Men's Basketball Hosts Broncos, Dons In WCC Action

Jan. 14, 2009

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 15 - Santa Clara University
Thursday, January 15 - 6 p.m. PST
McCarthey Athletic Center - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane);
101.1 FM Rock `N' Roll's Greatest Hits (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KHQ-TV (Spokane); FSN (Delay 1/15 10 p.m.; 1/16 12:30 p.m.); KIRO-TV (Seattle)
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (10-4; 1-0 West Coast)
G -   2 Jeremy Pargo, 6-2, 220, Sr., Chicago, IL
       (9.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 6.4 assists, 1.1 steals)
G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 224, Jr., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (12.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.9 assists, 1.7 steals)
G - 32 Steven Gray, 6-5, 208, So., Bainbridge, WA
       (10.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.5 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.4 blocks)
C -  42 Josh Heytvelt, 6-11, 260, Sr., Clarkston, WA
       (14.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 0.4 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.9 blocks)
F -   5 Austin Daye, 6-11, 200, So., Irvine, CA
       (12.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 0.9 assists, 1.1 steals, 2.1 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  246-64 (10th year - 20th at GU) CAREER RECORD:  Same

SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY BRONCOS (7-11; 0-2 West Coast) G - 5 Perry Petty, 6-0, 175, Jr., Milwaukee, WI (8.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.9 assists, 1.6 steals) G - 21 Kevin Foster, 6-2, 210, Fr., Katy, TX (13.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.1 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.3 blocks) G - 1 James Rahon, 6-4, 195, Fr., Encinitas, CA (9.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 0.9 assists, 0.4 steals) C - 54 John Bryant, 6-11, 275, Sr., San Pablo, CA (17.4 ppg, 12.1 rpg, 1.2 assists, 0.6 steals, 2.7 blocks) F - 15 Marc Trasolini, 6-9, 235, Fr., Vancouver, B.C. (6.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 0.5 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.5 blocks) HEAD COACH: Kerry Keating (Seton Hall, 1993) SCU RECORD: 22-26 (2nd year) CAREER RECORD: Same. GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 16 - University of San Francisco
Saturday, January 17 - 5 p.m. PST
McCarthey Athletic Center - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane);
101.1 FM Rock `N' Roll's Greatest Hits (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KHQ-TV (Spokane); FSN (Check local listing)
UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO DONS (8-9; 0-2 West Coast)
G -   21 Christian Hernandez, 6-5, 210, Jr., San Juan Capistrano, CA
       (1.9 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 0.4 assists, 0.5 steals)
G -    5 Chris O'Brien, 6-4, 205, Fr., Irvine, CA
      (4.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks)
G -  11 Dontae Bryant, 6-2, 175, Jr., Portland, OR
      (4.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.1 assists, 1.1 steals)
F -   33 Dior Lowhorn, 6-7, 230, Jr., San Francisco, CA
      (20.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 0.7 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.6 blocks)
F -   32 Angelo Caloiaro, 6-7, 225, Fr., San Jose, CA
       (6.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.8 assists, 0.6 steals)
HEAD COACH:  Rex Walters (Kansas, 1993)
USF RECORD:  8-9 (1st year)  CAREER RECORD:  38-42 (3rd)
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  1/15 at Portland.

Gonzaga University will have two upcoming men's basketball games televised live in the Seattle area on KIRO-TV rather than FSN because of programming conflicts. Thursday's game in the McCarthey Athletic Center against Santa Clara University and the Jan. 22 game at Pepperdine University will air live on KIRO-TV, digital channel 7.2 and Comcast Cable channel 117 in the Seattle market. FSN will televise both games on a delayed basis. The SCU game will air on FSN on a same-day delay at 10 p.m. and also be televised Friday at 12:30 p.m. The Pepperdine game will be televised on FSN on a same-day delay at 10:30 p.m. Both games will be televised live in the Spokane market on KHQ-TV.

Gonzaga University remains home this week for a pair of West Coast Conference games. Santa Clara University visits Thursday at 6 p.m. with the University of San Francisco in town Saturday for a 5 p.m. tip. Both schools opened WCC play 0-2, while Gonzaga won its WCC opener last weekend in the Bulldogs only conference action to date. Coming off last Saturday's home game, the Bulldogs will play back-to-back home games in the McCarthey Athletic Center for the first time since the season openers when the Broncos come to town Thursday. Gonzaga opened the regular season Nov. 15 against Montana State University-Billings and played the University of Idaho Nov. 18.

Matt Bouldin, who averaged 20.0 ppg and shot 53.3 percent from the field in leading Gonzaga University to a pair of wins last week, has been named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week. The junior from Highlands Ranch, Colo., tied a career-high with 26 points at the University of Tennessee and then came back with 14 in the WCC opener against the University of Portland. He went 11-for-20 from the field against the Volunteers as the Bulldogs snapped a 37-game Tennessee home winning streak with the 89-79 overtime victory. Bouldin went 16-for-30 from the field, 4-for-11 from 3-point range for 36.4 percent and averaged 3.0 rpg and 5.5 assists/game in the two wins.

Josh Heytvelt and Matt Bouldin each scored 14 points as Gonzaga beat Portland 67-50 last Saturday in the West Coast Conference opener for both teams. Steven Gray added 13 points as Gonzaga snapped a three-game losing streak. Austin Daye had 10 rebounds as the Zags beat Portland for the 11th consecutive time. Gonzaga won its 14th consecutive WCC home opener and its 13th consecutive WCC opener. The 50 points by Portland were its second lowest of the season, after they scored 43 in a win over Air Force.

Gonzaga University edged closer to moving back into the Top 25 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN polls this week. This is the second straight week the Bulldogs have been out of the rankings since being ranked 16th by AP and 17th by USA Today/ESPN the week of Dec. 29. The Bulldogs are the first team listed among "others receiving votes" in the AP balloting, 16 points shy of cracking the Top 25. Gonzaga is the fifth team in the "others receiving votes" category in the USA Today/ESPN poll.

Santa Clara University has a couple of distinctions heading into its game against Gonzaga University in the McCarthey Athletic Center. With last Saturday's victory over the University of Portland the Bulldogs have won 14 straight West Coast Conference home openers. The last team to defeat the Bulldogs in a WCC home opener? The Broncos turned the trick Jan. 19, 1995, by a 73-68 count in overtime. Only one WCC team has tasted victory in the 5-year-old McCarthey Athletic Center. Starting to see the trend? You guessed it, it's the Broncos, who captured an 84-73 verdict Feb. 12, 2007, to snap the Bulldogs 50-game home court winning streak, 38 of them coming in the new McCarthey Athletic Center.

Gonzaga University boasts a 28-1 regular-season record against WCC teams in the 5-year-old McCarthey Athletic Center, and is 30-1 counting two wins in the WCC Tournament hosted by the Bulldogs in 2006.

For the seventh time in 10 wins this season Gonzaga University held an opponent to less than 60 points in the 67-50 win last Saturday over the University of Portland. On the flip side, opponents have scored 60-plus in all four Gonzaga losses. Gonzaga held Texas Southern University to a season-low 42 points in an 84-42 win and the University of Idaho to 46 points in an 80-46 victory. Gonzaga is averaging 76.9 ppg to 62.8 ppg by the opposition, a +14.1 scoring margin.

Sophomore Austin Daye grabbed 10 rebounds against the University of Portland for his fifth double-digit game in his Gonzaga University career. He had 10 earlier this year against the University of Maryland and 12 in the season opener against Montana State-Billings. His career high 13 came last year with against Portland. He had 10 rebounds in his collegiate debut against the University of Montana.

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 56-3 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. Gonzaga's other losses were last season to Washington State University and this year's setback to Portland State University.

Head coach Mark Few picked up his 225th career victory Jan. 19, 2008, against the University of San Diego. With 246 victories, Few is third on the all-time Gonzaga victories chart behind Hank Anderson (290-275 in 21 seasons) and Dan Fitzgerald (252-171 in 15 seasons). Few is the active winningest coach in West Coast Conference games at 114-13, moving ahead of Fitzgerald (112-88) on the all-time wins list. Carroll Williams, Santa Clara University (165-137) and Dick Davey, SCU (122-88) hold the top two spots.

Gonzaga University senior Jeremy Pargo is on the 2009 John R. Wooden Award Pre-Season Top 50 list, and he and teammate Josh Heytvelt have been named to the Naismith Trophy watch list as well. Pargo is eligible for the John R. Wooden All-American Team and Player of the Year Trophy, and he and Heytvelt are also in line for the Naismith Trophy as present by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club. Pargo, a native of Chicago, Ill., was also nominated for the Wooden Award a year ago, while Heytvelt was also a Naismith candidate last season. Pargo becomes the eighth Bulldog selected as a Wooden candidate. Adam Morrison was a 2006 John R. Wooden Top Five All-America selection, Dan Dickau was so honored in 2002 as Gonzaga's inaugural Wooden Award Top Five honoree, and Blake Stepp (2004) and Casey Calvary (2001) were named Wooden Award Top 10 All-Americans. Heytvelt, who hails from nearby Clarkston, Wash., becomes Gonzaga's first two-time Naismith nominee. Adam Morrison is the only other Bulldog to be nominated for the award in 2006. "Both players are very deserving of these nominations," Gonzaga head coach Mark Few said. "They have worked hard on and off the court to elevate their games to the national stage. They are as good as any player in the country at their respective positions."

Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few added two players to the Bulldog fold to letters-of-intent. Sam Dower, a 6-9, 220-pound left-handed senior center/forward from Osseo, Minn., High School and 6-5, 185-pound wing Mangisto "Manny" Arop will join GU next season. Dower averaged 22 ppg and 10 rpg per game in the month of July and 18 ppg and 9 rpg for this past AAU season, according to head coach Marquise Watts of Net Gain Sports, Dower's AAU club. Net Gain Sports won the Twin Cities Summer Classic, won the adidas 64 Gold Division in Las Vegas and went 3-2 in round-robin play in the Duel in the Desert in Phoenix, according to Watts. "He can score for a big guy. He's a lefty so that makes it harder to defend because most people aren't used to seeing a lefthander," Few said. "He can make a difference and is a unique post player. He had a good spring and a great summer." Watts said Dower has worked hard to improve his game. "Every day over the last two years he's gotten better. I don't think he's begun to scratch the surface. His inside-outside game, he can shoot the three and on the block he's a lefty with a great hook shot," Watts said. "He's athletic, he's working on putting on weight and he will fit in real well at Gonzaga." Dower didn't make the varsity team at Osseo until midway through his sophomore year. He averaged 2.5 ppg and 1.6 rpg then blossomed last season to average 13.4 ppg and 5.9 rpg. Last season he scored in double figures 23 times and had double-digit rebounds six times. The Orioles went 28-1, their lone setback 60-59 in the Region finals. He scored a career-high 23 points at Coon Rapids and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds at Orono. He had several scholarship offers, among them the University of Minnesota, Marquette University and the University of Iowa. Arop, born in the Sudan, currently lives in Hamilton, Ontario, where he plays with Basketball Canada's National Elite Development Academy (NEDA) which is basically Canada's Junior National Team. His first name is pronounced Man-GEESE-toe, his last name pronounced "rop" (the "a" is silent) but he goes simply by Manny. He recently set a single-game scoring NEDA scoring record with 42 points, and this past summer played for Canada in the FIBA Americas Championship in Formosa, Argentina. He averaged 17.0 ppg to rank second, 10.2 rpg to rank third, shot 52.8 percent from the field on 23-for-58 and 87.5 percent from the line on 14-of-15 in the five tournament games as Canada placed fifth. He had 21 points and 9 rebounds against the U.S. in the tourney. "Manny is a high energy player with a great competitive streak," Few said. "His skill level is something to be excited about. He has a great opportunity to be effective for us at both ends of the court." His mother and four brothers left Sudan when he was 9-years-old and lived in Kenya prior to re-locating to Regina, Saskatchewan. Arop then spent a year in Edmonton, Alberta, before joining Basketball Canada's NEDA program, which is a year-round junior development camp.

Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few and wife Marcy gave birth to son Colt Walker Norman Few on New Year's Day, the couple's fourth child joining Austin James (A.J.), Joe and Julia.

If you remember how the top three finished in the West Coast Conference men's basketball regular-season chase a year ago then you won't see anything out of the ordinary to start the 2009 campaign. Gonzaga University edged Saint Mary's College and the University of San Diego in the 2009 WCC men's basketball pre-season poll as selected by the league coaches. The Bulldogs received five of the eight first-place votes - coaches couldn't vote for their teams - and garnered 46 points. The Gaels had a pair of first-place votes and 44 points and USD received the other first-place nod and 39 points. Gonzaga, SMC and USD all advanced to the NCAA Tournament a year ago. Rounding out this year's poll is Santa Clara University (30) in fourth, the University of San Francisco (23) picked fifth, followed by the University of Portland (22) in sixth, Loyola Marymount University (12) in seventh and Pepperdine University (11) in eighth.

Gonzaga University sophomore Robert Sacre continues to recover from a broken right foot suffered Dec. 5 in practice, the same foot he had a pin inserted in earlier this fall to help heal a non-displaced stress fracture. The newest fracture is in front of the previous stress fracture. At this point surgery is not being contemplated as recent x-rays indicate the latest fracture is healing. He will undergo frequent x-rays to chart the healing progress. It is still unknown how long the Vancouver, British Columbia, native will be sidelined.

Gonzaga University has been out rebounded in each of the last five games, the University of Connecticut holding a +10 advantage, Portland State University a +9 margin, the University of Utah a +6 edge, the University of Tennessee a +4 clip and the University of Portland a +1 margin. Until this current stretch, the only other time Gonzaga had been out rebounded this season was in the first meeting with Tennessee when the Volunteers recorded a monstrous +24 advantage (50-26) in Gonzaga's 83-74 victory in the title game of the Old Spice Classic.

Gonzaga University senior Jeremy Pargo became the 30th member of the 1,000-point club for the Bulldogs against Portland State University and has also surpassed the 500-assists plateau. The native of Chicago now has 1,036 career points for 29th on the Gonzaga list, just three points shy of surpassing John Rillie (28th with 1,038). Jarrod Davis is 27th with 1,054 and Bryce McPhee 26th with 1,060. Pargo's 511 career assists make him the fourth member of the 500 club behind Matt Santangelo (668), Blake Stepp (640) and John Stockton (554). Pargo's 139 career steals are tied for fifth with Geoff Goss.

Two more players should join the Gonzaga University 1,000-point club before the season is over. Junior Matt Bouldin has 881 points entering this week's play and is averaging 11.0 ppg in his career. Senior Josh Heytvelt has 873 points and is averaging 11.6 ppg. At their current pace, both would be on target to hit the milestone when the Bulldogs host Loyola Marymount University Feb. 19 and Pepperdine University Feb. 21.

Gonzaga head coach Mark Few juggled his starting lineup for the first time this season when he inserted sophomore guard Steven Gray into the starting five at the University of Tennessee in place of Micah Downs. Few stayed with that starting lineup last Saturday against the University of Portland in the West Coast Conference opener. Gray scored 14 points for the second straight game, grabbed a rebound, dished out a career-high six assists and had a steal in his 41 minutes of action against the Vols, then came back with 13 points, 3 rebounds and 5 steals against the Pilots. Gray was a starter in 19 of his 23 appearances a year ago.

Austin Daye has been on a rebounding tear lately. He grabbed 10 rebounds against the University of Portland for his fifth double-digit game in his Gonzaga University career. He had 10 earlier this year against the University of Maryland and 12 in the season opener against Montana State-Billings. His career high 13 came last year against Portland. He had 10 rebounds in his collegiate debut against the University of Montana. Over the last six games he has grabbed 45 rebounds for an average of 7.5 rpg and he has raised his season average to 6.5 rpg.

For the first time since Nov. 19, 2006, when Gonzaga University played the University of Texas-San Antonio, Jeremy Pargo failed to hand out an assist last Saturday against the University of Portland. That snapped a streak of 76 straight games with an assist for the Chicago, Ill., native.

 

 

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