Bulldogs End Regular Season On Road

Feb. 22, 2007

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
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)
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (19-10; 9-3 West Coast)
G -   2 Jeremy Pargo, 6-2, 219, So., Chicago, IL
       (12.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 4.8 assists, 1.5 steals)
G -   5 Derek Raivio, 6-3, 177, Sr., Vancouver, WA
       (18.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.4 assists, 1.5 steals)
G -  15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 214, Fr., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (8.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.0 assists, 0.8 steals)
F -  32 Sean Mallon, 6-9, 223, Sr., Spokane, WA
       (8.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 0.8 assists, 0.4 steals)
F -  31 Abdullahi Kuso, 6-9, 228, Jr., Kaduna, Nigeria
      (4.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 0.3 assists, 0.3 steals, 1.2 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  207-51 (8th year - 18th at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO DONS (12-16; 7-5 West Coast) G - 5 Antonio Kellogg, 6-3, 195, So., Oakland, CA (15.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.4 assists, 2.4 steals) G - 10 Manny Quezada, 6-2, 185, So., New York, NY (12.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.9 assists, 1.3 steals) F - 25 Alan Wiggins Jr., 6-9, 230, Sr., Poway, CA (14.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.3 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.5 blocks) F - 41 Danny Cavic, 6-8, 210, Jr., Tustin, CA (5.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 0.8 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.4 blocks) F - 42 Johnny Dukes, 6-8, 225, Sr., San Bernardino, CA (6.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks) HEAD COACH: Jesse Evans (Eastern Michigan, 1972) USF RECORD: 40-47 (3rd year) CAREER RECORD: 172-128 (10th year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 31 - San Diego
Mon., Feb. 26 - 7 p.m. PST
Jenny Craig Pavilion - San Diego, CA
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); Fox College Sports (check local listings); COX Cable 4SD (San Diego)
UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO TOREROS (15-12; 5-7 West Coast)
G -    4 Brandon Johnson, 6-0, 195, So., Houston, TX
      (13.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.6 assists, 2.0 steals)
G -  14 Ross DeRogatis, 6-1, 185, Sr., Mansfield, TX
      (15.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.9 assists, 1.0 steals)
C -   34 Nir Cohen, 6-7, 245, Sr., Migdal Haemex, Israel
      (11.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.4 steals)
F -  21 Gyno Pomare, 6-7, 220, So., Oceanside, CA
      (14.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 0.7 assists, 0.6 steals, 1.3 blocks)
F -   15 Ray Murdock, 6-3, 204, So., Phoenix, AZ
      (5.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.5 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Brad Holland (UCLA, 1979)
USD RECORD:  197-174 (13th year)  CAREER RECORD:  220-205 (15th year)
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  2/24 vs. Portland.
*********************************************************************************************** Gonzaga University's 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. Monday's regular-season finale at the University of San Diego will start at 7 p.m. and be televised on KHQ-TV (Spokane), Fox College Sports (check local listing) and Cox Cable 4SD (San Diego). ***********************************************************************************************

Gonzaga University concludes West Coast Conference regular-season play with games Saturday at the University of San Francisco and Monday at the University of San Diego. The Bulldogs defeated both teams in the first meetings in Spokane, stopping USF 72-56 and USD 91-82.

Gonzaga University is already assured of no worse than the No. 2 seed into the West Coast Conference Tournament March 2-5 at the Chiles Center on the University of Portland campus. The Bulldogs win over Portland on Monday combined with the University of San Francisco's loss at Saint Mary's College assured the Bulldogs no worse than a tie for second with USF, but Gonzaga would win all tiebreaker scenarios.

While Gonzaga University is assured of no worse than the No. 2 seed into the West Coast Conference Tournament, the Bulldogs can also earn the No. 1 seed. Gonzaga gets the No. 1 seed outright if it wins both games and Santa Clara University loses both games on the final weekend of the regular season. SCU (10-2) currently has a one-game lead over the Bulldogs (9-3) entering the home stretch. Gonzaga could also earn the No. 1 seed if the Bulldogs and Broncos tie for the regular-season crown, but the tiebreaker scenarios are too lengthy - and complicated - to speculate on yet.

The tiebreaker scenario for seeding into the West Coast Conference Tournament is:
*Head-to-head competition
*W-L record versus teams in descending order of finish (or cumulative record of teams tied in a position) in the final conference regular season standings
*If a tie still exists, RPI will be the final determining factor (RPI taken from Collegiate Basketball News, which most closely mimics the NCAA RPI)

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 an 84-73 setback to Santa Clara University on Feb. 12. 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 39-1 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 the Broncos was Feb. 19, 2003, to the University of Portland 72-68 in The Kennel.

Gonzaga University has won 30 of the last 36 meetings with the University of San Francisco since losing both games in the series in 1989, the last time the Dons have put together back-to-back wins over the Bulldogs. Gonzaga has won eight of the last nine games at USF, the Dons taking a 73-70 decision in 2005 to snap a 12-game losing streak in the series. USF has lost 18 straight games in Spokane - 15 in the old Kennel and three in the 3-year-old McCarthey Athletic Center including this year's 72-56 Bulldog win on Jan. 27. The last USF win in Spokane was 67-64 on Feb. 10, 1989. Gonzaga captured last year's meeting in Spokane 75-72 as Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes drained a 3-pointer with :01 to play. The previous season Adam Morrison's 18-footer from the left wing with less than a second to play gave Gonzaga a 75-73 verdict.

Abduallhi Kuso is 9-for-11 for 81.8 percent from the field in his last four games since going 6-for-11 in the nine games prior to his current run. He's also grabbed 21 rebounds over the last three games, including nine against the University of Portland on Monday.

Don't think Gonzaga University has a tough schedule? Nine teams on the Bulldogs schedule have been ranked at some point this season, including eight currently ranked. The University of North Carolina is ranked fifth in both polls after holding the top spot earlier this season. Other ranked teams include the University of Memphis, Washington State University, University of Nevada, Butler University, Duke University, University of Texas and the University of Virginia. Stanford University was ranked at the time they played the Bulldogs and received votes in both polls, while Santa Clara University received votes in one poll this week.

Derek Raivio became the 29th member of Gonzaga University's 1,000-point club earlier this season and now has 1,376 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 11.3 ppg in his career. Raivio's 236 career 3-pointers, 561 3-point attempts, 150 steals and 337 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. Mallon and junior David Pendergraft have also been named to the West Coast Conference All-Academic squad. Pendergraft carries a 3.0 GPA in philosophy and English.

Gonzaga University head men's basketball coach 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 453. 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 last Saturday to extend his current streak to 46. He did not get to the line Monday against the University of Portland. 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. Through games of Sunday he was leading the NCAA in free throw shooting, connecting on 115-of-220 for 95.8 percent. He is a career 92.3 percent (310-for-336) shooter from the line, currently ranking second in NCAA history behind Andy Enfield of Johns Hopkins University who went 431-for-466 for 92.5 percent from 1988-91, The career leader is based on a minimum of 250 free throws made.

Micah Downs had a career-high 19 points and David Pendergraft a career-high 15 points Monday against the University of Portland. Downs, whose previous best was 13 points against Chaminade University in the 2005 EA Sports Maui Invitational when he played for the University of Kansas, went 8-for-17 from the field, including 3-for-8 from 3-point range. Pendergraft's previous best was 14 twice, the most recent earlier this season at Stanford University. He was 6-for-9 from the field against the Pilots.

Sophomore Jeremy Pargo has 54 assists in his last nine games for a 6.0 average. He had a career-high 11 assists against the University of San Francisco to start his current streak. He's averaging a team-high 4.83 assists/game this year.

 

 

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