Battle Of Bulldogs Saturday At Arena

Jan. 3, 2008

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 15 - Georgia
Saturday, January 5 - 5 p.m.
Ronald McDonald House Charities Classic
Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KAYU-TV (Spokane); FSN (check local listings)
G -   2 Jeremy Pargo, 6-2, 219, Jr., Chicago, IL
       (12.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 6.0 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.6 blocks)
G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 214, So., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (14.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.1 assists, 1.0 steals)
G - 22 Micah Downs, 6-8, 190, Jr., Kirkland, WA
       (9.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.6 assists, 1.0 steals)
F -  25 David Pendergraft, 6-6, 223, Sr., Brewster, WA
       (8.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.5 steals)
F -  31 Abdullahi Kuso, 6-9, 241, Sr., Kaduna, Nigeria
      (5.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 0.3 steals, 0.8 blocks)
or   21 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 255, Fr., North Vancouver, British Columbia
       (4.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 0.4 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.3 blocks)
or   42 Josh Heytvelt, 6-11, 255, Jr., Clarkston, WA
       (11.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 0.7 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.7 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  221-56 (9th year - 19th at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA BULLDOGS (8-3; 0-0 SEC) G - 2 Sundiata Gaines, 6-1, 205, Sr., Jamaica, NY (11.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 4.8 assists, 2.2 steals) G - 31 Bill Humphrey, 6-2, 185, Jr., Dacula, GA (12.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.4 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.3 blocks) C - 44 Dave Bliss, 6-10, 255, Sr., Wausau, WI (7.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 0.5 assists, 0.9 blocks) F - 30 Terrance Woodbury, 6-7, 210, Jr., Virginia Beach, VA (9.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.4 blocks) F - 50 Jeremy Price, 6-8, 270, Fr., Decatur, GA (9.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.6 assists, 0.4 steals) HEAD COACH: Dennis Felton (Howard, 1985) UGA RECORD: 66-63 (5th year) CAREER RECORD: 166-120 (10th year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 16 - Loyola Marymount
Saturday, January 12 - 5:30 p.m.
Gersten Pavilion - Los Angeles, CA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KHQ-TV (Spokane); FSN (check local listings)
G -   1 Corey Counts, 5-10, 165, Jr., Los Angeles, CA
      (5.1 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 2.9 assists, 0.4 steals,)
G -   3 Shawn Deadwiler, 6-3, 175, So., Chandler, AZ
      (10.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.7 assists, 0.8 steals)
G -  33 Orlando Johnson, 6-5, 205, Fr., Salinas, CA
      (12.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.2 assists, 0.4 steals)
F -  12 Marko Deric, 6-9, 230, Jr., Perth, Australia
      (7.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 0.6 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.6 blocks)
F -  32 Tim Diederichs, 6-9, 225, Fr., Snohomish, WA
      (7.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.3 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.4 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Rodney Tention (San Francisco, 1988)
LMU RECORD:  28-47 (3rd year)  CAREER RECORD:  Same.
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  1/3 at BYU; 1/7 at Cal State Bakersfield.

*********************************************************************************************** Gonzaga University men's basketball game Saturday against the University of Georgia in the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena will now be televised on KAYU-TV Fox 28 in the Spokane area. The game was originally to have been televised on KHQ-TV in Spokane but NBC has a National Football League playoff game KHQ is obligated to televise. Saturday's game will also be seen on FSN throughout most of the five-state region of Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Alaska. Check local listings for the station in your area. Game time Saturday is 5 p.m. PST. ***********************************************************************************************

Gonzaga University turns the calendar to a new year by hosting the southern version of Bulldogs from the University of Georgia Saturday in the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena at 5 p.m. The game is the second Ronald McDonald House Charities Classic, the Bulldogs losing a thrilling 78-77 overtime verdict to the University of Memphis in last year's inaugural event in the Spokane Arena. Saturday's game is sold out.

Saturday's game will be the fourth meeting between Gonzaga University and the University of Georgia since the inaugural showdown Dec. 15, 2002, when UGA took a 95-83 win in the Peach Bowl Classic in Atlanta, Ga. The Zags knotted the series with an 82-76 overtime victory Nov. 24, 2004, in a game played in the Spokane Arena. Georgia took its current 2-1 lead in the series last season with a 96-83 win in the Peach Bowl Classic in a game played at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta.

The Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena opened its doors in the fall of 1995, and Gonzaga University played the first collegiate basketball game in the facility on Nov. 24, 1995, in a 72-67 setback to Washington State University. The Bulldogs are 11-4 in the Spokane Arena and had and 8-game losing streak in the building snapped with last year's 78-77 overtime setback to the University of Memphis. The last Gonzaga loss in the facility prior to last season was an 81-80 overtime contest to the University of New Mexico Jan. 2, 2001, a game that was delayed 42 minutes when the Bulldogs Casey Calvary shattered a backboard on a slam dunk with approximately 9:00 to play in the second half. Saturday's game will be the second appearance for Georgia in the Arena, Gonzaga taking an 82-76 overtime victory Nov. 24, 2003, in the first Spokane meeting of the Bulldogs.

West Coast Conference play looms on the horizon for Gonzaga University, the Bulldogs heading to Los Angeles next week to open the league fray Saturday against Loyola Marymount University followed by a Monday visit to Pepperdine University. The Bulldogs will be seeking their eighth straight WCC regular-season title and their 10th in the last 11 years. Gonzaga finished second in 2000, the only time it hasn't won the crown since 1998.

Gonzaga University continues to receive votes in the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN polls. The Bulldogs, ranked as high as 14th in both polls this season, dropped out of the polls Christmas Eve following a Dec. 20 setback to Oklahoma University in Oklahoma City, the Sooners also receiving votes this week.

Three teams on the Gonzaga University schedule remain ranked in the Top 10 of both polls this week. The Bulldogs will travel to No. 2 University of Memphis Jan. 26; hosted fourth-ranked Washington State University in December and played No. 8 University of Tennessee last Saturday.

There's no place like home, and the McCarthey Athletic Center has become quite the home for the Bulldogs since it opened for the 2004-05 season. Gonzaga is 45-2 in the new facility, winning its first 38 games in the McCarthey Athletic Center. Santa Clara University halted the streak with an 84-73 victory Feb. 12, 2007. That loss also snapped a 50-game home winning streak for the Bulldogs, at the time the longest streak in the nation, as Gonzaga left the old Kennel with 12 straight home victories.

10-4. No, it's not CB lingo. It's the margin of defeat in four Gonzaga games this season - either four points or 10 points. The Bulldogs lost to Texas Tech University 73-63, Washington State University 51-47, Oklahoma University 72-68 and the University of Tennessee 82-72. Gonzaga's average margin of loss is 7.0 points, while the Bulldogs average margin of victory this season is 17.3 points. Gonzaga has surrendered 70+ points in three of the four losses, and held opponents under 60 points in six of the 10 victories.

Gonzaga University has lost the battle of the boards in three of its four setbacks this season, out rebounding only the University of Tennessee (41-32) in defeat. Texas Tech University held a 35-29 rebounding edge, Washington State University a 43-30 advantage and Oklahoma University winning the war of the boards 38-29. For the season Gonzaga has a +5.7 rebounding margin.

Jeremy Pargo had eight assists against the University of Utah to move into seventh on the all-time Gonzaga University list with 307. He moved ahead of Dan Dickau (299), Kyle Dixon (303) and Jim McPhee (304). Next on the list is Don Baldwin in sixth with 313. Matt Santangelo is the all-time leader with 668. Pargo has 48 assists in his last seven games for a 6.9 average. For the season he's averaging 6.0 assists/game.

Gonzaga University is 3-5 all-time against schools from the current make-up of the Southeastern Conference, the Bulldogs playing their second SEC foe in a week. Gonzaga lost to the University of Tennessee 82-72 last Saturday at The Battle in Seattle, the inaugural meeting between the schools. Gonzaga has played the University of Georgia more than any other SEC school, Saturday's meeting the fourth in the series. One of Gonzaga's wins over a SEC school was against the University of Florida in the 1999 NCAA Sweet 16 to propel the Bulldogs into the Elite Eight where they lost to eventual champion University of Connecticut. The 1999 season launched Gonzaga on its run of nine straight NCAA Tournament appearances.

There might be some magic in that No. 5 jersey freshman Austin Daye is wearing - especially when it comes to the free throw line. Daye is 56-for-62 for 90.3 percent from the stripe this season. Derek Raivio, who wore No. 5 throughout his Gonzaga career, is one of the most prolific free throw shooters in NCAA history. He finished his career hitting 92.7 percent from the line and holds the top three single-season percentage marks in school history. Raivio went 148-for-154 for 96.1 percent to lead the NCAA Division I ranks in percentage a year ago and ranks second all-time on the NCAA single-season list. For his career he went 343-for-370 for 92.7 percent to rank second in the NCAA based on a minimum of 300 free throws made and 2.5 free throws made/game. Raivio set the Gonzaga record of 56 consecutive free throws. Daye had 29 straight makes this season.

Speaking of Austin Daye, he now has 27 blocks this season to lead the team. At his current rate of 1.93 blocks/game he would finish the regular season with 58 blocks. Ronny Turiaf is the single-season leader with 59 in 2005.

Matt Bouldin has put together two straight solid games since coming back from an ankle sprain that sidelined him one game and limited him in another. He tied his career high with 21 points against the University of Tennessee, then tossed in a career-high 26 points against the University of Utah. He's 15-for-26 from the field in the last two games.

David Pendergraft has grabbed 28 rebounds in the last five games for 5.6 rebounds/game, nearly one rebound over his season average of 4.9. He grabbed just two rebounds against Washington State University, but started his current streak with back-to-back games of seven rebounds. His season high is eight against Western Kentucky University in the opener of the Great Alaska Shootout.

Gonzaga University has extended its streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 474. The last time the Bulldogs failed to hit a trey was Jan. 27, 1993, going 0-for-5 at home against Portland. UNLV holds the all-time streak of 668 entering this season.

Gonzaga University men's basketball coach Mark Few added three players to his charges for the 2008-09 season with the signing of three players to letters-of-intent. Andy Poling, 6-11, 30-pound forward from Westview High in Portland, Ore.; Grant Gibbs, 6-5, 190-pound guard from Linn-Mar High in Marion, Iowa, and Demetri Goodson, 6-0, 175-pound guard from Klein Collins High in Spring, Texas, outside of Houston, made their intentions official to become Bulldogs on the first day of national letter-of-intent signing day. All three had previously made verbal commitments. Poling averaged 13.9 ppg last season to rank fifth in the Metro League in scoring while leading the Wildcats to a 21-8 overall record and 8-2 second-place Metro League finish. He was named honorable mention All-State 6A in Westview's first season in the newly-created State 6A classification. He was also voted first-team All-Metro League for the Wildcats, ranked seventh in the state heading into the State 6A Tournament where they lost their first two games. Poling was rated one of the 20 best centers in the country by one scouring service. Gibbs averaged 15.0 ppg, 5.0 assists and 5.0 rpg as Linn-Mar captured the Iowa State 4A title last spring. He had 10 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in the quarterfinal win over Sioux City North; 20 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 7 steals in the semifinal victory over Urbandale, and scored 15 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, and had a pair of assists and steals in the title game against Bettendorf to cap a 24-1 season. He finished third in tournament scoring with 45 points and tied for fourth with 21 rebounds in earning All-Tournament honors. Goodson helped lead Klein Collins to the Region 2 title game last season while averaging 16.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 7.0 assists/game. He was an All-State 5A selection, the largest classification in Texas. Goodson was rated as high as the 135th best player in the country by one scouting service.

Juniors Jeremy Pargo and Josh Heytvelt have been named to the preseason watch lists for a pair of prestigious All-American men's basketball honors. Pargo, a native of Chicago, Ill., is one of 50 players named to the John R. Wooden Award as selected by the Los Angeles Athletic Club's Wooden Award Committee. Heytvelt, who hails from Clarkston, Wash., was named one of 50 preseason candidates for the Naismith Trophy as selected by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. Pargo becomes the eighth Bulldog selected as a Wooden candidate. Heytvelt is the second Bulldog in three years under consideration for the Naismith.



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