Bulldogs Can Extend WCC Lead

Jan. 28, 2003

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 20 - San Diego Thursday, Jan. 30 - 7 p.m. PST
The Kennel - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane);
KALE 960 (Tri-Cities)
Pre-game show at 6:30 p.m.
TV: PAX (Spokane)

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (14-5; 5-0 West Coast Conference)
G - 1 Winston Brooks, 6-0, 198, Sr., Richmond, VA
(2.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.5 assists, 1.1 steals)
G - 10 Blake Stepp, 6-4, 192, Jr., Eugene, OR
(16.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 6.3 assists, 1.6 steals)
C - 33 Cory Violette, 6-8, 255, Jr., Boise, ID
(12.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.7 steals, 1.1 blocks)
F - 34 Richard Fox, 6-11, 275, Jr., Denver, CO
(7.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.4 assists, 0.4 blocks)
F - 25 Tony Skinner, 6-5, 198, Jr., Albuquerque, NM
(8.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 0.8 assists, 0.9 steals)
or 24 Kyle Bankhead, 6-0, 193, Jr., Walla Walla, WA
(8.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.7 assists, 0.6 steals)
HEAD COACH: Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD: 95-25 (4th year) CAREER RECORD: Same

UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO TOREROS (9-8; 3-1 West Coast Conference)
G - 10 Roy Morris, 6-1, 182, Sr., Bonita, CA
(12.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.2 assists, 0.7 steals)
G - 14 Matt Delzell, 6-2, 180, Sr., Plano, TX
(7.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.3 assists, 0.7 steals)
C - 43 Jason Keep, 6-10, 290, Sr., Moscow, ID
(17.9 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.4 assists, 0.6 steals, 1.4 blocks)
F - 32 Corey Belser, 6-6, 208, So., Spanaway, WA
(3.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.6 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.6 blocks)
F - 42 Nick Lewis, 6-10, 235, Paradise Valley, AZ
(9.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 0.8 assists, 1.1 blocks)
HEAD COACH: Brad Holland (UCLA, 1979)
USD RECORD: 135-107 (9th year) CAREER RECORD: 158-138 (11th year)

Game No. 21 - Santa Clara University
Saturday, Feb. 1 - 5 p.m. PST
The Kennel - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane);
KALE 960 (Tri-Cities)
Pre-game show at 4:30 p.m.
TV: KHQ (Spokane)

SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY BRONCOS (11-7; 2-3 West Coast Conference)
G - 2 Alex Kargbo, 6-2, 180, Jr., San Jose, CA
(4.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.4 blocks)
G - 10 Brandon Rohe, 6-4, 195, Fr., San Juan Capistrano, CA
(12.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.4 assists, 1.1 steals)
G - 40 Ethan Rohde, 6-5, 205, So., Seattle, WA
(9.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.8 assists, 0.4 steals)
C - 45 Jim Howell, 6-8, 230, Jr., Newport, OR
(8.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 0.7 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.4 blocks)
F - 43 Jordan Legge, 6-8, 220, So., Mesa, AR
(5.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 0.9 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.3 blocks)
HEAD COACH: Dick Davey (Pacific, 1964)
SCU RECORD: 184-124 (11th year) CAREER RECORD: Same
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: Jan. 30 at Portland.

BULLDOGS CAN OPEN GROUND IN WCC CHASE: Gonzaga University can open some more ground in the West Coast Conference race when the Bulldogs host the University of San Diego Thursday, followed by a Saturday invasion from Santa Clara University. Other than Gonzaga at a perfect 5-0, USD (3-1) is the only other team with only one loss in WCC play. Pepperdine University and Saint Mary's College have a pair of losses and the rest of the field has three or more. The Bulldogs opened the 2001 campaign 12-0 for their best WCC start ever. Gonzaga is now 31-2 in WCC play over the past three seasons after putting together back-to-back 13-1 marks the previous two seasons.

STEPP CLIMBS: Junior guard Blake Stepp continues to climb on a couple of career lists. His 162 3-pointers rank fifth behind Richie Frahm (280), Matt Santangelo (252), John Rillie (230) and Dan Dickau (188). His 355 career assists are third behind Santangelo (668) and Stockton (554).

SINGLE DIGITS: Only Gonzaga University, the University of Florida and Duke University has lost less than 10 games in each of the past four seasons. Gonzaga has posted marks of 29-4, 26-7, 26-9 and 28-7, 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 any of his three previous Gonzaga seasons.

BULLDOGS ON THE AIR: All Gonzaga University basketball games can be heard on News Talk AM 1510 KGA radio in Spokane and KALE 960 in the Tri-Cities. KREM-TV sports anchor Tom Hudson is in his first season behind the microphone calling all the radio action of Bulldog basketball beginning with the pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff. Gonzaga basketball can also be accessed off the Internet via subscription to the Online College Sports Network. OCSN, the official athletics web site provider for Gonzaga, offers many new features via its audio subscription service and all sites on the OCSN web site are included in the subscription. Subscriptions are available by visiting the Gonzaga site at http://www.gozags.com.

BULLDOGS ON THE TUBE: As many as 26 Gonzaga University regular-season contests could be televised through the West Coast Conference Tournament. KHQ-TV/PAX-TV in Spokane will televise 10 games from The Kennel as well as road games from the University of Montana and against Stanford University at the Pete Newell Challenge. KHQ-TV news anchor Greg Heister returns for his second season on KHQ/PAX. Former Bulldog Jeff Brown and former NBA and Washington State University standout Craig Ehlo will join Heister on the broadcasts. The Bulldogs could appear as many as eight times on ESPN or ESPN2, including upcoming at Pepperdine University for Rivalry Week, at home against Tulsa University in Bracket Busters and in the semifinals and championship game of the West Coast Conference Tournament.

FEW ON RADIO: The "Gonzaga Coaches Show" will be aired on 16 Tuesdays throughout the season on News Talk AM 1510 KGA radio, the home of Bulldog basketball. The show will feature head coach Mark Few, members of his staff and other special guests. The show will air live from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. from one of four Applebee's locations in the Spokane-Coeur d'Alene area. Play-by-play commentator Tom Hudson will host the show. The next broadcast will be Feb. 4 from Applebee's on Spokane's South Hill.

SCORING LEADERS: Four of the top five scoring leaders in the West Coast Conference will be going head-to-head Thursday when Gonzaga University hosts the University of San Diego. The Toreros' Jason Keep (17.9 ppg) and Jason Blair (16.9 ppg), and the Zags' Blake Stepp (16.5 ppg) are 1-2-3 in the scoring race. GU's Ronny Turiaf (15.4 ppg) is fifth.

GOURDE HITS MILESTONE: Senior forward Zach Gourde recorded the 500th rebound of his career against Loyola Marymount University. He became the seventh member of the 1,000-point, 500-rebound club at Gonzaga. Casey Calvary (1,509/757 from 1998-01) and Jeff Brown (1,646/515 from 1992-94) are the most recent additions. Four players in Gonzaga history have scored 1,000 points and grabbed 700 rebounds. Gourde is also ninth in field goals made with 431 as he chases Doug Spradley in eighth with 462. He is also fourth in career blocked shots with 75, moving ahead of Paul Rogers (72). Mark Spink (80) is just ahead of him. Casey Calvary is the all-time leader in blocks with 207.

POUNDING THE BOARDS: Gonzaga University led the NCAA Division I ranks in rebounding margin last season with a +8.9 margin to edge Louisiana Tech University (+8.8) by the slimmest of margins. Cory Violette paced the Bulldogs with his 8.3 rpg, including a 20-rebound night against Fresno State University that ranked tied for 13th nationally. GU is +6.3 thus far this season.

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 10 seasons the Bulldogs are 133-10 at home for a nifty 93.0 winning percentage after capping a 13-0 home season in 2002 and 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 45-1 in The Kennel over the past four 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.

FEW'S THREE-YEAR RUN: Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few's 81-20 record makes him the winningest third-year coach in NCAA history, surpassing Bill Guthridge of the University of North Carolina (1998-00) and Everett Case of North Carolina State University (1947-49) who each won 80 games in their first three seasons as a NCAA Division I head coach. With 15 wins this season Few would crack the Top 10 list for wins by a fourth-year head coach, Jerry Tarkanian (Long Beach State, 1969-72), Pat Foster (Lamar, 1981-84) and Nolan Richardson (Tulsa, 1981-84) all with 96 wins. Case leads the four-year list with 107, one of only five coaches to win 100 games in their first four seasons. In his first two seasons as head coach the Bulldogs advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen, one of only two NCAA Division I head coaches to accomplish that feat since the bracket expanded to 64 teams in 1985. Few was an assistant coach on Gonzaga's run to the 1999 Elite Eight.

LAST FOUR YEARS: Gonzaga University trails only Duke University, Michigan State University and the University of Cincinnati in wins from 1998-02. The Bulldogs won 109 games, while Duke leads the list with 128 over that span.

DOUBLING UP: Cory Violette recorded his sixth double-double of the season and the 17th of his career with 16 points and 15 rebounds at Saint Mary's. The 15 rebounds tied a season high set against Saint Joseph's when he also had a season-high 19 points. Ronny Turiaf got his third double-double of the season and the seventh of his career with a career-high 27 points to go with 10 rebounds at the University of Portland.

BULLDOGS SIGN A PAIR: Gonzaga University men's basketball coach Mark Few signed Adam Morrison, a 6-8, 205-pound forward from Spokane's Mead High, and Derek Raivio, a 6-1, 155-pound point guard from Mountain View High in Vancouver, Wash., in November. Morrison averaged 24.4 ppg as a junior last season to lead the Greater Spokane League, while Raivio averaged 22.6 ppg as the Greater St. Helen's League 4A Player of the Year.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT: The West Coast Conference has changed its tournament format for this season. All eight teams qualify for the tourney, but that's the only thing consistent about past years. In the first round, the fifth through eighth teams play with four and five receiving byes. The two winners the first night then meet No. 4 and No. 5, with those two winners facing No. 1 and No. 2 who will be seeded into the semifinals. For the third straight season the tournament will return to the Jenny Craig Pavilion on the University of San Diego campus. The 2004-05 tournaments will be in the Bay Area, 2006 and 2007 in the Pacific Northwest and 2008 and 2009 in southern California as the tourney begins a regional rotation.



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