Gonzaga Makes WCC Home Debut Against USD

Jan. 18, 2008

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
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)
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (13-4; 2-0 West Coast)
G -   2 Jeremy Pargo, 6-2, 219, Jr., Chicago, IL
       (10.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 5.9 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.5 blocks)
G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 214, So., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (14.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.7 assists, 1.5 steals)
G - 32 Steven Gray, 6-4, 190, Fr., Bainbridge, WA
       (7.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.6 assists, 0.7 steals)
C -  42 Josh Heytvelt, 6-11, 255, Jr., Clarkston, WA
       (12.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 0.5 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.8 blocks)
F -  25 David Pendergraft, 6-6, 223, Sr., Brewster, WA
       (8.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.3 assists, 0.4 steals)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  224-56 (9th year - 19th at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO TOREROS (8-10, 1-0 West Coast) 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. GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 19 - San Francisco
Monday, January 21- 9 p.m.
McCarthey Athletic Center - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: ESPN (Big Monday)
UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO DONS (4-12, 0-1 West Coast)
G -  10 Manny Quezada, 6-2, 185, Jr., New York, NY
      (15.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.9 assists, 1.5 steals)
G -  13 Myron Strong, 6-2, 185, Fr., Memphis, TN
      (11.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.5 assists, 2.2 steals)
G -  41 Danny Cavic, 6-6, 210, Sr., Tustin, CA
      (9.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 0.9 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.3 blocks)
C -    0 Hyman Taylor, 6-9, 245, So., Fort Lauderdale, FL
      (3.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 0.7 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.7 blocks)
F -   33 Dior Lowhorn, 6-7, 230, So., San Francisco, CA
      (20.7 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.9 blocks)
INTERIM HEAD COACH:  Eddie Sutton (Oklahoma State, 1958)
USF RECORD:  0-4 (1st year)  CAREER RECORD:  798-319 (37th year)
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  1/19 at Portland.

Gonzaga University, winners of four straight and off to a 2-0 start in West Coast Conference play, makes its WCC home debut this week when the University of San Diego visits Saturday followed by the University of San Francisco on Monday. Saturday's game time is a rare 1 p.m. matinee at the sold out McCarthey Athletic Center, while Monday's game is an 9 p.m. start on ESPN Big Monday.

The young and the old of the coaching fraternity come into the McCarthey Athletic Center this weekend as first-year University of San Diego head coach Bill Grier brings his team onto the same campus where he spent 16 years as a Gonzaga University assistant prior to taking the USD post last spring, followed by University of San Francisco interim head coach Eddie Sutton who is in his 37th year on the bench. Sutton was named interim head coach at USF Dec. 26 following the leave of absence taken by fifth-year head coach Jessie Evans. Grier is 8-10 in his brief stint as head coach, while Sutton is 798-319 in his legendary career, but 0-4 at USF entering the weekend.

Gonzaga University is off to a 2-0 start in West Coast Conference play for the 11th time in the last 12 seasons following a 91-68 win at Loyola Marymount University last Saturday and a 92-57 victory at Pepperdine University this past Monday. Since that Monday game Pepperdine head coach Vance Walberg announced his immediate resignation and has been replaced by second-year assistant Eric Bridgeland who will remain interim head coach through the end of the season. The Bulldogs have been picked by the WCC coaches to win an eighth straight West Coast Conference crown, the Bulldogs edging Saint Mary's College in the pre-season poll. 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.

With back-to-back 90-point games on their Los Angeles road swing last week, it marked the third straight season Gonzaga University had achieved the feat. Last season the Bulldogs downed the University of San Diego 91-82 at home, then went on the road to defeat Stanford University 90-86 in double overtime. The last time Gonzaga did it in regulation was 2006 when the Zags topped Pepperdine University 102-73 and Loyola Marymount University 92-80 in a pair of home games.

Gonzaga University sophomore guard Matt Bouldin and Saint Mary's College forward Ian O'Leary share this week's West Coast Conference men's basketball Player of the Week honor. Bouldin turned in spectacular numbers in leading the Bulldogs to a WCC-opening road sweep of Loyola Marymount University and Pepperdine University. The Highlands Ranch, Colo., native averaged 16.5 points per game on 54.2 percent shooting from the field (13-of-24). In addition, Bouldin grabbed 5.0 rebounds per game, handed out 6.0 assists per game, and swiped 5.0 steals per contest. He had 17 points, 8 assists and 5 steals at LMU, 16 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals at Pepperdine.

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 in Gonzaga University's road sweep last weekend, the Bulldogs dishing out 25 assists at Loyola Marymount and coming back with 24 against Pepperdine University. The 25 at LMU were 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 at LMU. Steven Gray had a career-high 4 assists. Jeremy Pargo set the pace at Pepperdine with 8 assists while Bouldin and Austin Daye had 4 each as five players had at least two and eight players got into the assists column.

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.

Starting guards Jeremy Pargo, Matt Bouldin and Steven Gray; center Josh Heytvelt; forward David Pendergraft, and reserve guard Austin Daye have become the top six for Gonzaga University over the last three games, and the statistics back that up. Those six have gone 61-for-107 from the field for 57.0 percent, 9-for-29 from 3-point range for 31.0 percent, 33-for-44 from the free throw line for 75.0 percent, grabbed 77 rebounds for 25.6 rpg and dished out 56 assists for 18.7 assists/game. All six are shooting better than 55.0 percent from the field. Bouldin (18.0 ppg), Daye (14.6 ppg) and Heytvelt (13.7 ppg) are all averaging in double-digit points 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 this week. The Bulldogs head to No. 2 University Memphis next Saturday; played the University of Tennessee - 6th in the Associated Press Top 25 and 7th in the USA Today/ESPN rankings - in The Battle in Seattle in late December, and hosted No. 8 Washington State University. Memphis is 6-0, WSU is 15-1 and the Volunteers boast a 14-1 mark. Gonzaga received two votes in this week's AP poll. Gonzaga has been ranked as high as 14th this season.

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.

Jeremy Pargo had eight assists against Pepperdine University and how has 324 career assists to move into a tie for fifth with Geoff Goss. Derek Raivio (356) is well within reach 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 60 assists in his last 10 games for a 6.0 assists/game average in that stretch. For the season he is averaging 5.9 assists/game.

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 61-for-67 for 91.0 percent from the stripe this season. He was ranked eighth nationally at 90.6 percent through games of last Sunday when the latest rankings were compiled. 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.

Josh Heytvelt and Steven Gray have returned in fine form from injuries that sidelined them the early portion of the season. Gray, who returned from wrist surgery to make his collegiate debut Dec. 17, is 11-for-18 from the field in his last three games for 61.1 percent, including 4-for-6 from 3-point range. Heytvelt, who returned Dec. 20 from ankle surgery, is 24-for-44 from the field for 54.5 percent over his last five games. He's also grabbed 27 rebounds for 5.4 rpg in that stretch after grabbing just one board in 15 minutes in his first game back.

Senior David Pendergraft is 50 rebounds away from joining the 500 point/500 rebound club. He has 595 career points and 450 career boards. Bulldog Bites

Gonzaga University has won 11 straight games and 20 of the last 21 against the University of San Diego. The last time the Toreros tasted victory against Gonzaga was in the 2003 West Coast Conference Tournament, USD taking a 72-63 win in the title game to become the first host team to win the tourney in the history of the event.

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 477. 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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