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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 15 - Loyola Marymount
Thursday, Jan. 9 - 7 p.m. PST
The Kennel - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk AM 1510 KGA - Pre-game show at 6:30 p.m. PST

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (9-5; 0-0 West Coast Conference)
G - 1 Winston Brooks, 6-0, 198, Sr., Richmond, VA
(2.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.4 assists, 0.9 steals)
G - 10 Blake Stepp, 6-4, 192, Jr., Eugene, OR
(15.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 6.1 assists, 1.8 steals)
C - 33 Cory Violette, 6-8, 255, Jr., Boise, ID
(11.9 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 0.7 assists, 0.7 steals, 1.1 blocks)
F - 34 Richard Fox, 6-11, 275, Jr., Denver, CO
(7.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.7 assists, 0.4 blocks)
F - 25 Tony Skinner, 6-5, 198, Jr., Albuquerque, NM
(9.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.0 assists, 1.0 steals)
HEAD COACH: Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD: 90-25 (4th year) CAREER RECORD: Same

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY LIONS (6-9; 0-0 West Coast Conference)
G - 1 Charles Brown, 5-11, 170, So., Hercules, CA
(11.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.2 assists, 2.1 steals)
G - 2 Brandon Worthy, 6-2, 205, Fr., San Jose, CA
(10.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.9 assists, 1.3 steals)
C - 33 Sherman Gay, 6-7, 195, Jr., Carson, CA
(8.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 0.3 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.7 blocks)
F - 4 Andy Osborn, 6-9, 230, So., Longmont, CO
(10.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.5 blocks )
F - 31 Keith Kincade, 6-6, 210, Jr., Norwalk, CA
(9.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.5 blocks)
HEAD COACH: Steve Aggers (Chadron State, 1971)
LMU RECORD: 24-48 (3rd year) CAREER RECORD: 338-318 (23rd year)
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: Jan. 6 vs. Point Loma.

Game No. 16 - Pepperdine University
Sunday, Jan. 12 - 1 p.m. PST
The Kennel - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk AM 1510 KGA - Pre-game show at 12:30 p.m. PST
TV: FOX Sports

PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY WAVES (8-5; 0-0 West Coast Conference)
G - 3 Alex Acker, 6-5, 185, Fr., Compton, CA
(12.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.1 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.4 blocks)
G - 20 Terrance Johnson, 6-5, 190, So., Dallas, TX
(14.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.9 assists, 1.5 steals)
C - 43 David Patten, 6-8, 200, Fr., Placentia, CA F - 32 Jimmy Miggins, 6-6, 200, Sr., Canton, MS
(17.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 4.4 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.6 blocks )
F - 34 Boomer Brazzle, 6-7, 230, Sr., Portland, OR
(12.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 0.6 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.5 blocks)
HEAD COACH: Paul Westphal (SC, 1972)
PU RECORD: 30-10 (2nd year) CAREER RECORD: 114-41 (5th year)
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: Jan. 9 at Portland

WCC PLAY BEGINS AT HOME: West Coast Conference play begins for Gonzaga University Thursday when Loyola Marymount visits for a 7 p.m. contest, followed by a Sunday matinee against Pepperdine University Sunday at 1 p.m. Both games will be televised, the LMU game locally on PAX-TV, while FOX Sports will show Sunday's contest in selected West Coast markets including FOX Sports Northwest and FOX Sports West2 in southern California.

SINGLE DIGITS: Only Gonzaga University, the University of Florida and Duke University has lost less than 10 games in each of the past four seasons. Gonzaga has posted marks of 29-4, 26-7, 26-9 and 28-7, respectively, in that stretch. The last time Gonzaga hit double-digits in the "L" column was 1998 with a 20-10 campaign. Current head coach Mark Few has never had 10 or more losses in any of his three previous Gonzaga seasons.

GOING OVERTIME: Gonzaga University went to overtime for the third time this season in the 79-78 loss to Saint Joseph's University. The Bulldogs had defeated the University of Washington 95-89 at home and Washington State University 110-104 in Pullman. The last time Gonzaga played this many OT games in a season was during the 1994-95 campaign when the Zags went 1-3 in overtime affairs.

BULLDOGS ON THE AIR: All Gonzaga University basketball games can be heard on News Talk AM 1510 KGA radio in Spokane. KREM-TV sports anchor Tom Hudson is in his first season behind the microphone calling all the radio action of Bulldog basketball beginning with the pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff. Gonzaga basketball can also be accessed off the Internet via subscription to the Online College Sports Network. OCSN, the official athletics web site provider for Gonzaga, offers many new features via its audio subscription service and all sites on the OCSN web site are included in the subscription. Subscriptions are available by visiting the Gonzaga site at http://www.gozags.com.

BULLDOGS ON THE TUBE: As many as 26 Gonzaga University regular-season contests could be televised through the West Coast Conference Tournament. KHQ-TV/PAX-TV in Spokane will televise 10 games from The Kennel as well as road games from the University of Montana and against Stanford University at the Pete Newell Challenge. KHQ-TV news anchor Greg Heister returns for his second season on KHQ/PAX. Former Bulldog Jeff Brown and former NBA and Washington State University standout Craig Ehlo will join Heister on the broadcasts. The Bulldogs could appear as many as eight times on ESPN or ESPN2 - all three games from the Maui Invitational, the Jimmy V Classic against North Carolina State University, at Pepperdine University for Rivalry Week, at home against Tulsa University in Bracket Busters and in the semifinals and championship game of the West Coast Conference Tournament.

FEW ON RADIO: The "Gonzaga Coaches Show" will be aired on 16 Tuesdays throughout the season on News Talk AM 1510 KGA radio, the home of Bulldog basketball. The show will feature head coach Mark Few, members of his staff and other special guests. The show will air live from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. from one of four Applebee's locations in the Spokane-Coeur d'Alene area. Play-by-play commentator Tom Hudson will host the show. The next broadcast will be Jan. 14 from Applebee's at Northpointe.

AGGERS NO STRANGER TO GU: Loyola Marymount University head coach Steve Aggers is no stranger to Gonzaga University. He spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Pepperdine University (1991-94) and five seasons as head coach at nearby Eastern Washington University (1996-00). Aggers is 0-11 lifetime against Gonzaga. In his five seasons at EWU he went 0-6 against the Bulldogs and is winless in five meetings with Gonzaga in his two previous seasons at LMU. In addition to four regular-season setbacks, LMU fell 82-64 to Gonzaga in last year's West Coast Conference Tournament opener.

AMONG FG LEADERS: Senior forward Zach Gourde has made his mark on Gonzaga University's career record book. He is ninth in field goals made with 418 as he chases Doug Spradley in eighth with 462. Gourde is also fourth in career blocked shots with 74, moving ahead of Paul Rogers (72). Mark Spink (80) is just ahead of him. Casey Calvary is the all-time leader in blocks with 207.

POUNDING THE BOARDS: Gonzaga University led the NCAA Division I ranks in rebounding margin last season with a +8.9 margin to edge Louisiana Tech University (+8.8) by the slimmest of margins. Cory Violette paced the Bulldogs with his 8.3 rpg, including a 20-rebound night against Fresno State University that ranked tied for 13th nationally. GU is +5.0 thus far this season.

BULLDOGS AND THE KENNEL: The Kennel, home of Gonzaga University's Bulldogs, has gained the reputation as one of the toughest courts in the country, the Bulldogs losing a 29-game home winning streak Dec. 31, 2002, that ranked third longest in the country. In the last 10 seasons the Bulldogs are 131-10 at home for a nifty 92.9 winning percentage after capping a 13-0 home season in 2002 and winning by an average of 24.6 ppg. The Bulldogs went 12-0 at home in 2001, winning by an average of 24.7 ppg. GU is 45-1 in The Kennel over the past four seasons. The 2000 squad was 10-1, and the 1999 Bulldogs completed a 10-0 season in The Kennel, winning by an average of 31.9 ppg. The Bulldogs also posted undefeated home campaigns in 1993 (13-0) and 1994 (14-0), and suffered just one home setback in 1996 and 1998. The Bulldogs put together a 34-game home-court-winning streak from 1992-95, which at the time was the country's second-longest active streak.

FEW'S THREE-YEAR RUN: Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few's 81-20 record makes him the winningest third-year coach in NCAA history, surpassing Bill Guthridge of the University of North Carolina (1998-00) and Everett Case of North Carolina State University (1947-49) who each won 80 games in their first three seasons as a NCAA Division I head coach. With 15 wins this season Few would crack the Top 10 list for wins by a fourth-year head coach, Jerry Tarkanian (Long Beach State, 1969-72), Pat Foster (Lamar, 1981-84) and Nolan Richardson (Tulsa, 1981-84) all with 96 wins. Case leads the four-year list with 107, one of only five coaches to win 100 games in their first four seasons. In his first two seasons as head coach the Bulldogs advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen, one of only two NCAA Division I head coaches to accomplish that feat since the bracket expanded to 64 teams in 1985. Few was an assistant coach on Gonzaga's run to the 1999 Elite Eight.

LAST FOUR YEARS: Gonzaga University trails only Duke University, Michigan State University and the University of Cincinnati in wins from 1998-02. The Bulldogs won 109 games, while Duke leads the list with 128 over that span.

VIOLETTE DOUBLES UP: Cory Violette recorded his fourth double-double of the season and the 15th of his career with 14 points and 10 rebounds against Stanford University in the Pete Newell Challenge.

BULLDOGS SIGN A PAIR: Gonzaga University men's basketball coach Mark Few signed Adam Morrison, a 6-8, 205-pound forward from Spokane's Mead High, and Derek Raivio, a 6-1, 155-pound point guard from Mountain View High in Vancouver, Wash., in November. Morrison averaged 24.4 ppg as a junior last season to lead the Greater Spokane League, while Raivio averaged 22.6 ppg as the Greater St. Helen's League 4A Player of the Year.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT: The West Coast Conference has changed its tournament format for this season. All eight teams qualify for the tourney, but that's the only thing consistent about past years. In the first round, the fifth through eighth teams play with four and five receiving byes. The two winners the first night then meet No. 4 and No. 5, with those two winners facing No. 1 and No. 2 who will be seeded into the semifinals. For the third straight season the tournament will return to the Jenny Craig Pavilion on the University of San Diego campus. Beginning in 2004 the tournament will rotate the championship site regionally. The 2004 and 2005 tournaments will be in the ay Area, 2006 and 2007 in the Pacific Northwest and 2008 and 2009 in southern California.



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