Bulldogs Look To Keep Rolling Against San Diego Saturday

            SPOKANE, Wash. - The University of San Diego visits the McCarthey Athletic Center Saturday for a 5 p.m. contest as Gonzaga tries to stay in title contention in the West Coast Conference.

            The Toreros are coached by former Gonzaga assistant Bill Grier, in his fifth year at the helm. Grier was an assistant coach with the Bulldogs for 16 years from 1992-07.

            Gonzaga leads the series with the University of San Diego 58-20 and has won 28 of the last 30 meetings. The Toreros defeated the Zags 69-62 in the title game of the 2008 West Coast Conference Tournament and 72-63 in the 2003 WCC Tournament title game, both played at USD. The Toreros have not won in Spokane since 2000 when they took an 82-70 victory, Gonzaga entering Saturday's game with a 12-game winning streak in Spokane.

            USD has not won in eight tries in the McCarthey Athletic Center, including a 2006 WCC Tournament semifinal loss to the Zags. When these teams last met Feb. 26, 2011, at USD, Gonzaga set a school record for fewest points allowed in its 68-31 victory.

            Gonzaga's 15-3 start is its best since the 2004-05 season - Adam Morrision was a junior - when the Bulldogs strung together 20 straight wins following a 9-3 start and finished the season 29-4 after advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, the 29 wins matching the school record for wins.



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