Bulldogs, Waves In Big Monday Tilt
Feb. 19, 2006
Game No. 26 - Pepperdine Waves
Mon., Feb. 20 - 9 p.m. PST
Firestone Fieldhouse - Malibu, CA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: ESPN2 (Big Monday)
No. 5 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (22-3; 11-0 West Coast) G - 5 Derek Raivio, 6-3, 175, Jr., Vancouver, WA (11.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.8 assists, 1.5 steals) G - 4 Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes, 6-0, 181, So., Montreal, Quebec (4.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.9 assists, 1.0 steals) C - 13 J.P. Batista, 6-9, 269, Sr., Olinda, Pernambuco, Brazil (19.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.4 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.8 blocks) F - 3 Adam Morrison, 6-8, 205, Jr., Spokane, WA (29.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.6 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.4 blocks) F - 32 Sean Mallon, 6-9, 218, Jr., Spokane, WA (7.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.2 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.4 blocks) HEAD COACH: Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987) GONZAGA RECORD: 181-40 (7th year - 17th at GU) CAREER RECORD: Same
Sat., Feb. 25 - 5 p.m. PST
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 listings)
UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO TOREROS (16-8; 6-5 West Coast) G - 14 Ross DeRogatis, 6-1, 185, Jr., Mansfield, TX (12.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 4.1 assists, 0.8 steals) G - 15 Ray Murdock, 6-4, 195, Fr., Phoenix, AZ (5.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.5 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.4 blocks) C - 33 Theo White, 6-4, 240, Jr., Oakland, CA (2.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 0.8 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.3 blocks) F - C - 42 Nick Lewis, 6-10, 235, Sr., Paradise Valley, AZ (17.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.4 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.9 blocks) F - 32 Corey Belser, 6-6, 210, Sr., Spanaway, WA (12.5 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.7 assists, 1.7 steals, 0.9 blocks) HEAD COACH: Brad Holland (UCLA, 1979) USD RECORD: 180-158 (12th year) CAREER RECORD: 203-189 (14th year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: 2/20 vs. Saint Mary's.
Gonzaga wrapped up no worse than a share of its sixth straight West Coast Conference title on Saturday with the 79-70 win at Loyola Marymount. A win over Pepperdine on Monday would assure the Bulldogs the outright crown. The Bulldogs are 11-0 in the WCC, LMU 8-3, but the season sweep of the Lions assures Gonzaga the No. 1 seed heading into the WCC Tournament on the Gonzaga campus. Gonzaga is also assured a spot in the semifinals on Sunday, March 5.
Adam Morrison recorded his fifth 40-point game of the season with his career-high 44 Saturday at Loyola Marymount. That's the most by any player this season, Duke's J.J. Redick with three the next closest. Morrison also recorded his 12th 30+ game. Brion Rush of Grambling State tops the individual-game scoring chart this season with 53 points against Southern University, Eastern Washington's Rodney Stuckey had 45 against Northern Arizona and is then followed by Morrison with 44 at LMU; 43 at Washington and against Michigan State in the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational, and 42 against Portland. His 42 were matched by Keydren Clark of St. Peter's against Niagara. Morrison also had 41 at San Francisco to tie with seven others in the NCAA Division I ranks this season.
With his fifth 40-point game of the season, Adam Morrison broke Frank Burgess' school record of four set in 1961. Burgess also had three 40-point games in 1960 to give him seven in his career. Burgess, who holds Gonzaga's career scoring record with 2,196 points and is the only Bulldog to lead the nation in scoring with his 32.4ppg in 1961, scored 52 against UC Davis, 44 against Whitworth, 41 against Idaho State and 40 against College of Idaho for his four 40-point games in 1961.
Adam Morrison scored 37 second-half points Saturday at Loyola Marymount on his way to a career-high 44. He went 11-for-14 from the field in the second half and 8-for-10 from 3-point range after going 3-for-6 from the field and 0-of-3 from long range while scoring just seven points in the opening 20 minutes. His second-half outburst was reminiscent of another pretty good half turned in by a Bulldog on the Gersten Pavilion court of LMU. Dan Dickau scored 34 first-half points at LMU on Jan. 19, 2002. He went 11-for-14 from the field, 9-for-11 from 3-point range and 3-for-3 from the free throw line. He took just one second-half shot in the Bulldogs 94-60 victory.
With Adam Morrison being the only Gonzaga player in double figures with 44 points Saturday at Loyola Marymount, it marked the first time since Nov. 25, 2002, only one Bulldog had scored in double digits in a game. Ronny Turiaf had 24 that day in Gonzaga's 71-52 win over Utah in the EA Sports Maui Invitational.
While the Duke tandem of Shelden Williams and J.J. Redick are mentioned in the game breath as All-American, don't go mute on the Gonzaga duo of Adam Morrison and J.P. Batista. In the head-to-head matchup with Redick, the edge goes to Morrison in scoring, field goal percentage and 3-point field goal percentage. Batista has the advantage over Williams in scoring, field goal percentage and free throw percentage. Here's a breakdown of the foursome through games of Sunday...
PLAYER GP/GS FG-FGA PCT 3FG-FGA PCT FT-FTA PCT PTS AVG Morrison 25/25 249-478 .521 61-132 .462 176-223 .789 735 29.4 Redick 26/26 236-460 .513 104-232 .448 176-199 .884 752 28.9
The scoring race continues to be heated between Gonzaga's Adam Morrison and Duke's J.J. Redick. Morrison put up 44 points Saturday at Loyola Marymount while Redick responded with 30 Sunday against Miami (Fla.). Morrison is back atop the leader board at 29.4 ppg while Redick held at 28.9. Morrison has been the official leader all 10 weeks of the Tuesday statistical release date by the NCAA.
When Derek Raivio missed a pair of free throws at Portland last Monday it marked the first time in nearly a year - and just the fourth time in his career - he's missed twice in a game from the charity stripe. He went 5-for-7 against Portland. He had a streak of 26 straight snapped last Saturday against Stanford when he went 1-for-2. Raivio went 8-for-10 from the line in the West Coast Conference Tournament title game last March 7; went 2-for-4 against Oklahoma State on Dec. 28, 2004, in a game played in Oklahoma City, and went 5-for-8 against Montana on Nov. 21, 2004. The Montana game is the only time in his career he has missed three free throws in a game. Raivio is still hitting 92.2 percent from the line on 59-for-64 this season, but he has dropped from first to fifth according to the latest NCAA Division I statistics released Tuesday. Blake Ahearn of Missouri State heads the list at 94.6 percent. Raivio is still a 90.5 percent career shooter from the line (171-for-189).
While Gonzaga's Adam Morrison and Duke's J.J. Redick have been running 1-2 in the scoring race most of the season, the Bulldogs are Blue Devils are now running 1-2 on the list for longest home court winning streak. Gonzaga continues to lead the NCAA Division I home court winning streak list with 36, and in the process extended its school-record with last Saturday's win over Stanford. Duke has moved into the No. 2 spot with 19 straight. Gonzaga's next home game is Feb. 25 against San Diego while Duke hosts North Carolina in the regular-season finale March 4. Hofstra is now third with 18 straight. The Bulldogs current streak began Feb. 22, 2003, with a 69-60 win over Tulsa in the inaugural Bracket Buster presented by ESPN.
Gonzaga won its 13th straight game Saturday at Loyola Marymount and remains one behind George Washington which owns the nation's longest current winning streak at 14 with its next game Wednesday against LaSalle. Gonzaga is knotted with Memphis at 13, the Tigers facing UTEP on Wednesday. Gonzaga is at Pepperdine on Monday for a 9 p.m. PST ESPN Big Monday showdown.
Gonzaga won the battle of the boards last Monday against Portland 41-31 to snap a streak of three straight games where the Bulldogs got out rebounded. That marked the first time since the 2004 season the Bulldogs had been out rebounded in three straight games. Gonzaga won the 2002 NCAA rebound margin title at +8.9 and finished second in 2004 at +8.2. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of +3.8 this season after out-rebounding Loyola Marymount on Saturday.
Josh Heytvelt continues to get plenty of minutes as he plays his way back into shape. He played 11 minutes last Monday at Portland in just his second game back from an ankle injury, then got nine minutes Saturday at Loyola Mary mount. He returned to action against Stanford on Feb. 11 and played one minute. Heytvelt suffered a broken ankle against Connecticut on Nov. 23, had surgery on Nov. 28 and returned to action about two weeks ahead of schedule.
Gonzaga has not lost back-to-back games since the 2002-03 season when the Bulldogs lost Dec. 28, 2002, against Stanford 81-71 in the Pete Newell Challenge in Oakland, Calif., and Dec. 31, 2002, at home to Saint Joseph's 79-78 in overtime.
J.P. Batista had his lowest offensive output of the season Saturday against Loyola Marymount when he scored seven points, but he's still hit double-digits in 23-of-25 games this season. His only other non-double digit game was eight points at Saint Louis. Batista is still averaging 19.5 ppg and 9.0 rpg this season.
With its 22-3 record, Gonzaga has reached the 20-win plateau for the ninth straight season and for the 12th time in the last 13 seasons. The Bulldogs set a school record for wins with their 28-7 record in 1999 and tied it in 2004 with a 28-3 mark.
Gonzaga has extended its streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 418. The last time the Bulldogs failed to hit a trey was Jan. 27, 1993, going 0-for-5 at home against Portland.
Since Gonzaga's streak of seven straight NCAA Tournament appearances began in 1999, the Bulldogs have gone 98-11 in West Coast Conference regular-season play, including 20 straight victories. Overall in that stretch the Bulldogs are 115-12 against WCC foes including WCC Tournament games. The Bulldogs have been most dominant against Saint Mary's, posting a 21-1 overall record and 15-1 regular-season record. Only Pepperdine, San Diego and Santa Clara have managed to beat the Bulldogs more than once over the last eight seasons. Pepperdine and USD have turned the trick three times each, while SCU has a pair of wins over the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs lost 73-70 at San Francisco last season before running off nine straight to end the regular season, and have opened this season with 11 straight. Dating back to last season's WCC Tournament the Bulldogs have won 22 straight over WCC competition. Gonzaga, which has won or shared seven of the last eight WCC regular-season titles, went 14-0 in West Coast Conference play in 2004, the first team since Pepperdine in 1992 to run the table. The Bulldogs posted back-to-back 13-1 seasons in 2001-02.
Gonzaga University men's basketball coach Mark Few has signed three players to letters-of-intent for the 2006-07 season. Joining the Bulldogs next fall will be Matt Bouldin, a 6-5 guard from ThunderRidge High in Highlands Ranch., Colo., 6-9 forward Abdullahi (ob-duh-lie) Kuso out of Tallahassee, Fla., Community College and 7-3 center Will Foster from White River High in Buckley, Wash. Bouldin was the Colorado Player of the Year as a junior, averaging 15 ppg and 8 assists/game for the 24-4 Grizzlies. ThunderRidge has been in the State 5A title game each of his three previous seasons, capturing the title as a freshman in 2003 and taking the runner-up trophy each of the past two seasons. Kuso played 15 games and averaged 11.6 ppg, 8.8 rpg and 1.5 blocks/game last season for coach Eddie Barnes. He was named to the Panhandle Conference All-Academic team. He had originally signed a letter-of-intent to attend Rutgers University, but never played for the Scarlet Knights. He attended Rimi College in his native Kaduna, Nigeria. Foster's White River team, a member of the Seamount League, has advanced to the Washington State 3A Tournament each of the past three years and has posted a 57-21 overall record in that span.
After going 21-for-26 from the free throw line against Stanford and 25-for-29 at Portland, Gonzaga moved back atop the NCAA Division I ranks last week. The Bulldogs retained their lead despite going 15-for-22 for 68.2 percent Saturday at Loyola Marymount, the Bulldogs now hitting 78.9 percent from the line for the season. Saint Joseph's remained second at 78.6 percent and New Hampshire has moved into third at 78.5 percent. The Bulldogs leap-frogged Saint Joseph's last week, which had moved ahead of Gonzaga a week ago. Prior to the Stanford and Portland games the Bulldogs had been in a mini-slump from the line, shooting 67.1 percent over the previous three games, including a season-low 63.9 percent (23-for-36) Jan. 28 against Portland. Gonzaga has had 12 games this season of 20 or more free throws made. The Bulldogs went 27-for-28 for 96.4 percent against Michigan State for the second-best percentage in school history, and 25-for-26 at Saint Mary's for 96.2 percent and the third best single-game percentage in school history. Gonzaga went 20-for-20 against Eastern Washington on Dec. 11, 1993, for the school record. The Gonzaga single-season record is 79.0 percent set by the 1989 squad.
Gonzaga junior guard Derek Raivio is mired in the worst shooting slump of his career. Since going 9-for-15 against Loyola Marymount on his way to 24 points, Raivio is just 12-for-51 for 23.5 percent in the last eight games and has scored 41 points for a 5.1 ppg average. Other parts of his game have remained steady, however, as he has 20 assists and 13 steals over the last five games.
Sean Mallon has been a solid contributor over the last six games. He's scored in double digits four times, including a season-high 15 points against Santa Clara. In the last six games he's averaging 10.3 ppg and is shooting 62.9 percent from the field on 22-of-35. He recorded his third career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds at Portland last Monday.
Adam Morrison's 44 points Saturday at Loyola Marymount pushed his career total to 1,676 and moved him into fifth on the all-time GU list ahead Jeff Brown (1,646) and Blake Stepp (1,670). Morrison's 735 points this season rank third on the all-time single-season list behind Frank Burgess who holds the top two spots at 842 in 1961 and 751 in 1960. Morrison became the fifth player in GU history to make 600 field goals in a career as now has 612.
Derek Raivio has moved into eighth on both the career 3-point field goals made and attempted lists. Raivio is 146-for-345 for 42.3 percent in his career.
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