League-Leading Bulldogs Head To Bay Area
Feb. 1, 2008
Game No. 22 - Santa Clara
Saturday, February 2 - 4 p.m.
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)
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (16-5; 5-0 West Coast) G - 2 Jeremy Pargo, 6-2, 219, Jr., Chicago, IL (10.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 6.0 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.4 blocks) G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 214, So., Highlands Ranch, CO (13.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.7 assists, 1.4 steals) G - 32 Steven Gray, 6-4, 190, Fr., Bainbridge, WA (7.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.7 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.3 blocks) C - 42 Josh Heytvelt, 6-11, 255, Jr., Clarkston, WA (12.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 0.5 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.8 blocks) F - 25 David Pendergraft, 6-6, 223, Sr., Brewster, WA (8.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.8 steals) HEAD COACH: Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987) GONZAGA RECORD: 227-57 (9th year - 19th at GU) CAREER RECORD: Same
Monday, February 4 - 8 p.m.
McKeon Pavilion - Moraga, CA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: ESPN2 (Big Monday)
No. 21/20 SAINT MARY'S COLLEGE GAELS (17-3, 4-1 West Coast) G - 13 Patrick Mills, 6-0, 175, Fr., Canberra, Australia (15.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.9 assists, 1.7 steals) G - 24 Todd Golden, 6-3, 180, Sr., Phoenix, AR (6.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.5 assists, 1.0 steals) C - 50 Omar Samhan, 6-11, 265, So., San Ramon, CA (11.9 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.2 assists, 0.6 steals, 1.5 blocks) F - 20 Diamon Simpson, 6-7, 230, Jr., Hayward, CA (12.5 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 1.0 assists, 1.3 steals, 2.0 blocks) F - 4 Ian O'Leary, 6-7, 220, Jr., Woodland, CA (8.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 0.9 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.5 blocks) HEAD COACH: Randy Bennett (UC San Diego, 1986) SMC RECORD: 119-86 (7th year) CAREER RECORD: Same. GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: 2/2 vs. Portland.NOTE: Poll rankings are Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN, respectively.
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 finds itself in a familiar spot as the Bulldogs prepare to head to the Bay Area for West Coast Conference games Saturday at Santa Clara University and Monday at Saint Mary's College. The Bulldogs are 16-5 overall, but more importantly 5-0 and alone atop the WCC standings following Monday's action. Gonzaga took care of business at home with a 79-41 win over the University of Portland and then got some help from the University of San Diego later that night. The Toreros upended previous WCC unbeaten Saint Mary's College 63-55, leaving those two clubs tied for second at 4-1. The WCC chase has sorted itself out earlier this season than perhaps in previous years. With Gonzaga, SCM and USD within a game of each other, Santa Clara is the only other school with a winning conference record, the Broncos looming in fourth place at 3-2. The other four schools - Portland, University of San Francisco, Pepperdine University and Loyola Marymount University - all stand at 1-4 as the first half of conference play comes to a close this weekend.
David Pendergraft and Josh Heytvelt combined for 27 first-half points Monday night and Gonzaga University never trailed after the opening minutes of a 79-41 victory over Portland. Austin Daye's 19 points and 13 rebounds led the Bulldogs who had the game in hand after Pendergraft scored 14 of his 15 points in the opening half. The Pilots who have lost nine in a row and 23 of the last 24 meetings to Gonzaga. After Pendergraft and Heytvelt staked the Zags to a 39-22 halftime lead, Portland managed to close to within 39-29 on Robin Smeulders' jump hook with 16 minutes left. But Gonzaga responded, outscoring Portland 27-2 and holding the Pilots without a field goal over the next 8:05 to open a 66-31 lead. With Portland leading 7-5 early, Gonzaga used a 14-3 burst, capped by Micah Downs' 3-pointer with eight minutes left in the first half, to open a 19-10 lead. Gonzaga held the Pilots to 1-of-11 shooting and forced five turnovers in that stretch. Heytvelt scored all 13 of his points in the first half for Gonzaga, which has won seven of its last eight, the lone loss 81-73 at No. 1 Memphis last Saturday.
Gonzaga University is off to a 5-0 start in West Coast Conference play for the fourth time in the last six years. The Bulldogs opened the 2003, 2004 and 2006 WCC seasons a perfect 5-0. Gonzaga has 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. If the season were to end today the WCC coaches would be right on with their pre-season picks (barring ties for seeding).
Head coach Mark Few picked up his 225th career victory Jan. 19 against the University of San Diego. With 227 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 105-12 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 remained undefeated in Big 12 action with a home victory over No. 2 ranked University of Kansas Wednesday.
Gonzaga University will be looking to extract a little bit of revenge Saturday when they face Santa Clara University. The last time these two teams met in the regular season was Feb. 12 of last season when the Broncos claimed an 84-73 win over the Bulldogs in the McCarthey Athletic Center the snap Gonzaga's 50-ame home winning streak and at the same time hand Gonzaga its inaugural loss in the McCarthey Athletic Center after 38 straight victories. The Bulldogs got a little bit of revenge in the West Coast Conference Tournament title game at the University of Portland last season, downing the Broncos 77-68 in the title game.
The series between Gonzaga University and Santa Clara University has been pretty one sided in favor of the Bulldogs in recent years as Gonzaga brings a 36-29 advantage into Saturday's fray. The Bulldogs had a 13-game winning streak snapped in the series last season by the Broncos with their win in Spokane, and Gonzaga has won 19 of the last 22 meetings. The Bulldogs have claimed seven straight wins over the Broncos at Santa Clara, the Broncos last home win coming during the 2001 season. The Bulldogs have won 11 straight games on the Broncos floor counting WCC Tournament titles won by the Bulldogs in games played at SCU in 2003, 2004 and 2005, Gonzaga winning two games each of those years on their way to the tournament crowns.
Gonzaga University received votes in both of this week's major polls, the Bulldogs receiving 17 votes in the Associated Press Top 25 and 10 votes in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25. The Bulldogs had 32 and 14 points, respectively, prior to meeting top-ranked University of Memphis. Three teams on the Bulldogs schedule still dot the Top 10 of both polls - Memphis is No. 1 in both polls, the University of Tennessee is No. 7 in AP and No. 8 in USA Today/ESPN and Washington State University is ninth in both polls. Non-conference Bulldog opponents University of Connecticut, University of Oklahoma and Saint Joseph's University are receiving votes in at least one of the two polls.
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 48-2 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.
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 64-for-71 for 90.1 percent from the stripe this season. He was ranked seventh nationally at 91.0 percent through games of Jan. 27 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, and had another string of 17 snapped Monday against the University of Portland.
Ira Brown has come off the bench the last three games and has made all five of his shot attempts. Granted, most of them have been electrifying dunks, but Brown's minutes have increased since West Coast Conference play started. He's averaging 7.4 minutes/game in WCC play after averaging just 4.1 minutes in Gonzaga's non-conference slate.
David Pendergraft broke out of a 4-for-15 shooting slump by going 5-for-8 from the field - including 2-for-3 from 3-point range - in Monday's win over the University of Portland. He matched his season high with 15 points against the Pilots.
The national statistics have Gonzaga University players ranked in three categories according to the latest rankings through games of Jan. 27. Austin Daye is seventh in free throw percentage at 91.0 percent and is 81st in blocked shots with 1.7/game. Jeremy Pargo is 20th in assists/game, averaging 6.1. The best team ranking shows the Bulldogs 32nd in 3-point field goal defense, opponents hitting on just 39.6 percent from long range.
Freshman Austin Daye recorded his second double-double with 19 points and a career-high 13 rebounds against the University of Portland. Daye started his career with a 20/10 night against the University of Montana in the season opener.
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 481. 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.
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