Bulldogs Seek To Extend Streak Against Waves

Jan. 7, 2007

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 17 - Pepperdine
Mon., Jan. 8 - 9 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
G -   2 Jeremy Pargo, 6-2, 219, So., Chicago, IL
       (12.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.3 assists, 1.3 steals)
G -   5 Derek Raivio, 6-3, 177, Sr., Vancouver, WA
       (19.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.2 assists, 1.6 steals)
G -    4 Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes, 6-0, 182, Jr., Montreal, Quebec
       (5.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.7 assists, 0.6 steals)
F -  32 Sean Mallon, 6-9, 223, Sr., Spokane, WA
       (9.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.4 steals)
F -  31 Abdullahi Kuso, 6-9, 228, Jr., Kaduna, Nigeria
      (5.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 0.3 assists, 1.3 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  198-47 (8th year - 18th at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY WAVES (4-13; 0-1 West Coast) G - 5 Marvin Lea, 6-3, 180, Sr., Riverside, CA (17.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 3.4 assists, 2.1 steals) G - 23 Chase Griffin, 6-2, 180, Sr., Sammamish, WA (15.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.0 assists, 1.9 steals) G - 3 Greg Barlow, 6-3, 194, Sr., Las Vegas, NV (8.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.1 assists, 0.8 steals) G - 34 Tyler Carr, 6-3, 195, Jr., Thousand Oaks, CA (0.7 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 0.5 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.3 blocks) F - 14 Willie Galick, 6-7, 230, So., Nanaimo, British Columbia (5.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 0.4 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.7 blocks) HEAD COACH: Vance Walberg (CS Bakersfield, 1978) PU RECORD: 4-13 (1st year) CAREER RECORD: Same GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 18 - Santa Clara
Sat., Jan. 13 - 8 p.m. PST
Leavey Center - Santa Clara, CA
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 -   5 Brody Angley, 5-11, 195, Jr., Redding, CA
      (7.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.9 assists, 1.3 steals)
G -  23 Danny Pariseau, 5-11, 160, Sr., Spokane, WA
      (10.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.5 assists, 1.4 steals)
C -  54 John Bryant, 6-11, 305, So., San Pablo, CA
      (10.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 0.7 assists, 0.6 steals, 1.8 blocks)
F -  15 Sean Denison, 6-11, 245, Sr., Nelson, British Columbia
      (10.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.5 blocks)
F -   21 Mitch Henke, 5-11, 195, Jr., Minnetonka, MN
      (7.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.0 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.3 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Dick Davey (Pacific, 1964)
SCU RECORD:  241-185 (15th year)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

There nothing like a little home cooking to soothe the wounds, and that's exactly what Gonzaga University got Saturday in ending a 4-game slide and pounding Loyola Marymount University 97-62 to open West Coast Conference play at the McCarthey Athletic Center. It was the Bulldogs first home appearance since Dec. 9. Gonzaga remains home Monday to face Pepperdine University at 9 p.m. on ESPN2 in the first of seven Big Monday appearances on ESPN, three of them at home.

Sean Mallon scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed a season-high nine rebounds in Gonzaga University's win over Loyola Marymount University on Saturday. Mallon's previous high had been 21 points against the University of Montana during his sophomore campaign. Mallon's previous season high was 16 points at the University of Virginia. Mallon has 786 career points and 442 career rebounds.

The 97 points Gonzaga University scored Saturday were a season high and marked the fourth time this season the Bulldogs had surpassed the 90-point barrier. Gonzaga downed Eastern Washington University 90-75 to open the current campaign, stopped the University of Texas-San Antonio 92-48 and thrashed then 8th-ranked University of Washington 97-77. All four 90-point games have come at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few juggled his starting lineup against Loyola Marymount University on Saturday. Sean Mallon returned to the starting lineup for the first time since Dec. 21 against Duke University and Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes made his first appearance as a starter since Dec. 5 at Washington State University. Josh Heytvelt came off the bench for the first time this season and responded with 10 points and 8 rebounds after failing to score and grabbing jus three rebounds in the previous outing at the University of Virginia. Freshman Matt Bouldin - just 9-for-26 from the field in his three previous games - gave way to Altidor-Cespedes in the starting lineup on Saturday.

Gonzaga University has won 12 straight WCC home openers and 14 of the last 15. Saturday's win over Loyola Marymount University kept alive a streak that hasn't seen the Bulldogs lose a WCC home opener since Santa Clara University turned the trick Jan. 19, 1995. The Bulldogs have also won 11 straight WCC openers, SCU the last team to beat Gonzaga in a WCC opener 72-61 on Jan. 12, 1996.

Mark Few is now 90-9 in West Coast Conference play in his eight years as head coach at Gonzaga University. Few will coach his 100th WCC regular-season game Monday when Pepperdine University visits. Gonzaga posted undefeated 14-0 campaigns in 2004 and again last season.

Gonzaga University out rebounded Loyola Marymount University 41-31 on Saturday, the 11th time in 16 games the Bulldogs have held the rebounding edge. The University of North Carolina managed a 42-42 stalemate as Gonzaga went the first 10 games of the season without being out rebounded. Prior to edging the University of Virginia 38-36 on the boards the Bulldogs had been out rebounded in their last four outings. The +10 against LMU was the third time Gonzaga held a double-digit rebounding advantage this season.

With four players in double-digit scoring against Loyola Marymount University it marked the sixth time this season Gonzaga University has had four or more players hit double digits in a game. Sean Mallon had 23 points on Saturday, Derek Raivio 22, Jeremy Pargo 11 and Josh Heytvelt 10.

Gonzaga University extended its home winning streak to 46 games with Saturday's 97-62 win over Loyola Marymount University. That streak is the longest current streak in the NCAA Division I ranks. The Bulldogs are 34-0 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 52-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.

At the end of the 1993 season Gonzaga University trailed Pepperdine University 26-6 in their series dating back to 1965. With a victory Monday night the Bulldogs can even the series 31-31. As dominating as the Waves were from 1965-93, the Bulldogs have been as dominating since. The Bulldogs bring a 10-game winning streak against the Waves into Monday's game, and Gonzaga has gone 24-5 in the last 13 seasons. Pepperdine's last win was 88-79 in Malibu, Calif., on Jan. 18, 2002.

Derek Raivio became the 29th member of Gonzaga University's 1,000-point club earlier this season and now has 1,153 career points to rank 20th. His 22 points Saturday moved him ahead of Zach Gourde (1,145 from 2000-03). The senior from Vancouver, Wash., is averaging 10.6 ppg in his career. He has 11 games of 20 or more points this season, including a season-high 27 against the University of Texas. Raivio's 212 career 3-pointers and 482 attempts rank fifth on the Gonzaga University charts. His 134 career steals are fifth and his 302 career assists moved him ahead of Dan Dickau (299 from 2001-02) and into eighth.

Don't think Gonzaga University had a tough stretch of games? Prior to entering West Coast Conference play the last seven opponents the Bulldogs had faced - the University of Texas, Washington State University, the University of Washington, the University of Georgia, Duke University, the University of Nevada and the University of Virginia - had a combined record of 79-22 through games of Sunday. Four of the seven teams - Texas, Washington, Duke and Nevada - were ranked at the time the Bulldogs played them, and two others - 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 (14-1) and current No. 13 Butler University (14-1), and Gonzaga's six ranked opponents are a combined 75-13.

Derek Raivio went 3-for-3 from the free throw line Saturday, giving him a school record 42 consecutive free throws. He had shared the record of 41 with Geoff Goss. Raivio had made his 41 straight from Dec. 28, 2004-Feb. 5, 2005, while Goss recorded his from Dec. 23, 1992-Jan. 21, 1993. Raivio's streak this season began with an 8-for-8 night against Butler University on Nov. 24.

The 13 steals Gonzaga University grabbed Saturday against Loyola Marymount University was the most since collecting 13 last year against LMU at home. The Bulldogs had 15 steals last season against the University of Maryland at the EA Sports Maui Invitational.

The 61.4 percent (35-for-57) Gonzaga University shot from the field Saturday against Loyola Marymount University was a season high, and the 65.5 percent (19-for-29) the Bulldogs put up in the second half against LMU was also a season high for a half. That bettered the 65.4 percent (17-for-26) the Bulldogs shot in the first half against the University of Georgia.

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 440. 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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