Gonzaga Makes First WCC Road Trip This Weekend
Jan. 21, 2009
Game No. 17 - Pepperdine University
Thursday, January 22 - 6 p.m. PST
Firestone Fieldhouse - Malibu, CA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane);
101.1 FM Rock `N' Roll's Greatest Hits (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KHQ-TV (Spokane); FSN (delay 10:30 p.m.); KIRO-TV (Seattle)
No. 23/NR GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (12-4; 3-0 West Coast) G - 2 Jeremy Pargo, 6-2, 220, Sr., Chicago, IL (9.80 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 6.3 assists, 1.1 steals) G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 224, Jr., Highlands Ranch, CO (12.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.9 assists, 1.7 steals) G - 32 Steven Gray, 6-5, 208, So., Bainbridge, WA (10.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.6 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.5 blocks) C - 42 Josh Heytvelt, 6-11, 260, Sr., Clarkston, WA (14.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 0.4 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.9 blocks) F - 5 Austin Daye, 6-11, 200, So., Irvine, CA (13.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 0.9 assists, 0.9 steals, 2.1 blocks) HEAD COACH: Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987) GONZAGA RECORD: 248-64 (10th year - 20th at GU) CAREER RECORD: Same
Saturday, January 24 - 5 p.m. PST
Gersten Pavilion - Los Angeles, CA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane);
101.1 FM Rock `N' Roll's Greatest Hits (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KHQ-TV (Spokane); FSN (check local listing)
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT WAVES (1-18; 0-3 West Coast)NOTE: Ranking is Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN.
Gonzaga University will have Thursday's game at Pepperdine University televised live in the Seattle area on KIRO-TV rather than FSN because of programming conflicts. KIRO-TV can be found on digital channel 7.2 and Comcast Cable channel 117 in the Seattle market. FSN will televise the game on a delayed basis at 10:30 p.m. The game will be televised live in the Spokane market on KHQ-TV.
Gonzaga University heads on the road for the first time in West Coast Conference play this season when the Bulldogs travel to Pepperdine University Thursday and to Loyola Marymount University Saturday. Pepperdine downed the Lions in their WCC opener, then both teams fell last week to Saint Mary's College and the University of San Diego. Pepperdine (4-14) and LMU (1-18) are a combined 5-32 overall.
Austin Daye scored a career high 25 points as Gonzaga University beat the University of San Francisco 85-51 on Saturday for their 20th straight win over USF in Spokane. Micah Downs added 15 for Gonzaga which won its fourth straight game and has blown out all three of its WCC rivals so far. Daye made 10-of-14 shots, and added nine rebounds. His previous high was 22 points. Dior Lowhorn led USF with 15, five below his WCC-leading average. The Dons got off to a hot start, racing to a 14-4 lead as Gonzaga opened 2-for-10 from the field while USF started 5-for-12 from the field, two of them 3-pointers. But the Bulldogs started to find the range and went on a 14-4 run of their own to knot the score at 18, and eventually extended the run to 24-4 to build a 28-18 lead with 6:15 to go in the opening half. Gonzaga missed its first six 3-point attempts before Downs broke the streak with a trey with 12:34 to go begin the run. Daye followed with a three and another Downs trey at 9:54 pulled Gonzaga to within two at 18-16. Daye's jumper tied the game and his 3-pointer gave the Bulldogs a 21-18 lead they would never relinquish.
Gonzaga University sophomore forward Austin Daye has been named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week., the second straight week a Bulldog has won the award. Daye scored 20+ points in back-to-back wins over Santa Clara University and the University of San Francisco, averaging 22.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg, shooting 75.0 percent from the field on 18-of-24. He also had four blocked shots. He scored a career-high 25 points against USF, breaking his previous best of 22 he equaled this year against Arizona and set last season against SCU. He scored 16 first-half points against USF to spark the Bulldogs, who trailed 14-4, knotted the score at 18 on a Daye jumper and then took a lead they would never relinquish on a Daye 3-pointer.
After a two-week absence, Gonzaga University is back in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, checking in this week at No. 23. Gonzaga is the third team among the "others receiving votes" in the USA Today/ESPN balloting of the coaches. Gonzaga was ranked 16th by AP and 17th by USA Today/ESPN the week of Dec. 29 for its last poll appearance. The Bulldogs were as high as fourth in both polls this season.
Gonzaga University scored a season-high 95 points Thursday against Santa Clara University and was the most points for the Bulldogs since a 101-59 home victory over West Coast Conference foe Pepperdine University last season. The 42-victory was the largest ever for the Bulldogs over the Broncos, who suffered their worst WCC loss in school history. It was the second 42-point victory of the season for Gonzaga, which also downed Texas Southern University 84-42.
In three West Coast Conference outings Gonzaga University has a +31.0 scoring margin. The Bulldogs downed The University of Portland by 17 points then stopped Santa Clara University by 42 points and the University of San Francisco by 34.
Two more players should join the Gonzaga University 1,000-point club before the season is over. Junior Matt Bouldin has 909 points entering this Thursday's game and is averaging 11.1 ppg in his career. Senior Josh Heytvelt has 890 points and is averaging 11.6 ppg. At their current pace, both would be on target to hit the milestone when the Bulldogs host Loyola Marymount University Feb. 19 and Pepperdine University Feb. 21.
Senior point guard Jeremy Pargo, whose assist-to-turnover ratio had been on a downward spiral recently, got it back on the upswing last week. Against Santa Clara University the West Coast Conference assist leader at 6.3 assists/game had 8 assists and 3 turnovers for a 2.7 assist-to-turnover ratio for the night. He had 3 assists and 1 turnover against the University of San Francisco giving him 11 assists and 4 turnovers for the week for a 2.8 assist/turnover ratio. In the first seven games of the season Pargo had 53 assists and 11 turnovers for a 4.8 assist-to-turnover ratio. For the seven games prior last Thursday he had 36 assists and 29 turnovers for a 1.3 assist/turnover ratio. For the season he is still at a respectable 2.3 assist/turnover ratio. Last season he was at 1.5.
Although Gonzaga University is in the thick of the West Coast Conference chase, the Bulldogs still have two non-conference games remaining on the schedule. The University of Memphis will visit Spokane Feb. 7 for ESPN College Game Day. The morning portion of the show will be in the McCarthey Athletic Center with the game at the downtown Spokane Arena. University of South Carolina-Upstate visits March 3 to conclude the non-conference slate.
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 58-3 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. Gonzaga's other losses were last season to Washington State University and this year's setback to Portland State University.
Head coach Mark Few picked up his 225th career victory Jan. 19, 2008, against the University of San Diego. With 248 victories, Few is third on the all-time Gonzaga victories chart behind Hank Anderson (290-275 in 21 seasons) and Dan Fitzgerald (252-171 in 15 seasons). Few is the active winningest coach in West Coast Conference games at 115-13, moving ahead of Fitzgerald (112-88) on the all-time wins list. Carroll Williams, Santa Clara University (165-137) and Dick Davey, SCU (122-88) hold the top two spots.
Gonzaga University senior Jeremy Pargo is on the 2009 John R. Wooden Award Pre-Season Top 50 list, and he and teammate Josh Heytvelt have been named to the Naismith Trophy watch list as well. Pargo is eligible for the John R. Wooden All-American Team and Player of the Year Trophy, and he and Heytvelt are also in line for the Naismith Trophy as present by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club. Pargo, a native of Chicago, Ill., was also nominated for the Wooden Award a year ago, while Heytvelt was also a Naismith candidate last season. Pargo becomes the eighth Bulldog selected as a Wooden candidate. Adam Morrison was a 2006 John R. Wooden Top Five All-America selection, Dan Dickau was so honored in 2002 as Gonzaga's inaugural Wooden Award Top Five honoree, and Blake Stepp (2004) and Casey Calvary (2001) were named Wooden Award Top 10 All-Americans. Heytvelt, who hails from nearby Clarkston, Wash., becomes Gonzaga's first two-time Naismith nominee. Adam Morrison is the only other Bulldog to be nominated for the award in 2006. "Both players are very deserving of these nominations," Gonzaga head coach Mark Few said. "They have worked hard on and off the court to elevate their games to the national stage. They are as good as any player in the country at their respective positions."
Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few added two players to the Bulldog fold to letters-of-intent. Sam Dower, a 6-9, 220-pound left-handed senior center/forward from Osseo, Minn., High School and 6-5, 185-pound wing Mangisto "Manny" Arop will join GU next season. Dower averaged 22 ppg and 10 rpg per game in the month of July and 18 ppg and 9 rpg for this past AAU season, according to head coach Marquise Watts of Net Gain Sports, Dower's AAU club. Net Gain Sports won the Twin Cities Summer Classic, won the adidas 64 Gold Division in Las Vegas and went 3-2 in round-robin play in the Duel in the Desert in Phoenix, according to Watts. "He can score for a big guy. He's a lefty so that makes it harder to defend because most people aren't used to seeing a lefthander," Few said. "He can make a difference and is a unique post player. He had a good spring and a great summer." Watts said Dower has worked hard to improve his game. "Every day over the last two years he's gotten better. I don't think he's begun to scratch the surface. His inside-outside game, he can shoot the three and on the block he's a lefty with a great hook shot," Watts said. "He's athletic, he's working on putting on weight and he will fit in real well at Gonzaga." Dower didn't make the varsity team at Osseo until midway through his sophomore year. He averaged 2.5 ppg and 1.6 rpg then blossomed last season to average 13.4 ppg and 5.9 rpg. Last season he scored in double figures 23 times and had double-digit rebounds six times. The Orioles went 28-1, their lone setback 60-59 in the Region finals. He scored a career-high 23 points at Coon Rapids and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds at Orono. He had several scholarship offers, among them the University of Minnesota, Marquette University and the University of Iowa. Arop, born in the Sudan, currently lives in Hamilton, Ontario, where he plays with Basketball Canada's National Elite Development Academy (NEDA) which is basically Canada's Junior National Team. His first name is pronounced Man-GEESE-toe, his last name pronounced "rop" (the "a" is silent) but he goes simply by Manny. He recently set a single-game scoring NEDA scoring record with 42 points, and this past summer played for Canada in the FIBA Americas Championship in Formosa, Argentina. He averaged 17.0 ppg to rank second, 10.2 rpg to rank third, shot 52.8 percent from the field on 23-for-58 and 87.5 percent from the line on 14-of-15 in the five tournament games as Canada placed fifth. He had 21 points and 9 rebounds against the U.S. in the tourney. "Manny is a high energy player with a great competitive streak," Few said. "His skill level is something to be excited about. He has a great opportunity to be effective for us at both ends of the court." His mother and four brothers left Sudan when he was 9-years-old and lived in Kenya prior to re-locating to Regina, Saskatchewan. Arop then spent a year in Edmonton, Alberta, before joining Basketball Canada's NEDA program, which is a year-round junior development camp.
Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few and wife Marcy gave birth to son Colt Walker Norman Few on New Year's Day, the couple's fourth child joining Austin James (A.J.), Joe and Julia.
Senior walk-on Andrew Sorenson is no more. No, he's still on the team. But the walk-on status was removed in the post-game speeches Saturday following Gonzaga University's win over the University of San Francisco when he was put on scholarship. Assistant coach Tommy Lloyd, who runs Gonzaga's tryout program, got the honors from head coach Mark Few. "He deserves it," Lloyd said. "He works hard in practice, is a great team guy and is probably the fan favorite. We still had a scholarship to use, so we talked it over as a staff and decided Andrew should get it this semester." Sorenson, from Olympia, Wash., tried out in 2004-05 but did not make the team, then tried out again the following year and was give a spot on the roster. This season he has played 32 minutes in 10 appearances, is 6-for-11 from the field, all but one of his attempts from 3-point range where he has gone 6-for-10. He has scored a season-high 18 points and is averaging 1.8 ppg.
Gonzaga University sophomore Robert Sacre continues to recover from a broken right foot suffered Dec. 5 in practice, the same foot he had a pin inserted in earlier this fall to help heal a non-displaced stress fracture. The newest fracture is in front of the previous stress fracture. Recent x-rays indicate the latest fracture is healing. He will undergo frequent x-rays to chart the healing progress. The Vancouver, British Columbia, native will be sidelined at least two more weeks.
Junior Matt Bouldin is on a pretty good four-game stretch. He is 27-for-49 from the field for 55.1 percent, 7-for-19 from 3-point range for 36.8 percent, has 18 assists for 4.5 assists/game, has just four turnovers for a 4.5 assist/turnover ratio and has four steals. He has scored 68 points for 17.0 ppg. He began his current tear with 26 points at the University of Tennessee, a game he went 11-for-20 from the field.
At the end of the 1993 season Gonzaga University trailed Pepperdine University 26-6 in their series dating back to 1965, but the Bulldogs enter Thursday's game with a 34-31 lead in the series. As dominating as the Waves were from 1965-93, the Bulldogs have been as dominating since. The Bulldogs bring a 14-game winning streak against the Waves into Firestone Fieldhouse Thursday, and Gonzaga has gone 28-5 in the last 14 seasons. Pepperdine's last win was 88-79 in Malibu, Calif., on Jan. 18, 2002. Gonzaga has won 10 straight in Spokane, last losing on its home court in 1998.
Gonzaga University senior Jeremy Pargo became the 30th member of the 1,000-point club for the Bulldogs against Portland State University and has also surpassed the 500-assists plateau. The native of Chicago now has 1,053 career points to surpass John Rillie (1,038) for 28th on the Gonzaga list. Jarrod Davis is 27th with 1,054 and Bryce McPhee 26th with 1,060. Pargo's 522 career assists make him the fourth member of the 500 club behind Matt Santangelo (668), Blake Stepp (640) and John Stockton (554). Pargo's 142 career steals have moved him past Geoff Goss and into fifth, 11 shy of passing Blake Stepp (152) for fourth.
Austin Daye has been on a rebounding tear lately, grabbing 61 rebounds over the past eight games for 7.6 rpg during that stretch. He grabbed 10 rebounds against the University of Portland for his fifth double-digit game in his Gonzaga University career. He had 10 earlier this year against the University of Maryland and 12 in the season opener against Montana State-Billings. His career high 13 came last year against Portland. He had 10 rebounds in his collegiate debut against the University of Montana. His season average is 6.7 rpg to share the team lead with Josh Heytvelt.
Micah Downs is showing signs of regaining his touch from the field. Downs, who started the first 12 games of the season, went just 2-for-9 from the field in his next two games off the bench. But last weekend he went 7-for-14 from the field, including 4-for-6 from 3-point range, in games against Santa Clara University and the University of San Francisco. He scored 15 points Saturday against USF, his first double-digit game since scoring 14 points Dec. 18 against Texas Southern University.
Ira Brown hauled in a career-high nine rebounds against the University of San Francisco, one of three Gonzaga University players to record nine boards against the Dons. Austin Daye and Josh Heytvelt matched Brown as Gonzaga won the battle of the boards 46-27. After being out rebounded in five straight games, Gonzaga has come back to hold a 92-56 edge in the last two games.
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