Bulldogs Take 4-0 WCC Mark On Road
Jan. 20, 2006
Game No. 18 - San Diego Toreros
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); Channel 4 (San Diego)
No. 6 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (14-3; 4-0 West Coast) G - 5 Derek Raivio, 6-3, 175, Jr., Vancouver, WA (14.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.6 assists, 1.1 steals) G - 4 Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes, 6-0, 181, So., Montreal, Quebec (3.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 2.4 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.3 blocks) C - 13 J.P. Batista, 6-9, 269, Sr., Olinda, Pernambuco, Brazil (19.5 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 1.2 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.7 blocks) F - 3 Adam Morrison, 6-8, 205, Jr., Spokane, WA (28.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.9 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.4 blocks) F - 32 Sean Mallon, 6-9, 218, Jr., Spokane, WA (6.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.5 blocks) HEAD COACH: Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987) GONZAGA RECORD: 173-40 (7th year - 17th at GU) CAREER RECORD: Same
Mon., Jan. 23 - 8 p.m. PST
War Memorial Gym - San Francisco, CA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: PAX-TV (Spokane); FSN (Check local listings); KICU-TV (San Francisco)
UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO DONS (6-10; 2-1 West Coast) G - 11 Armondo Surratt, 6-0, 170, Jr., Oakland, CA (13.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 5.4 assists, 1.8 steals) G - 21 Jerome Gumbs, 6-4, 210, Sr., St. Thomas, Virgin Islands (10.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.3 blocks) C - 25 Alan Wiggins, 6-8, 225, Jr., San Diego, CA (13.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.2 assists, 1.1 steals, 2.1 blocks) F - 30 Jesse Byrd, 6-8, 225, Fr., Oakland, CA (1.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 0.4 assists, 0.4 steals) F - 41 Danny Cavic, 6-2, 205, So., Tustin, CA (4.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 0.5 assists, 0.4 steals) HEAD COACH: Jesse Evans (Eastern Michigan, 1972) USF RECORD: 23-24 (2nd year) CAREER RECORD: 155-105 (9th year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: 1/21 vs. Portland.
Gonzaga scaled its first early-season showdown of the West Coast Conference season with a 92-80 win over Loyola Marymount in a meeting of 3-0 WCC squads last Monday at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Next up is Saturday's trip to San Diego and a Monday matchup at San Francisco. Everybody except the Zags, LMU and USF have at least two losses in WCC play, meaning Gonzaga would come home with no worse than a two-game lead over everybody except LMU should the Bulldogs sweep the upcoming trip. LMU hosts a pair of formidable foes when Santa Clara and Saint Mary's visit Saturday and Monday, respectively.
Junior Sean Mallon is expected to be ready for this weekend's action after suffering a mild concussion during Monday's game against Loyola Marymount. Mallon hit his head on the court with 14:50 to remain in the first half. He returned for one more minute later in the half and did not see any action in the second half.
Gonzaga is still sitting atop the NCAA Division I leaderboard for free throw percentage at 80.5 percent from the line (330-for-410). The Bulldogs had their worst night of the season from the line with a 17-for-26 night for 65.4 percent against Pepperdine, the first time this season the Bulldogs had been under 70 percent in a game. But Gonzaga rallied to shoot 81.8 percent on 18-for-22 against Loyola Marymount. Saint Joseph's remains second behind the Bulldogs at 79.9 percent. 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.
Once again Gonzaga has two players sitting atop individual categories according to the latest NCAA Division I statistics released last Tuesday. Adam Morrison leads the NCAA Division I scoring race at 28.3 ppg, and Derek Raivio was the nation's top free throw shooter at 95.7 percent. Morrison leads Andre Collins of Loyola (Md.) who is second at 27.7 ppg, and Duke's J.J. Redick who is third at 26.4 percent. Raivio has hit 45-of-47 free throws this season. He leads Chaun Brooks of Drake and Eric Webb of Furman, both at 93.8 percent on 45-for-48.
Since missing his first free throw of the game New Year's Eve against Saint Joseph's, Derek Raivio has made 18 straight. Raivio had a streak of 28 straight snapped Dec. 17 against Virginia. He tied the school record a year ago with 41 consecutive free throws. Raivio is a career 91.3 percent free throw shooter, connecting on 157-of-172 attempts, to sit atop the Gonzaga career percentage chart.
Since Gonzaga's streak of seven straight NCAA Tournament appearances began in 1999, the Bulldogs have gone 91-11 in West Coast Conference regular-season play, including 13 straight victories. Overall in that stretch the Bulldogs are 108-12 against WCC foes including WCC Tournament games. The Bulldogs have been most dominant against Saint Mary's, posting a 20-1 overall record and 14-1 regular-season record. Only Pepperdine, San Diego and Santa Clara have managed to beat the Bulldogs more than once over the last eight seasons. Pepperdine and USD have turned the trick three times each, while SCU has a pair of wins over the Bulldogs. 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 four straight. Dating back to last season's WCC Tournament the Bulldogs have won 15 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.
For the first time since the 2000-01 season Gonzaga has hit the 100-point plateau three times - 109-106 (3OT) against Michigan State in the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational, 102-94 against Saint Joseph's and 102-73 over Pepperdine, the latter marking the 50th 100-point game in Gonzaga's history. During the 2000-01 season Gonzaga downed Saint Mary's 102-48, Loyola Marymount 101-68 and SMC again in the WCC Tournament 105-65. The Bulldogs have scored 100+ points three or more times in a season seven times, including a season-high four times in 1963-64..
Adam Morrison is shooting a respectable 79.2 percent from the free throw line this season, but over the last six games he's gone 58-for-63 for 92.1 percent. Included in that stretch are a 12-12 night at Memphis, 13-for-14 against Saint Joseph's and 14-for-17 against Pepperdine.
Gonzaga has won 14 of the last 15 meetings and 16-of-18 with San Diego. The Bulldogs last lost to the Toreros in the championship game of the 2003 West Coast Conference Tournament on USD's home court 72-63. Gonzaga has won seven straight WCC regular-season games at San Diego, the last Torero home win a 75-59 verdict in 1999 prior to the Toreros moving into their current home at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
Gonzaga has moved back atop the current NCAA Division I home court winning streak list with 32 straight following last week's wins over Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount. That puts the Bulldogs one ahead of Southern Illinois and Illinois. Southern Illinois plays at home Saturday against Illinois State, with Illinois hosting Minnesota on Jan. 25 for its next home outing. The 32-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.
J.P. Batista earned West Coast Conference Player of the Week accolades by averaging a double-double in the wins over Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount. He scored 27 points against Pepperdine and 25 against LMU to average 26.0 ppg, and grabbed 21 rebounds to average 10.5 rpg. He hauled in 13 rebounds against LMU for his ninth career double-double. He went 21-for-29 from the field for 72.4 percent, including a 13-for-14 night against Pepperdine.
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.
Gonzaga has extended its streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 410. The last time the Bulldogs failed to hit a trey was Jan. 27, 1993, going 0-for-5 at home against Portland.
After a six-game stretch in which he went 4-for-17 from the field, Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes has gone 6-for-7 from the field in the last two games. He went 4-for-4 against Pepperdine and 2-for-3 against Loyola Marymount. He's shooting 40.8 percent from the field for the season.
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