Gonzaga Men Open WCC Play On Road

Jan. 11, 2008

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
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 -   2 Jeremy Pargo, 6-2, 219, Jr., Chicago, IL
       (11.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 5.9 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.5 blocks)
G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 214, So., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (14.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.1 assists, 1.0 steals)
G - 32 Steven Gray, 6-4, 190, Fr., Bainbridge, WA
       (7.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals)
C -  42 Josh Heytvelt, 6-11, 255, Jr., Clarkston, WA
       (11.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 0.5 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.8 blocks)
F -  25 David Pendergraft, 6-6, 223, Sr., Brewster, WA
       (8.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.5 steals)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  222-56 (9th year - 19th at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY LIONS (3-13; 0-0 West Coast) G - 1 Corey Counts, 5-10, 165, Jr., Los Angeles, CA (4.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 2.8 assists, 0.5 steals,) G - 3 Shawn Deadwiler, 6-3, 175, So., Chandler, AZ (9.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.7 assists, 0.8 steals) G - 33 Orlando Johnson, 6-5, 205, Fr., Salinas, CA (13.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.1 assists, 0.4 steals) F - 12 Marko Deric, 6-9, 230, Jr., Perth, Australia (6.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 0.5 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.6 blocks) F - 32 Tim Diederichs, 6-9, 225, Fr., Snohomish, WA (7.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.3 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.3 blocks) HEAD COACH: Rodney Tention (San Francisco, 1988) LMU RECORD: 28-49 (3rd year) CAREER RECORD: Same. GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 17 - Pepperdine
Monday, January 14 - 9 p.m.
Firestone Fieldhouse - Malibu, CA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: ESPN (Big Monday)
G -   3 Tyrone Shelley, 6-6, 210, Fr., San Diego, CA
      (15.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 0.9 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.5 blocks)
G -  12 Jason Walberg, 6-4, 190, Sr., Fresno, CA
      (8.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.5 assists, 1.1 steals)
G -  15 Mychel Thompson, 6-7, 200, Fr., Ladera Ranch, CA
      (8.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.3 assists, 0.4 steals)
G -  31 Ryan Holmes, 6-1, 175, Jr., Phoenix, AR
      (4.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.8 assists, 0.9 steals)
F -     4 Malcolm Thomas, 6-8, 205, Fr., San Diego, CA
      (14.3 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.6 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Vance Walberg (Cal State Bakersfield, 1978)
PU RECORD:  14-33 (2nd year)  CAREER RECORD:  Same.
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  1/12 vs. Portland.

West Coast Conference play opens on the road for Gonzaga University this week as the Bulldogs head to Los Angeles to face Loyola Marymount University Saturday at 5:30 p.m. followed by an ESPN Big Monday contest at Pepperdine University at 9 p.m.

Gonzaga University has been picked by the West Coast Conference coaches to win an eighth straight West Coast Conference crown, the Bulldogs edging Saint Mary's College. The Zags tallied 61 points and five first-place votes, while the Gaels received 59 points and the other three first-place votes. The University of San Diego was picked a distant third with 43 points. If the WCC non-conference slate is any indication, the coaches seem to be on target. Gonzaga is 11-4 entering WCC play while Saint Mary's brings a 13-2 record into league action. Both teams have been ranked this season. Gonzaga has won nine of the last 10 WCC regular-season crowns, finishing second with an 11-3 record in 2000. The last time Gonzaga finished lower than second in the WCC regular-season standings was 1997 when the Bulldogs tied for fourth.

Junior guard Jeremy Pargo is expected to be ready for action when West Coast Conference play opens. Pargo took a hard tumble on a flagrant foul call in the waning seconds of the Bulldogs 75-67 win over the University of Georgia in the Spokane Arena. Pargo suffered a bruised back but his mobility has steadily increased every day and is expected to be in the starting lineup Saturday at Loyola Marymount University.

Gonzaga University got its final tune-up for West Coast Conference play with a 75-67 win over the University of Georgia last Saturday at the Spokane Arena. Matt Bouldin scored 21 points and Austin Daye and Josh Heytvelt added 11 points each as Gonzaga won the Battle of the Bulldogs. The Zags made 9-of-19 3-pointers in the game. Georgia trailed by 10 at halftime, and couldn't make up the difference in the second half. Poor shooting undid the visitors, as they shot only 35 percent in the game. After Georgia closed to 55-44, a 3-pointer by David Pendergraft and consecutive layups by Steven Gray built a 62-45 Gonzaga lead with just over 8:00 left. The first seven baskets of the game were 3-pointers, four by Georgia's Billy Humphrey, as the Bulldogs took a 12-9 lead. With the score tied at 17, Daye scored 11 of Gonzaga's next 16 points in a six-minute span as the Zags built a 33-22 lead. Humphrey went on another binge, scoring six consecutive points, to bring Georgia within 33-28 with 2:27 left. The Zags led 38-28 at halftime, despite shooting only 38 percent. Georgia shot only 34 percent in the half.

Gonzaga University has won 11 straight West Coast Conference openers, four of them against Loyola Marymount University which is Saturday's WCC opener for the Bulldogs. The last time Gonzaga dropped a WCC opener was Jan. 12, 1996, at Santa Clara University, the Broncos claiming a 72-61 verdict.

The last time Gonzaga University won fewer than 10 West Coast Conference games was 1997, the Bulldogs going 8-6 and knotting for fourth. Gonzaga has averaged 12.2 WCC wins/season the last 10 years.

Gonzaga University is in search of its 10th straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs current streak of nine straight appearances ranks the Bulldogs tied for sixth for consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances with the University of Florida, University of Texas and University of Wisconsin.

Head coach Mark Few juggled his starting lineup against the University of Georgia last Saturday, Junior Josh Heytvelt, playing in just his fourth game since returning from November foot surgery, got his first start of the season and freshman guard Steven Gray, playing just his fifth career game since returning from November wrist surgery, got his first collegiate career start. Heytvelt played 28 minutes, Gray 24 minutes. For the season Heytvelt is averaging 24.8 minutes/game, Gray 22.8.

Three teams on Gonzaga University's schedule remain Top 10 squads in the latest polls this week. The Bulldogs will travel to No. 2 University Memphis Jan. 26; hosted fourth-ranked Washington State University in December and played the University of Tennessee - 8th in the Associated Press Top 25 and ninth in the USA Today/ESPN rankings - in The Battle in Seattle in late December. Memphis and WSU are both 14-0 while the Volunteers boast a 13-1 mark. Gonzaga has been ranked as high as 14th this season, but despite wins over the University of Utah and the University of Georgia prior to this week's polls, the Bulldogs fell out of the "others receiving votes" category this week.

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.

Jeremy Pargo had five assists against the University of Georgia to continue his climb up the Gonzaga University career charts. His 312 career assists rank seventh, two shy of moving past Don Baldwin and into sole possession of sixth. Geoff Goss (324) and Derek Raivio (356) are well within shot of Pargo this year that could move him into fourth. Matt Santangelo (668), Blake Stepp (640) and John Stockton (554) hold the top three spots. Pargo has 48 assists in his last eight games for a 6.0 assists/game average in that stretch. For the season he is averaging 5.9 assists/game. He has a 1.4 career assist/turnover ratio.

Abdullahi Kuso, Josh Heytvelt and Austin Daye give Gonzaga University quite a trio when it comes to blocked shots. Kuso has 54 career blocks, Heytvelt 53 and Daye 28. Yes, all of Daye's are this season as the freshman leads the Bulldogs this season when it comes to swats. Kuso and Heytvelt are nearing the career Top 10 lists, Brain Frederickson (1988-91) currently 10th with 60. Daye is 15 shy of cracking the single-season Top 10, Kuso and Tim Ruff (1982-83) 10th with 42.

Gonzaga University leads Loyola Marymount University 48-20 in the all-time series, but the Bulldogs have won 28 of the last 31 meetings. Gonzaga had an 8-game winning streak in the series snapped last year in a 67-61 loss at LMU, and a 16-game winning streak snapped in an 80-74 setback at LMU in 2003.

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 58-for-64 for 90.6 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.

Matt Bouldin has put together three 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, tossed in a career-high 26 points against the University of Utah and scored 21 last Saturday against the University of Georgia. His effort against the Utes and Georgia earned him West Coast Conference Player of the Week accolades. He went 15-for-24 from the field for 62.5 percent, 9-for-16 from 3-point range for 56.3 percent and 8-for-10 from the line for 80.0 percent. The sophomore from Highlands Ranch, Colo., also grabbed 10 rebounds, had 4 assists and 3 steals. He went 8-for-11 from field against Utah, including 6-for-8 from 3-point range. His six treys against Georgia matched his career high set earlier this year against Virginia Tech in the Great Alaska Shootout.

David Pendergraft continues to pound the boards for Gonzaga University, grabbing 33 in the last six games for 5.5 rebounds/game. He's averaging 4.9 rebounds/game for the season. His 439 career rebounds make him the active leader on the team. 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 475. 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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