Bulldogs Host No. 8 Memphis
Feb. 15, 2007
Game No. 28 - Memphis
Sat., Feb. 17 - 3 p.m. PST
Ronald McDonald House Charities Classic Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane); 1340 KCTR (Tri-Cities); 980 KUSA (Yakima)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (18-9; 8-3 West Coast) G - 2 Jeremy Pargo, 6-2, 219, So., Chicago, IL (12.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.7 assists, 1.6 steals) G - 5 Derek Raivio, 6-3, 177, Sr., Vancouver, WA (18.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.3 assists, 1.5 steals) G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 214, Fr., Highlands Ranch, CO (8.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.1 assists, 0.9 steals) F - 32 Sean Mallon, 6-9, 223, Sr., Spokane, WA (8.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 0.9 assists, 0.4 steals) F - 31 Abdullahi Kuso, 6-9, 228, Jr., Kaduna, Nigeria (4.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 0.3 assists, 0.3 steals, 1.0 blocks) HEAD COACH: Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987) GONZAGA RECORD: 206-50 (8th year - 18th at GU) CAREER RECORD: Same
Mon., Feb. 19 - 6 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)
UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND PILOTS (8-19; 4-7 West Coast) G - 1 Darren Cooper, 6-3, 180, Sr., Portland, OR (13.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.5 assists, 0.9 steals) G - 5 Taishi Ito, 6-0, 170, Fr., Mie, Japan (6.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.4 assists, 0.6 steals) C - 2 Kevin Field, 6-11, 265, Sr., Tacoma, WA (5.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 0.6 assists) F - 14 Sherrard Watson, 6-6, 180, Jr., Portland, OR (8.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.3 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.4 blocks) F - 44 Jamie Jones, 6-7, 215, So., El Segundo, CA (10.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 0.5 assists, 0.6 steals, 1.1 blocks) HEAD COACH: Eric Reveno (Stanford, 1989) UP RECORD: 8-19 (1st year) CAREER RECORD: Same GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.NOTE: First number in ranking is Associated Press, second number is ESPN/USA Today ranking.
************************************************************************** Two Gonzaga University men's basketball games have had game times altered. Saturday's game in the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena against the University of Memphis will start at 3 p.m. Pacific time and be televised on ESPN. Most tickets and some early schedules reflect a 1 p.m. start. The Bulldogs game Feb. 24 at the University of San Francisco has been moved to a 12:30 p.m. Pacific time start and will be an ABC regionally televised game. Most schedules reflect a 3:30 p.m. start. **************************************************************************
Gonzaga University steps outside the West Coast Conference for the final time this regular season to face the University of Memphis on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Spokane Veteran Memorial Arena. The game will be televised by ESPN. This will be the second non-conference game the Bulldogs have played since WCC play started, downing 23rd-ranked Stanford University 90-86 in double overtime on Jan. 31 at Maples Pavilion.
The Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena opened its doors in the fall of 1995, and Gonzaga University played the first collegiate basketball game in the facility on Nov. 24, 1995, in a 72-67 setback to Washington State University. The Bulldogs are 11-3 in the Spokane Arena and have won eight straight games there, including two games in Novemeber in the NIT Tip Off West Region. The last Gonzaga loss in the facility was an 81-80 overtime setback to the University of New Mexico, a game that was delayed 42 minutes when the Bulldogs Casey Calvary shattered a backboard on a slam dunk with approximately 9:00 to play in the second half. That New Mexico team was coached by current ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla.
Gonzaga University will be without sophomore forward Josh Heytvelt, the team's second-leading scorer at 15.5 ppg. He and teammate Theo Davis were suspended indefinitely last Saturday for violating team policy. Heytvelt, from Clarkston, Wash., had started 22 of Gonzaga's first 25 games, and was also averaging 7.7 rpg and 1.7 blocked shots/game. Davis, from Brampton, Ontario, is redshirting following shoulder surgery in October.
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 97-11 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 had its 50-game home winning streak snapped with Monday's 84-73 setback to Santa Clara University. The streak was the longest current streak in the NCAA Division I ranks. The Bulldogs also lost for the first time in the 3-year-old McCarthey Athletic Center, now 38-1 in their new home. Gonzaga won its 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 gave the Bulldogs a 56-game winning streak in the city of Spokane. The last time the Bulldogs lost in Spokane prior to Monday was Feb. 19, 2003, to the University of Portland 72-68 in The Kennel.
Take away Derek Raivio (12-for-12) and Gonzaga University was 10-for-24 from the free throw line against Santa Clara University for a paltry 41.7 percent. As it was the Bulldogs were just 22-for-36 for 61.1 percent against the Broncos in Monday's 84-73 setback. The Bulldogs, who had dropped from second in recent weeks to fourth this week nationally in free throw percentage heading into Monday's game, are just 33-for-57 from the line in their last three games for 57.9 percent. Take away Raivio's 14-for-14 over that stretch and Gonzaga is 19-for-43 for 44.2 percent.
Senior Derek Raivio is in perhaps the worst shooting slump of his career over the last 10 games, going 49-for-123 from the field for 39.8 percent and 16-for-62 from 3-point range for 25.8 percent. In his eight games prior to his slump he was 50-for-92 for 59.3 percent from the field and 29-for-53 from 3-point range for 54.7 percent. For the season he's 154-for-335 for 46.0 percent from the field and 73-for-175 for 41.7 percent from 3-point range. He's a career 43.3 percent shooter overall, 41.9 percent from 3-point range.
Don't think Gonzaga University has a tough schedule? Eight teams on the Bulldogs schedule have been ranked at some point this season, including five currently ranked. The University of North Carolina was ranked fourth in both polls after holding the top spot earlier this season. Other ranked teams were University of Memphis, Butler University, University of Nevada, and Washington State University, with Duke University, Stanford University and the University of Texas ranked at the time they played the Bulldogs. The eight had a combined record of 165-38 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 Saturday.
Derek Raivio became the 29th member of Gonzaga University's 1,000-point club earlier this season and now has 1,335 career points to rank 17th. He's 6 points shy of passing John Stockton (1,340) for 16th. The senior from Vancouver, Wash., is averaging 11.1 ppg in his career. Raivio's 231 career 3-pointers moved him past John RIllie (1993-95) for fourth and his 551 attempts rank fourth. His 149 career steals are fourth and his 330 career assists are fourth behind John Stockton (554), 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 876 career points and 489 career rebounds.
Gonzaga University hasn't lost back-to-back games in Spokane since 1995, falling Jan. 19 to Santa Clara University and Jan. 21 to Saint Mary's College in the old Kennel.
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 451. 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 42 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 12-of-12 on Mondaya against Santa Clara 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 Feb. 3, 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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