Gonzaga Opens WCC Play On The Road
Jan. 7, 2004
Game No. 13 - Pepperdine
Thurs., Jan. 8 - 5:30 p.m. PST
Firestone Fieldhouse - Malibu, CA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: FOX Sports Northwest; FOX West2
Sat., Jan. 10 - 7 p.m. PST
Gersten Pavilion - Los Angeles, CA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY LIONS (8-4; 0-0 West Coast Conference) G - 1 Charles Brown, 5-11, 170, Jr., Hercules, CA (11.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.9 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.3 blocks) G - 15 Damian Martin, 6-1, 180, Fr., Gloucester, NSW, Australia (5.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.0 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.3 blocks) C - 40 Chris Ayer, 6-10, 242, So., Tucson, AZ (8.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 0.4 assists, 0.3 steals, 1.2 blocks) F - 31 Keith Kincade, 6-6, 210, Sr., Norwalk, CA (10.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.0 assists, 0.8 steals) F - 33 Sherman Gay, 6-7, 195, Sr., Carson, CA (15.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.5 steals) HEAD COACH: Steve Aggers (Chadron State, 1971) LMU RECORD: 37-63 (4th year) CAREER RECORD: 351-333 (24th year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: Jan. 8 vs. Portland.
BULLDOGS OPEN WCC PLAY: Gonzaga University opens West Coast Conference play Thursday at Pepperdine University in a 5:30 p.m. game to be televised on Fox Sports Northwest and Fox West2. The Bulldogs stay in Los Angeles for a 7 p.m. Saturday contest at Loyola Marymount University, the only game on the Gonzaga regular-season schedule that won't be televised. Both games can be heard on News Talk 1510 KGA Radio. LMU handed Gonzaga one of its two WCC setbacks last season, taking an 80-74 win at Gersten Pavilion on the LMU campus.
AIR BALL: Gonzaga University has already flown more than 13,000 miles this season with trips to New York, NY; Washington, D.C.; Oakland, Calif., and two trips to Seattle.
LINEUP CHANGE: With Tony Skinner sidelined for last Sunday's game with the University of Montana, Gonzaga University's starting lineup changed for the first time since the season opener. The lineup of guards Blake Stepp and Kyle Bankhead; center Ronny Turiaf and forwards Skinner and Cory Violette had been intact since game two this season.
WOODEN AWARD: Gonzaga University has a pair of seniors who are John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 candidates for the prestigious Player of the Year honor. The Bulldogs Cory Violette, a two-time Preseason Top 50 nominees, and Blake Stepp carry the Bulldog banner. Dan Dickau became Gonzaga's inaugural Wooden Award Top Five All-American in 2002, and Casey Calvary was the first Wooden Award Top 10 All-American for the Bulldogs in 2001. Matt Santangelo was the first Wooden Award Top 30 finalist in 2000.
ZAGS WHEN RANKED: Gonzaga is 45-10 when nationally ranked, including a perfect 18-0 at home with this season's victories over the University of Idaho, Denver University, Washington State University and the University of Montana at The Kennel. The mark includes games against teams in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Top 25 polls.
BALANCED ATTACK: Much has been written about Gonzaga University depth this season, and a quick look at the stats validates all the claims. Four Bulldogs are currently averaging double-figure scoring. Junior Ronny Turiaf leads the way with 15.9 ppg, followed by true freshman Adam Morrison (13.0), senior Blake Stepp (12.9) and senior Cory Violette (12.6). Erroll Knight is at 7.0 ppg.
DOUBLE-DIGIT FROSH: There's plenty of basketball yet to be played, but true freshman Adam Morrison is on pace to averaging in double digits. He's currently averaging 13.0 ppg. You don't have to dig too far back in the record book to find the last true freshman to average in double figures, current senior Blake Stepp turning the trick with his 10.3 ppg average in 2001.
TOP 25: Two teams ranked in this week's Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Top 25 polls dot Gonzaga University's schedule with three others among those also receiving votes. Stanford University (4th in AP/6th in USA Today/ESPN) and Saint Joseph's University (9th in both) are ranked. The University of Missouri, University of Maryland and University of Georgia are receiving votes in one or both of the polls.
THREE COULD HIT 1,000: At some point in the season Gonzaga University should have three active 1,000-point career scorers in the lineup. Blake Stepp has already hit the milestone and has 1,372 career points to move past Bill Suter (1,354, 1963-66) for 11th. He needs 55 points to tie Doug Spradley (1,427, 1986-89) and move into a tie for 10th. Cory Violette reached the milestone against Washington State University and has 1,054 career points to tie for 23rd. Ronny Turiaf is at 941 points. Stepp became the 25th Gonzaga player and Violette the 26th to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
FOR THREE: Blake Stepp and Kyle Bankhead continue to climb on Gonzaga University's all-time 3-point list. Stepp is third with 238 to move past John Rillie (230, 1993-95). Bankhead has 142 treys for seventh. Richie Frahm, currently with the Seattle Sonics, is the career leader with 280 from 1996-00. Stepp also has 610 attempts for third all-time. Frahm is the leader with 662.
FROM THE LINE: Ronny Turiaf and Blake Stepp each moved into the Gonzaga University Top 10 for free throws made last season. Turiaf is now 5th with 375 following his 5-for-8 night last Sunday. Stepp is 7th with 318, three shy of passing Matt Santangelo (320, 1997-00). Turiaf and Stepp each tied Frank Burgess' single-game record of 16 free throws made in a game last season. Turiaf did its against Indiana University in the Maui Invitational when he went 16-for-18, then matched the mark again when he went 16-for-22 against the University of Cincinnati in the NCAA Tournament First Round. Stepp went 16-for-20 against the University of Washington to get his piece of the record.
BLOCK IT: Ronny Turiaf continues to move up the blocked shots list at Gonzaga University, his two blocks last Sunday giving him 99 to tie Tim Ruff (1981-85) for second. Turiaf has 25 blocks this season. Casey Calvary (1998-01) is the all-time leader with 207.
REBOUNDS: Senior Cory Violette has moved into 5th in career rebounds with 718, becoming just the fifth player in Gonzaga history to reach the 700-rebound mark. He needs 39 rebounds to move ahead of Casey Calvary (757 from 1998-01) for fourth.
20 OR BUST: Gonzaga University is tied for 11th in consecutive 20-win seasons with six. The University of Arizona leads the way with 16, followed by the University of Kansas with 14 and the University of Kentucky with 13. Gonzaga is tied with the University of Connecticut, Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma and Syracuse University.
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 12 seasons the Bulldogs are 143-10 at home for a nifty 93.5 winning percentage. Gonzaga went 10-2 at home in 2003, the first time the Bulldogs lost two home games in a season since 1997. Gonzaga was 13-0 at home in 2002, 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 55-3 in The Kennel over the past five 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.
PASS THE ROCK: While Blake Stepp is known for his scoring, he has quietly snuck up on the all-time assists list at Gonzaga University. He passed the 500 plateau and now has 523 to rank third behind Matt Santangelo (668, 1997-000) and sure-bet NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton (554, 1981-84). Stepp is also fifth in career steals with 127, Stockton the leader with 262.
SINGLE DIGITS: Only Gonzaga University, the University of Florida and Duke University have lost less than 10 games in each of the past five seasons. Gonzaga has posted marks of 29-4, 26-7, 26-9 28-7 and 24-9, 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 his four years as a head coach. Duke went 25-7 and Florida 25-8 last season.
THREE OR BUST: Gonzaga University has extended its streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 343. The last time the Bulldogs failed to hit a trey was Jan. 27, 1993, when the Bulldogs went 0-for-5 at home against Portland.
ON THE BOARDS: After being out rebounded in three straight games, Gonzaga University has come back to out rebound its last three opponents by 10, 15 and 21 rebounds, respectively. The +21 Sunday against the University of Montana was one shy of the season high of +22 against the University of Washington.
ON THE AIR AND THE TUBE: All Gonzaga University games can be heard on 1510 KGA radio with Tom Hudson calling the action for a second straight season. In addition, Gonzaga will have 26 regular-season games televised either nationally, regionally or locally this season among ESPN, ESPN2, FOX Sports, CSTV, KHQ/PAX and KAYU-TV. For a complete listing of games check local listings or the Gonzaga web site at http://www.gozags.com.
ON THE INTERNET: Gonzaga University men's basketball can also be heard on the internet by subscribing to the College Sports Pass as offered by the Online College Sports Network (OCSN). More information can be obtained on the Gonzaga web site at http://www.gozags.com, clicking on men's basketball and going to the "Listen To Bulldog Games Live on the Internet" link under SIDELINES on the right side of the page. The subscription is $6.95/month and includes all audio broadcasts of any OCSN member school.
TUESDAY COACHES SHOW: The Gonzaga University Coaches Show has returned to 1510 KGA radio this year. The show will air from 7-8 p.m. on selected Tuesdays from the fireplace in the lobby of the historic Davenport Hotel. Tom Hudson, the voice of the Bulldogs on 1510 KGA will again host the show which will feature members of the Gonzaga University men's and women's coaching staffs, players and other special guests. The public is invited to attend the live broadcast.
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