Bulldogs End Bay Area Swing At San Francisco Saturday

Feb. 13, 2009

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 24 - University of San Francisco
Saturday, February 14 - 8 p.m. PST
War Memorial Gym - San Francisco, CA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane);
101.1 FM Rock `N' Roll's Greatest Hits (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
No. 19/21 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (18-5; 9-0 West Coast)
G -   2 Jeremy Pargo, 6-2, 220, Sr., Chicago, IL
       (9.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 5.4 assists, 1.4 steals)
G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 224, Jr., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (13.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.0 assists, 1.6 steals)
G - 32 Steven Gray, 6-5, 208, So., Bainbridge, WA
       (9.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.4 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.4 blocks)
C -  42 Josh Heytvelt, 6-11, 260, Sr., Clarkston, WA
       (14.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 0.6 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.0 blocks)
F -   5 Austin Daye, 6-11, 200, So., Irvine, CA
       (13.2 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.7 steals, 2.1 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  254-65 (10th year - 20th at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO DONS (9-16; 1-9 West Coast) G - 1 Kwame Vaughn, 6-3, 195, Fr., Oakland, CA (9.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.5 assists, 0.6 steals) G - 5 Chris O'Brien, 6-4, 205, Fr., Irvine, CA (3.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 0.9 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.3 blocks) G - 11 Dontae Bryant, 6-2, 175, Jr., Portland, OR (4.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.9 assists, 0.3 steals, 1.2 steals) F - 33 Dior Lowhorn, 6-7, 230, Jr., San Francisco, CA (20.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 0.7 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.6 blocks) F - 2 Blake Wallace, 6-6, 220, Jr., Irvine, CA (7.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.5 blocks) HEAD COACH: Rex Walters (Kansas, 1993) USF RECORD: 9-16 (1st year) CAREER RECORD: 40-49 (3rd year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 25 - Loyola Marymount University
Thursday, February 19 - 6 p.m. PST
War Memorial Gym - San Francisco, CA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane);
101.1 FM Rock `N' Roll's Greatest Hits (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KHQ-TV (Spokane); FSN (check local listings)
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT LIONS (2-23; 1-8 West Coast)
G -     0 Jarred DuBois, 6-3, 170, Fr., Los Angeles, CA
       (12.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.9 assists, 1.0 steals)
G -   11 Vernon Teel, 6-1, 190, So., Jamaica Queens, NY
       (16.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals)
C -  12 Marko Deric, 6-9, 230, Sr., Perth, Australia
       (3.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 0.6 assists, 0.8 steals)
F -   40 Kevin Young, 6-8, 185, Fr., Perris, CA
      (8.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 0.5 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.3 blocks)
F -   24 LeRon Armstead, 6-5, 195, Fr., Los Angeles, CA
       (8.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.2 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.3 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Max Good (Eastern Kentucky, 1969)
LMU RECORD:  2-19 (1st year)  CAREER RECORD:  230-232 (15th year)
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  2/14 vs. Santa Clara.
NOTE: Ranking is Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN.

Gonzaga University looks to go a perfect 10-0 in West Coast Conference play when the Bulldogs conclude their Bay Area swing Saturday at the University of San Francisco. The Bulldogs are closing in on clinching a berth in the WCC Tournament semifinals which goes to the top two finishers in the WCC. A Gonzaga win over USF and a University of Portland win over Saint Mary's College Saturday would assure the Bulldogs no worse than second place in the WCC. Gonzaga (9-0) currently holds a two-game lead over Portland (7-2) and at least a four-game lead over the rest of the WCC with five games to play.

Matt Bouldin scored 21 points, Josh Heytvelt added 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Gonzaga University survived a Saint Mary's College thrilling last-minute comeback for a 72-70 victory Thursday. Carlin Hughes hit two 3-pointers and made a layup in the final 48 seconds for the Gaels, who trimmed a seven-point deficit in the final minute to 71-70 on Hughes' wacky banked-in 3-pointer with 9.9 seconds left. But after Bouldin missed two free throws, Hughes dropped the ball out of bounds under defensive pressure with 5.2 seconds to play. He also missed a desperation 3-pointer from midcourt at the buzzer. Jeremy Pargo scored 11 points and hit one free throw with 4.1 seconds left for the Zags who barely solidified their hold on the conference lead after keeping Saint Mary's scoreless for nearly 5 1/2 minutes late. Hughes' 8-point surge in the final seconds wasn't quite enough, even though Gonzaga missed four of six free throws in the final 30 seconds - including Bouldin's and two more misses by Heytvelt, giving Saint Mary's a golden opportunity to steal it. Wayne Hunter scored 18 points and Hughes added 14 for the Gaels, who lost at McKeon Pavilion for the first time this season. After an 18-1 start, Saint Mary's is 1-4 in its 4 1/2 games since point guard Patty Mills, their high-scoring Australian star, was injured in the Gaels' loss to Gonzaga last month. Diamon Simpson had 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Gaels.

Matt Bouldin became the 31st member of the Gonzaga University 1,000 point club Thursday when he got a layup with 15:34 to play in the opening half. He now has 1,020 points for 30th on the all-time list. Josh Heytvelt will become the 32nd member Saturday with two points. With Jeremy Pargo reaching 1,000 points earlier this season it will give the Bulldogs three 1,000-point scorers on the court for the first time since 2004 when Ronny Turiaf, Blake Stepp and Cory Violette each had 1,000 points.

Gonzaga University dropped one spot to 19th in this week's Associated Press Top 25 and three spots to No. 21 in the USA Today/ESPN balloting following last Saturday's loss to No. 14/15 University of Memphis. The University of Connecticut, which handed the Bulldogs an 88-83 overtime loss in The Battle in Seattle Dec. 20, remained No. 1 for the second straight week. UConn is the fifth team to hold the top spot this season. The Bulldogs have been as high as fourth in both polls this season.

In the first meeting this season, Austin Daye scored a career high 25 points as Gonzaga University beat the University of San Francisco 85-51 for their 20th straight win over USF in Spokane. Micah Downs added 15 for Gonzaga. Daye made 10-of-14 shots, and added nine rebounds. The Dons got off to a hot start, racing to a 14-4 lead as Gonzaga opened 2-for-10 from the field while USF started 5-for-12 from the field, two of them 3-pointers. But the Bulldogs started to find the range and went on a 14-4 run of their own to knot the score at 18, and eventually extended the run to 24-4 to build a 28-18 lead with 6:15 to go in the opening half. Gonzaga missed its first six 3-point attempts before Downs broke the streak with a trey with 12:34 to go begin the run. Daye followed with a three and another Downs trey at 9:54 pulled Gonzaga to within two at 18-16. Daye's jumper tied the game and his 3-pointer gave the Bulldogs a 21-18 lead they would never relinquish.

Gonzaga University has won 20 of the last 21 meetings overall against the University of San Francisco, the last USF victory in the series coming Jan. 20, 2005, when the Dons took a 73-70 home victory at War Memorial Gym. Since the decade of the 90's, Gonzaga has a 34-6 record in the series Gonzaga leads 39-19 overall.

Senior Josh Heytvelt recorded his third double-double of the season and the ninth of his Gonzaga University career with 20 points and 10 rebounds Thursday at Saint Mary's College. He went 4-for-7 from the field and 11-for-14 from the free throw line. Since an 0-for-4 night from the line in the first meeting with the University of San Francisco, Heytvelt is 33-for-39 for 84.6 percent. For the season he is 77-for-105 for 73.3 percent.

Gonzaga University has a +20.1 winning margin in West Coast Conference play. The two wins over Saint Mary's College are the only single-digit WCC victories for Gonzaga - 69-62 in Spokane and 72-70 on Thursday. Gonzaga is averaging 80.1 ppg in WCC play, opponents 60.0.

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 60-3 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. Gonzaga's other losses were last season to Washington State University and this year's setback to Portland State University.

Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few moved into second place on the school's all-time winningest coaches list with the Bulldogs victory at the University of Portland. Few, in his 10th season, is now 254-65 and moved ahead of Dan Fitzgerald (252-171 in 15 years). Hank Anderson (290-275 in 21 seasons) is the all-time leader. Few is the active winningest coach in West Coast Conference games at 122-13, moving ahead of Fitzgerald (112-88) on the all-time wins list. Few tied Dick Davey of Santa Clara University (122-88) for second with Thursday's win. Carroll Williams, SCU (165-137) holds the top spot.

Gonzaga University senior Jeremy Pargo is up for another post-season award, the Chicago, Ill., native one of 17 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award sponsored by The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, in conjunction with The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. The award is presented annually to the nation's top collegiate point guard. The 17 finalists were chosen from a pool of over 60 top candidates from NCAA Division I, II and III institutions across the country. The 2009 Finalists were selected by screening committees comprised of media members representing all three divisions of collegiate basketball. In addition to Pargo, the other finalists are Sheron Collins University, Kansas; Darren Collison, UCLA; Stephen Curry, Davidson; Toney Douglas, Florida State; Levance Fields, Pittsburgh; Jonny Flynn, Syracuse; Dominic James, Marquette; Ty Lawson, North Carolina; Eric Maynor, Virginia Commonwealth; Patrick Mills, St. Mary's; AJ Price, Connecticut, and Jeff Teague, Wake Forest. Pargo is also a John R. Wooden Award Pre-Season Top 50 candidate, and along with teammate Josh Heytvelt is a Naismith Trophy Top 30 candidate.

Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few added two players to the Bulldog fold to letters-of-intent. Sam Dower, a 6-9, 220-pound left-handed senior center/forward from Osseo, Minn., High School and 6-5, 185-pound wing Mangisto "Manny" Arop will join GU next season. Dower averaged 22 ppg and 10 rpg per game in the month of July and 18 ppg and 9 rpg for this past AAU season, according to head coach Marquise Watts of Net Gain Sports, Dower's AAU club. Net Gain Sports won the Twin Cities Summer Classic, won the adidas 64 Gold Division in Las Vegas and went 3-2 in round-robin play in the Duel in the Desert in Phoenix, according to Watts. "He can score for a big guy. He's a lefty so that makes it harder to defend because most people aren't used to seeing a lefthander," Few said. "He can make a difference and is a unique post player. He had a good spring and a great summer." Watts said Dower has worked hard to improve his game. "Every day over the last two years he's gotten better. I don't think he's begun to scratch the surface. His inside-outside game, he can shoot the three and on the block he's a lefty with a great hook shot," Watts said. "He's athletic, he's working on putting on weight and he will fit in real well at Gonzaga." Dower didn't make the varsity team at Osseo until midway through his sophomore year. He averaged 2.5 ppg and 1.6 rpg then blossomed last season to average 13.4 ppg and 5.9 rpg. Last season he scored in double figures 23 times and had double-digit rebounds six times. The Orioles went 28-1, their lone setback 60-59 in the Region finals. He scored a career-high 23 points at Coon Rapids and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds at Orono. He had several scholarship offers, among them the University of Minnesota, Marquette University and the University of Iowa. Arop, born in the Sudan, currently lives in Hamilton, Ontario, where he plays with Basketball Canada's National Elite Development Academy (NEDA) which is basically Canada's Junior National Team. His first name is pronounced Man-GEESE-toe, his last name pronounced "rop" (the "a" is silent) but he goes simply by Manny. He recently set a single-game scoring NEDA scoring record with 42 points, and this past summer played for Canada in the FIBA Americas Championship in Formosa, Argentina. He averaged 17.0 ppg to rank second, 10.2 rpg to rank third, shot 52.8 percent from the field on 23-for-58 and 87.5 percent from the line on 14-of-15 in the five tournament games as Canada placed fifth. He had 21 points and 9 rebounds against the U.S. in the tourney. "Manny is a high energy player with a great competitive streak," Few said. "His skill level is something to be excited about. He has a great opportunity to be effective for us at both ends of the court." His mother and four brothers left Sudan when he was 9-years-old and lived in Kenya prior to re-locating to Regina, Saskatchewan. Arop then spent a year in Edmonton, Alberta, before joining Basketball Canada's NEDA program, which is a year-round junior development camp.

Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few and wife Marcy gave birth to son Colt Walker Norman Few on New Year's Day, the couple's fourth child joining Austin James (A.J.), Joe and Julia.

Gonzaga University has been out rebounded by double digits in each of its last two games - 39-25 by the University of Memphis last Saturday and 45-33 by Saint Mary's College Thursday. The 25 rebounds against Memphis were the second lowest rebounding total for the Bulldogs this season. Gonzaga lost the battle of the boards 50-26 in the first meeting against the University of Tennessee this season in the Old Spice Classic championship game won by the Bulldogs. The 25 boards were the lowest total for Gonzaga since grabbing 24 rebounds last year in an 87-82 double-overtime win at Santa Clara University. The Bulldogs have a +2.9 rebound margin overall and a +6.4 margin in West Coast Conference play this season.

Senior walk-on Andrew Sorenson is no more. No, he's still on the team. But the walk-on status was removed in the post-game speeches Jan. 17 following Gonzaga University's win over the University of San Francisco when he was put on scholarship. Assistant coach Tommy Lloyd, who runs Gonzaga's tryout program, got the honors from head coach Mark Few. "He deserves it," Lloyd said. "He works hard in practice, is a great team guy and is probably the fan favorite. We still had a scholarship to use, so we talked it over as a staff and decided Andrew should get it this semester." Sorenson, from Olympia, Wash., tried out in 2004-05 but did not make the team, then tried out again the following year and was give a spot on the roster.

Gonzaga University sophomore Robert Sacre continues to recover from a broken right foot suffered Dec. 5 in practice, the same foot he had a pin inserted in earlier this fall to help heal a non-displaced stress fracture. The newest fracture is in front of the previous stress fracture. Recent x-rays indicate the latest fracture is healing. He will undergo weekly x-rays to chart the healing progress. The Vancouver, British Columbia, native will be sidelined indefinitely.

Sophomore Austin Daye continues to climb up the all-time Gonzaga University blocked shots list. He now has 103 to move past Tim Ruff (1981-85) for third. Ronny Turiaf (2002-05) is second with 179 and Casey Calvary (1998-01) sits atop the list with 207.

They may not be the "Men in Black" but Gonzaga University did debut its new black uniforms Thursday at Saint Mary's College. The decision to wear black was made just hours prior to game time, although the Bulldogs did pack the new look for the trip. Gonzaga is expected to be back in its traditional traveling blues Saturday at the University of San Francisco.

Gonzaga University senior Jeremy Pargo became the 30th member of the 1,000-point club for the Bulldogs against Portland State University and has also surpassed the 500-assists plateau. The native of Chicago now has 1,118 career points to move into 24th. Jack Curran is 23rd with 1,121. Pargo's 545 career assists make him the fourth member of the 500 club behind Matt Santangelo (668), Blake Stepp (640) and John Stockton (554). Pargo's 156 career steals have moved him past Blake Stepp (152) for fourth.

Junior Matt Bouldin was the West Coast Conference Player of the Month for January. The junior from Highlands Ranch, Colo., averaged 16.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.9 assists/game and had a 2.4 assist/turnover ratio as Gonzaga went 8-0 for month, including a 7-0 WCC start. He shot 52.5 percent from the field (42-for-80) and 44.1 percent from 3-point range (15-for-34). Bouldin matched his career high with 26 points in 89-79 overtime win at Tennessee, going 11-for-20 from the field as Gonzaga snapped Tennessee's 37-game home winning streak which was the longest in the nation at the time as the Bulldogs defeated the Vols for the second time this season. Tennessee was ranked 15th by Associated Press and 25th by USA Today/ESPN in the second meeting. He set a career high with 10 assists and had his first career points-assists double-double with 14 points at Pepperdine. He had 17 points and 4 rebounds in the 69-62 win over Saint Mary's in the showdown of WCC undefeated teams.



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