Bulldogs Seek WCC Road Sweep At Pepperdine

Jan. 13, 2008

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
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 -   2 Jeremy Pargo, 6-2, 219, Jr., Chicago, IL
       (11.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 5.8 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.5 blocks)
G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 214, So., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (14.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.6 assists, 1.3 steals)
G - 32 Steven Gray, 6-4, 190, Fr., Bainbridge, WA
       (7.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.7 assists, 0.8 steals)
C -  42 Josh Heytvelt, 6-11, 255, Jr., Clarkston, WA
       (12.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 0.6 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.8 blocks)
F -  25 David Pendergraft, 6-6, 223, Sr., Brewster, WA
       (8.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.2 assists, 0.4 steals)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  223-56 (9th year - 19th at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY WAVES (6-11; 0-1 West Coast) G - 3 Tyrone Shelley, 6-6, 210, Fr., San Diego, CA (15.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 0.9 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.5 blocks) G - 12 Jason Walberg, 6-4, 190, Sr., Fresno, CA (8.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.6 assists, 1.2 steals) G - 15 Mychel Thompson, 6-7, 200, Fr., Ladera Ranch, CA (8.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.3 assists, 1.1 steals) G - 31 Ryan Holmes, 6-1, 175, Jr., Phoenix, AR (4.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals) F - 4 Malcolm Thomas, 6-8, 205, Fr., San Diego, CA (13.9 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 0.9 assists, 0.7 steals, 1.6 blocks) HEAD COACH: Vance Walberg (Cal State Bakersfield, 1978) PU RECORD: 14-34 (2nd year) CAREER RECORD: Same. GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 18 - San Diego
Saturday, January 19 - 1 p.m.
McCarthey Athletic Center - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KHQ-TV (Spokane); FSN (check local listing)
G -   1 Brandon Johnson, 6-0, 195, Jr., Houston, TX
      (16.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.1 assists, 1.9)
G -  11 Trumaine Johnson, 6-2, 180, Fr., Houston, TX
      (3.5 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 2.3 assists, 0.9 steals)
G -  23 De'Jon Jackson, 6-1, 202, So., Fresno, CA
      (5.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.1 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.3 blocks)
C -  21 Gyno Pomare, 6-8, 240, Jr., Oceanside, CA
      (14.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 0.6 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.1 blocks)
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:  Bill Grier (Oregon, 1990)
USD RECORD:  8-10 (1st year)  CAREER RECORD:  Same.

Gonzaga University seeks to open West Coast Conference play with a road sweep when the Bulldogs visit Pepperdine University Monday at 9 p.m. in an ESPN Big Monday telecast. The Bulldogs opened WCC play Saturday with a 91-68 win at Loyola Marymount University as Josh Heytvelt had a season-high 19 points to lead four Bulldogs in double figures. The Bulldogs shot a blistering 65.4 percent from the field and pulled away with an 18-4 finish over the game's final 4:40. Heytvelt and the Zags used their superior size and strength to score 52 points in the paint to just 18 from LMU. Matt Bouldin had 17 points, eight assists, five steals and four rebounds for Gonzaga. Bouldin went to the post where he had a distinct size advantage over the smaller Lions guards.

After winning its West Coast Conference opener for the 12th straight season, Gonzaga University will try for a 2-0 start for the 11th time in the last 12 seasons Monday at Pepperdine University. The only time the Bulldogs have failed to get off to a 2-0 start since 1997 was 2005 when the Zags opened the season with a win at Santa Clara University and then lost at Saint Mary's College.

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.

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

Junior guard Jeremy Pargo was in the lineup as expected Saturday after taking 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 a week ago Saturday. Pargo suffered a bruised back. He played 21 minutes Saturday, didn't take a shot, had four assists, a rebound, a steal and a turnover. It was the first time since his freshman season he had failed to score, a streak of 53 straight games with a point.

Gonzaga University shot 65.4 percent (34-for-52) from the field Saturday at Loyola Marymount University, the Bulldogs highest percentage of the season and their best since shooting 66.7 percent (32-for-48) at home against the University of San Diego last season. Gonzaga shot 63.0 percent in the first half and 68.0 percent in the second half against LMU.

The passing was crisp and sharp Saturday in Gonzaga University's win at Loyola Marymount University, the Bulldogs dishing out 25 assists. That was the most since handing out 26 against Portland State University in the 2004-05 season opener. The single-game record for the Bulldogs is 32 against LMU on Jan. 19, 1980. Matt Bouldin had a career-high 8 assists, one of six Bulldog players with at least two assists and one of eight players who contributed an assist. Steven Gray had a career-high 4 assists.

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 a week ago 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. Few stayed with the same lineup in the West Coast Conference opener Saturday at Loyola Marymount University. Gonzaga has had five different lineup combinations this season.

Three teams on Gonzaga University's schedule remain Top 10 squads in the latest polls last week (the new rankings are due out Monday). 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.

Abdullahi Kuso, Josh Heytvelt and Austin Daye give Gonzaga University quite a trio when it comes to blocked shots. Kuso has 57 career blocks, Heytvelt 54 and Daye 29. 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, Brian 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.

Jeremy Pargo had four assists against Loyola Marymount University to continue his climb up the Gonzaga University career charts. His 316 career assists rank 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 52 assists in his last nine games for a 5.8 assists/game average in that stretch. For the season he is averaging 5.8 assists/game. He has a 1.4 career assist/turnover ratio.

At the end of the 1993 season Gonzaga University trailed Pepperdine University 26-6 in their series dating back to 1965, but with their sweep of the Waves last season the Bulldogs have surpassed the Waves 32-31 in the overall series. As dominating as the Waves were from 1965-93, the Bulldogs have been as dominating since. The Bulldogs bring a 12-game winning streak against the Waves into Monday's game, and Gonzaga has gone 26-5 in the last 14 seasons counting. Pepperdine's last win was 88-79 in Malibu, Calif., on Jan. 18, 2002.

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.

David Pendergraft continues to pound the boards for Gonzaga University, grabbing 40 in the last seven games for 5.7 rebounds/game. He's averaging 5.1 rebounds/game for the season. His 4465 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 and then hit lucky seven again last Saturday at Loyola Marymount University. His season high is eight against Western Kentucky University in the opener of the Great Alaska Shootout, and his career high is nine on three occasions.

Ira Brown had his first Gonzaga University career field goal Saturday. He's now 1-for-5 from the field this season.

Josh Heytvelt had a coming out party last year at Pepperdine University, scoring a career high 27 points and grabbing a career-high 22 rebounds. It was the first 20-rebound game for a Bulldog since Dec. 6, 2001, when Cory Violette grabbed 20 boards against Fresno State University in a game played at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif.

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.

Gonzaga University has extended its streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 476. 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.

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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