Gonzaga Makes WCC Home Debut

Jan. 12, 2005

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 15 - Loyola Marymount
Thurs., Jan. 13 - 7 p.m. PST
McCarthey Athletic Center - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KAYU (Spokane); KONG (Seattle)

No. 16 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (11-3; 1-1 West Coast Conference)
G -   5 Derek Raivio, 6-3, 168, So., Vancouver, WA
       (12.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 5.3 assists, 1.9 steals)
G - 22 Erroll Knight, 6-7, 211, Jr., Seattle, WA
       (8.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.3 assists, 0.6 steals)
C -   1 Ronny Turiaf, 6-10, 249, Sr., Le Robert, Martinique
       (16.4 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 1.4 assists, 1.4 blocks)
F -    3 Adam Morrison, 6-8, 205, So., Spokane, WA
       (19.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.7 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.3 blocks)
F -  32 Sean Mallon, 6-9, 218, So., Spokane, WA
       (9.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.2 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.5 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  144-35 (6th year - 16th at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY LIONS (8-5; 1-1 West Coast Conference) G - 1 Charles Brown, 5-11, 170, Sr., Hercules, CA (12.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.6 assists, 1.7 steals) G - 15 Damian Martin, 6-2, 200, So., Gloucester, Australia (3.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.0 assists, 1.9 steals) C - 14 Matthew Knight, 6-8, 240, So., Burnie, Tasmania (15.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 0.9 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.7 blocks) F - 32 John Haywood, 6-6, 220, Jr., Chino, CA (4.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.5 blocks) F - 21 Daryl Pegram, 6-8, 200, So., San Bernardino, CA (7.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 0.4 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.3 blocks) HEAD COACH: Steve Aggers (Chadron State, 1971) LMU RECORD: 53-79 (5th year) CAREER RECORD: 367-349 (25th year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 16 - Pepperdine
Sat, Jan. 15 - 5 p.m. PST
McCarthey Athletic Center - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KHQ; FSN

PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY WAVES (12-5; 2-0 West Coast Conference) G - 3 Alex Acker, 6-5, 190, Jr., Compton, CA (15.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 4.1 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.7 blocks) G - 23 Chase Griffin, 6-2, 180, So., Sammamish, WA (2.7 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 1.2 assists) C - 50 Jarrad Henry, 6-11, 245, Fr., Kansas City, MO (0.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 0.7 blocks) F - 2 Glen McGowan, 6-9, 230, Sr., Los Angeles, CA (21.1 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 0.6 assists, 1.1 steals) F - 34 Yakhouba Diawara, 6-7, 225, Sr., Paris, France (14.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.6 assists, 0.8 steals) HEAD COACH: Paul Westphal (USC, 1972) PU RECORD: 64-43 (4th year) CAREER RECORD: 148-70 (7th year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: 1/20 at Portland.

Gonzaga returns to the McCarthey Athletic Center for the first time since Dec. 11 this week when the Bulldogs maker their West Coast Conference home debut Thursday against Loyola Marymount at 7 p.m. Pepperdine visits Saturday for a 5 p.m. contest. Since opening the regular season with three straight home games Nov. 19 against Portland State, Montana on Dec. 21 and Idaho on Dec. 24, the Bulldogs have played just four times in the state of Washington since the Idaho game. The Bulldogs hosted Washington on Dec. 1, played Massachusetts in the Battle in Seattle on Dec. 4, were at Washington State on Dec. 7, hosted Saint Louis on Dec. 11 and played Eastern Washington on Dec. 21 in the Spokane Arena.

The Bulldogs have logged some miles since last playing at home on Dec. 11. With trips to Las Vegas, Nev., Oklahoma City, Okla., Columbia, Mo., and the San Francisco Bay Area, the Bulldogs have traveled 6,226 miles, For the season Gonzaga has traveled 10,106 miles by air and land.

Gonzaga split its West Coast Conference season openers last weekend. Derek Raivio scored a career-high 32 points, made six 3-pointers and hit all 10 of his free throws as Gonzaga opened defense of its West Coast Conference title with a heated 91-87 victory at Santa Clara. Adam Morrison added 18 points and Erroll Knight had 11 points and eight rebounds in the first game for the Bulldogs since they had their seven-game winning streak snapped with a 63-61 loss to Missouri on Dec. 30 as Gonzaga won its ninth straight against the Broncos. Two nights later Saint Mary's connected on 16 3-pointers as the Gaels snapped a 17-game losing streak to Gonzaga with an 89-81 victory at McKeon Pavilion. It also snapped Gonzaga's 17-game regular-season West Coast Conference winning streak that stretched over three seasons. The Bulldogs had more field goals (28-26), more free throws (22-21) and won the rebounding battle (35-24) against the Gaels but SMC's 16-3 edge in 3-pointers was the difference.

The 16 3-pointers made by Saint Mary's was the most treys against the Gonzaga since Washington State went 18-for-37 against the Bulldogs on Dec. 7, 2002, in Gonzaga's 110-104 overtime victory in Pullman. It was the most 3-pointers against Gonzaga in regulation since Santa Clara went 15-for-28 on March 5, 2001, in the title game of the West Coast Conference Tournament in San Diego, Calif., a game won by the Bulldogs 80-77.

For the first time since Jan. 18, 2001, Gonzaga finds itself out of first place in the West Coast Conference based on the loss column. On that day Pepperdine defeated the Bulldogs 88-79 in Malibu, Calif., to put the Waves at 3-0 in sole possession of first place ahead of the 2-1 Bulldogs. Gonzaga would defeat Pepperdine 91-78 on Feb. 16, 2002, in the re-match to move into a tie for first and the two ended that season with 13-1 WCC marks. Gonzaga has not been out of first place since. That does not take into consideration a situation where a team might have been something like 3-0 and Gonzaga was 2-0, thus technically making Gonzaga a half-game out of the lead. This scenario is based on the loss column that would have put the Bulldogs behind a team in the total number of losses. Gonzaga went wire-to-wire in winning WCC regular-season titles with a 12-2 record in 2003 and 14-0 last season.

Derek Raivio's 32 points against Santa Clara broke his previous career high of 21 set earlier this year against Washington and matched against Georgia Tech. His six treys were also a career high, topping the five he had this year against Washington. Over the last three games he's 11-for-17 from 3-point range for 64.7 percent, and currently ranks third in the NCAA ranks at 54.7 percent (35-of-64). He had 23 treys last season and has 35 this year.

The 32 points put up by Derek Raivio against Santa Clara marked the third time this season a Bulldog has scored 30 or more points. Ronny Turiaf scored 33 in the season opener against Portland State then came back two nights later with another career high of 40 against Idaho. The last time the Bulldogs had at least two 30-point games in the same season was 2003 when Blake Stepp scored 33 against the University of Washington and 34 against Washington State University in a five-day span.

Gonzaga had a season-high 11 3-pointers last week against Santa Clara. It was the first time the Bulldogs had been in double digits from beyond the arc this season. The last time the Bulldogs had 10 or more treys was last Feb. 26 when they went 12-for-28 against San Diego.

Derek Raivio's 10-for-10 night from the free throw line against Santa Clara tied him with 12 others for the Gonzaga single-game free throw percentage record based on a minimum of 10 attempts. The last time a Gonzaga player went at least 10-for-10 from the line was Feb. 13, 2003, when Blake Stepp made all 10 attempts against Saint Mary's. Frank Burgess and Geoff Goss each went 15-for-15 in a game, Burgess in 1961, Goss in 1993, for the best 1.000 percent nights in school history. Since missing two second-half free throws against Oklahoma State, Raivio has made 16 straight from the line over the last three games. The Gonzaga record is 41 by Geoff Goss from Dec. 23, 1992-Jan. 21, 1993.

Gonzaga junior guard/forward Erroll Knight has scored in double digits in four straight games and is averaging 11.5 ppg over that stretch. He missed the first five games of the season with a sprained right thumb.

Since suffering a sprained ankle Dec. 7 against Washington State, senior Gonzaga forward Ronny Turiaf has gone 20-for-63 from the field for 31.7 percent and scored 66 points for a 9.4 ppg average. He injured his other ankle Christmas night and in his last three outings is 7-for-30 from the field for 23.3 ppg and has scored 20 points for 6.7 ppg. He is a 51.6 percent career shooter from the field and has a career scoring average of 13.3 ppg.

Gonzaga slipped slightly in both major polls following last Saturday's 89-81 loss at Saint Mary's. Gonzaga fell from 11th to 16th in the Associated Press rankings, and went from 17th to 20th in USA Today/ESPN coaches rankings..

Gonzaga is 72-14 when ranked, including 9-3 this season. The Bulldogs are 29-0 at home when ranked, 28-5 away and 15-9 on a neutral court.

Gonzaga junior guard Nathan Doudney will be sidelined for the remainder of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He was injured early in the second half of the Dec. 7 game at Washington State.

BULLDOGS VS. LIONS: Gonzaga University has won 25 of the last 29 meetings with Loyola Marymount University, including 13 straight in Spokane. Thursday's game between the Bulldogs and the Lions will be the inaugural West Coast Conference game for the Bulldogs in the new McCarthey Athletic Center that opened in November. The Lions last defeated Gonzaga 80-74 in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, 2003, snapping a 16-game Bulldog winning streak in the series. LMU hasn't won in Spokane since Feb. 7, 1991, when the Lions posted a 91-79 victory. Gonzaga leads the overall series 42-19.

WHAT SOPHOMORE JINX? Don't try to tell Gonzaga University's sophomore trio of Adam Morrison, Sean Mallon and Derek Raivio there's supposed to be a sophomore jinx. The trio is averaging 31.7 minutes/game, 13.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 3.1 assists/game. They are shooting a combined 49.5 percent from the field (203-410), 41.6 percent from 3-point range (52-for-125) and 77.0 percent from the free throw line (124-161). Gonzaga's Super Sophs

YOU CAN CALL ME: There has been much debate on television, on the radio and in the print media this season over the pronunciation of Gonzaga University sophomore Derek Raivio's last name. While the sophomore from Vancouver, Wash., insists he doesn't care, the correct pronunciation is rye-VEE-oh. All of last season and through the early part of this season everyone has gone with rav-EE-oh.

HOME, SWEET HOME: Gonzaga University has a modest 17-game home winning streak that ranks tied for fifth with Southern Illinois University in the NCAA Division I ranks through games of Tuesday. Wisconsin leads the way with a 37-game streak, followed by Oklahoma State University and Western Michigan University at 23.

BATTLE OF THE BOARDS: After losing the battle of the boards in back-to-back games for the first time this season, Gonzaga University has come back to out rebound its last three opponents, including Saint Mary's College last Saturday 35-24. Gonzaga has out-rebounded 11 opponents this season and drew even with the University of Montana at 35 rebounds each.

THREE BALL: Gonzaga University has extended its streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 375. 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 A ROLL: Since starting the 2003 season 8-5, Gonzaga University is 55-10. Gonzaga put together a 9-game winning streak and went 16-4 down the stretch following that 8-5 start, last year's club went 28-3 and this year's team is off to an 11-3 start.

WCC HONOR: Gonzaga University sophomore Adam Morrison has been named the West Coast Conference Player of the Month for December. Morrison, a native of Spokane, averaged a team-leading 19.8 ppg, grabbed 5.6 rpg and shot 51.8 percent from the field en route to leading the Zags to a 7-1 record during the month. He scored a career-high 26 points against the University of Washington.

 

 

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