Bulldogs, Portland Return To WCC Action

Jan. 27, 2008

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 21 - Portland
Monday, January 28 - 5 p.m.
McCarthey Athletic Center - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KAYU-TV (Spokane); FSN (check local listings)
G -   2 Jeremy Pargo, 6-2, 219, Jr., Chicago, IL
       (11.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 6.1 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.5 blocks)
G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 214, So., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (14.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.6 assists, 1.3 steals)
G - 32 Steven Gray, 6-4, 190, Fr., Bainbridge, WA
       (8.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.6 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.3 blocks)
C -  42 Josh Heytvelt, 6-11, 255, Jr., Clarkston, WA
       (12.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 0.6 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.9 blocks)
F -  25 David Pendergraft, 6-6, 223, Sr., Brewster, WA
       (8.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.2 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.3 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  226-57 (9th year - 19th at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND PILOTS (7-13, 1-3 West Coast) G - 1 Nik Raivio, 6-4, 195, So., Vancouver, WA (12.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.4 assists, 0.9 steals) G - 5 Taishi Ito, 6-0, 170, So., Mie, Japan (6.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 3.9 assists, 1.2 steals) C - 45 Kramer Knutson, 6-9, 215, Fr., Mesa, AZ (4.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.3 blocks) F - 34 Sherrard Watson, 6-6, 190, Sr., Portland, OR (10.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.7 assists, 0.8 steals) F - 43 Luke Sikma, 6-8, 215, Fr., Bellevue, WA (6.8 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.4 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.0 blocks) HEAD COACH: Eric Reveno (Stanford, 1989) UP RECORD: 16-36 (2nd year) CAREER RECORD: Same. GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 22 - Santa Clara
Saturday, February 2 - 4 p.m.
Leavey Center - Santa Clara, CA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KHQ-TV (Spokane); FSN Delayed 5 p.m. (check local listings);
Comcast SportsNet (check local listings)
G -    5 Brody Angley, 5-11, 195, Sr., Redding, CA
      (12.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 5.2 assists, 1.4 steals)
G -    4 Zac Tiedeman, 6-1, 170, So., Santa Rosa, CA
      (1.6 ppg, 0.7 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.3 steals)
C -  54 John Bryant, 6-10, 305, Jr., San Pablo, CA
      (17.3 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 0.6 assists, 0.4 steals, 2.0 blocks)
F -   10 Ben Dowdell, 6-7, 215, Fr., North Nowra, NSW
      (7.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.3 assists, 0.8 steals)
F -   21 Mitch Henke, 6-7, 210, Sr., Minnesota, MN
      (9.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.3 assists, 0.5 steals)
HEAD COACH:  Kerry Keating (Seton Hall, 1993)
SCU RECORD:  10-9 (1st year)  CAREER RECORD:  Same.
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  1/28 at San Francisco.

*********************************************************************************************** Gonzaga University men's basketball game Monday against the University of Portland in the McCarthey Athletic Center will be televised on KAYU-TV FOX 28 in Spokane. Some schedules indicate the game will be aired on KHQ-TV, but President Bush's State of the Union address will be televised on KHQ, necessitating the Gonzaga-Portland game to be moved to KAYU-TV FOX 28. Saturday's game at Santa Clara University will be televised on KHQ-TV in Spokane and on FSN (check local listings). The game will also be shown on some Comcast SportsNet stations and viewers are advised to check local listings. Game time at Santa Clara is 4 p.m. ***********************************************************************************************

Gonzaga University returns to West Coast Conference play Monday at 5 p.m. when the Bulldogs host the University of Portland. The Bulldogs and Pilots both took a mid-season break from WCC play last Saturday, the Bulldogs falling at top-ranked University of Memphis 81-73 while Portland defeated Cal State Bakersfield 73-63.

Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 21 points and Derrick Rose added 19 as No. 1 University of Memphis remained undefeated with an 81-73 victory over Gonzaga University last Saturday at the FedExForum. The Tigers (19-0) defeated Gonzaga for the third straight year and halted the Bulldogs 6-game winning streak. Memphis won last year's game in the Spokane Arena 78-77 in overtime, and the Tigers are scheduled to travel to Spokane next season for the fourth game in the series. Jeremy Pargo led Gonzaga with 25 points while Josh Heytvelt added 13 and Micah Downs 11. The Bulldogs pulled within 62-55 on a three-point play by Matt Bouldin with 8:08 left. Derrick Rose answered with two free throws, the Tigers forced Gonzaga into a shot clock violation and Douglas-Roberts hit the first of two at the line. Rose added a jumper, then Douglas-Roberts dunked for a 69-55 lead with 5:52 to go. The Bulldogs got within six inside the final minute but no closer than that even though Memphis went just 6-of-12 from the line. Memphis hurt Gonzaga most with 23 fast-break points - 21 off turnovers. Pargo's basket started a 19-5 run that was capped by consecutive treys from Downs, the second with 2:16 left in the first half, giving the Bulldogs their first - and only - lead of the game at 32-30. Douglas-Roberts tipped in his own miss, then Rose rebounded Dorsey's missed layup in the air and slammed it down with both hands to beat the buzzer for a 35-32 halftime lead. Memphis scored seven of the first nine points of the second half for a 42-34 lead. Memphis led by as much as 62-46 on a fast-break layup by Andre Allen with 10:27 to go.

Gonzaga University is off to a 4-0 start in West Coast Conference play for the fourth time in the last six years. The Bulldogs return to WCC action Monday at home when the University of Portland visits the McCarthey Athletic Center for a 5 p.m. start. The Bulldogs have been picked by the WCC coaches to win an eighth straight West Coast Conference crown, the Bulldogs edging Saint Mary's College in the pre-season poll. Gonzaga has won nine of the last 10 WCC regular-season crowns.

Weather problems in Spokane forced cancellation of the University of Portland's flight to Spokane on Sunday, forcing to Pilots to re-schedule their travel to arrive in Spokane on game day. Should weather woes continue to delay and or cancel flights, a decision on the status of Monday's game will be made after all efforts have been exhausted to get the Pilots to Spokane in time for the 5 p.m. contest.

Head coach Mark Few picked up his 225th career victory Jan. 19 against the University of San Diego. With 226 victories, Few is third on the all-time Gonzaga victories chart behind Hank Anderson (290-275 in 21 seasons) and Dan Fitzgerald (252-171 in 15 seasons). Few is the active winningest coach in West Coast Conference games at 104-12 and fourth on the all-time WCC wins list behind Carroll Williams, Santa Clara University (165-137), Dick Davey, SCU (122-88) and Fitzgerald (112-88).

Gonzaga University is in search of its 10th straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs current streak of nine straight appearances ranks the Bulldogs tied for sixth for consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances with the University of Florida, University of Texas and University of Wisconsin.

Gonzaga University and Kansas State University are the only schools left in NCAA Division I to have both their men's and women's basketball teams still unbeaten in conference play. Gonzaga's men are 15-5 overall, 4-0 in the West Coast Conference, while the Bulldog women are 14-6, 5-0. KSU is 14-4 overall and 4-0 in the Big 12 Conference on the men's side and 14-5 overall and 6-0 on the women's side. KSU's men host second-ranked University of Kansas Wednesday.

The series between Gonzaga University and the University of Portland has been a one-sided affair favoring the Bulldogs in recent years. Gonzaga holds a 79-65 all-time lead in the series, but since joining the West Coast Conference for the 1979-80 season the Bulldogs have a commanding 45-15 advantage. Gonzaga has won 22 of the last 23 meetings since suffering a 72-68 loss at the old Kennel in 2003 to snap a 14-game Gonzaga winning streak in the series and halt the Bulldogs streak of West Coast Conference home wins at 21. Gonzaga has won the last eight meetings.

There's no place like home, and the McCarthey Athletic Center has become quite the home for the Bulldogs since it opened for the 2004-05 season. Gonzaga is 47-2 in the new facility, winning its first 38 games in the McCarthey Athletic Center. Santa Clara University halted the streak with an 84-73 victory Feb. 12, 2007. That loss also snapped a 50-game home winning streak for the Bulldogs, at the time the longest streak in the nation, as Gonzaga left the old Kennel with 12 straight home victories.

Jeremy Pargo has had quite a 13-game run in the assists and turnovers department. In the last 13 games he's doled out 86 assists and turned the ball over 39 times for a 2.3 assist/turnover ratio. He's had one game of nine assists and had eight assists four times in that stretch. He now has 345 career assists to move into fifth place on the Gonzaga University career charts. Derek Raivio (356) is well within reach of Pargo this year that could move him into fourth. Matt Santangelo (668), Blake Stepp (640) and John Stockton (554) hold the top three spots. Pargo has 86 assists in his last 13 games for a 6.6 assists/game average in that stretch. For the season he is averaging 6.1 assists/game and in West Coast Conference play he is averaging 6.5.

There might be some magic in that No. 5 jersey freshman Austin Daye is wearing - especially when it comes to the free throw line. Daye is 61-for-67 for 91.0 percent from the stripe this season. He was ranked sixth nationally at 91.0 percent through games of Jan. 17 when the latest rankings were compiled. Derek Raivio, who wore No. 5 throughout his Gonzaga career, is one of the most prolific free throw shooters in NCAA history. He finished his career hitting 92.7 percent from the line and holds the top three single-season percentage marks in school history. Raivio went 148-for-154 for 96.1 percent to lead the NCAA Division I ranks in percentage a year ago and ranks second all-time on the NCAA single-season list. For his career he went 343-for-370 for 92.7 percent to rank second in the NCAA based on a minimum of 300 free throws made and 2.5 free throws made/game. Raivio set the Gonzaga record of 56 consecutive free throws. Daye had 29 straight makes this season.

Speaking of Raivio, there will be another in the McCarthey Athletic Center Monday when the University of Portland visits. Nik Raivio, brother of former Bulldog Derek, leads the Pilots in scoring at 12.4 ppg. He's not quite as sharp as his brother from the free throw line, connecting on 43-of-52 this season for 82.7 percent. He has started all 20 games.

After going 36-for-63 for 57.1 percent from the field in his previous six games, Gonzaga University sophomore Matt Bouldin was held to a 2-for-9 day - including 1-for-5 from 3-point range - at top-ranked University of Memphis last Saturday. He scored just 6 points, well below his team-leading 14.3 ppg average.

Senior Abdullahi Kuso has moved into 10th on the Gonzaga University all-time blocked shots list with 62. Junior Josh Heytvelt is close to moving onto the list with 58 career swats.

Gonzaga University men's basketball coach Mark Few added three players to his charges for the 2008-09 season with the signing of three players to letters-of-intent. Andy Poling, 6-11, 230-pound forward from Westview High in Portland, Ore.; Grant Gibbs, 6-5, 190-pound guard from Linn-Mar High in Marion, Iowa, and Demetri Goodson, 6-0, 175-pound guard from Klein Collins High in Spring, Texas, outside of Houston, made their intentions official to become Bulldogs on the first day of national letter-of-intent signing day. All three had previously made verbal commitments. Poling averaged 13.9 ppg last season to rank fifth in the Metro League in scoring while leading the Wildcats to a 21-8 overall record and 8-2 second-place Metro League finish. He was named honorable mention All-State 6A in Westview's first season in the newly-created State 6A classification. He was also voted first-team All-Metro League for the Wildcats, ranked seventh in the state heading into the State 6A Tournament where they lost their first two games. Poling was rated one of the 20 best centers in the country by one scouring service. Gibbs averaged 15.0 ppg, 5.0 assists and 5.0 rpg as Linn-Mar captured the Iowa State 4A title last spring. He had 10 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in the quarterfinal win over Sioux City North; 20 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 7 steals in the semifinal victory over Urbandale, and scored 15 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, and had a pair of assists and steals in the title game against Bettendorf to cap a 24-1 season. He finished third in tournament scoring with 45 points and tied for fourth with 21 rebounds in earning All-Tournament honors. Goodson helped lead Klein Collins to the Region 2 title game last season while averaging 16.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 7.0 assists/game. He was an All-State 5A selection, the largest classification in Texas. Goodson was rated as high as the 135th best player in the country by one scouting service.

Gonzaga University has extended its streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 480. The last time the Bulldogs failed to hit a trey was Jan. 27, 1993, going 0-for-5 at home against Portland. UNLV holds the all-time streak of 668 entering this season.

Juniors Jeremy Pargo and Josh Heytvelt have been named to the preseason watch lists for a pair of prestigious All-American men's basketball honors. Pargo, a native of Chicago, Ill., is one of 50 players named to the John R. Wooden Award as selected by the Los Angeles Athletic Club's Wooden Award Committee. Heytvelt, who hails from Clarkston, Wash., was named one of 50 preseason candidates for the Naismith Trophy as selected by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. Pargo becomes the eighth Bulldog selected as a Wooden candidate. Heytvelt is the second Bulldog in three years under consideration for the Naismith.



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