Bulldogs Host Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount

Feb. 8, 2008

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 24 - Pepperdine
Saturday, February 9 - 5 p.m.
McCarthey Athletic Center - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KHQ-TV (Spokane); FSN (check local listing)

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (17-6; 6-1 West Coast)
G -   2 Jeremy Pargo, 6-2, 219, Jr., Chicago, IL
       (11.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 6.1 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.4 blocks)
G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 214, So., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (13.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.6 assists, 1.3 steals)
G - 32 Steven Gray, 6-4, 190, Fr., Bainbridge, WA
       (8.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.6 assists, 1.4 steals)
C -  42 Josh Heytvelt, 6-11, 255, Jr., Clarkston, WA
       (11.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 0.7 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.8 blocks)
F -  25 David Pendergraft, 6-6, 223, Sr., Brewster, WA
       (8.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.7 steals)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  228-58 (9th year - 19th at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY WAVES (7-16 1-6West Coast) G - 24 Mike Hornbuckle, 6-3, 190, Jr., Westlake Village, CA (4.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.9 steals) G - 14 Rico Tucker, 6-0, 190, Jr., San Diego, CA (9.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.3 assists, 2.1 steals) G - 15 Mychel Thompson, 6-7, 200, Fr., Ladera Ranch, CA (8.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.5 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.3 blocks) F - 4 Malcolm Thomas, 6-9, 220, Fr., San Diego, CA (13.8 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.3 assists, 0.7 steals, 1.9 blocks) F - 3 Tyrone Shelley, 6-6, 210, Fr., San Diego, CA (15.4ppg, 6.2 rpg, 0.9 assists, 1.7 steals, 0.6 blocks) INTERIM HEAD COACH: Eric Bridgeland (University of Manitoba, 1993) PU RECORD: 1-4 (1st year) CAREER RECORD: Same. GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 25 - Loyola Marymount
Monday, February 11 - 5 p.m.
McCarthey Athletic Center - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KHQ-TV (Spokane); FSN (check local listing)

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY LIONS (5-15; 2-5 West Coast)
G -   1 Corey Counts, 5-10, 165, Jr., Los Angeles, CA
      (6.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.4 assists, 0.6 steals,)
G -   3 Shawn Deadwiler, 6-3, 175, So., Chandler, AZ
      (10.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.7 assists, 0.8 steals)
G -  33 Orlando Johnson, 6-5, 205, Fr., Salinas, CA
      (12.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.1 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks)
F -  10 Brad Sweezy, 6-6, 200, Fr., Westminster
      (1.3 ppg, 1.7 pg)
F -  32 Tim Diederichs, 6-9, 225, Fr., Snohomish, WA
      (7.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.3 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Rodney Tention (San Francisco, 1988)
LMU RECORD:  30-54 (3rd year)  CAREER RECORD:  Same.
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  1/9 at Portland.

Gonzaga University returns home hoping to get back on the West Coast Conference winning track following Monday's 89-85 overtime setback at Saint Mary's College, that loss setting up a three-way logjam for first between the Bulldogs, Gaels and University of San Diego at 6-1. Gonzaga enters the second half of conference action Saturday against Pepperdine University, then hosts Loyola Marymount University Monday, tip-off both nights at 5 p.m. Gonzaga swept Pepperdine and LMU in Los Angeles to open WCC play.

Todd Golden hit his sixth 3-pointer of the night with 1:19 left in overtime, Patty Mills scored the final 10 points of regulation and five more in extra time and Saint Mary's College, ranked 25th in Associated Press and 23rd in the USA Today/ESPN poll, downed Gonzaga University 89-85 Monday. Golden went 6-for-6 from long range and finished with 19 points, his 3-point shooting a school record. Mills scored 23 despite shooting 0-for-6 on 3's and 5-of-15 overall. He made 13 of 18 free throws, six over the final 2:55 of regulation and five in OT, and had four steals and four assists. Omar Samhan scored five points in OT and finished with 15 for the Gaels, who stayed unbeaten at home at 13-0. Diamon Simpson added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Gaels, who overcame 26-for-42 free-throw shooting to beat the Zags at home in McKeon Pavilion for the third time in four years and second in a row. Gonzaga's Micah Downs missed short on a trey that would have tied it with :05 seconds to play in the OT. Jeremy Pargo did everything he could to keep the Zags in it, hitting a tying 3-pointer with 3:17 left and another the next time down to give Gonzaga the lead. He scored nine points in OT and finished with 27 points and nine assists for Gonzaga, which had three players foul out during the extra session. Austin Daye scored 15 points for Gonzaga. This one stood up to the thrillers that these teams are known for, with regulation ending in wild fashion at 74-all. Mills picked off a pass from Daye, drove the length of the floor and converted a go-ahead three-point play with 23.3 seconds left. Pargo scored moments later, then Mills was fouled and missed the first of two free throws -- giving Gonzaga another chance. Abdullahi Kuso dunked with 5.9 seconds left and Tron Smith missed an off-balance attempt just before the buzzer.

Gonzaga University has faced its share of ranked opponents the last 10 years, but Monday's showdown with Saint Mary's College - 25th in Associated Press and 23rd in USA Today/USA rankings - was the first time the Bulldogs had faced a ranked West Coast Conference foe since squaring off against 22nd-ranked Loyola Marymount University Jan. 27, 1990, the Lions - featuring Hank Gathers and Bo Kimble - downed the Bulldogs 99-88 in the old Kennel on the Gonzaga campus.

Monday's game against Saint Mary's College marked back-to-back overtime games for the weekend for Gonzaga University, which defeated Santa Clara University 87-82 in double overtime last Saturday. The last time the Bulldogs played back-to-back OT affairs was during the 1995 West Coast Conference season when the Bulldogs lost at the University of San Francisco 106-98 and then came home to fall to SCU 73-68. It hasn't been that long since the Bulldogs played a double-overtime game, having to go back to just last season when Gonzaga topped Stanford University 90-86 on the road. Steve Gray sent Saturday's game to OT by hitting two free throws with .3 seconds to play, the first time in his basketball career he made free throws to send a game to OT or to win.

In the first meeting this season, Austin Daye scored 19 points and Matt Bouldin had 16 points and six rebounds as Gonzaga University routed Pepperdine University 92-57 at Firestone Fieldhouse. Daye hit seven of eight from the field, including two 3-pointers, and hit all four of his free throws. David Pendergraft had 14 points and Josh Heytvelt scored 11 with seven rebounds for the Bulldogs. Gonzaga - which never trailed - led by 23 points at intermission, then kicked off the second half with a 10-point spurt. With five minutes left, the Bulldogs' lead grew to 38 - its biggest of the evening. Jeremy Pargo had eight assists and six steals for the Bulldogs, who out rebounded the Waves, 43-30.

It's time to start checking the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) as the second half of West Coast Conference action starts and teams start eyeing the WCC Tournament and subsequent NCAA Tournament berths. Gonzaga enters this week with an RPI of 33. The Bulldogs strength of schedule is 47th. Of the other two schools tied with the Bulldogs for the WCC lead, Saint Mary's College has an RPI of 17 and a SOS of 96, while the University of San Diego has an RPI of 56 and a SOS of 105. The West Coast Conference is 12th in the conference RPI, but the WCC was ranked second in the non-conference strength of schedule.

Head coach Mark Few picked up his 225th career victory Jan. 19 against the University of San Diego. With 228 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 106-12 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).

At the end of the 1993 season Gonzaga University trailed Pepperdine University 26-6 in their series dating back to 1965, but with their win earlier this season the Bulldogs have surpassed the Waves 33-31 in the overall series. As dominating as the Waves were from 1965-93, the Bulldogs have been as dominating since. The Bulldogs bring a 13-game winning streak against the Waves into Monday's game, and Gonzaga has gone 27-5 in the last 14 seasons counting this year's earlier matchup. Pepperdine's last win was 88-79 in Malibu, Calif., on Jan. 18, 2002. Gonzaga has won nine straight in Spokane, last losing on its home court in 1998.

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 received votes in both of the major polls released Monday, garnering 60 votes in the Associated Press Top 25 and 10 votes in the USA Today/ESPN rankings. Five teams on the Bulldogs schedule still dot the Top 25 of both polls - Memphis is No. 1 in both polls; the University of Tennessee is No. 7 in both polls; Washington State University fell from No. 9 to No. 17 in both polls after being swept at home last weekend by the University of California and Stanford University; the University of Connecticut returned to the poll ranked 19th in both and Saint Mary's College is 25th in AP and 23rd in USA Today/ESPN.

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 71-for-78 for 91.0 percent from the stripe this season. He was ranked seventh nationally at 90.8 percent through games of last Sunday 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 against the University of Portland.

Freshman Austin Daye is shooting an incredible 70.4 percent from the field (38-for-54) and 72.2 percent from 3-point range (13-for-18) in West Coast Conference play. He's also 13-for-14 from the free throw line for 92.9 percent in conference outings. Since going scoreless while playing just eight minutes against the University of Memphis, he has scored 56 points in his last three games including a season-high 22 against Santa Clara University. He scored 13 points in overtime in Gonzaga's 82-74 double OT victory at SCU.

As a team Gonzaga is shooting 53.0 percent from the field in WCC action, well above its 47.8 percent for the season. Gonzaga is at 40.3 percent from beyond the arc in WCC games compared to 37.8 percent overall for the season. Gonzaga is shooting 58.4 percent from 2-point range in WCC play.

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 483. 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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