Bulldogs Look For Season Sweep Against LMU
Feb. 10, 2008
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)
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (18-6; 7-1 West Coast) G - 2 Jeremy Pargo, 6-2, 219, Jr., Chicago, IL (11.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 6.4 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.4 blocks) G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 214, So., Highlands Ranch, CO (13.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.8 assists, 1.4 steals) G - 32 Steven Gray, 6-4, 190, Fr., Bainbridge, WA (8.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.7 assists, 1.4 steals) C - 21 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 255, Fr., North Vancouver, B.C. (3.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 0.3 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.3 blocks) F - 25 David Pendergraft, 6-6, 223, Sr., Brewster, WA (8.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.8 steals) HEAD COACH: Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987) GONZAGA RECORD: 229-58 (9th year - 19th at GU) CAREER RECORD: Same
Saturday, February 16 - 5 p.m.
War Memorial Gymnasium - San Francisco, CA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO DONS (6-17, 2-6 West Coast) G - 10 Manny Quezada, 6-2, 185, Jr., New York, NY (14.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4.6 assists, 1.6 steals) G - 13 Myron Strong, 6-2, 185, Fr., Memphis, TN (10.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.1 assists, 1.7 steals) G - 41 Danny Cavic, 6-6, 210, Sr., Tustin, CA (9.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.3 blocks) C - 0 Hyman Taylor, 6-9, 245, So., Fort Lauderdale, FL (3.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 0.5 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.0 blocks) F - 33 Dior Lowhorn, 6-7, 230, So., San Francisco, CA (21.0 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 0.8 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.0 blocks) INTERIM HEAD COACH: Eddie Sutton (Oklahoma State, 1958) USF RECORD: 2-9 (1st year) CAREER RECORD: 800-324 (37th year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: 2/11 vs. San Diego.
Gonzaga University completes its homestand Monday when Loyola Marymount University visits the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Bulldogs got back on the winning track Saturday with a 101-59 thrashing of Pepperdine University. The victory came on the heels of last Monday's 89-85 overtime setback at Saint Mary's College. The Bulldogs and SMC remain tied for the WCC lead at 7-1, while the University of San Diego, with just one game this weekend Monday at the University of San Francisco, lurks in third place with a 6-1 mark.
Micah Downs scored 18 points and freshman Austin Daye had 17 points and nine rebounds in leading Gonzaga University to a 101-59 victory over Pepperdine University Saturday. Jeremy Pargo had 13 points and 12 assists and was one of four players in double figures for the Bulldogs. Jon Reed scored 14 points for the Waves. The Bulldogs shot 54 percent from the field and had 12 of their 13 players score in their 13th consecutive win over the Waves. They won 92-57 in January in Malibu, Calif. Gonzaga jumped out to an early 19-7 lead, paced by David Pendergraft, who finished with 12 points, and led 47-28 at halftime, despite getting no first-half points from its two leading scorers, Pargo and backcourt mate Matt Bouldin. But Pargo and Bouldin combined for 13 first-half assists, many of them leading to dunks. Pargo scored 11 of Gonzaga's first 18 points to start the second half. Pepperdine was out rebounded 60-26, shot only 31 percent from the field and made just 12 of 25 free throw attempts.
Gonzaga University junior Jeremy Pargo recorded the third points/assists double-double of his career Saturday against Pepperdine University with 13 points and 12 assists. Pargo had nine assists and no points at halftime, but scored 11 of Gonzaga's first 18 points of the second half. His first double-double came Jan. 27, 2007, at home against the University of San Francisco with 11/11, and his second came earlier this year against Virginia Tech in the Great Alaska Shootout when he had 10 points and a career-high 13 assists.
The 42-point margin of victory in Gonzaga University's 101-59 win over Pepperdine University was the largest Gonzaga win in the series. The previous high was a 31-point victory - 83-52 - in the old Kennel during the 1999 season. Gonzaga now leads the series with the Waves 34-31 after trailing 26-6 following the 1993 season. The 42-point win was also the largest of the season for the Bulldogs and their biggest margin of victory since a 44-point win (92-48) last season over the University of Texas-San Antonio.
Gonzaga University has shot 50 percent or better in each of the last three games - 25-for-50 (50.0 percent) at Santa Clara University, 32-for-63 (50.8 percent) at Saint Mary's College and 40-for-74 (54.1 percent) Saturday against Pepperdine University. That makes the Bulldogs 97-for-187 in that stretch for 51.9 percent.
While Gonzaga University has been hot from the field recently, the Bulldogs have been on fire in West Coast Conference play. Gonzaga is shooting 53.2 percent from the field (252-474) in WCC action, including a season-high 65.4 percent (34-for-52) in the first meeting of the year with Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles in the WCC opener.
In the West Coast Conference opener in Los Angeles this season, Josh Heytvelt had 19 points and five rebounds to lead Gonzaga University to a 91-68 victory over Loyola Marymount University. The Bulldogs shot a blistering 65.4 percent from the field and pulled away with an 18-4 finish over the game's final 4:40. Heytvelt and the Zags used their superior size and strength to score 52 points in the paint to just 18 from Loyola Marymount. Gonzaga also earned a 29-21 rebounding advantage and had seven blocks to just one for LMU. Matt Bouldin had 17 points, eight assists, five steals and four rebounds for Gonzaga. Bouldin went to the post where he had a distinct size advantage over the smaller Lions guards. Austin Daye came off the bench to score 13 points for the Bulldogs and fellow reserve Micah Downs scored 10 as the Gonzaga bench outscored LMU's 39-17. Loyola Marymount's Corey Counts had a game-high 21 points with seven assists. Counts made five of six 3-pointers. Gonzaga weathered a strong start from Loyola Marymount, which took a 23-21 lead midway through the first half. But Gonzaga responded with an 11-0 run over the next four minutes and finished the half with a 23-7 run.
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 Monday's game with Loyola Marymount University with an RPI of 38. The Bulldogs strength of schedule is 65th. Of the other two schools battling the Bulldogs for the WCC lead, Saint Mary's College has an RPI of 24 and a SOS of 120, while the University of San Diego has an RPI of 115 and a SOS of 95. 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 229 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 107-12 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).
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 last week, garnering 60 votes in the Associated Press Top 25 and 10 votes in the USA Today/ESPN rankings (new rankings are due out Monday). 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 49-2 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 72-for-79 for 91.1 percent from the stripe this season. He was ranked sixth nationally at 91.0 percent through games of last Thursday 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 67.2 percent from the field (45-for-67) and 71.4 percent from 3-point range (15-for-21) in West Coast Conference play. He's also 14-for-15 from the free throw line for 93.3 percent in conference outings. Since going scoreless while playing just eight minutes against the University of Memphis, he has scored 73 points in his last four games for an 18.3 ppg average, including scoring a season-high 22 against Santa Clara University.
Micah Downs had been scoreless in the two games prior to last Saturday, but he came off the bench to score a season-high 18 points against Pepperdine University while going 7-for-9 from the field, including 2-for-2 from 3-point range. He had gone 4-for-15 from the field in the last three games prior to Saturday.
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 484. 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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