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Feb. 2, 2007

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 24 - Pepperdine
Sat., Feb. 3 - 12:30 p.m. PST
Firestone Fieldhouse - Malibu, CA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane); 1340 KCTR (Tri-Cities); 980 KUSA (Yakima)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KHQ-TV (Spokane); FSN (check local listings)
G -   2 Jeremy Pargo, 6-2, 219, So., Chicago, IL
       (12.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.7 assists, 1.5 steals)
G -   5 Derek Raivio, 6-3, 177, Sr., Vancouver, WA
       (18.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.3 assists, 1.5 steals)
G -  15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 214, Fr., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (8.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.5 assists, 0.9 steals)
F -  32 Sean Mallon, 6-9, 223, Sr., Spokane, WA
       (9.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 0.9 assists, 0.4 steals)
F -  42 Josh Heytvelt, 6-11, 238, So., Clarkston, WA
      (14.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 0.4 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.5 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  204-48 (8th year - 18th at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY WAVES (6-17; 2-5 West Coast) G - 5 Marvin Lea, 6-3, 180, Sr., Riverside, CA (15.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.0 assists, 2.0 steals) G - 23 Chase Griffin, 6-2, 180, Sr., Sammamish, WA (14.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.9 assists, 1.7 steals) G - 3 Greg Barlow, 6-3, 194, Sr., Las Vegas, NV (7.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.1 assists, 0.8 steals) G - 34 Tyler Carr, 6-3, 195, Jr., Thousand Oaks, CA (1.0 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 0.5 assists, 0.4 steals) F - 14 Willie Galick, 6-7, 230, So., Nanaimo, British Columbia (5.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 0.4 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.7 blocks) HEAD COACH: Vance Walberg (CS Bakersfield, 1978) PU RECORD: 6-17 (1st year) CAREER RECORD: Same GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 25 - Loyola Marymount
Mon., Feb. 5 - 9 p.m. PST
Gersten Pavilion - Los Angeles, CA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane); 1340 KCTR (Tri-Cities); 980 KUSA (Yakima)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
G -   4 Adoyah Miller, 6-5, 205, Sr., Verona, Italy
      (11.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.6 assists, 0.5 steals)
G -  15 Damian Martin, 6-2, 200, Jr., Gloucester, NSW, Australia
      (5.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.6 assists, 2.1 steals, 0.3 blocks)
G -    5 John Montgomery, 6-1, 175, Sr., Menlo Park, CA
      (3.7 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 1.9 assists, 0.3 steals)
F -   14 Matthew Knight, 6-8, 240, Sr., Burnie, Australia
      (17.2 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.1 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.4 blocks)
F -   12 Marko Deric, 6-9, 230, So., Perth, Australia
      (4.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 0.3 assists)
HEAD COACH:  Rodney Tention (San Francisco, 1988)
LMU RECORD:  21-32 (2nd year)  CAREER RECORD:  Same
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  2/3 vs. Portland.

A successful mid-season trip outside the conference behind them, Gonzaga University opens the second half of West Coast Conference play this weekend when the Bulldogs visit Pepperdine University for a 12:30 p.m. matinee on Saturday followed by a Big Monday game on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. at Loyola Marymount University. The Bulldogs swept the Lions and the Waves at home to open WCC play. The Bulldogs are 6-1 in conference action for a one-game lead over Santa Clara University and Saint Mary's College.

Gonzaga University overcame an early 19-5 deficit and came back to defeat No. 23 Stanford University 90-86 in double overtime Wednesday at Maples Pavilion. Jeremy Pargo scored 11 of his career-high 23 points in the second overtime and also had seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. Derek Raivio added six of his 21 points during the second OT after missing a tough shot at the end of the first extra period to win it. Anthony Goods swished a long trey from about 26 feet out with 14 seconds left in the initial OT to tie the game at 67 and extend the game further. Josh Heytvelt hit a key 3-pointer in the first overtime and finished with 12 points and equaled his career high with 12 rebounds for Gonzaga, and David Pendergraft matched his career high with 14 points.

With Wednesday's win over No. 23 Stanford University, Gonzaga University beat a ranked team for the fourth time this season. The Bulldogs had already toppled No. 2 University of North Carolina, No. 8 University of Washington and No. 25 University of Texas. It's the most ranked teams the Bulldogs have ever defeated in one season.

Gonzaga University has one more non-conference game remaining this season when the University of Memphis visits the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on Feb. 17 for a 3 p.m. contest. That game is a return from Gonzaga's trip to Memphis, Tenn., a year ago. The teams have a 4-year home-and-home series.

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 95-10 in West Coast Conference play, having coached his 100th WCC game Jan. 8 in a 69-52 home win over Pepperdine University. The Bulldogs win over the University of San Francisco on Jan. 27 was Few's 250th game as head coach of the Bulldogs.

At the end of the 1993 season Gonzaga University trailed Pepperdine University 26-6 in their series dating back to 1965, but with their 69-52 win in the McCarthey Athletic Center the opening weekend of West Coast Conference play the Bulldogs have caught the Waves 31-31 in the overall series. As dominating as the Waves were from 1965-93, the Bulldogs have been as dominating since. The Bulldogs bring an 11-game winning streak against the Waves into Monday's game, and Gonzaga has gone 25-5 in the last 14 seasons counting this year's victory. Pepperdine's last win was 88-79 in Malibu, Calif., on Jan. 18, 2002.

Gonzaga University extended its home winning streak to 49 games with a 91-82 win over the University of San Diego on. That streak is the longest current streak in the NCAA Division I ranks. The Bulldogs are 37-0 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 55-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 shot a season-best 66.7 percent (32-for-48) from the field Monday against the University of San Diego. That ties for the seventh-best single-game performance by the Bulldogs accomplished three other times, the last against Pepperdine University on Feb. 2, 2001, when the Bulldogs went 30-for-45 from the field. Gonzaga put together two halves of 60.0 percent or better from the field against USD - 64.0 percent (16-for-25) in the first half and 69.6 percent (16-for-23) in the second half. The Bulldogs previous best game this season was 61.4 percent in the West Coast Conference opener against Loyola Marymount University.

Freshman Matt Bouldin has been on an offensive streak lately. After scoring just 22 points in a five-game span he has come back to score 54 points in his last four games - all of them double-digit efforts. He's averaging 13.5 ppg in those four games.

Junior David Pendergraft matched his career high with 14 points Wednesday at Stanford University. He went 5-for-7 from the field, made his only trey and went 3-for-3 from the free-throw line. He also grabbed three rebounds. It was his second double-digit game of the season.

Don't think Gonzaga University has a tough schedule? Eight teams on the Bulldogs schedule are ranked in one or both of the major polls this week. The University of North Carolina was ranked third in both polls after holding the top spot earlier this season. Other ranked teams were Duke University, University of Memphis, Butler University, University of Nevada, Washington State University, University of Texas and Stanford University. The eight had a combined record of 134-27 through games of Thursday. In addition, the University of Georgia and University of Virginia received votes in the AP poll this week, and Virginia topped Duke on Thursday. Gonzaga has one game remaining with a currently-ranked team when the Bulldogs host Memphis in the Spokane Arena on Feb. 17.

Derek Raivio became the 29th member of Gonzaga University's 1,000-point club earlier this season and now has 1,270 career points to rank 17th. He's 71 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 226 career 3-pointers rank fifth and 532 attempts rank fourth. His 142 career steals are fourth and his 320 career assists are fifth.

Redshirt freshman Jordan Mast of Hillsboro, Ore., is recuperating following surgery on Jan. 23 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 447. 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 had 11 steals Wednesday at Stanford University, the fourth time this season the Bulldogs have hit double-digit steals. - 13 against Loyola Marymount University, 11 against Eastern Washington University in the season opener and 10 against Portland State University the others. Matt Bouldin's five steals against the Cardinal marked the third time this season a Bulldog has had at least five steals in a game. Derek Raivio had six and Pargo five against LMU.

Sophomore Jeremy Pargo has put together three straight solid performances, including two of them last weekend in Gonzaga University's home sweep that helped propel the Bulldogs back into sole possession of first place in the West Coast Conference. Pargo had his first points-assists double-double with 11 points and a career-high 11 assists on Saturday against the University of San Francisco, then came back with 18 points and 7 assists Monday against the University of San Diego. He followed that with a career-high 23 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in Wednesday's win at Stanford University. He's improved his scoring to 12.7 ppg, averaging 15.7 ppg over his last six games since a two-point night against Pepperdine University. He's also grabbed 43 rebounds over the last seven games for a 6.1 average. His 53 assists over the last eight games are good for a 6.6 average.

Derek Raivio, who earlier this season set a school and West Coast Conference record with 44 straight free throws, is back on track again, converting his last 22 free throws. He began the streak by making his final two attempts at Saint Mary's College in a 3-for-4 night from the line, and converted 8-of-8 on Wednesday at Stanford University to push his current streak to 22. Prior to connecting on 44 straight he had shared the school record of 41 with Geoff Goss.

Josh Heytvelt's 12 points and 12 rebounds Wednesday at Stanford University were good for his fifth career double-double, all this season. His 12 rebounds also tied a career high set earlier this season against the University of Texas in a game played in Phoenix, Ariz.



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