Bulldgos Make First WCC Road Swing
Jan. 11, 2007
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)
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (11-6; 2-0 West Coast)
Mon., Jan. 15 - 9 p.m. PST
McKeon Pavilion - Moraga, CA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane); 1340 KCTR (Tri-Cities); 980 KUSA (Yakima)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
SAINT MARY'S COLLEGE GAELS (8-9; 0-1 West Coast) G - 2 Wayne Hunter, 6-4, 205, So., Sacramento, CA (8.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.4 assists, 0.6 steals) G - 32 John Winston, 6-4, 220, Sr., San Francisco, CA (4.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.7 assists, 1.3 steals) C - 20 Diamon Simpson, 6-7, 235, So., Hayward, CA (13.6 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 0.5 assists, 1.4 steals, 2.0 blocks) F - 4 Ian O'Leary, 6-7, 225, So., Woodland, CA (8.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.6 steals) F - 23 Brett Collins, 6-5, 225, Sr., Phoenix, CA (12.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.6 assists, 1.2 steals) HEAD COACH: Randy Bennett (UC San Diego, 1986) SMC RECORD: 93-77 (6th year) CAREER RECORD: Same GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: 1/13 vs. Portland.
Gonzaga University - still looking for its first true road victory of the season - takes to two of the toughest places to play in the West Coast Conference this weekend as the Bulldogs visit Santa Clara University on Saturday and Saint Mary's College on Monday. Gonzaga opened WCC play at home last weekend with wins over Loyola Marymount University and Pepperdine University and in the process snapped a four-game losing streak. The Bulldogs have lost games at Washington State University and the University of Virginia in their only other true road outings this season, Gonzaga 4-4 in neutral-court matchups.
The next Gonzaga University victory will be the 200th in Mark Few's 8-year tenure as head coach. If the Bulldogs win at Santa Clara University on Saturday it would give Few his 200th victory in his 247th game, ranking him third on the "Fastest To 200 Wins" list in NCAA Division I history. Clair Bee, who coached Rider University and Long Island University, heads the list with 231 games while former Long Beach State University and UNLV head coach Jerry Tarkanian reached 200 wins in 234 games. Few is tied for 15th on the "Fastest To 100 Wins" list, achieving that milestone is his 126h game. Few is also 91-9 in West Coast Conference play, having coached his 100th WCC game last Monday against Pepperdine University.
Senior guard Derek Raivio got into the Gonzaga University and West Coast Conference record books over the weekend. Raivio went 3-for-3 from the free throw line last Saturday against Loyola Marymount University to claim the school consecutive free throws made record with 42, then went 2-for-2 Monday against Pepperdine University to claim the WCC record with 44 straight. Raivio and Geoff Goss had shared the Gonzaga record at 41, Raivio making 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. He currently ranks second in the NCAA rankings in free throw percentage, connecting on 62-of-65 for 95.2 percent. He was fourth in the nation last season with a school record of 91.2 percent.
Gonzaga University brings a 12-game winning streak over Santa Clara University into Saturday's game at the Leavey Center. The last Bronco victory in the series came Feb. 22, 2001, by an 84-71 count at SCU. Gonzaga's current streak began later that season with an 80-77 win over the Broncos in the title game of the West Coast Conference Tournament at the University of San Diego.
Senior forward Sean Mallon had quite a weekend to open West Coast Conference play. The product of Spokane's Ferris High scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed a rebounds in Gonzaga University's win over Loyola Marymount University last Saturday, then came back with his fifth career double-double Monday against Pepperdine University with 17 points and 10 rebounds, the latter matching his career high. For the two games he went 14-for-25 from the field for 56.0 percent, 7-for-9 from the free throw line, grabbed 19 rebounds for 9.5 rpg and scored 40 points for 20.0 ppg. He surpassed the 800 career points mark on Monday and now has 803. He's also closing on 500 rebounds, entering this week's play with 452.
Gonzaga University extended its home winning streak to 47 games with Monday's 69-52 win over Pepperdine University. That streak is the longest current streak in the NCAA Division I ranks. The Bulldogs are 35-0 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 53-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 has won 25 straight West Coast Conference regular-season games and 29 straight over WCC foes counting WCC Tournament play. The Bulldogs won their final nine regular-season games in 2005, went 14-0 last season and opened this campaign with a pair of wins. Gonzaga has won all four of its WCC Tournament outings over the past two seasons.
Derek Raivio became the 29th member of Gonzaga University's 1,000-point club earlier this season and now has 1,172 career points to rank 18th. His 19 points Monday moved him ahead of Greg Sten (1,168 from 1971-73) and Matt Stanford (1,171 from 1991-94). The senior from Vancouver, Wash., is averaging 10.7 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 215 career 3-pointers and 489 attempts rank fifth on the Gonzaga University charts. His 134 career steals are fifth and his 307 career assists pushed him into sixth. He should reach fourth on the all-time assists chart as Geoff Goss (324) and Don Baldwin (313) rank fourth and fifth, respectively.
Don't think Gonzaga University has a tough schedule? Eight teams on the Bulldogs schedule are ranked in one of the two major polls this week, including top-ranked University of North Carolina which sits atop both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN rankings. Other ranked teams are Duke University, Butler University, University of Nevada, University of Memphis, Washington State University, University of Washington and University of Texas. The eight teams had a combined record of 103-19 through games of Wednesday.
The injury situation is starting to clear up for Gonzaga University. Transfer David Burgess was the first to come off the injured list and play, appearing in his first game at the University of Virginia. He had been sidelined all fall with an anterior cruciate ligament sprain, although he wouldn't have become eligible until the end of first-semester finals because he was a mid-year transfer last January. Freshman Theo Davis, sidelined since the first day of practice of having shoulder surgery, has been cleared to practice and play, although it's still a possibility the coaching staff may choose to redshirt him this season. Transfer Micah Downs, like Burgess a mid-year transfer last January, is getting cleared for more and more practice activity. It's possible he could be cleared to play by this weekend.
The 13 steals Gonzaga University grabbed last 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 last 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 441. 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.
Gonzaga University is ranked in the top 26 in four NCAA categories through games of Sunday. The Bulldogs are fifth in free throw percentage (77.4), 17th in 3-point field goal percentage (41.2), 25 in scoring offense (80.8 ppg) and 26th in field goal percentage (49.2).
There are only two schools in this week's NCAA Division I rankings shooting 45.0 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from 3-point range and 75.0 percent from the free throw line through the latest statistics which reflect games through last Sunday. Gonzaga University was shooting 49.2 percent from the field to rank 26th nationally, 41.2 percent from 3-point range to rank 17th and 77.4 percent from the free throw line to rank fifth. Air Force was leading the country in field goal percentage at 53.6 percent, was first in 3-point field goal percentage at 45.7 percent and was 19th in free throw percentage at 75.1 percent. Following Monday's game against Pepperdine University the Bulldogs were shooting 49.0 percent from the field, 40.7 percent from 3-point range and 77.3 percent from the line.
While Derek Raivio was second nationally in free throw percentage at 95.2 percent through games of last Sunday, he was also 12th in 3-point field goals/game with 3.4, 13th in 3-point field goal percentage at 50.9 and 33rd in scoring with 19.4 ppg. Josh Heytvelt was 89th in field goal percentage at 52.4 percent. (See chart below for all of Gonzaga's national rankings through games of 1/7/07.)
Jeremy Pargo matched his career-high in assists with 7 in each game against Loyola Marymount University and Pepperdine University last weekend, and a career-high 10 rebounds Monday against Pepperdine.
Freshman Matt Bouldin is in the first shooting slump of his young career, going 12-for-38 for 31.6 percent in his last five games, including 2-for-16 from 3-point range. He's shooting 40.9 percent (45-110) for the season.
Josh Heytvelt went 7-for-11 from the field last Monday after going just 3-for-12 in his two previous games.
David Pendergraft scored a season-high 10 points last Monday on a 5-for-6 night from the field.
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