Gonzaga, LMU In Big Monday Showdown
Jan. 15, 2006
Game No. 17 - Loyola Marymount Lions
Mon., Jan. 16 - 9 p.m. PST
McCarthey Athletic Center - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: ESPN (Big Monday)
No. 6 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (13-3; 3-0 West Coast) G - 5 Derek Raivio, 6-3, 175, Jr., Vancouver, WA (13.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.6 assists, 0.9 steals) G - 4 Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes, 6-0, 181, So., Montreal, Quebec (3.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.3 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.3 blocks) C - 13 J.P. Batista, 6-9, 269, Sr., Olinda, Pernambuco, Brazil (19.1 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.3 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.8 blocks) F - 3 Adam Morrison, 6-8, 205, Jr., Spokane, WA (28.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.0 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.4 blocks) F - 32 Sean Mallon, 6-9, 218, Jr., Spokane, WA (6.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.5 blocks) HEAD COACH: Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987) GONZAGA RECORD: 172-40 (7th year ¡V 17th at GU) CAREER RECORD: Same
Sat., Jan. 21 - 3 p.m. PST
Jenny Craig Pavilion - San Diego, CA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KHQ-TV (Spokane); FSN (Check local listings)
UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO TOREROS (10-5; 0-2 West Coast) G - 14 Ross DeRogatis, 6-1, 185, Jr., Mansfield, TX (11.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 5.1 assists, 1.0 steals) G - 15 Ray Murdock, 6-4, 195, Fr., Phoenix, AZ (5.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.5 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.3 blocks) C - 42 Nick Lewis, 6-10, 235, Sr., Paradise Valley, AZ (19.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.7 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.1 blocks) F - 21 Gyno Pomare, 6-7, 220, Fr., Oceanside, CA (10.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 0.7 assists, 0.3 steals, 1.1 blocks) F - 32 Corey Belser, 6-6, 210, Sr., Spanaway, WA (14.1 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.3 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.9 blocks) HEAD COACH: Brad Holland (UCLA, 1979) USD RECORD: 5174-155 (12th year) CAREER RECORD: 197-186 (14th year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: 1/16 vs. Santa Clara.
The first true showdown of the West Coast Conference season comes Monday when the only two remaining undefeated teams in the WCC square off when Gonzaga hosts Loyola Marymount. Gametime for the Big Monday matchup on ESPN is 9 p.m. Gonzaga pushed its record to 3-0 in WCC play with a 102-73 win over Pepperdine while LMU opened its Pacific Northwest swing with an 84-68 win at Portland. LMU (3-0) is off to its best WCC start since 1990 when the Lions went 13-1.
Gonzaga got 31 points from Adam Morrison, 27 from J.P. Batista and 15 from Derek Raivio on Saturday in thumping Pepperdine 102-73 for its ninth straight victory over the Waves. It was also the Bulldogs 12 straight West Coast Conference regular-season win over the past two seasons.
While Adam Morrison is known as a scorer, you think of long-range jump shots and drives to the basket. But Saturday against Pepperdine, the junior hurt the Waves from the line just as much as he did from the field. Morrison had career highs in both makes and attempts in his 14-for-17 effort from the charity stripe. In the last five games he¡¦s 53-for-58 for 91.4 percent. Prior to this season Morrison had double-digit free throw attempts just once, but Saturday was the eighth time this season he¡¦s had 10 or more attempts from the line. His 13 makes against Saint Joseph¡¦s and his 15 attempts against Oklahoma State were his previous career highs earlier this year.
Entering last Saturday¡¦s game with Pepperdine, Gonzaga was sitting atop the NCAA free throw percentage leader board at 81.5 percent. But the Bulldogs were under 70.0 percent from the line for the first time this season with their 17-for-26 night against the Waves for 65.4 percent. That dropped the Bulldogs to 80.4 percent for the season (312-388). Saint Joseph¡¦s was second behind the Bulldogs heading into last weekend at 80.3 percent. Updated statistics won¡¦t be released until Tuesday. Gonzaga has had eight games this season of 20 or more free throws made. The Bulldogs went 27-for-28 for 96.4 percent against Michigan State for the second-best percentage in school history, and 25-for-26 at Saint Mary¡¦s for 96.2 percent and the third best single-game percentage in school history. Gonzaga went 20-for-20 against Eastern Washington on Dec. 11, 1993, for the school record. The NCAA Division I single-season team free throw percentage record is held by Harvard, which went 535-for-651 for 82.2 percent in 1984.
Gonzaga has won 12 straight West Coast Conference regular-season games. The Bulldogs lost 73-70 at San Francisco last season before running off nine straight to end the regular season, and have opened this season with two straight. Dating back to last season¡¦s WCC Tournament the Bulldogs have won 14 straight over WCC competition. Gonzaga, which has won or shared seven of the last eight WCC regular-season titles, went 14-0 in West Coast Conference play in 2004, the first team since Pepperdine in 1992 to run the regular-season table. The Bulldogs posted back-to-back 13-1 seasons in 2001-02.
Once again Gonzaga has two players sitting atop individual categories according to the latest NCAA Division I statistics released last Tuesday. Adam Morrison led the NCAA Division I scoring race at 28.0 ppg, and Derek Raivio was the nation¡¦s top free throw shooter at 95.6 percent. Morrison is averaging 28.2 ppg and Raivio is now 43-for-45 from the line for 95.1 percent following Saturday¡¦s game with Pepperdine.
J.P. Batista had the best field goal night of his Gonzaga career Saturday against Pepperdine, going 13-for-14 from the field for 92.9 percent. That upped his season numbers to 113-for-188 for 60.1 percent. He hit his first six shots of the game prior to missing, then hit all seven second-half shots. He went 12-for-13 earlier this season against Saint Joseph¡¦s for 92.3 percent. For his career he is 251-for-416 for 60.3 percent which would rank him third all-time on the Gonzaga career field goal percentage list. Bill Dunlap (200-for-320 for 62.5 percent) and Scott Snider (174-for-284 for 61.2 percent) are the only other Bulldogs to finish their careers at 60.0 percent or better from the field. The Gonzaga single-season record is held by Casey Calvary who went 127-for-193 for 65.8 percent in 1999.
Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes matched his career high with nine points Saturday against Pepperdine. That equaled his mark set last year against San Diego in the West Coast Conference Tournament at Santa Clara. The sophomore from Montreal went 4-for-4 from the field and hit his lone 3-point attempt against the Waves.
Since missing his first free throw of the game New Year¡¦s Eve against Saint Joseph¡¦s, Derek Raivio has made 16 straight. Raivio had a streak of 28 straight snapped Dec. 17 against Virginia, starting this season a perfect 20-for-20 and making his final eight of last season. He tied the school record a year ago with 41 consecutive free throws. Raivio is a career 91.2 percent free throw shooter, connecting on 155-of-170 attempts, to sit atop the Gonzaga career percentage chart.
J.P. Batista has grabbed 40 rebounds in the last four games for a 10.0 rpg average. Included in that stretch are 15 against Saint Joseph¡¦s that matched his career high. He¡¦s had four double-digit rebounding games this season ¡V 13 against Michigan State and 10 each against Washington and Santa Clara to go with his 15 boards. He recorded his fourth double-double of the season and the eighth of his career with 11 points and 10 rebounds in the West Coast Conference opener at Santa Clara.
,,Ñ Gonzaga has won 20 of the last 21 meetings with Loyola Marymount. The Lions pulled an 80-74 upset of the Bulldogs at Gersten Pavilion in 2003, with the Bulldogs winning the last four meetings. LMU has not defeated Gonzaga in Spokane since 1991 when the Lions took a 91-79 victory. The Bulldogs have won 14 straight over LMU in Spokane.
Gonzaga, Southern Illinois and Illinois sit atop a three-team logjam for the current NCAA home court winning streak lead with 31 each. The Bulldogs and Illinois both posted home wins on Saturday to catch the Salukis. Gonzaga puts its streak on the line Monday against Pepperdine. Southern Illinois doesn¡¦t play at home until Jan. 22 against Illinois State, with Illinois hosting Minnesota on Jan. 25 for its next home outing. The 31-game Gonzaga streak is the second-longest in school history. The longest streak in Gonzaga history is 34 games from Dec. 1, 1992-Jan. 3, 1995, which was the second-longest streak in the country at the time. Gonzaga also had a 29-game streak Feb. 19, 2000-Dec. 20, 2002 that Saint Joseph¡¦s ended on Dec. 31, 2002.
Two Gonzaga players have reached the 600-point plateau this season. J.P. Batista reached 600 points with his 32 points Dec. 31 against Saint Joseph¡¦s and Derek Raivio with his 18 points against Virginia on Dec. 17. Raivio now has 691 career points, Batista 666.
Junior Sean Mallon reached the 500-point plateau in his career against Saint Mary¡¦s on Jan. 7, the native of Spokane now with 516 career points.
Some players are starting to enter ¡V or close to cracking - the Gonzaga career charts. Derek Raivio¡¦s 134 career 3-point field goals have moved him into eighth and his 296 attempts are ninth. Adam Morrison¡¦s 518 career field goals are eighth as he moved ahead of John Stockton (514) last Saturday. Morrison¡¦s 274 free throws are within striking distance of the Top 10 and Casey Calvary¡¦s 289 career makes. Raivio is approaching the Top 10 for assists, his 216 just 68 shy of Jeff Condill and 10th.
Gonzaga has not lost back-to-back games since the 2002-03 season when the Bulldogs lost Dec. 28, 2002, against Stanford 81-71 in the Pete Newell Challenge in Oakland, Calif., and Dec. 31, 2002, at home to Saint Joseph¡¦s 79-78 in overtime. Gonzaga has played 94 games since that Saint Joseph¡¦s loss without losing back-to-back games.
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