Bulldogs Out To Protect Lead

Jan. 19, 2005

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 17 - San Francisco
Thurs., Jan. 20 - 7 p.m. PST
War Memorial Gymnasium - San Francisco, CA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KAYU (Spokane); KONG (Seattle); Comcast Sports Net (Bay Area)
No. 11 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (13-3; 3-1 West Coast Conference)
G -   5 Derek Raivio, 6-3, 168, So., Vancouver, WA
       (12.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 5.4 assists, 1.9 steals)
G - 22 Erroll Knight, 6-7, 211, Jr., Seattle, WA
       (7.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.4 assists, 0.6 steals)
C -   1 Ronny Turiaf, 6-10, 249, Sr., Le Robert, Martinique
       (16.6 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 1.6 assists, 0.3 steals, 1.3 blocks)
F -    3 Adam Morrison, 6-8, 205, So., Spokane, WA
       (19.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.8 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.3 blocks)
F -  13 J.P. Batista, 6-9, 269, Jr., Pernambuco, Brazil
       (9.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.6 steals)
or   32 Sean Mallon, 6-9, 218, So., Spokane, WA
       (9.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.6 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  146-35 (6th year - 16th at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO DONS (10-6; 1-2 West Coast Conference) G - 3 Andre Hazel, 6-0, 190, Sr., Los Angeles, CA (4.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 3.7 assists, 2.0 steals) G - 33 John Cox, 6-5, 210, Sr., Philadelphia, PA (22.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.0 assists, 1.1 steals) F - 3 Tyrone Riley, 6-7, 240, Jr., Los Angeles, CA (14.5 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.3 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.3 blocks) F - 21 Jerome Gumbs, 6-4, 210, Jr., St. Thomas, Virgin Islands (9.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.0 assists, 1.3 steals) F - 25 Alan Wiggins, Jr., 6-9, 220, So., Poway, CA (6.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 0.7 assists, 1.0 blocks) HEAD COACH: Jessie Evans (Eastern Michigan, 1972) USF RECORD: 10-6 (1st year) CAREER RECORD: 142-87 (8th year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 18 - San Diego
Sat., Jan. 22 - 4 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 (Spokane); KONG (Seattle); Channel 4 (San Diego)
UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO TOREROS (9-7; 1-2 West Coast Conference)
G - 23 Avi Fogel, 6-1, 175, So., San Diego, CA
      (7.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.3 assists, 0.9 steals)
G - 32 Corey Belser, 6-6, 210, Jr., Spanaway, WA
      (6.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.0 assists, 2.8 steals, 0.5 blocks)
C - 12 Brice Vounang, 6-8, 250, Sr., Dschang, Cameroon
      (16.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.0 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.3 blocks)
F -   5 Brandon Gay, 6-8, 220, Sr., Missouri City, TX
      (14.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.9 assists, 1.2 steals 0.6 blocks)
F -  42 Nick Lewis, 6-10, 235, Jr., Paradise Valley, AZ
      (11.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.6 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Brad Holland (UCLA, 1979)
USD RECORD:  157-144 (11th year)  CAREER RECORD:  180-175 (13th year)
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: 1/20 vs. Portland.

Gonzaga finds itself in familiar territory following a weekend sweep of Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine. The Bulldogs, who fell out of first place in the West Coast Conference for the first time since the 2002 season with this year's loss at Saint Mary's, moved back atop the conference at 3-1 after Saint Mary's lost at home against Santa Clara to fall to 2-1 and into a second-place tie with the Broncos. J.P. Batista scored 17 points in his first start, and Ronny Turiaf added 16 on his 22nd birthday in Gonzaga's 76-65 victory over Loyola Marymount on Thursday. The Bulldogs also got 13 points each from Sean Mallon and Derek Raivio. Adam Morrison matched his career high with 26 point and Turiaf recorded his 19th career double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds in the 86-62 win over Pepperdine two nights later.

After playing at home for the first time since Dec. 11 with last week's West Coast Conference home openers, Gonzaga takes to the road again this week. The Bulldogs will be at San Francisco on Thursday and then head to San Diego for a late afternoon contest on Saturday.

It might be a little early to start talking about scheduling advantages, but Gonzaga will play five of its final eight West Coast Conference games at home following this weekend. The Bulldogs return home for three straight games when they meet Portland on Jan. 29, Saint Mary's on Feb. 3 and Santa Clara on Feb. 5 in the friendly confines of the McCarthey Athletic Center where the Bulldogs are 7-0 in their first season in the new building. Gonzaga has won 18 straight home games over the past two seasons.

Gonzaga has not lost back-to-back games since the 2002-03 season when the Bulldogs lost Dec. 28 against Stanford 81-71 in the Pete Newell Challenge in Oakland, Calif., and Dec. 31 at home to Saint Joseph's 79-78 in overtime. Gonzaga has played 67 games since that Saint Joseph's loss without losing back-to-back games.

Gonzaga jumped five spots back to 11th in the Associated Press Top 25 this week, the Bulldogs one spot behind cross-state rival Washington. The Bulldogs topped the then 14th-ranked Huskies earlier this season in the McCarthey Athletic Center. Gonzaga was ranked 11th two week's ago prior to losing to Saint Mary's, a loss that dropped them to 16th last week. In the USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 as selected by the coaches, the Bulldogs remained 20th for the second straight week. Gonzaga dropped from 16th to 20th following the loss to SMC.

By holding Loyola Marymount to 39.4 percent and Pepperdine 33.9 percent from the field last week, Gonzaga has now held six opponents under 40 percent this season. Only two teams - Portland State (61.2 percent in the season opener) and Washington (50.8 percent) have shot 50 percent or better from the field this season against Gonzaga. Teams are shooting 42.4 percent from the field against the Bulldogs this season. LMU's 3-for-19 for 15.8 percent from 3-point range was the worst showing by a Bulldog opponent this season from beyond the arc. While Pepperdine's 5-for-25 for 20.0 percent two nights later was the second best defensive effort by the Bulldogs beyond the 3-point line this season. Teams are shooting 36.3 percent from 3-point range against the Bulldogs.

While Gonzaga's defense has stifled opponents from the field, the Bulldogs offense has also stifled a few defenses this season. The Bulldogs are shooting a whopping 51.6 percent from the field and are in position to challenge the school record of 52.0 percent set in 1988-89. Gonzaga has shot 60 percent or better from the field three times this season, and seven other times blistered the nets for 50 percent or better. In two of their three setbacks this season the Bulldogs shot less than 40 percent (43.9 against Illinois and a season-low 38.3 at Missouri). In their other loss against Saint Mary's the Bulldogs out shot the Gaels 50.9 percent to 49.1 percent but lost the battle of the treys 16-3.

Sophomore Adam Morrison matched his career high with 26 points against Pepperdine. He had back-to-back 26-point games against Illinois and Washington this season, breaking his previous best of 22 set last year against Saint Mary's.

Ronny Turiaf showed signs of returning to the form he had last year and at the beginning of this season with his performance last week. He went 12-for-17 from the field in the two games and grabbed 17 rebounds. He scored 16 points against Loyola Marymount to help celebrate his 22nd birthday, then scored 19 against Pepperdine. After going 32-for-48 for 66.7 percent from the field in the first three games of the season, the senior was just 40-for-101 for 39.6 percent in the previous 11 games heading into the LMU contest.

Saturday's 86-62 win over Pepperdine marked the fifth straight game in which the Bulldogs have defeated the Waves by 15 or more points. Gonzaga won the 2003 meetings 92-72 and 78-63, and captured last year's games 87-70 and 93-73.

True freshman David Pendergraft scored in double figures for the first time in his collegiate career last Saturday with 14 points against Pepperdine. He went 5-for-7 from the field, 2-for-4 from 3-point range and 2-for-2 from the line. His previous best was 7 points.

For the second time this season Gonzaga had five players score in double digits last week against Loyola Marymount. J.P. Batista scored 17 points, Ronny Turiaf 16, Derek Raivio and Sean Mallon 13 each and Adam Morrison 12 against the Lions. The other time it happened was in the win over then No. 3 Oklahoma State - Morrison 19, Batista 18, Erroll Knight and Mallon 11 each, and Turiaf 10.

Gonzaga is 74-14 when ranked, including 11-3 this season. The Bulldogs are 31-0 at home when ranked, 28-5 away and 15-9 on a neutral court.

The 32 points put up by Derek Raivio against Santa Clara marked the third time this season a Bulldog has scored 30 or more points. Ronny Turiaf scored 33 in the season opener against Portland State then came back two nights later with another career high of 40 against Idaho. The last time the Bulldogs had at least two 30-point games in the same season was 2003 when Blake Stepp scored 33 against the Washington and 34 against Washington State in a five-day span.

Gonzaga junior guard Nathan Doudney will be sidelined for the remainder of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He was injured early in the second half of the Dec. 7 game at Washington State. He's expected to undergo surgery this week.

BULLDOGS VS. DONS: Gonzaga University has won 12 straight against the University of San Francisco since dropping the title game of the 1998 West Coast Conference Tournament 80-67 at Santa Clara University. The Bulldogs have won 24 of the last 28 meetings with the Dons, including seven straight at War Memorial Gymnasium since suffering a 71-70 setback in 1997. Gonzaga leads the overall series 30-19.

WHAT SOPHOMORE JINX? Don't try to tell Gonzaga University's sophomore trio of Adam Morrison, Sean Mallon and Derek Raivio there's supposed to be a sophomore jinx. The trio is averaging 31.6 minutes/game, 13.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 3.1 assists/game. They are shooting a combined 49.6 percent from the field (226-455), 42.4 percent from 3-point range (59-for-139) and 77.8 percent from the free throw line (147-189).

BULLDOGS FROM LONG RANGE: From 1998-03 Gonzaga University never averaged less than 18.4 3-point field goal attempts/game. But the trend away from the 3-pointer began last year for Gonzaga and has carried over to this season. Last year Gonzaga shot 491 treys for an average of 15.8/game. This year the Bulldogs are averaging just 12.1 long-range bombs/game through the first 16 games. The Bulldogs shot a career-low 156 in 1987 for 5.6/game in the first year of the rule that changed the offensive strategy of basketball. It wouldn't be until 1991 the Bulldogs would average double-digit treys at 12.3/game. The all-time high was 20.9/game in 1999 when the Bulldogs launched a school record 730. Gonzaga has led the West Coast Conference 12 times in 3-point percentage, including a school-best 46.1 percent in the second year of the shot in 1988.

BOARDING IT: Senior Ronny Turiaf continues to pound the boards. He has grabbed less than five rebounds in just one game this season and is averaging 8.7 rpg. He has five double-digit rebounding nights to his credit, including a career-high 14 against Massachusetts.

YOU CAN CALL ME: There has been much debate on television, on the radio and in the print media this season over the pronunciation of Gonzaga University sophomore Derek Raivio's last name. While the sophomore from Vancouver, Wash., insists he doesn't care, the correct pronunciation is rye-VEE-oh. All of last season and through the early part of this season everyone has gone with rav-EE-oh.

HOME, SWEET HOME: Gonzaga University has a modest 19-game home winning streak that ranks sixth in the NCAA Division I ranks through games of Tuesday. Wisconsin leads the way with a 38-game streak, followed Oklahoma State University and Western Michigan University at 24.

THREE BALL: Gonzaga University has extended its streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 377. The last time the Bulldogs failed to hit a trey was Jan. 27, 1993, when the Bulldogs went 0-for-5 at home against Portland.

ON A ROLL: Since starting the 2003 season 8-5, Gonzaga University is 57-10. Gonzaga put together a 9-game winning streak and went 16-4 down the stretch following that 8-5 start, last year's club went 28-3 and this year's team is off to a 13-3 start.

 

 

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