FSN (check local listings)
G -   4 Adoyah Miller, 6-5, 205, Sr., Verona, Italy
      (9.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.6 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.3 blocks)
G -  15 Damian Martin, 6-2, 200, Jr., Gloucester, NSW, Australia
      (4.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.5 assists, 1.8 steals)
G -  23 Jon Ziri, 6-2, 200, Jr., Tempe, AZ
      (5.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.6 assists, 0.9 steals)
C -   13 Derick Grubb, 6-9, 255, GR, Grapevine, TX
      (5.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 0.4 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.6 blocks)
F -   50 Mason Maynard, 6-9, 220, Fr., Glendale, AZ
      (2.8 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 0.5 assists)
HEAD COACH:  Rodney Tention (San Francisco, 1988)
LMU RECORD:  20-26 (2nd year)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

It might be a new year, but it's the same old road show for Gonzaga University's men's basketball team as the Bulldogs head cross country for the third time in six weeks to face the University of Virginia on Wednesday. For the eighth time in the last 11 games the Bulldogs will be away from the friendly confines of the McCarthey Athletic Center. Gonzaga has not played a home game since downing the University of Washington on Dec. 9. And to the road they've taken plenty thus far this season. By the time the team completes its return trip from Charlottesville, Va., the Bulldogs will have logged 15,865 air miles since Nov. 21. The NCAA doesn't keep such a statistic, but the Bulldogs have to be among the leaders for frequent flyer miles. Gonzaga went to New York for the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip Off the week of Thanksgiving, then returned to the Big Apple - stopping in Georgia along the way to play the University of Georgia - for its Dec. 21 game in Madison Square Garden against Duke University.

Although Gonzaga University had its 8-game winning streak against the Atlantic Coast Conference snapped Dec. 21 by the University of Duke, the Bulldogs have had remarkable success against the ACC. Gonzaga brings an 8-2 record against ACC foes into Wednesday's game at the University of Virginia. Earlier this season Gonzaga defeated second-ranked University of North Carolina 82-74 in the semifinals of the Dick's Sporting Good NIT Season Tip Off at Madison Square Garden. Gonzaga has played the University of Maryland more than any other ACC team, losing to the Terrapins in the 1995 NCAA first round in Salt Lake City, Utah - Gonzaga's inaugural trip to the NCAA Tournament - and then defeating the Terps at their BB&T Classic at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 6, 2003, and then winning last season at the EA Sports Maui Invitational.

Gonzaga University and the University of Virginia will be meeting for the third time in series history, the Bulldogs taking the previous two meetings. The Bulldogs downed the 15th-ranked Cavaliers 86-85 in the 2001 NCAA First Round in Memphis, Tenn. The teams met last season in the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, 10th-ranked Gonzaga taking an 80-69 victory.

After going the first 10 games of the season without being out rebounded - the University of North Carolina got a stalemate with 42 rebounds - Gonzaga University has now been out rebounded in its last four games. The University of Washington held a 41-39 edge in Gonzaga's 97-77 win, the University of Georgia won the battle of the boards 34-28 in a 97-77 victory over Gonzaga, Duke University bested the Bulldogs 39-38 in a 61-54 Blue Devils win in Madison Square Garden and the University of Nevada had a 32-28 advantage last Saturday in The Battle in Seattle at KeyArena.

Gonzaga University extended its home winning streak to 45 games Dec. 9 with a 97-77 win over the University of Washington. That streak is the longest current streak in the NCAA Division I ranks. The Bulldogs are 33-0 in the 3-year-old McCarthey Athletic Center and won their final 12 home games next door in The Kennel. Since beginning the streak Feb. 22, 2003, with a 69-60 win over Tulsa University, the Bulldogs have also played - and won - six games at the downtown Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. That gives the Bulldogs a 51-game winning streak in the city of Spokane. The last time the Bulldogs lost in Spokane was Feb. 19, 2003, to the University of Portland 72-68 in The Kennel.

Gonzaga University's current 3-game losing streak is just the second such streak in Mark Few's eight seasons as head coach. The Bulldogs dropped three straight games in December of 2000 - Few's second year as head coach - with setbacks at Boise State University, to the University of Florida in the Orange Bowl Classic in Sunrise, Fla., and at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Gonzaga went on to finish 26-7 that season and advance to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. The Bulldogs haven't lost four straight games since dropping the final four of the 1997 season when Few was still an assistant to then head coach Dan Fitzgerald. The Bulldogs lost regular-season outings to the University of San Diego, Saint Mary's College and Santa Clara University, then lost to USD in its West Coast Conference Tournament opener played at Loyola Marymount University.

Derek Raivio became the 29th member of Gonzaga University's 1,000-point club earlier this season and now has 1,105 career points to rank 23rd. Jack Curran (1947-50) is 22nd with 1,121 and Dan Dickau (2001-02) is 21st with 1,125. The senior from Vancouver, Wash., is averaging 10.3 ppg in his career.

Don't think Gonzaga University had a tough month of December? The six opponents the Bulldogs faced in the month of December - the University of Texas, Washington State University, the University of Washington, the University of Georgia. Duke University and the University of Nevada - had a combined record of 63-14 through games of Monday. Four of the six teams - Texas, Washington, Duke and Nevada - were ranked at the time the Bulldogs played them, and the other two - WSU and Georgia - were either also receiving votes in the two major polls or have since received votes in the polls. Throw into the mix the Bulldogs played current No. 2 University of North Carolina (12-1) and current No. 13 Butler University (13-1), and Gonzaga's six ranked opponents are a combined 68-10.

Derek Raivio's 201 career 3-pointers and 467 attempts ranked fifth on the Gonzaga University charts. His 127 career steals are sixth and his 299 career assists tie him with Dan Dickau (2001-02) for eighth.

With his 6-for-6 afternoon last Saturday, Derek Raivio has made 37 straight free throws since missing his final attempt against the University of North Carolina. He shares the Gonzaga University record of 41 straight with Geoff Goss.

Abdullahi Kuso got his first career start last Saturday against the University of Nevada. He went 0-for-2 from the field, grabbed 2 rebounds and had an assist, a blocked shot and a steal in 11 minutes. He picked up his third and fourth fouls early in the second half that limited his playing time.

Gonzaga University is averaging 16.5 turnovers/game in its five losses this season. In their nine wins the Bulldogs have averaged just 12.9 turnovers/game. For the season Gonzaga is averaging 14.4 turnovers/game. Gonzaga had 16 turnovers in the season's first loss to Butler University, 17 against Washington State University, 21 against the University of Georgia, 10 against Duke University and 19 against the University of Nevada.

Gonzaga University head men's basketball coach Mark Few announced the signing of four players to national letters-of-intent to join the Bulldogs next fall. Scheduled to join the Bulldogs next season are freshmen Austin Daye, Woodbridge High in Irvine, Calif.; Steven Gray, Bainbridge High, Bainbridge, Wash., and Robert Sacre (pronounced sack-rEE), Handsworth Secondary School, North Vancouver, British Columbia, and junior college transfer Ira Brown, Phoenix, Ariz., College who hails from Conroe, Texas. Daye, a 6-10, 190-pound wing, was ranked as the 32nd-best player nationally and as the ninth best small forward by one scouting service in the Class of 2007. He was named to the Long Beach Press Telegram Best in the West first team as the seventh-leading vote getter and was named to the Hot 100 players for 2007 as selected by Sports Illustrated. Daye averaged 16 ppg, 9 rpg and 3.4 blocks/game as a junior for coach John Halagan. Gray, a 6-4, 190-pound guard, was ranked as the 52nd best player and the 13th best shooting guard in the Class of 2007. He was also named to the Long Beach Press Telegram Best in the West second team. He averaged 24.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 4 assists and 2.5 steals last season for coach Scott Orness. Sacre, a 7-0, 255-pound post, was rated as the 100th best player in the Class of '07 and the seventh best center. He averaged 25 ppg, 12 rpg and 4 blocks/game for Handsworth Secondary School and coach Randy Storey last season, earning MVP of the British Columbia Provincial Tournament. Brown, a 6-4, 235-pound forward, was ranked as the 42nd best junior college player in the country after averaging 17 ppg, 10 rpg and shooting 60 percent from the field for Phoenix College and Coach Matt Gordon. A late bloomer to the collegiate game, Brown graduated from Willis High in Texas in May of 2001 and pursued a professional baseball career. He was drafted in the eight round of the 2001 Major League Draft by the Kansas City Royals and played four seasons of minor league baseball, including the 2002 season with the Spokane Indians of the Northwest League. He attended Phoenix College last season, averaging 17.1 ppg, 9.9 rpg, shooting 57.6 percent from the field (253-for-439) and blocking 59 shots. "This is the first time we've ever had a class nationally ranked," Few said of the recruiting class ranked 11th best in the nation by one scouting service. "We got some offense, we got some size and we got some athleticism. This is a talented group."

Gonzaga is tied for eighth for the longest active NCAA Tournament Appearances Streak. The Bulldogs made their eighth straight appearance in 2006, joining Wisconsin, Texas and Florida. Arizona extended its streak to 22 with last spring's selection, followed by Kansas (17), Kentucky (15), Duke (11) and Michigan State (9). Streaks that ended in 2006 were Cincinnati (14), Stanford (11) and Oklahoma State (8).

Gonzaga has extended its streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 438. The last time the Bulldogs failed to hit a trey was Jan. 27, 1993, going 0-for-5 at home against Portland. UNLV held the all-time streak of 601 entering the current season.



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