Gonzaga Ends Regular Season At Home
Feb. 24, 2006
Game No. 27 - San Diego Toreros
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); Fox College Sports Pacific, Fox West 1; FSN (delayed 7:30 p.m.)
No. 5 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (23-3; 12-0 West Coast) G - 5 Derek Raivio, 6-3, 175, Jr., Vancouver, WA (11.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.7 assists, 1.5 steals) G - 4 Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes, 6-0, 181, So., Montreal, Quebec (4.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.9 assists, 1.0 steals) C - 13 J.P. Batista, 6-9, 269, Sr., Olinda, Pernambuco, Brazil (19.3 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 1.4 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.8 blocks) F - 3 Adam Morrison, 6-8, 205, Jr., Spokane, WA (29.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.6 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.4 blocks) F - 32 Sean Mallon, 6-9, 218, Jr., Spokane, WA (7.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.2 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.4 blocks) HEAD COACH: Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987) GONZAGA RECORD: 182-40 (7th year - 17th at GU) CAREER RECORD: Same
Mon., Feb. 28 - 6 p.m. PST
McCarthey Athletic Center - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KAYU-TV (Spokane); FSN (Check local listings)
UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO DONS (10-15; 6-6 West Coast) G - 11 Armondo Surratt, 6-0, 170, Jr., Oakland, CA (14.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 5.2 assists, 1.8 steals) G - 41 Danny Cavic, 6-2, 205, So., Tustin, CA (5.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 0.7 assists, 0.6 steals) C - 44 Jason Wallace-Carter, 6-9, 260, Sr., Las Vegas, NV (8.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.1 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.6 blocks) F - 25 Alan Wiggins, 6-8, 225, Jr., San Diego, CA (13.8 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.1 assists, 1.0 steals, 2.2 blocks) F - 21 Jerome Gumbs, 6-4, 210, Sr., St. Thomas, Virgin Islands (10.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.3 assists, 1.0 steals) HEAD COACH: Jesse Evans (Eastern Michigan, 1972) USF RECORD: 27-29 (2nd year) CAREER RECORD: 159-110 (9th year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: 2/25 at Portland.
The California Basketball Association was launched for the 1952-53 season, it grew into the West Coast Athletic Conference in 1956 and in 1989 the name was shorted to the current-day West Coast Conference. In the 51 seasons prior to the current season a team had gone undefeated in regular-season conference play nine times. This weekend Gonzaga has a chance to do it for the second time in three seasons. The Bulldogs enter the final regular-season weekend of WCC play at home with the 12-0 Bulldogs hosting San Diego on Saturday at 5 p.m. and San Francisco on Monday at 6 p.m. A pair of wins and the 2006 Bulldogs become the 10th team to run the table in WCC play. Prior to the Bulldogs going undefeated in 2004, nobody had done it since 1992 when Pepperdine ran the table.
Gonzaga is assured the No. 1 seed into the West Coast Conference Tournament to be played on the Gonzaga campus for the first time in its current format. The tourney starts Thursday, March 2, wth four women's games, while the men take to the court on Friday, March 3. The top two regular-season finishers for the men are seeded into Sunday's semifinals. Gonzaga put the wraps on a sixth straight WCC regular-season title with Monday's win at Pepperdine.
With his fifth 40-point game of the season last Saturday at Loyola Marymount, 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.
With its 23-3 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.
The scoring race continues to be heated between Gonzaga's Adam Morrison and Duke's J.J. Redick. Morrison put up 44 points last Saturday at Loyola Marymount while Redick responded with 30 Sunday against Miami (Fla.). Morrison came back with 26 Monday at Pepperdine while Redick scored 22 Wednesday at Georgia Tech. Heading into the weekend Morrison is averaging 29.3 ppg, Redick 28.7 ppg. Morrison has been the official leader all 11 weeks of the Tuesday statistical release date by the NCAA.
Derek Raivio has climbed a notch to fourth in the latest NCAA Division I free throw percentage statistics, the junior from Vancouver, Wash., connecting on 92.6 percent (63-for-68) of his attempts. Steve Novak of Marquette is the leader according to the latest figures released Tuesday, the senior 66-for-67 for 98.5 percent. Raivio either led or was tied for the lead for eight of the first nine reporting weeks of the season until hitting a "mini slump" which saw him go 6-for-9 in a two-game stretch against Stanford and Portland. He had a streak of 26 straight snapped against Stanford when he went 1-for-2. He had a streak of 28 straight snapped against Virginia as he made his first 20 attempts this season to go with his final eight attempts last year. He tied the Gonzaga consecutive made streak of 41 last year. Raivio is a 90.7 percent career shooter from the line (175-for-193).
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 its last home victory over Stanford. Duke and Hofstra share the No. 2 spot with 19 straight. Gonzaga puts its streak on the line Saturday against San Diego while Duke hosts North Carolina in the regular-season finale March 4. Hofstra hosts Drexel on Saturday. 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 14th straight game Monday at Pepperdine and remains one behind George Washington which owns the nation's longest current winning streak at 15. Gonzaga is tied with Memphis for the second spot with all three of the top teams in action Saturday. Gonzaga hosts San Diego, George Washington is at Fordham and Memphis meets Tulsa.
Senior J.P. Batista and junior Adam Morrison have been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 14 first team. This marks the eighth straight season the Bulldogs have been represented on the team. Morrison is averaging 29.3 ppg to lead the NCAA Division I ranks. Batista is averaging 19.3 ppg and 9.2 rpg.
J.P. Batista recorded his 15th career double-double and his 11th this season with his 16 points and 13 rebounds Monday at Pepperdine.
Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes scored a career-high 17 points and hit a single-game best four treys Monday at Pepperdine. His previous high was 12 last year against San Diego in the title game of the West Coast Conference Tournament. He went 5-for-6 from the field on Monday, including 4-for-5 from beyond the arc.
Derek Raivio showed signs of coming out of his offensive slump last Monday at Pepperdine. He scored 12 points against the Waves, his first double-digit output since he scored 12 points at San Francisco on Jan. 23.
Erroll Knight played only one minute at Pepperdine on Monday after being the recipient of a head bump that resulted in swelling over his right eye. Knight was on the practice court Wednesday following the normal Tuesday off day.
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.
Gonzaga has extended its streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 419. 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 99-11 in West Coast Conference regular-season play, including 21 straight victories. Overall in that stretch the Bulldogs are 116-12 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 12 straight. Dating back to last season's WCC Tournament the Bulldogs have won 23 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.
Gonzaga holds a slim lead over Saint Joseph's for the NCAA Division I free throw percentage lead according to the lastest statistics released Tuesday. Gonzaga converted on 44-of-60 attempts in two games last weekend, including 29-for-38 at Pepperdine on Monday. The Bulldogs are now shooting 78.7 percent from the line (510-for-648) while the Hawks are at 78.6 percent (341-for-434). Gonzaga is tied with Duke for makes (510), and with 648 attempts is third behind Duke (652) and Austin Peay (649). Gonzaga has had 13 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.
"To be continued." That's the way Rev. Anthony "Tony" Joseph Lehmann, S.J., known to a legion of friends and admirers as simply "Father Tony", always chose to end his conversations. It was his outlook on life - and immortality. The priest who was perhaps best known - and recognized - as the guy at the end of the Gonzaga basketball bench for years, will have his legacy honored in the McCarthey Athletic Center for all to see and remember. An empty, towel-draped bronze chair - with a basketball on the floor nearby - has been installed in the northeast foyer of the McCarthey Athletic Center. On the chair is the inscription: In loving memory of Fr. Tony Lehmann, S.J. "to be continued..." Fr. Lehmann passed away March 8, 2002, after a short battle with leukemia. "We wanted to do something to pay tribute to a man who dedicated a good portion of his life to Gonzaga University and Bulldog athletics. He was an ambassador for all of us," athletic director Mike Roth said. The work was sculpted by local artist Vincent De Felice, a lifelong Spokane resident who began attending GU basketball games at "about the age of 10." De Felice said he began the 150-pound sculpture in September. Among De Felice's other works people may recognize are the Fr. Pierre DeSmet bronze bust in front of the Administration Building, a bronze crucifix located in the Gonzaga Law School chapel and the bronze statue of Joe Fan that adorns Spokane's Joe Albi Stadium. Fr. Lehmann was born Sept. 10, 1928, in Pinckneyville, Ill., and passed away and returned to his beloved Lord on March, 8, 2002, in the Jesuit House Infirmary at Gonzaga from complications from leukemia.
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