Bulldogs Try To Keep Sutton From No. 800

Jan. 20, 2008

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
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)

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (14-4; 3-0 West Coast)
G -   2 Jeremy Pargo, 6-2, 219, Jr., Chicago, IL
       (10.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 6.1 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.5 blocks)
G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 214, So., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (15.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.7 assists, 1.5 steals)
G - 32 Steven Gray, 6-4, 190, Fr., Bainbridge, WA
       (7.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.6 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.3 blocks)
C -  42 Josh Heytvelt, 6-11, 255, Jr., Clarkston, WA
       (12.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 0.6 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.9 blocks)
F -  25 David Pendergraft, 6-6, 223, Sr., Brewster, WA
       (8.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.3 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.3 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  225-56 (9th year - 19th at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO DONS (5-12, 1-1 West Coast) G - 10 Manny Quezada, 6-2, 185, Jr., New York, NY (15.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.8 assists, 1.5 steals) G - 13 Myron Strong, 6-2, 185, Fr., Memphis, TN (11.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.6 assists, 2.1 steals) G - 41 Danny Cavic, 6-6, 210, Sr., Tustin, CA (8.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 0.9 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.3 blocks) C - 0 Hyman Taylor, 6-9, 245, So., Fort Lauderdale, FL (3.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 0.6 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.7 blocks) F - 33 Dior Lowhorn, 6-7, 230, So., San Francisco, CA (20.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 0.9 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.1 blocks) INTERIM HEAD COACH: Eddie Sutton (Oklahoma State, 1958) USF RECORD: 1-4 (1st year) CAREER RECORD: 799-319 (37th year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 20 - Memphis
Saturday, January 26 - 9 a.m. PST
FedEx Forum - Memphis, TN
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: ESPN
UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS TIGERS (16-0, 3-0 Conference USA)
G -  14 Chris Douglas-Roberts, 6-7, 200, Jr., Detroit, MI
      (16.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.5 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.6 blocks)
G -    5 Antonio Anderson, 6-6, 210, Jr., Lynn, MA
      (7.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.6 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.3 blocks)
G -  23 Derrick Rose, 6-3, 205, Fr., Chicago, IL
      (14.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 4.3 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.4 blocks)
F -    2 Robert Dozier, 6-9, 215, Jr., Lithonia, GA
      (11.2 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.9 blocks)
F -     3 Joey Dorsey, 6-9, 265, Sr., Baltimore, MD
      (8.4 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 0.9 assists, 1.3 steals, 2.3 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  John Calipari (Clarion State, 1982)
UM RECORD:  197-63 (8th year)  CAREER RECORD:  400-134 (16th year)
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  1/23 at Tulsa.

Gonzaga University, winners of five straight and off to a 3-0 start in West Coast Conference play, will try to fend off the University of San Francisco and its legendary coach Monday when the Bulldogs conclude their homestand at 9 p.m. in an ESPN Big Monday contest at the sold out McCarthey Athletic Center. Gonzaga ran its WCC record to 3-0 Saturday with an 80-70 win over the University of San Diego and former 16-year Bulldog assistant coach Bill Grier, now the head man of the Toreros. USF interim head coach Eddie Sutton strolls into the McCarthey Athletic Center Monday with career win No. 799 under his belt following Saturday's 60-59 win at the University of Portland. Sutton came out of retirement Dec. 26 to replace Jessie Evans who is on a leave of absence. The Dons had lost their first four games with Sutton on the bench.

Eddie Sutton is no stranger to Gonzaga University, the Bulldogs facing one of the most legendary coaches in the game twice in the last three years. The first meeting came in the All-College Classic Dec. 28, 2004, in Oklahoma City, Okla. The 12th-ranked Bulldogs took a 78-75 win over the then third-ranked Cowboys. The re-match came Dec. 10, 2005, when Adam Morrison's bank trey in the waning seconds gave the 9th-ranked Bulldogs a 64-62 win at The Battle in Seattle in KeyArena. Coincidentally, the Bulldogs made a return trip to the All-College Classic this past December and Sutton was inducted into the All-College Classic Hall of Fame. He is 799-319 in a 37-year career that has included stops at C3reighton University, the University of Arkansas, University of Kentucky, OSU and now USF.

Gonzaga University is off to a 3-0 start in West Coast Conference play for the fifth time in the last six years, the Bulldogs losing the second game of the 2005 season on the way to a 12-2 WCC mark. 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.

Gonzaga University steps out of the West Coast Conference to head to the University of Memphis this Saturday, and it's very likely the Bulldogs will be facing the top-ranked team in the country when the new polls are released Monday. With top-ranked University of North Carolina falling 82-80 to the University of Maryland on Saturday, the Tigers are in place to move from second to first in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Top 25 polls. If Memphis takes over the top spot it would be the Bulldogs first meeting against a No. 1 team since losing to the University of Cincinnati 75-68 Dec. 4, 1999, at the Rock-N-Roll Shootout in Cleveland, Ohio. Cincinnati featured consensus Player of the Year Kenyon Martin, a 7th-year pro currently playing for the Denver Nuggets.

Gonzaga head coach Mark Few picked up his 225th career win Saturday against the University of San Diego.

Gonzaga University has picked up its game in West Coast Conference play. The Bulldogs are 101-for-169 from the field for 59.8 percent, 19-for-40 from 3-point range for 47.5 percent and are averaging 87.7 points-per-game while holding a +22.7 scoring margin over the opposition. Gonzaga has shot 65.4 percent at Loyola Marymount University (34-for-52), 58.5 percent at Pepperdine University (38-for-65) and 55.8 percent against the University of San Diego (29-for-52) to open WCC play. For the season Gonzaga is connecting on 47.9 percent from the field (479-for-1001), 38.0 percent from 3-point range (11-for-292) and are averaging 75.7 ppg for a +12.3 scoring margin. The Bulldogs also have a 1.23 assist/turnover ration in WCC play compared to a 1.02 for the season.

Over the last three games Gonzaga has 65 assists for an average of 21.7 assists/game and 35 steals for an average of 11.7 steals/game. The Bulldogs had 25 assists at Loyola Marymount University and 24 at Pepperdine University, and had 16 steals at Pepperdine and 13 Saturday against the University of San Diego. For the season the Bulldogs are averaging 14.7 assists/game and 6.8 steals/game.

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 four games, and the statistics back that up. Those six have gone 83-for-149 from the field for 55.7 percent, 16-for-43 from 3-point range for 37.2 percent, 45-for-61 from the free throw line for 73.8 percent, grabbed 102 rebounds for 25.5 rpg and dished out 71 assists for 17.8 assists/game. All six are shooting better than 52.0 percent from the field in that stretch, paced by Daye's 72.0 percent (18-for-25). Bouldin (17.5 ppg), Heytvelt (14.0 ppg) and Daye (11.8 ppg) are all averaging in double-digit points. Head coach Mark Few juggled his starting lineup Jan. 5 against the University of Georgia. 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 in that game. Few has stayed with the same starting lineup through the first three games of West Coast Conference play.

Since being out-rebounded by nine in a loss to the University of Oklahoma, Gonzaga University has won the boards in five of the last six games. Only the University of Georgia has bested Gonzaga on the boards in that stretch 39-36 but Gonzaga still came out. The Bulldogs have been out-rebounded in three of their four losses this season, holding a 41-32 advantage in a setback to the University of Tennessee.

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 46-2 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 more assists against the University of San Diego - his second straight eight-assist game - an now has 332 career assists to move into fifth place on the Gonzaga University career charts. 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 68 assists in his last 11 games for a 6.2 assists/game average in that stretch. For the season he is averaging 6.1 assists/game and in West Coast Conference play he is averaging 6.7.

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 Jan. 13 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.

After going 0-for-3 at Pepperdine University, Micah Downs came back to go 5-for-5 from the field in Gonzaga University's win Saturday. He scored 12 points to give him 24 in his last three games after scoring just 17 in the four previous games.

Senior David Pendergraft tied his career high with nine rebounds Saturday against the University of San Diego, the fourth time in his career he's fell one shot of double digits. He is 41 rebounds away from joining the 500 point/500 rebound club. He has 603 career points and 459 career boards.

Gonzaga University has five straight and 30 of the last 35 meetings with the University of San Francisco. Gonzaga has won 18 straight games against the Dons in Spokane, the last USF win on the Gonzaga campus 67-64 in 1989 which is the same year USF last won back-to-back games against Gonzaga.

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 478. 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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