Bulldogs Begin Four-Game Homestand

Jan. 27, 2006

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 20 - Portland Pilots
Sat., Jan. 28 - 5 p.m. PST
McCarthey Athletic Center - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KHQ-TV (Spokane); FSN (Check local listings)
No. 7 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (16-3; 6-0 West Coast)
G -   5 Derek Raivio, 6-3, 175, Jr., Vancouver, WA
       (13.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.5 assists, 1.2 steals)
G -   4 Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes, 6-0, 181, So., Montreal, Quebec
       (4.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.4 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.3 blocks)
C -  13 J.P. Batista, 6-9, 269, Sr., Olinda, Pernambuco, Brazil
       (19.3 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.3 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.7 blocks)
F -    3 Adam Morrison, 6-8, 205, Jr., Spokane, WA
       (28.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.7 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.4 blocks)
F -  32 Sean Mallon, 6-9, 218, Jr., Spokane, WA
       (6.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.5 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  175-40 (7th year - 17th at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND PILOTS (8-12; 2-4 West Coast) G - 1 Darren Cooper, 6-3, 180, Sr., Portland, OR (13.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.1 assists, 0.9 steals) G - 4 Donald Wilson, 6-4, 205, Sr., Los Angeles, CA (8.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.2 assists, 1.1 steals) G - 11 Pooh Jeter, 5-11, 175, Sr., Gardena, CA (18.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.7 assists, 1.4 steals) C - 45 Ben Sullivan, 6-10, 240, Jr., Lake Oswego, OR (8.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.7 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.5 blocks) F - 21 Marcus Lewis, 6-8, 240, So., Long Beach, CA (10.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.8 steals) HEAD COACH: Michael Holton (UCLA, 1992) UP RECORD: 51-85 (5th year) CAREER RECORD: Same GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 21 - Santa Clara Broncos
Sat., Feb. 4 - 8 p.m.
McCarthey Athletic Center - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KHQ-TV (Spokane); FSN (Check local listings)
SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY BRONCOS (8-9; 1-4 West Coast)
G - 10 Brandon Rohe, 6-4, 195, Jr., San Juan Capistrano, CA (6.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.9 assists, 1.0 steals) G - 5 Brody Angley, 5-11, 185, So., Redding, CA (9.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 5.2 assists, 1.7 steals) C - 54 John Bryant, 6-10, 325, Fr., San Pablo, CA (7.6 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 0.4 assists, 0.3 steals, 1.5 blocks) F - 41 Travis Niesen, 6-7, 225, Sr., Mission Viejo, CA (19.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.2 assists, 0.7 steals) F - 21 Mitch Henke, 6-7, 210, So., Minnetonka, MN (9.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.0 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.5 blocks) HEAD COACH: Dick Davey (Pacific, 1964) SCU RECORD: 225-173 (14th year) CAREER RECORD: Same GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: 1/28 vs. San Francisco; 1/30 vs. San Diego.

Gonzaga begins a four-game homestand Saturday when Portland visits the McCarthey Athletic Center for a 5 p.m. contest. The Bulldogs, who have played four of their first six West Coast Conference games on the road, will host Santa Clara on Feb. 4 at 8 p.m., Saint Mary's on Feb. 6 at 9 p.m. and then jump out of conference for an ESPN College Game Day match-up with Stanford on Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. The Bulldogs and the Pilots reach the halfway point of the WCC season on Saturday with Gonzaga brining an unblemished 6-0 record into the sold out fray.

Gonzaga's Adam Morrison has been named the West Coast Conference men's basketball Player of the Week for his performance in guiding the Bulldogs to a pair of road wins at San Diego and San Francisco. It's the fourth time this season he has earned the honor. The Spokane, Wash. native averaged 28.5 points per game to go along with 5.5 rebounds per game in the Zags two wins. Morrison shot an efficient 55.9 percent from the field (19-for-34) and a blistering 63.6 percent from beyond the arc (7-for-11), while knocking down 92.3 percent from the free throw line (12-for-13). Morrison chipped in 16 points in the Zags' 64-63 win over the Toreros, then knocked down nine of his first 10 shots at San Francisco on his way to a 41-point performance.

Adam Morrison recorded his third 40+ game of the season and his eighth 30+ contest of the year with his 41 points at San Francisco. He scored a career-high 43 against both Michigan State and Washington. He has scored 30 or more in four of his last five games.

Gonzaga is still the top free throw shooting team in NCAA Division I, the Bulldogs connecting on 81.0 percent (363-for-448) of their chances. Saint Joseph's is second at 80.0 percent (240-for-300). Gonzaga's 363 makes also lead NCAA Division I. Gonzaga has had eight games this season of 20 or more free throws made. The Bulldogs went 27-for-28 for 96.4 percent against Michigan State for the second-best percentage in school history, and 25-for-26 at Saint Mary's for 96.2 percent and the third best single-game percentage in school history. Gonzaga went 20-for-20 against Eastern Washington on Dec. 11, 1993, for the school record. The NCAA Division I single-season team free throw percentage record is held by Harvard, which went 535-for-651 for 82.2 percent in 1984. The Gonzaga single-season record is 79.0 percent set by the 1989 squad.

Seven seems to be Gonzaga's number this week. The Bulldogs bring a 7-game winning streak into Saturday's game with Portland, knotting the Bulldogs with three other teams for the fifth-longest winning streak in NCAA Division I. A win Saturday would move the Bulldogs into no worse than a tie for third. Alabama-Birmingham heads the list with a 10-game streak. Gonzaga is seventh this week in the Associated Press Top 25 and tied for seventh with Illinois in this week's USA TODAY/ESPN balloting.

Gonzaga head coach Mark Few recorded his 175th career victory last Monday. Few is 175-40 in his seventh season as head coach.

Adam Morrison is back atop the NCAA Division I scoring leaderboard with his 28.3 ppg, and Derek Raivio is still the nation's top free throw shooter at 96.1 percent. Morrison's 538 points are also tops in the country. Andre Collins of Loyola (Md.) is second at 27.4 ppg and J.J. Redick of Duke is third at 27.3 ppg through games of Monday. Raivio is 49-for-51 from the line and leads Eric Webb of Furman who is second at 94.2 percent (49-for-52).

Since Gonzaga's streak of seven straight NCAA Tournament appearances began in 1999, the Bulldogs have gone 93-11 in West Coast Conference regular-season play, including 15 straight victories. Overall in that stretch the Bulldogs are 110-12 against WCC foes including WCC Tournament games. The Bulldogs have been most dominant against Saint Mary's, posting a 20-1 overall record and 14-1 regular-season record. Only Pepperdine, San Diego and Santa Clara have managed to beat the Bulldogs more than once over the last eight seasons. Pepperdine and USD have turned the trick three times each, while SCU has a pair of wins over the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs lost 73-70 at San Francisco last season before running off nine straight to end the regular season, and have opened this season with six straight. Dating back to last season's WCC Tournament the Bulldogs have won 17 straight over WCC competition. Gonzaga, which has won or shared seven of the last eight WCC regular-season titles, went 14-0 in West Coast Conference play in 2004, the first team since Pepperdine in 1992 to run the table. The Bulldogs posted back-to-back 13-1 seasons in 2001-02.

Since missing his first free throw of the game New Year's Eve against Saint Joseph's, Derek Raivio has made 22 straight. Raivio had a streak of 28 straight snapped Dec. 17 against Virginia. He tied the school record a year ago with 41 consecutive free throws. Raivio is a career 91.5 percent free throw shooter, connecting on 161-of-176 attempts, to sit atop the Gonzaga career percentage chart.

Gonzaga has won four straight games against Portland and 18 of the last 19. The Pilots took a 72-68 win in the old Kennel in 2003 to snap a 14-game Gonzaga winning streak in the series the Bulldogs lead 77-65. Gonzaga has also won 13 of the last 14 home games against Portland.

Gonzaga has slipped back to second in the chase for the current NCAA Division I home court winning streak with 32, to tie the Bulldogs with Illinois. Southern Illinois has moved to the top of the list with 33 straight. Gonzaga hosts Portland and Illinois entertains Purdue on Saturday while SIU is idle at home until Feb. 1. The 32-game Gonzaga streak is the second-longest in school history. The longest streak in Gonzaga history is 34 games from Dec. 1, 1992-Jan. 3, 1995, which was the second-longest streak in the country at the time. Gonzaga also had a 29-game streak Feb. 19, 2000-Dec. 20, 2002 that Saint Joseph's ended on Dec. 31, 2002.

J.P. Batista can be found among the national leaders in three categories. He's 30th in field goal percentage at 59.1 percent, 38th in rebounding at 9.0 rpg and 44th in scoring with his 19.3 ppg. Batista had a couple of strong second-half performances last week. He scored all 16 of his points and grabbed seven of his 10 rebounds in the second half at San Diego. Against San Francisco he had 15 of his 20 points and 8 of his 13 rebounds in the second half in posting his 11th career double-double.

Gonzaga has not lost back-to-back games since the 2002-03 season when the Bulldogs lost Dec. 28, 2002, against Stanford 81-71 in the Pete Newell Challenge in Oakland, Calif., and Dec. 31, 2002, at home to Saint Joseph's 79-78 in overtime. Gonzaga has played 94 games since that Saint Joseph's loss without losing back-to-back games.

Gonzaga has extended its streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 412. The last time the Bulldogs failed to hit a trey was Jan. 27, 1993, going 0-for-5 at home against Portland.

After missing both road games last week, former Gonzaga standout Jeff Brown will be back courtside as part of the KHQ-TV/Fox Sports Northwest broadcast this week. He had a pretty good excuse for his absence. Brown and wife Loriann welcomed Luke Benton into the family last Friday. He weighed in at 9 lbs. and was 19 ½ inches long. No word whether Gonzaga head coach Mark Few has tendered a scholarship offer yet. Luke joins older brother Jack in the Brown household.

 

 

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