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Jan. 26, 2007

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 21 - San Francisco
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)
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (13-7; 4-1 West Coast)
G -   2 Jeremy Pargo, 6-2, 219, So., Chicago, IL
       (12.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.3 assists, 1.3 steals)
G -   5 Derek Raivio, 6-3, 177, Sr., Vancouver, WA
       (19.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.3 assists, 1.6 steals)
G -  15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 214, Fr., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (7.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.5 assists, 0.7 steals)
F -  32 Sean Mallon, 6-9, 223, Sr., Spokane, WA
       (9.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.5 steals)
F -  42 Josh Heytvelt, 6-11, 238, So., Clarkston, WA
      (15.0 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 0.4 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.4 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  201-48 (8th year - 18th at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO DONS (7-13; 3-2 West Coast) G - 11 Armondo Surratt, 6-0, 170, Sr., Oakland, CA (15.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 3.3 assists, 1.3 steals) G - 10 Manny Quezada, 6-2, 185, So., New York, NY (11.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.8 assists, 1.1 steals) F - 25 Alan Wiggins Jr., 6-9, 230, Sr., Poway, CA (13.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.5 assists, 0.7 steals, 1.7 blocks) F - 1 Jay Watkins, 6-8, 215, Fr., Memphis, TN (6.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 0.4 assists, 0.7 steals) F - 41 Danny Cavic, 6-8, 210, Jr., Tustin, CA (5.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 0.7 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks) HEAD COACH: Jesse Evans (Eastern Michigan, 1972) USF RECORD: 35-44 (3rd year) CAREER RECORD: 167-125 (10th year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 22 - San Diego
Mon., Jan. 29 - 9 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: ESPN2
UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO TOREROS (12-8; 2-3 West Coast)
G -  13 Danny Brown, 6-4, 183, So., Olathe, KS
      (3.1 ppg, 0.6 rpg, 0.7 assists, 0.6 steals)
G -  14 Ross DeRogatis, 6-1, 185, Sr., Mansfield, TX
      (15.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.8 assists, 1.2 steals)
C -    2 Daniel Fleming, 6-8, 215, So., Murrietta, CA
      (4.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 0.9 assists, 0.1 steals)
F -  12 Chris Lewis, 6-7, 190, Fr., Bedford, TX
      (6.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.3 assists, 0.6 steals)
F -   33 Theo White, 6-6, 235, Sr., Oakland, CA
      (3.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 0.8 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.5 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Brad Holland (UCLA, 1979)
USD RECORD:  194-170 (13th year)  CAREER RECORD:  217-201 (15th year)
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  1/27 at Portland.

Gonzaga University can take a big step to pull away from most of the rest of the pack in the West Coast Conference this weekend when the University of San Francisco visits on Saturday followed by the University of San Diego on Monday. The Bulldogs are in a three-way logjam for the WCC lead with Santa Clara University and Saint Mary's College at 4-1 as the conference slate reaches the halfway point this weekend. USF (3-2) and USD (2-3) are nearing must-win situations this weekend to keep their title hopes alive as the two schools visit Gonzaga and the University of Portland. SCU and SMC visit Loyola Marymount University (0-5) and Pepperdine University (1-4) this week, so sweeps by Gonzaga, SCU and SMC would pretty much leave the WCC a three-team race heading into the second half of the season.

Gonzaga University has won 23 straight West Coast Conference regular-season games at home and 25 straight WCC contests overall counting last year's WCC Tournament hosted by the Bulldogs. Gonzaga's loss at Saint Mary's College earlier this season halted a 26-game regular-season winning streak and 30-game overall winning streak against WCC competition.

Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few 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 93-10 in West Coast Conference play, having coached his 100th WCC game Jan. 8 in a 69-52 home win over Pepperdine University.

Senior guard Derek Raivio is still ranked in four NCAA categories according to the latest NCAA statistics through games of Jan. 21. Raivio was fourth in free throw percentage at 93.4 (77-for-82), 13th in 3-point field goal percentage at 45.9 percent (59-for-126), 28th in 3-point field goals/game at 3.1 and 30th in points/game at 19.3. He had a school and West Coast Conference record 44 straight free throws earlier this season. Sophomore Josh Heytvelt was 62nd in field goal percentage at 54.2. The rankings don't reflect the Bulldogs game Monday at the University of Portland.

Gonzaga University is shooting nearly 40.0 percent for the season from 3-point range - 39.1 percent to be exact - but in West Coast Conference play the Bulldogs are hitting just 33.8 percent from beyond the arc. Derek Raivio is shooting 45.9 percent (62-135) for all games compared to 36.1 percent (13-for-36) in WCC play, Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes is connecting on 42.4 percent overall (14-for-33) to 40.0 percent (2-for-5) in WCC play, Matt Bouldin is connecting on 28.9 percent (13-for-45) overall but is off to an 0-for-10 start in WCC play and Jeremy Pargo is shooting 27.3 percent (9-for-33) overall and 20.0 percent (1-for-5) in WCC play. Over the last eight games Raivio is 23-for-51 for 45.1 percent, Altidor-Cespedes is 4-for-8 for 50.0 percent, Pargo is 3-for-13 for 23.1 percent and Bouldin is 2-for-21 for 9.5 percent. Bouldin has missed 16 straight treys dating back to the University of Nevada game on Dec. 30.

Gonzaga University extended its home winning streak to 47 games with a 69-52 win over Pepperdine University on Jan. 8. 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.

After shooting 50.0 percent or better in eight of the first 12 games this season in getting off to a 9-3 start, the Bulldogs have accomplished the feat just once over the last eight games while going 4-4. The Bulldogs shot a season-high 61.4 percent (35-for-57) from the field against Loyola Marymount University in the West Coast Conference opener for their only game over 50.0 percent in the last eight. On the flip side, the Bulldogs held opponents to less than 40.0 percent 10 times this season but only three times in the last eight games. Rice University connected on a season-low 29.5 percent (18-for-61) in the second game of the season.

Derek Raivio became the 29th member of Gonzaga University's 1,000-point club earlier this season and now has 1,228 career points to rank 17th. He's 113 points shy of passing John Stockton (1,340) for 16th. The senior from Vancouver, Wash., is averaging 10.9 ppg in his career. Raivio's 220 career 3-pointers and 511 attempts rank fifth. His 139 career steals tied for fourth and his 313 career assists tie him for fifth. He should reach fourth on the assists chart as Geoff Goss (324) ranks fourth.

Don't think Gonzaga University has a tough schedule? Six teams on the Bulldogs schedule were ranked this week in one of the two major polls. The University of North Carolina was ranked fourth in both polls after holding the top spot earlier this season. Other ranked teams were Duke University, University of Nevada, University of Memphis, Butler University and Washington State University. The six had a combined record of 106-15 through games of Thursday. In addition, Stanford University and the University of Texas were also receiving votes in both major polls. Gonzaga heads to Stanford next Wednesday.

Redshirt freshman Jordan Mast of Hillsboro, Ore., is recuperating following surgery Tuesday to repair a fractured front nasal after taking an elbow in practice on Jan. 18. The walk-on, who sat out last season after attending an open tryout and making the squad, also required stitches around his nose and eye following the injury. It is expected he will be sidelined 6-8 weeks. Mast, who helped lead Jesuit High 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.

The rest of the 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. Micah Downs, another mid-year transfer a year ago, saw his first action at Santa Clara University on Jan. 13. Like Burgess, he became eligible at the end of the first semester but was nursing a foot stress fracture that required surgery in late November. Freshman Theo Davis, sidelined since the first day of practice after having shoulder surgery, seems slated for a redshirt season although he has been cleared to play. Sophomore Larry Gurganious, sidelined all season with a stress fracture in his back, will not return 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 444. 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 29 of the last 35 meetings with the University of San Francisco since losing both games in the series in 1989, the last time the Dons have put together back-to-back wins over the Bulldogs. USF has lost 17 straight games in Spokane - 15 in the old Kennel and twice in the McCarthey Athletic Center. The last USF win in Spokane was 67-64 on Feb. 10, 1989. Gonzaga captured last year's meeting in Spokane 75-72 as Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes drained a 3-pointer with :01 to play. The previous season Adam Morrison's 18-footer from the left wing with less than a second to play gave Gonzaga a 75-73 verdict. USF snapped a 12-game losing streak in the series with a 73-70 win in San Francisco in 2005.

Gonzaga University dropped from the top rung to second in free throw percentage according to the latest NCAA statistics through games of Sunday. The Bulldogs were connecting on 78.1 percent to the University of California/s 78.4 percent. Gonzaga is at 78.7 percent following Monday's game at the University of Portland, while Cal fell to 78.1 percent through Thursday's game with UCLA. The Bulldogs also rank 22nd in the scoring offense, averaging 79.6 ppg. On the flip side the Bulldogs are ranked 219th in scoring defense, allowing 70.4 ppg.

Senior Sean Mallon, who recently surpassed the 800 point plateau, is closing in on 500 rebounds. He enters this weekends games with 464. At his current average of 4.7 rpg, he would reach 500 career boards Feb. 12 against Santa Clara University or Feb. 17 against the University of Memphis.

Gonzaga University has been out rebounded just five times this season, the Bulldogs holding a +5.1 rebounding margin over their opponents. Gonzaga has out rebounded four opponents by double digits this season, including a +23 against the University of Texas San Antonio and a +20 against Pepperdine University. The most the Bulldogs have been out boarded by this year is a -6 by the University of Georgia.

After a five-game stretch in which Gonzaga University committed 17.8 turnovers/game, the Bulldogs have taken better care of the ball the last four outings, surrendering just 11.0 turnovers/game. For the season the Bulldogs are committing 14.0 turnovers/game. Gonzaga and their opponents have a 1.0 assist/turnover ratio.

 

 

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