Bulldogs Put League Lead On Line Monday

Jan. 28, 2007

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
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
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (14-7; 5-1 West Coast)
G -   2 Jeremy Pargo, 6-2, 219, So., Chicago, IL
       (12.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.6 assists, 1.3 steals)
G -   5 Derek Raivio, 6-3, 177, Sr., Vancouver, WA
       (19.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.3 assists, 1.6 steals)
G -  15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 214, Fr., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (8.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.5 assists, 0.7 steals)
F -  32 Sean Mallon, 6-9, 223, Sr., Spokane, WA
       (9.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 0.9 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:  202-48 (8th year - 18th at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO TOREROS (13-8; 3-3 West Coast) G - 4 Brandon Johnson, 6-0, 195, So., Houston, TX (14.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 4.8 assists, 2.0 steals) G - 14 Ross DeRogatis, 6-1, 185, Sr., Mansfield, TX (14.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.8 assists, 1.1 steals) F - 15 Ray Murdock, 6-3, 204, So., Phoenix, AZ (2.9 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 0.8 assists, 0.9 steals) F - 21 Gyno Pomare, 6-7, 220, So., Oceanside, CA (15.7 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 0.5 assists, 0.4 steals, 1.4 blocks) F - 33 Theo White, 6-6, 235, Sr., Oakland, CA (3.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 0.9 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.5 blocks) HEAD COACH: Brad Holland (UCLA, 1979) USD RECORD: 195-170 (13th year) CAREER RECORD: 218-201 (15th year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 23 - Stanford
Wed., Jan. 31 - 8 p.m. PST
Maples Pavilion - Stanford, CA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane); 1340 KCTR (Tri-Cities); 980 KUSA (Yakima)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: FSN (check local listings)
STANFORD UNIVERSITY CARDINAL (13-5; 5-3 Pacific-10)
G -    4 Anthony Goods, 6-3, 195, So, Corona, CA
      (13.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.3 assists, 0.7 steals)
G -  44 Fred Washington, 6-5, 205, Sr., Los Angeles, CA
      (7.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.8 assists, 1.2 steals)
C -  42 Robin Lopez, 7-0, 245, Fr., Fresno, CA
      (10.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.1 assists, 2.4 blocks)
F -  15 Lawrence Hill, 6-8, 205, So., Glendale, AZ
      (15.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.3 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.9 blocks)
F -   11 Brook Lopez, 7-0, 240, Fr., Fresno, CA
      (9.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 0.9 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.9 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Trent Johnson (Boise State, 1983)
SU RECORD:  47-32 (3rd year)  CAREER RECORD:  126-106 (8th year)
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  1/28 vs. UCLA.

Gonzaga University finds itself in sole possession of first place in the West Coast Conference heading into A Big Monday showdown with the University of San Diego in a 9 p.m. game to be televised on ESPN2. The Bulldogs were the only home team to hold serve Saturday in the WCC, the Bulldogs' 72-56 win over the University of San Francisco putting Gonzaga at least a game ahead of the rest of the field at 5-1. With Santa Clara University losing at home to eighth-place Loyola Marymount University and Saint Mary's falling at home to seventh place Pepperdine University, the Broncos and Gaels fell a game behind Gonzaga at 4-2. The first half of the WCC season ends with Monday's four games, and with a win on Monday the Bulldogs would be halfway home to their seventh straight WCC regular-season title.

Following Monday's game with the University of San Diego, Gonzaga University will step out of West Coast Conference action for a Wednesday game at Stanford University, then head back into WCC play on the road with games Saturday at Pepperdine University and Monday at Loyola Marymount University. Saturday's game is a 12:30 p.m. start, while Monday's contest at LMU is a Big Monday game on ESPN2.

Gonzaga University has won 24 straight West Coast Conference regular-season games at home and 26 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 94-10 in West Coast Conference play, having coached his 100th WCC game Jan. 8 in a 69-52 home win over Pepperdine University. Saturday's win over the University of San Francisco was Few's 250th game as head coach of the Bulldogs.

When Gonzaga University freshman Matt Bouldin missed his first 3-point attempt Saturday against the University of San Francisco it marked his 17th straight misfire from beyond the arc. But it didn't take the product of Highlands Ranch, Colo., long to re-introduce himself to the jump shot. He made his next four 3-point shots, finished 6-for-7 overall from the field and scored 16 points. Bouldin hadn't made a 3-pointer since the Bulldogs game Dec. 30 in Seattle's KeyArena against the University of Nevada. The four treys were a personal best in his brief collegiate career.

Jeremy Pargo's 11 assists Saturday against the University of San Francisco marked the first time since Feb. 5, 2005, a Gonzaga University player had been in double-digits assists. Derek Raivio had 10 assists at home against Santa Clara University. Pargo's 11 points Saturday also gave him the first points/assists double-double for a Bulldog since Raivio in the SCU game when he poured in 19 points. Raivio had double-digits assists three other times that season - including a career-high 13 against the University of Montana - but scored in single digits all three of those nights.

Gonzaga University extended its home winning streak to 48 games with a 72-56 win over the University of San Francisco on Saturday. That streak is the longest current streak in the NCAA Division I ranks. The Bulldogs are 36-0 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 54-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.

Gonzaga University's 60.9 percent shooting (14-for-23) in the second half Saturday against the University of San Francisco was the Bulldogs best half since shooting 65.5 percent (19-for-29) at home against Loyola Marymount University on Jan. 6 in the West Coast Conference opener. Saturday's 51.0 percent from the field for the game (26-for-51) was just the second time in the last nine games the Bulldogs have shot 50.0 percent or better. Gonzaga shot 50.0 percent or better in eight of the first 12 games this season. The Bulldogs shot a season-high 61.4 percent (35-for-57) from the field against LMU.

By holding the University of San Francisco to 34.7 percent from the field on Saturday it marked the 11th time the Bulldogs have held an opponent to under 40.0 percent. Rice University connected on a season-low 29.5 percent (18-for-61) in the second game of the season.

Gonzaga University's 12 3-pointers Saturday against the University of San Francisco matched the season high against the University of Texas. The Bulldogs have hit double-digit treys four times this season - 11 against the University of Georgia and 10 against the University of Virginia the others.

Don't think Gonzaga University has a tough schedule? Six teams on the Bulldogs schedule were ranked last week in one of the two major polls (the new rankings are due out Monday). 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 108-16 through games of Saturday. In addition, Stanford University and the University of Texas were also receiving votes in both major polls. Gonzaga heads to Stanford next Wednesday.

Derek Raivio became the 29th member of Gonzaga University's 1,000-point club earlier this season and now has 1,242 career points to rank 17th. He's 99 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 224 career 3-pointers and 522 attempts rank fifth. His 141 career steals are fourth and his 315 career assists are fifth. He should reach fourth on the assists chart as Geoff Goss (324) ranks fourth.

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.

Sophomore Larry Gurganious and freshman Theo Davis seem assured of redshirting this season. Gurganious has been sidelined all season with a stress fracture in the fifth vertebrae while Davis has been sidelined since fall camp after undergoing shoulder surgery. Davis has been cleared to play while Gurganious continues to rehabilitate awaiting clearance to resume normal physical activity.

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 445. 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 eight straight against the University of San Diego and 19 of the last 21 meetings. The last USD victory in the series came in the 2003 West Coast Conference Tournament title game hosted by the Toreros 72-63. Until Gonzaga hosted and won the tourney last year USD had been the only host team to capture the tourney. USD also posted an 82-70 victory over the Bulldogs in the old Kennel in 2000. Gonzaga has won seven straight game at home against USD since 2000, including last year's 96-92 overtime win in the semifinals of the WCC Tournament.

Sophomore Jeremy Pargo has grabbed 30 rebounds over the last five games for a 6.0 average, including a career-high 10 against Pepperdine University. He's also dished out 42 assists over the last seven games for a 6.0 average, including his career-high 11 assists Saturday against the University of San Francisco.

Since an 0-for-6 night at the University of Virginia, sophomore Josh Heytvelt is 35-for-57 for 61.4 percent from the field. For the season he's 121-for-221 for 54.8 percent from the field.

Micah Downs is shooting just 33.3 percent from the field (4-for-12) in his four games, but he's hitting 42.9 percent from 3-point range (3-for-7).

Junior David Pendergraft has been a blue collar worker on the boards for Gonzaga University lately. He's grabbed 32 rebounds over the last seven games for a 4.6 average, including 7 rebounds Saturday against the University of San Francisco. That was his best effort since grabbing 7 boards against Portland State. He has a season-high 8 rebounds against the University of Texas San Antonio. For the season he's averaging 4.1 rpg.

Freshman Abdullahi Kuso doesn't shoot much, but recently there's a pretty good chance it's going in when he does shoot. Since missing his final field goal attempt at the University of Virginia he's connected on 8-of-11 attempts, and all three misses came in an 0-for-3 night against Pepperdine University. He's made his last five shots, including both against the University of San Francisco last Saturday. He's 37-for-69 for 53.6 percent from the field for the season.

 

 

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