Men's Basketball Ends Regular Season On Road

Feb. 26, 2003

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 28 - Santa Clara
Thursday, Feb. 27 - 7 p.m. PST
Leavey Center - Santa Clara, CA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane);
KALE 960 (Tri-Cities)
Pre-game show at 6:30 p.m.
TV: None

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (20-7; 10-2 West Coast Conference)
G - 1 Winston Brooks, 6-0, 198, Sr., Richmond, VA
(2.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.3 assists, 1.1 steals)
G - 10 Blake Stepp, 6-4, 192, Jr., Eugene, OR
(18.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 6.1 assists, 1.4 steals)
C - 33 Cory Violette, 6-8, 255, Jr., Boise, ID
(11.7 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 0.9 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.9 blocks)
F - 35 Ronny Turiaf, 6-10, 243, So., Le Robert, Martinique
(15.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 0.5 assists, 0.4 steals, 1.4 blocks)
F - 24 Kyle Bankhead, 6-0, 193, Jr., Walla Walla, WA
(8.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.0 assists, 0.7 steals)
or 25 Tony Skinner, 6-5, 198, Jr., Albuquerque, NM
(8.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.9 steals)
HEAD COACH: Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD: 101-27 (4th year) CAREER RECORD: Same

SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY BRONCOS (13-12; 4-8 West Coast Conference)
G - 4 J.R. Patrick, 6-4, 205, Jr., Edmonton, Alberta
(6.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.4 assists, 0.4 steals)
G - 5 Bakari Altheimer, 5-9, 175, So., Oakland, CA
(10.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.5 assists, 0.8 steals)
G - 40 Ethan Rohde, 6-5, 205, So., Seattle, WA
(8.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.6 assists, 0.4 steals)
C - 45 Jim Howell, 6-8, 230, Jr., Newport, OR
(9.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 0.6 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks)
F - 43 Jordan Legge, 6-8, 220, So., Mesa, AR
(4.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 0.8 assists, 0.3 steals)
HEAD COACH: Dick Davey (Pacific, 1964)
SCU RECORD: 186-129 (11th year) CAREER RECORD: Same
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 29 - San Diego
Saturday, March 1 - 6 p.m. PST
Jenny Craig Pavilion - San Diego, CA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane);
KALE 960 (Tri-Cities)
Pre-game show at 5:30 p.m.
TV: FOX

UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO TOREROS (15-10; 9-3 West Coast Conference)
G - 10 Roy Morris, 6-1, 182, Sr., Bonita, CA
(12.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.4 assists, 0.6 steals)
G - 14 Matt Delzell, 6-2, 180, Sr., Plano, TX
(7.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.5 assists, 0.8 steals)
C - 43 Jason Keep, 6-10, 290, Sr., Moscow, ID
(18.2 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.2 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.2 blocks)
F - 32 Corey Belser, 6-6, 208, So., Spanaway, WA
(4.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.6 blocks)
F - 34 Jason Blair, 6-7, 230, Sr., Phoenix, AZ
(17.0 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.4 assists, 0.9 steals)
HEAD COACH: Brad Holland (UCLA, 1979)
USD RECORD: 141-109 (9th year) CAREER RECORD: 164-140 (11th year)
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: Feb. 27 vs. Portland.

BULLDOGS STILL CONTROL DESTINY: The magic number for Gonzaga University to clinch the West Coast Conference regular-season crown is two - any combination of two Gonzaga wins and two University of San Diego losses giving the Bulldogs at least a share of the crown for the fifth time in the last six seasons. GU is at USD on Saturday at 6 p.m.

GONZAGA ASSURED TOURNAMENT SEMI BERTH: Gonzaga University and the University of San Diego are assured of finishing either first or second in the West Coast Conference race. The University of San Francisco can catch USD for second place, but the Toreros' sweep of USF would give them the tiebreaker. If Gonzaga and USD both win Thursday and USD beats Gonzaga on Saturday to create a first-place tie, the tiebreaker would come down to who finishes highest in the conference among Santa Clara, Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount. If SCU or Pepperdine is the highest finisher among the threesome, Gonzaga wins the tiebreaker based on regular-season sweeps, while USD would gain the nod if LMU were the highest finisher. Gonzaga is also assured of playing the 9 p.m. semifinal on Sunday, March 9, to be televised by ESPN from the Jenny Craig Pavilion on the USD campus. The championship game is 9 p.m. Monday, March 10 on ESPN. Gonzaga has won four straight WCC Tournament titles.

BULLDOGS ON THE AIR: All Gonzaga University basketball games can be heard on News Talk AM 1510 KGA radio in Spokane and KALE 960 in the Tri-Cities. KREM-TV sports anchor Tom Hudson is in his first season behind the microphone calling all the radio action of Bulldog basketball beginning with the pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff. Gonzaga basketball can also be accessed off the Internet via subscription to the Online College Sports Network. OCSN, the official athletics web site provider for Gonzaga, offers many new features via its audio subscription service and all sites on the OCSN web site are included in the subscription. Subscriptions are available by visiting the Gonzaga site at http://www.gozags.com.

BULLDOGS ON THE TUBE: As many as 26 Gonzaga University regular-season contests could be televised through the West Coast Conference Tournament. KHQ-TV/PAX-TV in Spokane will televise 10 games from The Kennel as well as road games from the University of Montana and against Stanford University at the Pete Newell Challenge. KHQ-TV news anchor Greg Heister returns for his second season on KHQ/PAX. Former Bulldog Jeff Brown and former NBA and Washington State University standout Craig Ehlo will join Heister on the broadcasts. The Bulldogs could appear as many as eight times on ESPN or ESPN2, including upcoming at Pepperdine University for Rivalry Week, at home against Tulsa University in Bracket Busters and in the semifinals and championship game of the West Coast Conference Tournament.

FEW ON RADIO: The "Gonzaga Coaches Show" will be aired on 16 Tuesdays throughout the season on News Talk AM 1510 KGA radio, the home of Bulldog basketball. The show will feature head coach Mark Few, members of his staff and other special guests. The show will air live from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. from one of four Applebee's locations in the Spokane-Coeur d'Alene area. Play-by-play commentator Tom Hudson will host the show. The next broadcast will be Feb. 25 from Applebee's on Mission and Pines in the Spokane Valley.

NO TV THURSDAY: Thursday's game between Gonzaga University and Santa Clara University from the Leavey Center will not be televised. Saturday's game between the Bulldogs and the University of San Diego from the Jenny Craig Pavilion will be televised on FOX at 6 p.m.

DOUBLING UP: Sophomore Ronny Turiaf recorded his ninth career double-double when he had career highs of 29 points and 14 rebounds against the University of Portland in The Kennel.

GOURDE HITS MILESTONE: Senior forward Zach Gourde recorded the 500th rebound of his career against Loyola Marymount University. He became the seventh member of the 1,000-point, 500-rebound club at Gonzaga. Casey Calvary (1,509/757 from 1998-01) and Jeff Brown (1,646/515 from 1992-94) are the most recent additions. Four players in Gonzaga history have scored 1,000 points and grabbed 700 rebounds. Gourde is also ninth in field goals made with 443 as he chases Doug Spradley in eighth with 462. He is also fourth in career-blocked shots with 79, moving ahead of Paul Rogers (72). Mark Spink (80) is just ahead of him. Casey Calvary is the all-time leader in blocks with 207.

POUNDING THE BOARDS: Gonzaga University led the NCAA Division I ranks in rebounding margin last season with a +8.9 margin to edge Louisiana Tech University (+8.8) by the slimmest of margins. Cory Violette paced the Bulldogs with his 8.3 rpg, including a 20-rebound night against Fresno State University that ranked tied for 13th nationally. GU is +7.1 thus far this season.

BULLDOGS AND THE KENNEL: The Kennel, home of Gonzaga University's Bulldogs, has gained the reputation as one of the toughest courts in the country, the Bulldogs losing a 29-game home winning streak Dec. 31, 2002, that ranked third longest in the country. In the last 10 seasons the Bulldogs are 138-11 at home for a nifty 92.6 winning percentage. Gonzaga went 10-2 at home this season, the first time the Bulldogs lost two home games in a season since 1997. Gonzaga was 13-0 at home in 2002, winning by an average of 24.6 ppg. The Bulldogs went 12-0 at home in 2001, winning by an average of 24.7 ppg. GU is 55-3 in The Kennel over the past five seasons. The 2000 squad was 10-1, and the 1999 Bulldogs completed a 10-0 season in The Kennel, winning by an average of 31.9 ppg. The Bulldogs also posted undefeated home campaigns in 1993 (13-0) and 1994 (14-0), and suffered just one home setback in 1996 and 1998. The Bulldogs put together a 34-game home-court-winning streak from 1992-95, which at the time was the country's second-longest active streak.

FEW'S THREE-YEAR RUN: Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few's 81-20 record makes him the winningest third-year coach in NCAA history, surpassing Bill Guthridge of the University of North Carolina (1998-00) and Everett Case of North Carolina State University (1947-49) who each won 80 games in their first three seasons as a NCAA Division I head coach. In his first two seasons as head coach the Bulldogs advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen, one of only two NCAA Division I head coaches to accomplish that feat since the bracket expanded to 64 teams in 1985.

LAST FOUR YEARS: Gonzaga University trails only Duke University, Michigan State University and the University of Cincinnati in wins from 1998-02. The Bulldogs won 109 games, while Duke leads the list with 128 over that span.

SINGLE DIGITS: Only Gonzaga University, the University of Florida and Duke University has lost less than 10 games in each of the past four seasons. Gonzaga has posted marks of 29-4, 26-7, 26-9 and 28-7, respectively, in that stretch. The last time Gonzaga hit double-digits in the "L" column was 1998 with a 20-10 campaign. Current head coach Mark Few has never had 10 or more losses in his three previous seasons.

STEPP NAMED TO ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM: Gonzaga University junior guard Blake Stepp has been named to the Verizon District VIII All-Academic men's basketball team. The native of Eugene, Ore., has a 3.21 grade point average in business administration. He's averaging 18.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 6.0 assists. He ranks second in the West Coast Conference in scoring and leads the league in assists and 3-point field goals per game.

STEPP CLIMBS: Junior guard Blake Stepp continues to climb on a couple of career lists. His 194 3-pointers moved him into fourth ahead of Dan Dickau (188). He trails Richie Frahm (280), Matt Santangelo (252) and John Rillie (230). His 392 career assists are third behind Santangelo (668) and Stockton (554).

DOUBLING UP: Cory Violette recorded his eighth double-double of the season and the 19th of his career with 15 points and 10 rebounds against the University of Tulsa.

BULLDOGS SIGN A PAIR: Gonzaga University men's basketball coach Mark Few signed Adam Morrison, a 6-8, 205-pound forward from Spokane's Mead High, and Derek Raivio, a 6-1, 155-pound point guard from Mountain View High in Vancouver, Wash., in November. Morrison averaged 24.4 ppg as a junior last season to lead the Greater Spokane League, while Raivio averaged 22.6 ppg as the Greater St. Helen's League 4A Player of the Year.

 

 

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