Men's Basketball Travels To USD, SCU

Jan. 27, 2004

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 18 - San Diego
Thurs., Jan. 29 - 7 p.m.
Jenny Craig Pavilion - San Diego, CA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: PAX-TV (Spokane); San Diego 4

No. 10 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (15-2; 5-0 West Coast Conference)
G - 10 Blake Stepp, 6-4, 194, Sr., Eugene, OR
      (14.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 7.1 assists, 0.9 steals)
G -  20 Kyle Bankhead, 6-0, 195, Sr., Walla Walla, WA
      (5.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.3 assists, 1.5 steals)
C -  33 Cory Violette, 6-8, 265, Sr., Boise, ID
      (13.6 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.6 steals, 1.1 blocks)
F -  22 Erroll Knight, 6-6, 212, So., Seattle, WA
      (6.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.4 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.3 blocks)
F -    1 Ronny Turiaf, 6-10, 243, Jr., Le Robert, Martinique
      (15.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.7 assists, 0.5 steals, 2.1 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  120-31 (5th year - 15th at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO TOREROS (3-16; 0-4 West Coast Conference) G - 20 Mike McGrain, 6-3, 210, Jr., Portland, OR (3.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 6.5 assists, 1.2 steals) G - 23 Avi Fogel, 6-2, 170, Fr., San Diego, CA (1.1 ppg, 0.4 rpg, 0.3 steals) C - 12 Brice Vounang, 6-8, 250, Jr., Dschang, Cameroon (16.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 0.7 assists, 0.9 steals) F - 5 Brandon Gay, 6-8, 220, Jr., Missouri, TX (13.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 0.8 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.3 blocks) F - 42 Nick Lewis, 6-10, 235, So., Paradise Valley, AZ (11.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.5 blocks) HEAD COACH: Brad Holland (UCLA, 1979) USD RECORD: 147-127 (10th year) CAREER RECORD: 170-158 (12th year).

Game No. 19 - Santa Clara
Sat., Jan. 31 - 7:30 p.m.
Leavey Center - Santa Clara, CA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: FOX Sports Northwest and Bay Area

SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY BRONCOS (11-9; 3-2 West Coast Conference)
G - 11 Kyle Bailey, 6-2, 200, Jr., Fairbanks, AK
      (11.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.5 assists, 0.9 steals)
G - 30 Doron Perkins, 6-2, 200, Jr., Anchorage, AK
      (12.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.4 assists, 2.2 steals, 0.3 blocks)
G - 40 Ethan Rohde, 6-5, 205, Jr., Seattle, WA
      (5.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.5 steals)
C - 45 Jim Howell, 6-8, 230, Sr., Newport, OR
      (6.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.2 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.2 blocks)
F -  41 Travis Niesen, 6-7, 220, So., Mission Viejo, CA
      (3.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 6.3 assists, 1.2 steals)
HEAD COACH:  Dick Davey (Pacific, 1964)
SCU RECORD:  197-141 (12th year)  CAREER RECORD:  Same.
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  Jan. 29 vs. Portland.

BULLDOGS START 5-0: Gonzaga University has started West Coast Conference play 5-0 for the fifth time in the last six years. The last time the Bulldogs didn't open 5-0 was in 2002 when Gonzaga won its first two games, lost at Pepperdine University and then won 11 straight to finish 13-1 in WCC play. Gonzaga hasn't lost back-to-back games in WCC play since 2000, the Bulldogs winning their first nine games before dropping back-to-back games in an 11-3 WCC campaign.

BULLDOGS VS. TOREROS: Gonzaga University leads the series with the University of San Diego 39-20 since joining the West Coast Conference for the 1979-80 season. Since dropping all three meetings in 1997 - two regular-season matchups and one in the WCC Tournament - Gonzaga has gone 13-4 against the Toreros. USD snapped Gonzaga's 9-game winning streak in the series with last year's 72-63 win in the WCC Tournament championship game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion on the USD campus. Gonzaga has won four straight regular-season meetings at USD, the last Torero regular-season home win coming in 1999. Gonzaga is 5-1 against USD in the Jenny Craig Pavilion since it opened for the 2000-01 season, and 10-1 overall in the facility counting the three WCC Tournaments that have been played in the facility.

ZAGS WHEN RANKED: Gonzaga is 50-10 when nationally ranked, including a perfect 20-0 at home with this season's victories over the University of Idaho, Denver University, Washington State University, the University of Montana, the University of San Francisco and Saint Mary's College at The Kennel. The mark includes games against teams in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Top 25 polls.

FROM THE FIELD... Junior Ronny Turiaf has been hot from the field over the last 11 games, shooting 57.8 percent on 67-for-116. In the last four games he's 29-for-44 for 65.9 percent.

...AND ON THE BOARDS: In the last nine games Ronny Turiaf has grabbed 73 rebounds for an average of 8.1 rpg. That has raised his season average from 5.7 rpg to 6.9 rpg. Turiaf has 484 career rebounds as he approaches the 500 rebound plateau.

STEPPIN' TO THE LINE: Senior Blake Stepp has gone 19-for-20 from the free throw line in the last four games - and that includes an 0-for-0 night against the University of San Francisco. He made both attempts at Loyola Marymount University, was 7-for-8 against Saint Mary's College and 10-for-10 last Saturday at the University of Portland. For the season he's 41-for-51 for 80.4 percent. For his career he's 339-for-420 for 80.7 percent, a mark that ranks him ninth on the all-time school free throw percentage list.

VIOLETTE ON THE BOARDS: Senior Cory Violette is averaging a team-high 7.7 rpg and has hauled in at least five rebounds in each of his last 10 games and in 14 of 17 outings this season. Violette is fourth in career rebounds, his 758 passing Casey Calvary (757, 1998-01).

NOW THERE ARE THREE: Blake Stepp, Ronny Turiaf and Cory Violette are all members of the Gonzaga University 1,000-point club. Turiaf joined the club with 19 points against Saint Mary's College and now has 1,021 for 26th. Stepp was already a member entering the season and has 1,466 to pass Gary Lechman (1,452, 1965-67) for ninth. Violette reached the milestone against Washington State University and has 1,135 career points to surpass Dan Dickau (1,125, 2001-02) for 18th. He needs 11 points to pass Zach Gourde (1,145, 2000-03) for 17th.

ON THE BOARDS: After being out rebounded in three straight games, Gonzaga University has come back to out rebound its last eight opponents by an average of 11.6 rpg.

FOR THREE: Blake Stepp and Kyle Bankhead continue to climb on Gonzaga University's all-time 3-point list. Stepp moved past Matt Santangelo (1996-00) with his 253rd trey last Saturday. Bankhead has 147 treys for seventh. Richie Frahm, currently with the Seattle Sonics, is the career leader with 280 from 1996-00. Stepp also has 637 attempts for third all-time. Frahm is the leader with 662.

FROM THE LINE: Ronny Turiaf and Blake Stepp each moved into the Gonzaga University Top 10 for free throws made last season. Turiaf is now 4th with 393, overtaking Doug Spradley (389, 1986-89). Stepp has 339 and moved ahead of Matt Santangelo (320, 1997-00) into sixth. Turiaf and Stepp each tied Frank Burgess' single-game record of 16 free throws made in a game last season. Turiaf did its against Indiana University in the Maui Invitational when he went 16-for-18, then matched the mark again when he went 16-for-22 against the University of Cincinnati in the NCAA Tournament First Round. Stepp went 16-for-20 against the University of Washington to get his piece of the record.

BLOCK IT: Ronny Turiaf continues to move up the blocked shots list at Gonzaga University, his one block last Saturday giving him 110 as he has passed Tim Ruff (99, 1981-85) for second. Turiaf has 36 blocks this season. Casey Calvary (1998-01) is the all-time leader with 207.

20 OR BUST: Gonzaga University is tied for 11th in consecutive 20-win seasons with six. The University of Arizona leads the way with 16, followed by the University of Kansas with 14 and the University of Kentucky with 13. Gonzaga is tied with the University of Connecticut, Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma and Syracuse University.

BULLDOGS AND THE KENNEL: The Kennel, home of Gonzaga University's Bulldogs, has gained the reputation as one of the toughest courts in the country, the Bulldogs losing a 29-game home winning streak Dec. 31, 2002, that ranked third longest in the country. In the last 12 seasons the Bulldogs are 145-10 at home for a nifty 93.5 winning percentage. Gonzaga went 10-2 at home in 2003, the first time the Bulldogs lost two home games in a season since 1997. Gonzaga was 13-0 at home in 2002, winning by an average of 24.6 ppg. The Bulldogs went 12-0 at home in 2001, winning by an average of 24.7 ppg. GU is 55-3 in The Kennel over the past five seasons. The 2000 squad was 10-1, and the 1999 Bulldogs completed a 10-0 season in The Kennel, winning by an average of 31.9 ppg. The Bulldogs also posted undefeated home campaigns in 1993 (13-0) and 1994 (14-0), and suffered just one home setback in 1996 and 1998. The Bulldogs put together a 34-game home-court-winning streak from 1992-95, which at the time was the country's second-longest active streak.

TO THE BANK: Senior Kyle Bankhead continues to be a blue collar worker for Gonzaga University. In the last three games he has had 14 assists, two turnovers and five steals. That's an assist-to-turnover ratio of 7.0, meaning for every seven turnovers he commits just one turnover. For the season Bankhead has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.60 to lead the team, meaning for every 2.60 assists he makes one turnover.

THEFT: While Blake Stepp is known for his scoring and assists, he continues to move up Gonzaga's career steals chart. He has 132 to move past Tim Wagoner (131, 1979-82) and into fourth. He needs eight to surpass Geoff Goss (139, 1991-94) for third. John Stockton is the leader with 262.

BULLDOGS SIGN THREE: Gonzaga University signed three players to letters-of-intent during the early November signing period. Josh Heytvelt, a 6-10 forward from Clarkston, Wash.; David Pendergraft, a 6-5 guard from Brewster, Wash., and Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes, a 6-1 combination guard from Montreal, Canada, will join the Bulldogs in the fall. The signings were not unexpected as all three had made verbal commitments to attend Gonzaga, Pendergraft making his verbal following his sophomore season. Heytvelt is a two-time All-State 3A selection, averaged 20.1 ppg last year as a junior. Pendergraft averaged 24.5 ppg and 10.0 rpg last season as a junior, helping the Bears to a 28-0 record and Washington State Class A title. Altidor-Cespedes was rated as the third best two-guard at the ABCD camp in 2003 held in upstate New York. He was recruited by most of the Big East schools as well as Florida.

NEW ZEALANDER ENROLLS: Calum (Cal-um) MacLeod, a 7-0, 220-pound center from Wellington, New Zealand, joined Gonzaga University's men's basketball team earlier this week. The newest Bulldog arrived in Spokane on Monday night, was in the classroom Tuesday with the start of second-semester classes and was at Wednesday's practice getting acclimated to major college basketball. He will redshirt this season and have four years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2004-05 season. MacLeod has been playing for the New Zealand Junior National Team, the Tall Blacks. The team, so named because of their black jersey, most recently played in the Oceanic Games qualifying tournament for the Junior World Championships. New Zealand lost to Australia, which features University of Utah 6-10 freshman Andrew Bogut.

SINGLE DIGITS: Only Gonzaga University, the University of Florida and Duke University have lost less than 10 games in each of the past five seasons. Gonzaga has posted marks of 29-4, 26-7, 26-9 28-7 and 24-9, respectively, in that stretch. The last time Gonzaga hit double-digits in the "L" column was 1998 with a 20-10 campaign. Current head coach Mark Few has never had 10 or more losses in his four years as a head coach. Duke went 25-7 and Florida 25-8 last season.

THREE OR BUST: Gonzaga University has extended its streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 348. The last time the Bulldogs failed to hit a trey was Jan. 27, 1993, when the Bulldogs went 0-for-5 at home against Portland.



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