Bulldogs Head To Portland Monday
Jan. 20, 2007
Game No. 20 - Portland
Mon., Jan. 22 - 9 p.m. PST
Chiles Center - Portland, OR
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane); 1340 KCTR (Tri-Cities); 980 KUSA (Yakima)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (12-7; 3-1 West Coast) G - 2 Jeremy Pargo, 6-2, 219, So., Chicago, IL (12.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.3 assists, 1.3 steals) G - 5 Derek Raivio, 6-3, 177, Sr., Vancouver, WA (19.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.4 assists, 1.5 steals) G - 4 Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes, 6-0, 182, Jr., Montreal, Quebec (4.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.5 assists, 0.6 steals) F - 32 Sean Mallon, 6-9, 223, Sr., Spokane, WA (9.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.4 steals) F - 42 Josh Heytvelt, 6-11, 238, So., Clarkston, WA (15.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 0.4 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.4 blocks) HEAD COACH: Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987) GONZAGA RECORD: 200-48 (8th year - 18th at GU) CAREER RECORD: Same
Sat., Jan. 27 - 5 p.m. PST
McCarthey Athletic Center - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane); 1340 KCTR (Tri-Cities); 980 KUSA (Yakima)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KHQ-TV (Spokane); FSN (check local listings)
UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO DONS (7-11; 3-0 West Coast) G - 11 Armondo Surratt, 6-0, 170, Sr., Oakland, CA (15.3 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 3.3 assists, 1.2 steals) G - 5 Antonio Kellogg, 6-2, 195, So., Oakland, CA (15.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.3 assists, 2.3 steals) F - 25 Alan Wiggins Jr., 6-9, 230, Sr., Poway, CA (13.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.4 assists, 0.6 steals, 1.5 blocks) F - 1 Jay Watkins, 6-8, 215, Fr., Memphis, TN (7.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 0.4 assists, 0.8 steals) F - 41 Danny Cavic, 6-8, 210, Jr., Tustin, CA (6.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 0.7 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.4 blocks) HEAD COACH: Jesse Evans (Eastern Michigan, 1972) USF RECORD: 35-42 (3rd year) CAREER RECORD: 167-123 (10th year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: 1/20 Saint Mary's; 1/22 Santa Clara.
Gonzaga University, coming off its first West Coast Conference loss in nearly two years, will try to get back on the winning track Monday at the University of Portland in an ESPN Big Monday game scheduled for 9 p.m. PST. The Bulldogs fell at Saint Mary's College 80-75 last weekend to gain a split of their Bay Area swing following a 77-69 win at Santa Clara University to begin the trip. The Bulldogs find themselves at 3-1 in the WCC trailing undefeated University of San Francisco, which entered the weekend with a 3-0 WCC slate. The Pilots dropped both games last weekend in the Bay Area to even their WCC record to 2-2.
Gonzaga University head coached earned his 200th career victory Jan. 13 at Santa Clara University. It was his 200th victory in his 247th game in his eight years as head coach, ranking him third on the "Fastest To 200 Wins" list in NCAA Division I history. Clair Bee, who coached Rider University and Long Island University, heads the list with 231 games while former Long Beach State University and UNLV head coach Jerry Tarkanian reached 200 wins in 234 games. Few is tied for 15th on the "Fastest To 100 Wins" list, achieving that milestone is his 126th game. Few is also 92-10 in West Coast Conference play, having coached his 100th WCC Jan. 8 in a 69-52 home win over Pepperdine University.
Sophomore Josh Heytvelt has shown signs the last three games of returning to the form he displayed earlier this year. Coming off the bench after starting the first 15 games he's scored 10, 18, 12 and 20 points and grabbed 8, 7, 7 and 8 rebounds, respectively, for an average of 15.0 ppg and 7.5 rpg. He's also shot 61.5 percent (24-for-39) from the field in those four games since a scoreless 0-for-6 night at the University of Virginia.
Senior guard Derek Raivio saw his consecutive free throws made streak of 44 snapped last weekend at Santa Clara University when he missed his first attempt of the night. Raivio set the school record of 42 straight when he went 3-for-3 against Loyola Marymount University on Jan. 6, then set the West Coast mark of 44 straight with a 2-for-2 night Jan. 8 against Pepperdine University. Raivio and Geoff Goss had shared the Gonzaga record at 41, Raivio making his 41 straight from Dec. 28, 2004-Feb. 5, 2005, while Goss recorded his from Dec. 23, 1992-Jan. 21, 1993. Raivio's streak this season began with an 8-for-8 night against Butler University on Nov. 24. Raivio is still fourth in the NCAA rankings through games of Jan. 18, connecting on 71-of-76 for 93.4 percent. He was fourth in the nation last season with a school record of 91.2 percent.
One player who won't be making a return to his hometown Monday is walk-on freshman Jordan Mast of Hillsboro, Ore., who attended Jesuit High in Portland. The redshirt freshman, who sat out last season after attending an open tryout and making the squad, took an elbow to the face on Thursday that resulted in stitches around his nose and eye and a fractured frontal sinus that will be surgically repaired Tuesday. It is expected he will be sidelined 6-8 weeks. Mast, who helped lead Jesuit to the 2005 Oregon State 4A title with a 28-1 record, has appeared in 11 games this season and was averaging 0.5 ppg while going 2-for-6 from the field and 1-for-2 from 3-point range.
Gonzaga University extended its home winning streak to 47 games with Monday's 69-52 win over Pepperdine University. That streak is the longest current streak in the NCAA Division I ranks. The Bulldogs are 35-0 in the 3-year-old McCarthey Athletic Center and won their final 12 home games next door in The Kennel. Since beginning the streak Feb. 22, 2003, with a 69-60 win over Tulsa University, the Bulldogs have also played - and won - six games at the downtown Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. That gives the Bulldogs a 53-game winning streak in the city of Spokane. The last time the Bulldogs lost in Spokane was Feb. 19, 2003, to the University of Portland 72-68 in The Kennel.
Gonzaga University had a pair of West Coast Conference streaks snapped in the loss at Saint Mary's College. The Bulldogs had won 26 straight WCC regular-season games and 30 straight over WCC foes counting WCC Tournament play. The Bulldogs won their final nine regular-season games in 2005, went 14-0 last season and had opened this campaign with three wins. Gonzaga has won all four of its WCC Tournament outings over the past two seasons.
Derek Raivio became the 29th member of Gonzaga University's 1,000-point club earlier this season and now has 1,209 career points to rank 18th. The senior from Vancouver, Wash., is averaging 10.8 ppg in his career. He has 12 games of 20 or more points this season, including a season-high 27 against the University of Texas. Raivio's 217 career 3-pointers and 502 attempts rank fifth on the Gonzaga University charts. His 136 career steals are fifth and his 312 career assists pushed him into sixth, the latter two shy of fifth. He should reach fourth on the all-time assists chart as Geoff Goss (324) and Don Baldwin (313) rank fourth and fifth, respectively.
Don't think Gonzaga University has a tough schedule? Seven teams on the Bulldogs schedule were ranked heading into the weekend in one of the two major polls (new rankings are due out Monday). The University of North Carolina was ranked fourth in both polls after dropping from the top rung. Other ranked teams were Duke University, University of Nevada, University of Memphis, Butler University, Washington State University and the University of Texas. The seven teams had a combined record of 106-18 through games of Jan. 18. In addition, Stanford University and the University of Washington were also receiving votes in at least one of the two major polls.
Transfer Micah Downs finally got his first action in a Gonzaga University uniform on Jan. 13 at Santa Clara University. He entered the game with 12:50 to go in the opening half, grabbed a rebound four seconds later and got his first basket with 1:07 to go in the half on a layup. He also hit a 3-pointer from the left side with :22 remaining in the half. He finished 2-for-4 from the field with 5 points, a rebound and two assists in 12 minutes. A mid-year transfer last January from the University of Kansas, he was eligible at the end of finals in December but was rehabilitating a stress fracture in his foot which required a pin to be inserted in late November.
The rest of the injury injury situation is starting to clear up for Gonzaga University. Transfer David Burgess was the first to come off the injured list and play, appearing in his first game at the University of Virginia. He had been sidelined all fall with an anterior cruciate ligament sprain, although he wouldn't have become eligible until the end of first-semester finals because he was a mid-year transfer last January. Freshman Theo Davis, sidelined since the first day of practice after having shoulder surgery, has been cleared to practice and play, although it's still a possibility the coaching staff may choose to redshirt him this season. Sophomore Larry Gurganious continues to rest and rehabilitate a stress fracture in his back. He will have another MRI later this month. It's likely he will redshirt this season.
Gonzaga University head men's basketball coach Mark Few announced the signing of four players to national letters-of-intent to join the Bulldogs next fall. Scheduled to join the Bulldogs next season are freshmen Austin Daye, Woodbridge High in Irvine, Calif.; Steven Gray, Bainbridge High, Bainbridge, Wash., and Robert Sacre (pronounced sack-rEE), Handsworth Secondary School, North Vancouver, British Columbia, and junior college transfer Ira Brown, Phoenix, Ariz., College who hails from Conroe, Texas. Daye, a 6-10, 190-pound wing, was ranked as the 32nd-best player nationally and as the ninth best small forward by one scouting service in the Class of 2007. He was named to the Long Beach Press Telegram Best in the West first team as the seventh-leading vote getter and was named to the Hot 100 players for 2007 as selected by Sports Illustrated. Daye averaged 16 ppg, 9 rpg and 3.4 blocks/game as a junior for coach John Halagan. Gray, a 6-4, 190-pound guard, was ranked as the 52nd best player and the 13th best shooting guard in the Class of 2007. He was also named to the Long Beach Press Telegram Best in the West second team. He averaged 24.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 4 assists and 2.5 steals last season for coach Scott Orness. Sacre, a 7-0, 255-pound post, was rated as the 100th best player in the Class of '07 and the seventh best center. He averaged 25 ppg, 12 rpg and 4 blocks/game for Handsworth Secondary School and coach Randy Storey last season, earning MVP of the British Columbia Provincial Tournament. Brown, a 6-4, 235-pound forward, was ranked as the 42nd best junior college player in the country after averaging 17 ppg, 10 rpg and shooting 60 percent from the field for Phoenix College and Coach Matt Gordon. A late bloomer to the collegiate game, Brown graduated from Willis High in Texas in May of 2001 and pursued a professional baseball career. He was drafted in the eight round of the 2001 Major League Draft by the Kansas City Royals and played four seasons of minor league baseball, including the 2002 season with the Spokane Indians of the Northwest League. He attended Phoenix College last season, averaging 17.1 ppg, 9.9 rpg, shooting 57.6 percent from the field (253-for-439) and blocking 59 shots. "This is the first time we've ever had a class nationally ranked," Few said of the recruiting class ranked 11th best in the nation by one scouting service. "We got some offense, we got some size and we got some athleticism. This is a talented group."
Gonzaga is tied for eighth for the longest active NCAA Tournament Appearances Streak. The Bulldogs made their eighth straight appearance in 2006, joining Wisconsin, Texas and Florida. Arizona extended its streak to 22 with last spring's selection, followed by Kansas (17), Kentucky (15), Duke (11) and Michigan State (9). Streaks that ended in 2006 were Cincinnati (14), Stanford (11) and Oklahoma State (8).
Gonzaga has extended its streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 443. The last time the Bulldogs failed to hit a trey was Jan. 27, 1993, going 0-for-5 at home against Portland. UNLV held the all-time streak of 601 entering the current season.
Gonzaga University has won 20 of the last 21 meetings with the University of Portland and has won 10 straight from the Pilots at the Chiles Center. Portland was the last team to hand Gonzaga a home defeat, topping the Bulldogs 72-68 in the old Kennel on Feb. 19, 2003, snapping a 14-game Bulldogs winning streak in the series. The Bulldogs are 77-65 all-time against Portland.
This won't be the only trip to Portland for Gonzaga University this season, the Bulldogs returning to the University of Portland for the West Coast Conference Tournament that runs March 2-5. The only other time Portland hosted the WCC Tournament was 1992, marking Gonzaga's inaugural appearance in the WCC Tournament title game.
Gonzaga University is the top free throw shooting team in country according to the latest NCAA statistics through games of Jan. 18. The Bulldogs have connected on 335-of-429 from the free throw line for 78.1 percent. The Bulldogs also rank 21st in the scoring offense, averaging 79.6 ppg. On the flip side the Bulldogs are ranked 217th in scoring defense, allowing 70.4 ppg.
In addition to ranking fourth in free throw percentage (see earlier note in this release), Gonzaga University's Derek Raivio is ranked in three other categories. He's 17th in 3-point field goal percentage (59-for-126 for 46.8 percent), 31st in 3-point field goals/game (3.1) and 33rd in scoring (19.3 ppg). Josh Heytvelt is the only other ranked Bulldog, checking in at 63rd in field goals percentage (54.2).
Gonzaga University has shot 50.0 percent or better from the field in nine games this season, but under 50.0 percent in six of the last seven games. Gonzaga is shooting 48.6 percent from the field overall and 49.6 percent in four West Coast Conference games.
A pair of Gonzaga University's key guards are in shooting slumps, Jeremy Pargo 16-for-44 for 36.4 percent in his last five games and Matt Bouldin 15-for-47 for 31.9 percent over his last seven games. Pargo is shooting 47.6 percent for the season while Bouldin is connecting on 40.3 percent of his shots.
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