Bulldogs Defend Home Court, WCC Lead

Feb. 8, 2007

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
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)
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (17-8; 7-2 West Coast)
G -   2 Jeremy Pargo, 6-2, 219, So., Chicago, IL
       (12.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.8 assists, 1.6 steals)
G -   5 Derek Raivio, 6-3, 177, Sr., Vancouver, WA
       (18.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.4 assists, 1.4 steals)
G -  15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 214, Fr., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (8.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.4 assists, 0.9 steals)
F -  32 Sean Mallon, 6-9, 223, Sr., Spokane, WA
       (8.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 0.8 assists, 0.4 steals)
F -  42 Josh Heytvelt, 6-11, 238, So., Clarkston, WA
      (15.5 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 0.4 assists, 0.4 steals, 1.7 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  205-49 (8th year - 18th at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

SAINT MARY'S COLLEGE GAELS (13-12; 5-4 West Coast) G - 2 Wayne Hunter, 6-4, 205, So., Sacramento, CA (9.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.3 assists, 0.6 steals) G - 24 Todd Golden, 6-2, 180, Jr., Phoenix, AZ (5.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 3.0 assists, 0.6 steals) C - 50 Omar Samhan, 6-11, 265, Fr., San Ramon, CA (9.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 0.4 assists, 1.4 blocks) F - 20 Diamon Simpson, 6-7, 235, So., Hayward, CA (14.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 0.8 assists, 1.3 steals, 2.4 blocks) F - 4 Ian O'Leary, 6-7, 225, So., Woodland, CA (7.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.6 steals) HEAD COACH: Randy Bennett (UC San Diego, 1986) SMC RECORD: 98-80 (6th year) CAREER RECORD: Same GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 27 - Santa Clara
Mon., Feb. 12 - 9 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: ESPN2
SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY BRONCOS (17-7; 7-2 West Coast)
G -   5 Brody Angley, 5-11, 195, Jr., Redding, CA
      (7.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.8 assists, 1.3 steals)
G -  23 Danny Pariseau, 5-11, 160, Sr., Spokane, WA
      (9.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.7 assists, 1.2 steals)
C -  54 John Bryant, 6-11, 305, So., San Pablo, CA
      (9.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 0.6 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.5 blocks)
F -  15 Sean Denison, 6-11, 245, Sr., Nelson, British Columbia
      (11.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.6 blocks)
F -   12 Scott Dougherty, 6-4, 190, Jr., Portlanbd, OR
      (8.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.4 assists, 0.3 steals)
HEAD COACH:  Dick Davey (Pacific, 1964)
SCU RECORD:  247-187 (15th year)  CAREER RECORD:  Same
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  2/10 at Portland.

Gonzaga University will not only be out to defend home court, but the Bulldogs will be out to defend their spot atop the West Coast Conference when the Bulldogs return home this week to begin a four-game homestand. Gonzaga will host Saint Mary's College on Saturday at 5 p.m. followed by a Big Monday visit from WCC co-leader Santa Clara University for a 9 p.m. contest on ESPN2. Gonzaga's loss at Loyola Marymount University and SCU's victory over the University of San Francisco on Monday left the Bulldogs and the Broncos atop the WCC standings at 7-2. SMC looms two games back at 5-4 with USF as the Gaels suffered a Monday loss to the University of San Diego.

Gonzaga University, which played just one home game in the month of December, will be home for it's longest homestand since four straight games in Spokane to open the season in November. Following this weekend's visit from Saint Mary's College and Santa Clara University, the Bulldogs remain home Feb. 17 to host the University of Memphis at 3 p.m. in the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, then conclude the home season with a Feb. 19 date against the University of Portland at 6 p.m. Gonzaga opened the season in the McCarthey Athletic Center against Eastern Washington University, played the National Invitational Tournament West Region in the Spokane Arena and then hosted the University of Texas San Antonio before heading to the NIT in New York. The trip to the Big Apple began a stretch that saw the Bulldogs play just three of their next 11 games at home.

With their win at 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 is 4-2 against ranked teams this season, having lost to Duke University and the University of Nevada.

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 brings a 7-2 West Coast Conference record into this week's play. Another WCC setback would give the Bulldogs three losses for just the second time in head coach Mark Few's 8-year tenure, Gonzaga going 11-3 and finishing second in his first year as head coach in 2000.

Saint Mary's College will be trying to do something no West Coast Conference team has done since 1997 - sweep Gonzaga University in a WCC regular-season series. SMC won the first meeting this year in Moraga, Calif., 80-75. The University of San Diego turned the trick in 1997, winning 80-74 at home and 76-69 at Gonzaga. Gonzaga has won 11 straight home games against SMC.

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 is shooting 51.5 percent from the field in West Coast Conference play, but two of their worst shooting nights have ended in defeat. The Bulldogs shot 44.2 percent at Loyola Marymount University (23-for-52) in Monday's loss, and 42.6 percent (26-for-61) in their first WCC setback at Saint Mary's College. Gonzaga survived a 25-for-57 for 43.9 percent outing at the University of Portland to come home with a win. Gonzaga shot a season-best 66.7 percent (32-for-48) from the field Jan. 29 against the University of San Diego. That ties for the seventh-best single-game shooting performance by the Bulldogs, matched three other times.

Despite a 6-for-9 effort from the field last Saturday at Pepperdine University, senior Derek Raivio is in a mild shooting slump. He's 40-for-100 from the field for 40.0 percent and 15-for-52 from 3-point range for 28.8 percent over his last eight games. In his eight games prior to his slump he was 50-for-92 for 59.3 percent and 29-for-53 from three for 54.7 percent. For the season he's shooting 46.5 percent overall and 43.6 percent from long range. His 21 points at Pepperdine marked the 14th 20-point game of the season for the Vancouver, Wash., native.

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 fifth in both polls after holding the top spot earlier this season. Other ranked teams were University of Memphis, Butler University, University of Nevada, Washington State University, Duke University, Stanford University and the University of Texas. The eight had a combined record of 151-33 through games of Wednesday. In addition, the University of Virginia received votes in both polls this week. 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 1,302 career points to rank 17th. He's 39 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 230 career 3-pointers rank tied for fourth with John RIllie (1993-95) and his 541 attempts rank fourth. His 144 career steals are fourth and his 328 career assists moved him past Geoff Goss (324, 1991-94) for fourth behind John Stockton (324), Blake Stepp (640) and Matt Santangelo (668).

Senior Sean Mallon has been named to the ESPN The Magazine/College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) District VIII All-Academic first team. He has a 3.54 graduate school GPA in organizational leadership and 3.29 undergraduate GPA in political science. He is the first Gonzaga University men's basketball player to receive District VIII first team recognition since Blake Stepp in 2004. Mallon's name will now go on the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration. Stepp earned second team Academic All-America honors in 2004 after being a third team Academic All-America selection in 2003. Mallon, a product of Spokane's Ferris High, has 857 career points and 473 career rebounds.

Sophomore Josh Heytvelt has 43 blocks this season to move into ninth on the Gonzaga University single-season list. With six regular-season games and the post-season remaining he could move ahead of Ronny Turiaf (49) and into fourth place. Heytvelt has 50 career blocks, 10 shy of cracking the Top 10 list.

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 449. 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, including the final six; had 5 or more assists 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. He failed to get to the line in Monday's game at Loyola Marymount University. 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 last 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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