Bulldogs Host Broncos Saturday

Feb. 2, 2006

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 21 - Santa Clara Broncos
Sat., Feb. 4 - 8 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. 5 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (17-3; 7-0 West Coast)
G -   5 Derek Raivio, 6-3, 175, Jr., Vancouver, WA
       (13.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.4 assists, 1.2 steals)
G -   4 Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes, 6-0, 181, So., Montreal, Quebec
       (4.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.7 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.3 blocks)
C -  13 J.P. Batista, 6-9, 269, Sr., Olinda, Pernambuco, Brazil
       (19.2 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 1.3 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.7 blocks)
F -    3 Adam Morrison, 6-8, 205, Jr., Spokane, WA
       (29.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.7 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.4 blocks)
F -  32 Sean Mallon, 6-9, 218, Jr., Spokane, WA
       (6.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.5 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  176-40 (7th year - 17th at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY BRONCOS (8-11; 1-6 West Coast) G - 24 Calvin Johnson, 6-2, 200, Fr., Morton, TX (8.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.9 assists, 1.2 steals) G - 5 Brody Angley, 5-11, 185, So., Redding, CA (9.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 5.3 assists, 1.7 steals, 1.9 blocks) C - 54 John Bryant, 6-10, 325, Fr., San Pablo, CA (7.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 0.4 assists, 0.3 steals, 1.6 blocks) F - 41 Travis Niesen, 6-7, 225, Sr., Mission Viejo, CA (18.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.3 assists, 0.7 steals) F - 21 Mitch Henke, 6-7, 210, So., Minnetonka, MN (9.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.8 blocks) HEAD COACH: Dick Davey (Pacific, 1964) SCU RECORD: 225-175 (14th year) CAREER RECORD: Same GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 22 - Saint Mary's Gaels
Mon., Feb. 6 - 9 p.m. PST
McCarthey Athletic Center - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: ESPN2 (Big Monday)

SAINT MARY'S COLLEGE GAELS (9-10; 2-5 West Coast)
G -  24 Todd Golden, 6-3, 175, So., Phoenix, AZ
      (6.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.8 assists, 0.6 steals)
G -  32 John Winston, 6-4, 220, Jr., Vallejo, CA
      (7.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.4 assists, 1.5 steals)
C -  33 Blake Sholberg, 7-1, 260, Jr., Vacaville, CA
      (4.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 0.3 assists, 0.4 blocks)
F -  14 Daniel Kickert, 6-10, 240, Sr., Melbourne, Australia
      (17.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 0.8 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.5 blocks)
F -  23 Brett Collins, 6-5, 225, Jr., Phoenix, AZ
      (10.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 0.8 assists, 0.7 steals)
HEAD COACH:  Randy Bennett (UC San Diego, 1986)
SMC RECORD:  77-66 (5th year)  CAREER RECORD:  Same
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: 2/4 at Portland.

Gonzaga went unscathed through the first half of West Coast Conference play, and continues a four-game homestand Saturday when Santa Clara visits followed by an ESPN2 Big Monday encounter with Saint Mary's. The Bulldogs opened WCC play with victories at Saint Mary's and Santa Clara, respectively. Following these two contests Gonzaga jumps out of conference for an ESPN College Game Day match-up with Stanford on Feb. 11 at 6 p.m.

Gonzaga's Adam Morrison garnered both the weekly and monthly honors handed out by the West Coast Conference. He shared Player of the Week honors with Pepperdine's Tashaan Forehan-Kelly. Morrison scored 42 points in the Bulldogs win over Portland, one shy of his career high and his fourth 40+ game of the season. He hit 14-of-26 shots from the field. In winning Player of the Month honors for the second straight Month the junior averaged 31.0 ppg in leading Gonzaga to a 7-0 record for the month. He shot 54.4 percent from the field (74-136), 43.8 percent from 3-point range (14-32) and 82.6 percent from the free throw line (57-69). He also grabbed 5.6 rpg and dished out 1.3 assists/game. He finished the month with back-to-back 40-point games with 41 at San Francisco and 42 against Portland.

Adam Morrison recorded his fourth 40+ game of the season and his ninth 30+ contest of the year with his 42 points against Portland last Saturday. He became the first Bulldog since Frank Burgess to record back-to-back 40-point games, scoring 41 at San Francisco prior to the Portland game. Burgess had 41 against Idaho State on Dec. 9, 1960, and 44 against Whitworth on Dec. 12, 1960.

Gonzaga is still the top free throw shooting team in NCAA Division I, the Bulldogs connecting on 79.8 percent (386-484) of their chances. Saint Joseph's is second at 79.5 percent (271-for-341). Gonzaga's 386 makes also lead NCAA Division I. Gonzaga has had nine 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.

Gonzaga's 8-game winning streak is tied for third with five others for the longest current winning streak in NCAA Division I. Delaware State and Northern Arizona head the list with nine straight through games of Tuesday.

Gonzaga moved up to fifth in both the Associated Press and USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 polls this week. It's the highest AP ranking since finishing third in the 2004 final regular-season poll, and the highest USA TODAY/ESPN ranking since finishing 12th in the final poll of 2004. AP does not conduct a poll following the Final Four, while USA TODAY/ESPN does.

Adam Morrison remains atop the NCAA Division I scoring leaderboard with his 29.0 ppg and Derek Raivio is still the nation's top free throw shooter at 96.2 percent through last Monday's games. Morrison's 580 points are also tops in the country. J.J. Redick of Duke is second at 27.8 ppg while Andre Collins of Loyola (Md.) is third at 27.3 ppg. Raivio is 51-for-53 from the line and leads Blake Ahearn of Missouri State who is second at 92.9 percent (65-for-70).

Since Gonzaga's streak of seven straight NCAA Tournament appearances began in 1999, the Bulldogs have gone 94-11 in West Coast Conference regular-season play, including 16 straight victories. Overall in that stretch the Bulldogs are 111-12 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 seven straight. Dating back to last season's WCC Tournament the Bulldogs have won 18 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 24 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 91.6 percent free throw shooter, connecting on 163-of-178 attempts, to sit atop the Gonzaga career percentage chart.

Gonzaga has won 11 straight and 16-of-18 against Santa Clara including an 81-68 win at SCU the opening weekend of WCC play this season. Gonzaga leads the all-time series 33-29. Gonzaga has won nine straight at home against the Broncos, including the final game in the old Kennel in 2004. The last SCU win in Spokane was 77-71 in 1996 and the last Bronco win in the series was 84-71 in 2001 at the former Toso Pavilion that since has become the Leavey Center.

Gonzaga and Illinois are tied for the lead at 33 in the battle for the current NCAA Division I home court winning streak. Southern Illinois had its 33-game streak snapped Wednesday against Indiana State. Gonzaga hosts Santa Clara and Illinois entertains Penn State on Saturday. The 33-game Gonzaga streak is one shy of matching the longest in school history, the Bulldogs winning 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 26th in field goal percentage at 59.4 percent, 37th in rebounding at 9.2 rpg and 46th in scoring with his 19.2 ppg. Batista has recorded four straight double-doubles to give him 12 in his career, nine of those this season. He's been on a second-half tear in his last three games. He scored 14 of his 16 points and grabbed nine of his 12 rebounds in the second half against Portland, scored all 16 of his points and grabbed seven of his 10 rebounds in the second half at San Diego and had 15 of his 20 points and eight of his 13 rebounds after intermission at San Francisco.

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 413. The last time the Bulldogs failed to hit a trey was Jan. 27, 1993, going 0-for-5 at home against Portland.



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