Bulldogs Face Pepperdine On ESPN2
Feb. 3, 2004
Game No. 20 - Pepperdine
Thurs., Feb. 5 - 8 p.m.
The Kennel - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: ESPN2 (Rivalry Week)
No. 8 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (17-2; 7-0 West Coast Conference) G - 10 Blake Stepp, 6-4, 194, Sr., Eugene, OR (14.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 7.3 assists, 1.3 steals) G - 20 Kyle Bankhead, 6-0, 195, Sr., Walla Walla, WA (5.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.3 assists, 1.5 steals) C - 33 Cory Violette, 6-8, 265, Sr., Boise, ID (14.0 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.0 blocks) F - 22 Erroll Knight, 6-6, 212, So., Seattle, WA (6.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.5 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.3 blocks) F - 1 Ronny Turiaf, 6-10, 243, Jr., Le Robert, Martinique (15.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.7 assists, 0.5 steals, 2.0 blocks) HEAD COACH: Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987) GONZAGA RECORD: 122-31 (5th year - 15th at GU) CAREER RECORD: Same
Sat., Feb. 7 - 5 p.m.
The Kennel - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KHQ-TV (Spokane); ESPN Fullcourt
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY LIONS (11-9; 2-5 West Coast Conference) G - 1 Charles Brown, 5-11, 170, Jr., Hercules, CA (11.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 4.1 assists, 2.1 steals) G - 15 Damian Martin, 6-1, 180, Fr., Gloucester, NSW, Australia (5.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.3 assists, 1.8 steals) C - 40 Chris Ayer, 6-10, 242, So., Tucson, AZ (6.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 0.6 assists, 0.4 steals, 1.1 blocks) F - 14 Matthew Knight, 6-8, 240, Fr., Burnie, Australia (3.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 0.4 assists, 0.3 blocks F - 33 Sherman Gay, 6-7, 195, Sr., Carson, CA (15.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.5 blocks) HEAD COACH: Steve Aggers (Chadron State, 1971) LMU RECORD: 40-68 (4th year) CAREER RECORD: 354-338 (24th year)BULLDOGS START 7-0: Gonzaga University has started West Coast Conference play 7-0 for the fifth time in the last six years. The last time the Bulldogs didn't open 7-0 was in 2002 when Gonzaga won its first two games, lost at Pepperdine University and then won 11 straight to finish 13-1 in WCC play. Gonzaga hasn't lost back-to-back games in WCC play since 2000, the Bulldogs winning their first nine games before dropping back-to-back games in an 11-3 WCC campaign.
BULLDOGS VS. WAVES: Gonzaga University has won eight of the last nine meetings with Pepperdine University, including this year's West Coast Conference opener 87-80 in Malibu. Pepperdine held a 26-5 lead in the series, but the Bulldogs then ran off nine straight wins from 1993-97 and have won 20 of the last 25 encounters since 1993 to cut the Pepperdine edge to 31-24.
BULLDOGS OR WAVES CLAIM CROWN: Since 1998 Gonzaga and Pepperdine have either won or shared every West Coast Conference regular-season title. The Bulldogs claimed solo crowns in 1998, '99, '01 and '03. Pepperdine captured the 2000 title outright. The teams shared the title in 2002.
AIR BALL: Gonzaga University has already flown more than 17,000 miles this season including trips to New York, NY and Washington, D.C.
ZAGS WHEN RANKED: Gonzaga is 52-10 when nationally ranked, including a perfect 20-0 at home with this season's victories over the University of Idaho, Denver University, Washington State University, the University of Montana, the University of San Francisco and Saint Mary's College at The Kennel. The mark includes games against teams in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Top 25 polls.
MALLON BOARDS: Redshirt freshman Sean Mallon has grabbed 27 rebounds in his last nine games for a 3.0 rpg average in that span. He has raised his rpg from 0.8 to 1.8 for the season in that stretch.
MORRISON EQUALS HIGH: Adam Morrison matched his career high when he scored 20 pointslast Thursday at the University of San Diego. The true freshman scored 20 points against Stanford in the Pete Newell Challenge at the Oakland Coliseum in December.
STEPPIN' TO THE LINE: Senior Blake Stepp has gone 25-for-26 from the free throw line in the last six games - and that includes an 0-for-0 night against the University of San Francisco. He made both attempts at Loyola Marymount University, was 7-for-8 against Saint Mary's College, 10-for-10 at the University of Portland, 2-for-2 at the University of San Diego and 4-for-4 last Saturday at Santa Clara University. He's made 22 straight. For the season he's 47-for-57 for 82.5 percent. For his career he's 345-for-426 for 81.0 percent.
VIOLETTE ON THE BOARDS: Senior Cory Violette is averaging a team-high 7.7 rpg and has hauled in at least five rebounds in each of his last 12 games and in 16 of 19 outings this season. Violette is fourth in career rebounds, his 771 passing Casey Calvary (757, 1998-01). Greg Sten is third with 783 from 1971-73.
NOW THERE ARE THREE: Blake Stepp, Ronny Turiaf and Cory Violette are all members of the Gonzaga University 1,000-point club. Turiaf joined the club with 19 points against Saint Mary's College and now has 1,047 for 25th. Stepp was already a member entering the season and has 1,498 to pass Gary Lechman (1,452, 1965-67) for ninth. Violette reached the milestone against Washington State University and has 1,169 career points to surpass Greg Sten (1,168, 1971-73) for 16th. He needs 4 points to pass Matt Stanford (1,171, 1991-94) for 15th.
ON THE BOARDS: Gonzaga University had a streak of eight straight games in which the Bulldogs had out rebounded the opponent snapped last week at the University of San Diego, the Toreros taking a 34-33 edge on the boards. Gonzaga came back to out rebound Santa Clara University 34-33.
FOR THREE: Blake Stepp and Kyle Bankhead continue to climb on Gonzaga University's all-time 3-point list. Stepp has moved past Matt Santangelo (1996-00) with 259. Bankhead has 153 treys for seventh. Richie Frahm, currently with the Seattle Sonics, is the career leader with 280 from 1996-00. Stepp also became the all-time 3-point attempt leader last Saturday at Santa Clara University with 664, surpassing Richie Frahm (662, 1997-00).
FROM THE LINE: Ronny Turiaf and Blake Stepp each moved into the Gonzaga University Top 10 for free throws made last season. Turiaf is now 3rd with 403, overtaking Jeff Brown (390, 1992-94). Stepp has 345 and moved ahead of Matt Santangelo (320, 1997-00) into sixth. Turiaf and Stepp each tied Frank Burgess' single-game record of 16 free throws made in a game last season. Turiaf did its against Indiana University in the Maui Invitational when he went 16-for-18, then matched the mark again when he went 16-for-22 against the University of Cincinnati in the NCAA Tournament First Round. Stepp went 16-for-20 against the University of Washington to get his piece of the record.
BLOCK IT: Ronny Turiaf continues to move up the blocked shots list at Gonzaga University, his one block last Saturday giving him 112 as he has passed Tim Ruff (99, 1981-85) for second. Turiaf has at least one block in 18 straight games. Casey Calvary (1998-01) is the all-time leader with 207.
20 OR BUST: Gonzaga University is tied for 11th in consecutive 20-win seasons with six. The University of Arizona leads the way with 16, followed by the University of Kansas with 14 and the University of Kentucky with 13. Gonzaga is tied with the University of Connecticut, Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma and Syracuse University.
BULLDOGS AND THE KENNEL: The Kennel, home of Gonzaga University's Bulldogs, has gained the reputation as one of the toughest courts in the country, the Bulldogs losing a 29-game home winning streak Dec. 31, 2002, that ranked third longest in the country. In the last 12 seasons the Bulldogs are 145-10 at home for a nifty 93.5 winning percentage. Gonzaga went 10-2 at home in 2003, the first time the Bulldogs lost two home games in a season since 1997. Gonzaga was 13-0 at home in 2002, winning by an average of 24.6 ppg. The Bulldogs went 12-0 at home in 2001, winning by an average of 24.7 ppg. GU is 55-3 in The Kennel over the past five seasons. The 2000 squad was 10-1, and the 1999 Bulldogs completed a 10-0 season in The Kennel, winning by an average of 31.9 ppg. The Bulldogs also posted undefeated home campaigns in 1993 (13-0) and 1994 (14-0), and suffered just one home setback in 1996 and 1998. The Bulldogs put together a 34-game home-court-winning streak from 1992-95, which at the time was the country's second-longest active streak.
DEPTH: Gonzaga University's depth is reflected in the fact 10 players are averaging double-digit minutes. Senior Blake Stepp leads the way with 35.1 minutes/game, followed by senior Cory Violette at 29.2 and junior Ronny Turiaf at 27.6. Senior Kyle Bankhead (23.9), freshman Adam Morrison (21.9) and senior Tony Skinner (21.2) also average better than 20 minutes/game, giving the Bulldogs six players with more than 20 minutes/game.
THEFT: While Blake Stepp is known for his scoring and assists, he continues to move up Gonzaga's career steals chart. He has 140 to move past Geoff Goss (139, 1991-94) and into third. John Stockton is the leader with 262 from 1981-84.
BULLDOGS SIGN THREE: Gonzaga University signed three players to letters-of-intent during the early November signing period. Josh Heytvelt, a 6-10 forward from Clarkston, Wash.; David Pendergraft, a 6-5 guard from Brewster, Wash., and Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes, a 6-1 combination guard from Montreal, Canada, will join the Bulldogs in the fall. The signings were not unexpected as all three had made verbal commitments to attend Gonzaga, Pendergraft making his verbal following his sophomore season. Heytvelt is a two-time All-State 3A selection, averaged 20.1 ppg last year as a junior. Pendergraft averaged 24.5 ppg and 10.0 rpg last season as a junior, helping the Bears to a 28-0 record and Washington State Class A title. Altidor-Cespedes was rated as the third best two-guard at the ABCD camp in 2003 held in upstate New York. He was recruited by most of the Big East schools as well as Florida.
NEW ZEALANDER ENROLLS: Calum (Cal-um) MacLeod, a 7-0, 220-pound center from Wellington, New Zealand, joined Gonzaga University's men's basketball team earlier this week. The newest Bulldog arrived in Spokane on Monday night, was in the classroom Tuesday with the start of second-semester classes and was at Wednesday's practice getting acclimated to major college basketball. He will redshirt this season and have four years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2004-05 season. MacLeod has been playing for the New Zealand Junior National Team, the Tall Blacks. The team, so named because of their black jersey, most recently played in the Oceanic Games qualifying tournament for the Junior World Championships. New Zealand lost to Australia, which features University of Utah 6-10 freshman Andrew Bogut.
SINGLE DIGITS: Only Gonzaga University, the University of Florida and Duke University have lost less than 10 games in each of the past five seasons. Gonzaga has posted marks of 29-4, 26-7, 26-9 28-7 and 24-9, respectively, in that stretch. The last time Gonzaga hit double-digits in the "L" column was 1998 with a 20-10 campaign. Current head coach Mark Few has never had 10 or more losses in his four years as a head coach. Duke went 25-7 and Florida 25-8 last season.
THREE OR BUST: Gonzaga University has extended its streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 350. The last time the Bulldogs failed to hit a trey was Jan. 27, 1993, when the Bulldogs went 0-for-5 at home against Portland.
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