Bulldogs Conclude Homestand Against San Francisco Saturday

Jan. 17, 2009

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
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)
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (11-4; 2-0 West Coast)
G -   2 Jeremy Pargo, 6-2, 220, Sr., Chicago, IL
       (10.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 6.5 assists, 1.1 steals)
G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 224, Jr., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (12.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.9 assists, 1.7 steals)
G - 32 Steven Gray, 6-5, 208, So., Bainbridge, WA
       (11.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.6 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.4 blocks)
C -  42 Josh Heytvelt, 6-11, 260, Sr., Clarkston, WA
       (14.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 0.4 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.9 blocks)
F -   5 Austin Daye, 6-11, 200, So., Irvine, CA
       (12.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 0.8 assists, 1.0 steals, 2.0 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  247-64 (10th year - 20th at GU) CAREER RECORD:  Same

UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO DONS (8-10; 0-3 West Coast) G - 21 Christian Hernandez, 6-5, 210, Jr., San Juan Capistrano, CA (1.8 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 0.4 assists, 0.4 steals) G - 5 Chris O'Brien, 6-4, 205, Fr., Irvine, CA (4.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 0.9 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.4 blocks) G - 11 Dontae Bryant, 6-2, 175, Jr., Portland, OR (4.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.1 assists, 1.2 steals) F - 33 Dior Lowhorn, 6-7, 230, Jr., San Francisco, CA (20.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 0.7 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.6 blocks) F - 32 Angelo Caloiaro, 6-7, 225, Fr., San Jose, CA (6.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.8 assists, 0.6 steals) HEAD COACH: Rex Walters (Kansas, 1993) USF RECORD: 8-10 (1st year) CAREER RECORD: 38-43 (3rd year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 17 - Pepperdine University
Thursday, January 22 - 6 p.m. PST
Firestone Fieldhouse - Malibu, CA
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 10:30 p.m.); KIRO-TV (Seattle)
PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY WAVES (4-14; 1-1 West Coast)
G -     1 Dane Suttle Jr., 6-6, 205, Fr., Los Angeles, CA
       (8.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 0.9 assists, 0.6 steals)
G -  20 Lorme Jackson, 6-2, 195, Fr., Simi Valley, CA
      (8.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.8 assists, 0.9 steals)
C -  44 Corbin Moore, 6-10, 240, Fr., Cypress, CA
      (2.9 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 0.3 assists, 0.4 blocks)
F -   15 Mychel Thompson, 6-7, 200, So., Ladera Ranch, CA
      (11.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.5 blocks)
F -   32 Taylor Darby, 6-7, 210, Fr., San Marcos, CA
       (6.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 0.6 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.5 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Tom Asbury (Wyoming, 1968)
PEP RECORD:  129-73 (7th year)  CAREER RECORD:  214-161 (13th year)
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  1/17 at Saint Mary's.

Gonzaga University will have one upcoming men's basketball games televised live in the Seattle area on KIRO-TV rather than FSN because of programming conflicts. Next Thursday's (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 the game on a delayed basis at 10:30 p.m. The game will be televised live in the Spokane market on KHQ-TV.

Gonzaga University concludes its three-game homestand to open West Coast Conference play Saturday when the University of San Francisco visits the McCarthey Athletic Center for a 5 p.m. contest. The Bulldogs ran their WCC mark to 2-0 with a 95-43 win over visiting Santa Clara University while USF limps in off a 78-60 loss at the University of Portland, USF's third WCC loss in as many outings.

Austin Daye scored 20 points to lead five players in double figures as Gonzaga University routed Santa Clara University 95-53 Thursday night. Matt Bouldin added 16 points, Steven Gray 15, Josh Heytvelt 11 and Jeremy Pargo 11 for Gonzaga, which put on a display of dunks and 3-pointers. John Bryant scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Santa Clara, which lost its fifth consecutive game. It was his 12th double-double of the season. James Rahon added 14 points for the Broncos. The Broncos, who lost their previous four games by a total of 15 points, suffered easily their worst loss of the season. Gonzaga shot 55 percent in the game, dominated the rebounding 46-29, and forced the Broncos into 36 percent shooting and 17 turnovers.

Gonzaga University scored a season-high 95 points Thursday against Santa Clara University and was the most points for the Bulldogs since a 101-59 home victory over West Coast Conference foe Pepperdine University last season. The 42-victory was the largest ever for the Bulldogs over the Broncos, who suffered their worst WCC loss in school history. It was the second 42-point victory of the season for Gonzaga, which also downed Texas Southern University 84-42.

Thursday night marked the third time this season Gonzaga University has had five players in double figures. Austin Daye led the way with 20 points, Matt Bouldin had 16, Steven Gray 15, and Josh Heytvelt and Jeremy Pargo 11 each. The Bulldogs had five players in double figures twice during the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla. Against Oklahoma State University Micah Downs had 17, Pargo 15, Bouldin 12, Gray 11 and Daye 10. In the title game win over the University of Tennessee Gray scored 19, Bouldin 17, Heytvelt 15, Downs 12 and Pargo 10.

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.

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.

Two more players should join the Gonzaga University 1,000-point club before the season is over. Junior Matt Bouldin has 897 points entering this Saturday's game and is averaging 11.1 ppg in his career. Senior Josh Heytvelt has 884 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.

Senior point guard Jeremy Pargo, whose assist-to-turnover ratio had been on a downward spiral recently, got it back on the upswing Thursday against Santa Clara University. The West Coast Conference assist leader at 6.8 assists/game had 8 assists and 3 turnovers for a 2.7 assist-to-turnover ratio for the night. In the first seven games of the season Pargo had 53 assists and 11 turnovers for a 4.8 assist-to-turnover ratio. For the seven games prior to Thursday he had 36 assists and 29 turnovers for a 1.3 assist/turnover ratio. For the season he is still at a respectable 2.3 assist/turnover ratio. Last season he was at 1.5.

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 57-3 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 247 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 115-13, 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 won the battle of the boards Thursday against Santa Clara University, snapping a 5-game stretch in which the Bulldogs had been out rebounded. Gonzaga held a 46-29 edge against the Broncos, In the five previous outings the Bulldogs had been out rebounded by the University of Connecticut by 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 that 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 1,047 career points to surpass John Rillie (1,038) for 28th on the Gonzaga list. Jarrod Davis is 27th with 1,054 and Bryce McPhee 26th with 1,060. Pargo's 519 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.

Gonzaga University boasts a 29-1 regular-season record against WCC teams in the 5-year-old McCarthey Athletic Center, and is 31-1 counting two wins in the WCC Tournament hosted by the Bulldogs in 2006.

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 seven games he has grabbed 52 rebounds for an average of 7.4 rpg and he has raised his season average to 6.5 rpg to share the team lead with Josh Heytvelt.

Don't expect anybody on the University of San Francisco men's basketball team to put Spokane on their vacation destination. The Dons haven't won in Spokane in 19 years. The last time the Dons won a game in Spokane was Feb. 10, 1989, when the Dons captured a 67-64 verdict. Gonzaga has won 19 of the last 20 meetings overall, the last USF victory in the series coming Jan. 20, 2005, when the Dons took a 73-70 home victory at War Memorial Gym. Since the decade of the 90's, Gonzaga has a 33-6 record in the series Gonzaga leads 38-19 overall.

After struggling from the free throw line in the non-conference season, Gonzaga University has heated up from the charity strip in the two West Coast Conference games. Gonzaga is 32-for-42 for 76.2 percent in WCC play compared to 205-for-294 for 69.7 percent overall.

 

 

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