Bulldogs Begin Week At Pepperdine
Feb. 8, 2005
Game No. 22 - Pepperdine
Thurs., Feb. 10 - 8 p.m. PST
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: ESPN2 (Rivalry Week)
No. 14 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (17-4; 7-2 West Coast Conference) G - 5 Derek Raivio, 6-3, 168, So., Vancouver, WA (13.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 5.2 assists, 1.8 steals) G - 22 Erroll Knight, 6-7, 211, Jr., Seattle, WA (6.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.3 assists, 0.7 steals) C - 1 Ronny Turiaf, 6-10, 249, Sr., Le Robert, Martinique (16.3 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.7 assists, 0.3 steals, 1.5 blocks) F - 3 Adam Morrison, 6-8, 205, So., Spokane, WA (18.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.5 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.3 blocks) F - 13 J.P. Batista, 6-9, 269, Jr., Pernambuco, Brazil (11.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.8 steals) HEAD COACH: Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987) GONZAGA RECORD: 150-36 (6th year - 16th at GU) CAREER RECORD: Same
Sat., Feb. 12 - 6 p.m. PST
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KHQ; FSN
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY LIONS (11-11; 3-6 West Coast Conference) G - 1 Charles Brown, 5-11, 170, Sr., Hercules, CA (10.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.5 assists, 1.5 steals) G - 15 Damian Martin, 6-2, 200, So., Gloucester, Australia (3.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.2 assists, 1.7 steals) C - 14 Matthew Knight, 6-8, 240, So., Burnie, Tasmania (16.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 0.8 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.7 blocks) F - 32 John Haywood, 6-6, 220, Jr., Chino, CA (4.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.2 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.4 blocks) F - 13 Wes Wardrop, 6-3, 185, Jr., Anaheim, CA (6.5 ppg, 0.7 rpg, 1.8 assists, 0.6 steals) HEAD COACH: Steve Aggers (Chadron State, 1971) LMU RECORD: 55-84 (5th year) CAREER RECORD: 369-354 (25th year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: 2/10 vs. Portland.
Gonzaga takes to the road this week after three straight home games, the Bulldogs heading to Pepperdine on Thursday at 8 p.m. for their ESPN2 Rivalry Week showdown, then play at 6 p.m. at Loyola Marymount on Saturday. It's the final long road trip of the regular season for the Bulldogs, who play their final regular-season road game Feb. 24 at nearby rival Portland.
Gonzaga moved into a tie for the West Coast Conference lead last Thursday with a 68-63 come-from-behind win over league-leading Saint Mary's, both teams now 7-2 following weekend sweeps. The Bulldogs completed their sweep with a 92-75 win over Santa Clara on Saturday while SMC edge Portland 73-72 at the buzzer. The Bulldogs and Gaels have at least a two-game bulge on the rest of the WCC. Gonzaga has two home games remaining (San Diego and San Francisco) and three on the road (Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount and Portland). SMC has two homes games left (Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine) and three on the road (Santa Clara, San Diego and San Francisco.)
Gonzaga head coach Mark Few recorded his 150th career win on Saturday. He is currently third on the all-time wins list for sixth-year head coaches, nine behind Roy Williams who had 159 from 1989-94 at Kansas. Everett Case of North Carolina State is the all-time sixth-year leader with 161.
What do Gonzaga's Mark Few and North Carolina's Roy Williams have in common? They are the only two active head coaches with a minimum of five years of head coaching experience with a winning percentage of 80 percent or better. Few heads the list with his 150-36 record in his sixth year for a winning percentage of 80.6. Williams, in his 17th season, is second with his record of 456-114 for 80.0 percent.
Gonzaga held Saint Mary's (38.6 percent) and Santa Clara (39.3 percent) to less than 40 percent from the field last week, the Bulldogs holding nine opponents to less than 40 percent from the field this season. Only two teams - Portland State (61.2 percent in the season opener) and Washington (50.8 percent) have shot 50 percent or better from the field this season against Gonzaga. Teams are shooting 41.7 percent from the field against the Bulldogs this season. From 3-point range Loyola Marymount shot a season-low 15.8 percent (3-for-19) against the Bulldogs, while San Diego was 3-for-16 for 18.8 percent. Teams are shooting 36.3 percent from 3-point range against the Bulldogs.
Sophomore Derek Raivio has been named the West Coast Conference player of the Week. He scored 19 points in each of the Bulldogs two wins last week against Saint Mary's and Santa Clara. The win over SMC propelled the Bulldogs into a first-place tie with the Gaels. The native of Vancouver, Wash., had his first career points/assists double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds against Santa Clara. It was the fourth time this season he's had double-digit assists, including a career high 13 against Montana. He has 109 assists this season and needs 40 more to crack the Gonzaga single-season Top 10.
Gonzaga senior Ronny Turiaf is a John R. Wooden Award Mid-Season Top 30 selection. It marks the sixth time in the last seven years the Bulldogs have had a Mid-Season Top 30 candidate, including Turiaf last season. The Top 10 Wooden All-America Team will be announced on March 29, and the Top Five All-Americans will gather April 9 in Los Angeles where one will receive the Wooden Award Trophy as the most outstanding collegiate basketball player of the year. Dan Dickau was Gonzaga's only Top 5 All-American in 2002, while Casey Calvary was Gonzaga's inaugural Top 10 All-American in 2001. Blake Stepp was a Top 10 selection last season for the Bulldogs.
Gonzaga jumped three spots to 14th in the Associated Press Top 25 this week, and climbed four spots to 17th in the USA TODAY/ESPN balloting. Gonzaga has been as high as 11th AP poll, and was also a season-high 17th earlier this year in the USA TODAY/ESPN poll.
The streak is over, and it may be somewhat coincidental it ended with 41 seconds left in the game. Sophomore point guard Derek Raivio made his 41st consecutive free throw with 41 ticks left last Thursday against Saint Mary's, then missed the second attempt that would have put him all alone in the Gonzaga record book. Now he must share the mark with Geoff Goss, who made 41 straight from Dec. 23, 1992-Jan. 21, 1993. Raivio entered Thursday's game with 38 straight and hadn't missed in 36 attempts in calendar year 2005. Raivio missed his final two attempts Dec. 28, 2004, against Oklahoma State and started his streak with a 2-for-2 night at Missouri two days later. Raivio also fell short of the West Coast Conference record of 43 straight set by Portland's Kasey Flicker during the 1994-95 season. For the season Raivio is 71-of -79 for 89.9 percent to rank ninth in the NCAA.
Gonzaga is shooting 50.6 percent from the field, the Bulldogs ranked fifth in this week's NCAA Division I statistics. Utah State leads the way at 54.0 percent through games of Monday. The 1989 Bulldogs set the school record at 52.0 percent.
Ronny Turiaf has grabbed 58 rebounds in the last six games for an average of 9.6 rpg. He began his current streak with double-digit rebounds in the first three games - 10 each against Pepperdine and at San Francisco, and 13 at San Diego. He had 9 against Portland and 8 each against Saint Mary's and Santa Clara. Turiaf has seven double-digit rebounding games this season and 23 in his career. For the season he's averaging 8.9 rpg to rank 34th in the NCAA.
Adam Morrison, who had made just 11-of-33 shots in his three previous outings, showed signs of breaking out of his slump last weekend. He went 13-for-25 in the two games for 52.0 percent. He scored 19 points against Saint Mary's and 22 against Santa Clara. The 22 points against SCU was his first 20-point game since matching his career high with 26 against Pepperdine on Jan. 15. He's averaging 19.7 ppg in his last three games.
For the first time since 2002 the West Coast Conference could have two teams with 20 or more wins. Saint Mary's has already reached the plateau with a 20-6 record while Gonzaga is 17-4 and closing in on its eighth straight 20-win season. In 2002 Gonzaga posted a 29-4 record while Pepperdine went 22-9 as both advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
BULLDOGS VS. WAVES: Gonzaga University still trails the series 31-27 against Pepperdine University, but the Bulldogs have closed the gap considerably since 1993. After losing 26 of the first 31 meetings with the Waves in the series that began in 1965, Gonzaga has won 22 of the last 27, including six in a row and nine of the last 10. The Bulldogs won the first meeting this year against the Waves in the McCarthey Athletic Center 86-62. The last Pepperdine victory in the series was 88-79 in Malibu in 2002. Gonzaga took last year's meetings 87-70 in Malibu and 93-73 in Spokane.
BACK-TO-BACK LOSSES: 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 69 games since that Saint Joseph's loss without losing back-to-back games.
BULLDOGS WHEN RANKED: Gonzaga is 78-15 when ranked, including 15-4 this season. The Bulldogs are 34-0 at home when ranked, 29-6 away and 15-9 on a neutral court.
TURIAF IN RARE COMPANY: With 1,572 career points and 751 career rebounds, Gonzaga University senior Ronny Turiaf has become just the third member of the 1,500 points/700 rebounds club. Jerry Vermillion (1952-55) was the first with 1,547 points and 1,670 rebounds. Casey Calvary (1998-01) finished with 1,509 points and 757 rebounds. Turiaf is just the 10th Bulldog to score 1,500 points and is the sixth to grab 700 rebounds.
YOU CAN CALL ME: There has been much debate on television, on the radio and in the print media this season over the pronunciation of Gonzaga University sophomore Derek Raivio's last name. While the sophomore from Vancouver, Wash., insists he doesn't care, the correct pronunciation is rye-VEE-oh. All of last season and through the early part of this season everyone has gone with rav-EE-oh.
HOME, SWEET HOME: Gonzaga University has a 22-game home winning streak that is third in the NCAA Division I ranks through games of Monday. Oklahoma State University leads the way with a 27-game streak. Air Force is second with a 24-game streak.
THREE BALL: Gonzaga University has extended its streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 382. 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.
ON A ROLL: Since starting the 2003 season 8-5, Gonzaga University is 61-11. Gonzaga put together a 9-game winning streak and went 16-4 down the stretch following that 8-5 start, last year's club went 28-3 and this year's team is off to a 17-4 start.
DOUDNEY SIDELINED: Gonzaga junior guard Nathan Doudney will be sidelined for the remainder of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He was injured early in the second half of the Dec. 7 game at Washington State. He had surgery Jan. 20, 2005.
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