Bulldogs Host Portland In Home Finale

Feb. 18, 2007

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 29 - Portland
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)
G -   2 Jeremy Pargo, 6-2, 219, So., Chicago, IL
       (12.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.7 assists, 1.5 steals)
G -   5 Derek Raivio, 6-3, 177, Sr., Vancouver, WA
       (18.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.4 assists, 1.5 steals)
G -  15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 214, Fr., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (8.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.1 assists, 0.9 steals)
F -  32 Sean Mallon, 6-9, 223, Sr., Spokane, WA
       (8.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 0.8 assists, 0.4 steals)
F -  31 Abdullahi Kuso, 6-9, 228, Jr., Kaduna, Nigeria
      (4.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 0.3 assists, 0.4 steals, 1.0 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  206-51 (8th year - 18th at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

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.

Game No. 30 - San Francisco
Sat., Feb. 24 - 12:30 p.m. PST
War Memorial Gymnasium - San Francisco, CA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane); 1340 KCTR (Tri-Cities); 980 KUSA (Yakima)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: ABC-TV Regional (check local listings)
G -  41 Danny Cavic, 6-8, 210, Jr., Tustin, CA
      (6.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 0.7 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.4 blocks)
G -  10 Manny Quezada, 6-2, 185, So., New York, NY
      (11.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.9 assists, 1.3 steals)
F -  25 Alan Wiggins Jr., 6-9, 230, Sr., Poway, CA
      (14.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.4 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.5 blocks)
F -    1 Jay Watkins, 6-8, 215, Fr., Memphis, TN
      (6.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 0.3 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.3 blocks)
F -   42 Johnny Dukes, 6-8, 225, Sr., San Bernardino, CA
      (6.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.2 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.4 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Jesse Evans (Eastern Michigan, 1972)
USF RECORD:  40-46 (3rd year)  CAREER RECORD:  172-127 (10th year)
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  2/19 at Saint Mary's.
*********************************************************************************************** Gonzaga University men's basketball game Saturday against the University of San Francisco in War Memorial Gym on the USF campus will start at 12:30 p.m. and be regionally televised on ABC-TV. Fans should check local listings for the time and station in their area. Most schedules reflect a 3:30 p.m. start for Saturday's contest. ***********************************************************************************************

Gonzaga University returns to West Coast Conference play Monday when the Bulldogs host the University of Portland in the final home game of the regular season. Game time is 6 p.m. with the game to be televised on KHQ-TV in Spokane and on FSN (check local listings). The Bulldogs won the first meeting 80-68 in Portland on Jan. 22.

Fans will say good-bye to two Gonzaga University seniors on Monday as Sean Mallon and Derek Raivio play their final regular-season game at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Mallon, a product of Spokane's Ferris High, redshirted as a true freshman in 2003 and then began to make his mark on Gonzaga basketball the following season, his first collegiate basket a 3-pointer from the top of the key in Madison Square Garden against Saint Joseph's University. He enters Monday's game with 880 career points and 493 career rebounds. Mallon has played in all 123 games to date in his career. Raivio joined the Bulldogs as a true freshman for the 2004 season and has also made a big impact on Gonzaga basketball. His 1,356 career points rank 14th; his 232 3-pointers, 552 career 3-point attempts rank fourth, 334 assists rank and 149 steals all rank fourth on the career charts. Saturday he see the school and West Coast Conference consecutive free throws made record with 46, having set the mark of 44 earlier this season. The duo will be recognized in pre-game ceremonies.

Gonzaga University enters Monday's game coming off a 78-77 overtime loss to No. 8 University of Memphis in the Spokane Veteran's Memorial Arena, one of the most memorable games played in the 12-year-old downtown Spokane facility. Chris Douglas-Roberts slashed across the key through traffic and hit a one-handed layup with 5.6 seconds remaining to provide the margin of victory, and Jeremy Pargo's 30-footer at the buzzer bounced off the front of the rim to thwart the Gonzaga upset. Abdullahi Kuso had given the Bulldogs a 77-76 lead with 17.6 seconds remaining with a pair of free throws, then swatted a Memphis shot out of bounds that the stage for Douglas-Roberts. Pargo connected on a jumper with a minute remaining in regulation to tie it at 69-69 after the Bulldogs trailed most of the way, then the Bulldogs failed to get off a shot in the final 23.8 seconds of regulation, turning the ball over with 0.7 seconds remaining. The Tigers got off one last shot in regulation that hit the rim. Gonzaga had 18 turnovers leading to 19 Memphis points, while the Tigers had 15 turnovers leading to 15 GU points.

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 last 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 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 last Monday was Feb. 19, 2003, to the University of Portland 72-68 in The Kennel.

Gonzaga University senior Derek Raivio seems to be stuck on 21 this season. He scored 21 points against the University of Memphis on Saturday for his 16th 20-point game of the season and eight of them have been 21-point games. His last four 20-point games have all been 21-point efforts - Stanford University, Pepperdine University, Santa Clara University and Memphis. He snapped out of his shooting slump Saturday against Memphis, going 8-for-16 from the field. In his 10 games prior to Saturday he was 49-for-123 from the field for 39.8 percent and 16-for-62 from 3-point range for 25.8 percent.

Junior Abdullahi Kuso had one of his best outings in recent weeks Saturday against the University of Memphis. His 9 points were the most he had scored since a 12-point night at the University of Virginia on Jan. 3, and his 8 rebounds were his most since a season-high 12 rebounds against the University of Texas San Antonio on Nov. 19.

Gonzaga University had a 6-game winning streak snapped in the Spokane Arena on Saturday. Gonzaga is 11-4 overall in the downtown facility.

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 (new rankings are due out Monday). 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 171-39 through games of Sunday. In addition, the University of Virginia received votes in both polls this week.

Derek Raivio became the 29th member of Gonzaga University's 1,000-point club earlier this season and now has 1,356 career points to rank 14th. He moved past John Stockton (1,340), Cory Violette (1,342) and Bill Suter (1,354) with his 21 points against the University of Memphis. The senior from Vancouver, Wash., is averaging 11.2 ppg in his career. Raivio's 232 career 3-pointers, 552 3-point attempts, 149 steals and 334 assists all rank fourth on the Gonzaga career charts. He needs two more free throws to tie John Stockton for 10th with 312.

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.

With Saturday's loss to the University of Memphis, Gonzaga University lost back-to-back games in Spokane for the first time 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 452. 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.

Derek Raivio, who earlier this season set a school and West Coast Conference record with 44 straight free throws, has already broken that record, going 4-for-4 against the University of Memphis on Saturday to extend his current streak to 46. He began the current streak by making his final two attempts at Saint Mary's College in a 3-for-4 night from the line. Prior to connecting on 44 straight he had shared the school record of 41 with Geoff Goss.

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.



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