Bulldogs Seek LA Sweep Against LMU

Feb. 5, 2007

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
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
TV: ESPN2

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (17-7; 7-1 West Coast)
G -   2 Jeremy Pargo, 6-2, 219, So., Chicago, IL
       (12.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 4.8 assists, 1.5 steals)
G -   5 Derek Raivio, 6-3, 177, Sr., Vancouver, WA
       (18.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.4 assists, 1.4 steals)
G -  15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 214, Fr., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (8.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.4 assists, 0.9 steals)
F -  32 Sean Mallon, 6-9, 223, Sr., Spokane, WA
       (9.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 0.9 assists, 0.4 steals)
F -  42 Josh Heytvelt, 6-11, 238, So., Clarkston, WA
      (15.4 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 0.5 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.7 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  205-48 (8th year - 18th at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY LIONS (10-14; 2-6 West Coast) G - 4 Adoyah Miller, 6-5, 205, Sr., Verona, Italy (11.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.7 assists, 0.5 steals) G - 15 Damian Martin, 6-2, 200, Jr., Gloucester, NSW, Australia (5.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.5 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.3 blocks) G - 5 John Montgomery, 6-1, 175, Sr., Menlo Park, CA (4.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 2.0 assists, 0.3 steals) F - 14 Matthew Knight, 6-8, 240, Sr., Burnie, Australia (17.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.1 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.4 blocks) F - 12 Marko Deric, 6-9, 230, So., Perth, Australia (4.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 0.3 assists) HEAD COACH: Rodney Tention (San Francisco, 1988) LMU RECORD: 22-32 (2nd year) CAREER RECORD: Same GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 26 - Saint Mary's
Sat., Feb. 10 - 5 p.m. PST
McCarthey Athletic Center - Spokane, WA
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)
SAINT MARY'S COLLEGE GAELS (13-11; 5-3 West Coast)
G -   2 Wayne Hunter, 6-4, 205, So., Sacramento, CA
      (9.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.2 assists, 0.6 steals)
G -  24 Todd Golden, 6-2, 180, Jr., Phoenix, AZ
      (5.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.8 assists, 0.7 steals)
C -  50 Omar Samhan, 6-11, 265, Fr., San Ramon, CA
      (9.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 0.4 assists, 1.3 blocks)
F -  20 Diamon Simpson, 6-7, 235, So., Hayward, CA
      (14.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 0.8 assists, 1.3 steals, 2.4 blocks)
F -    4 Ian O'Leary, 6-7, 225, So., Woodland, CA
      (7.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.6 steals)
HEAD COACH:  Randy Bennett (UC San Diego, 1986)
SMC RECORD:  98-79 (6th year)  CAREER RECORD:  Same
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  2/5 vs. San Diego.

Gonzaga University tries for a sweep on its Los Angeles trip when the Bulldogs face Loyola Marymount University at Gersten Pavilion in a 9 p.m. Big Monday contest on ESPN2 as part of "Rivalry Week." The Bulldogs, coming off a double-overtime win at Stanford University on Wednesday, turned back Pepperdine University 82-57 on Saturday in a rare afternoon matinee.

Josh Heytvelt turned in a career-high double-double of 27 points and 22 rebounds on Saturday as Gonzaga University opened the second half of West Coast Conference play with an 82-57 win over Pepperdine University. The sophomore from Clarkston, Wash., had the first 20-rebound game for a Bulldog since Dec. 6, 2001, when Cory Violette grabbed 20 boards against Fresno State University in a game played at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Heytvelt had matched his career high on the boards with 12 at Stanford University on Wednesday. His previous best scoring night as a Bulldog was 25 points against Rice University earlier this season at the NIT West Regional held at the Spokane Arena. The Gonzaga single-game rebounding record is 43 by Jim Dixon against Eastern Washington University on Jan. 23, 1961.

In addition to his career high points and rebounds on Saturday, Josh Heytvelt also rejected a career-high six Loyola Marymount University shots to give him 40 blocks for the season and move into a tie for 10th on the Gonzaga University single-season list. He's tied with Tim Ruff (1984) who also holds the ninth spot with 42 (1983). Heytvelt has 47 career blocks, leaving him 13 shy of cracking the Gonzaga career Top 10.

After trailing Pepperdine University in the series 26-6 following the 1993 season, Gonzaga University gained a 32-31 edge in the series with its 12th straight win over the Waves on Saturday.

With last 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 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.

Gonzaga University opened West Coast Conference play against Loyola Marymount University with a 97-62 home win. The Bulldogs have won eight straight and 24-of-25 against the Lions. LMU posted an 80-74 win at Gersten Pavilion in 2003 to snap a 16-game losing streak to the Zags. Gonzaga leads the overall series 48-19. Gonzaga and LMU were picked to finish 1-2, respectively, in the pre-season coaches poll. But a season-ending injury to the Lions' Brandon Worthy has hampered LMU's title hopes.

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 last 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.

Senior Derek Raivio scored 21 points in Gonzaga University's win on Saturday, the 13th 20-point game of the season for the Vancouver, Wash., native. It was his first 20-point night since Jan. 13 when he scored 25 at Santa Clara University.

Junior David Pendergraft matched his career high with 14 points Wednesday at Stanford University, then came back with 10 points Saturday at Pepperdine University for the first back-to-back double-digit games of his career. It's also the first time he's had three double-digit games in a 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 138-29 through games of Saturday. 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 1,291 career points to rank 17th. He's 50 points shy of passing John Stockton (1,340) for 16th. The senior from Vancouver, Wash., is averaging 11.0 ppg in his career. Raivio's 229 career 3-pointers rank fifth and are two shy of passing John Rillie (230, 1993-95) for fourth and his 537 attempts rank fourth. His 142 career steals are fourth and his 324 career assists are tied with Geoff Goss (1991-94) for fourth.

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 448. 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 sophomore guard Jeremy Pargo and Saint Mary's College sophomore forward Diamon Simpson have been named the West Coast Conference Co-Players of the Month for January. Pargo averaged 13.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 5.8 assists/game as Gonzaga went 7-2 for the month and 6-1 in WCC play to gain sole possession of first place. The native of Chicago shot 46.9 percent from the field (38-81), 38.5 percent from 3-point range (5-for-13) and 81.3 percent from the line (39-for-48). He set career highs in points (22 against San Francisco and then broke that career high with 23 at No. 23 Stanford to end the month), rebounds with 10 against Pepperdine and assists with 11 against San Francisco. Against USF he had a double-double with 11 points and 11 assists. Pargo capped the month by scoring 11 points in the second overtime at Stanford to give the Bulldogs a 90-86 double-overtime win in a game they trailed 19-5. He went 7-for-13 from the field against Stanford and 9-for-13 from the line on his way to his career-high 23 points. He had eight double-digit scoring games for the month, including the final six; had 5 or more assists in seven games, and 4 or more rebounds in seven games.

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 28 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 6-of-6 on Saturday at Pepperdine University to push his current streak to 28. Prior to connecting on 44 straight he had shared the school record of 41 with Geoff Goss.

Pepperdine University shot 29.2 percent (19-for-65) from the field on Saturday, the best defensive effort by Gonzaga University this season. It's the lowest percentage against the Zags since the University of San Francisco and Valparaiso University both went 18-for-63 for 28.6 percent in the 2004 season, the latter in the NCAA Tournament. Rice University shot 29.5 percent from the field in the second game of the season this year. Gonzaga has held 12 opponents under 40.0 percent from the field this season.

 

 

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