Men's Hoops Gets Final Tuneup
Nov. 7, 2003
FINAL TUNEUP: Gonzaga University's men's basketball team will play its final exhibition before the regular season tips off next week when Northwest Sports out of Seattle visits The Kennel Saturday at 6 p.m. The game is sold out.
HIGHLY TOUTED: Gonzaga University is highly touted thus far in the preseason rankings, ranked 12th in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 released on Thursday. Most preseason publications rank the Bulldogs sixth to 11th. The Associated Press preseason poll will be released on Monday.
FLOYD VS. FLOYD: It could be the battle of the brothers Saturday when Northwest Sports faces Gonzaga University. Ryan Floyd, a member of Gonzaga's 1999 Elite Eight and 2000 Sweet 16 teams in the NCAA Tournament, will play for Northwest Sports. His brother, Colin, is a redshirt sophomore for the Bulldogs. The duo hails from nearby Harrington, Wash. Ryan currently resides in Spokane.
EVERYBODY PLAYED: All 10 players who were available for last Saturday's game against Emporia State University saw action for Gonzaga University. Five players scored in double figures, led by the 29 points of true freshman Adam Morrison, a product of Spokane's Mead High. Redshirt freshman Sean Mallon, another Spokane product out of Ferris High, scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Veteran Cory Violette also posted a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds. For the record, the Bulldogs took a 108-71 victory in the game that was close with five minutes to go in the opening half before the Bulldogs opened a 46-30 halftime advantage and coasted to the win.
NOT-SO-BANGED-UP BULLDOGS: Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few will have more options open to him Saturday as several players have come off the injury list. Tony Skinner (knee), Erroll Knight (ankle) and Richard Fox (knee) have all been cleared to play. Fox did play four minutes against Emporia State University last week and then took a seat for the remainder of the night. Ronny Turiaf (stress fracture) is still the only player definitely out of Saturday's game. Freshman Adam Morrison is nursing a sprained left wrist and will be a game-time decision. He was injured last Sunday in practice.
FEW LIKES WHAT HE SAW: "It was definitely a chance for some of our younger players to get some minutes, and I thought they responded well," Gonzaga head coach Mark Few said of last week's exhibition opener. "We'll try to use this week's game to get a better feel for combinations and a rotation, until it will still be tough co accomplish with Ronny (Turiaf) and perhaps Adam (Morrison) not in the lineup. Except for the injuries which have limited us in terms of chemistry I'm basically happy with where we are."
REGULAR-SEASON OPENER: Gonzaga University opens the regular season Nov. 14 against Saint Joseph's University in the Coaches vs. Cancer showcase event in Madison Square Garden. The teams have split meetings each of the last two seasons, each capturing a road victory. The Bulldogs play their home opener Nov. 21 against the University of Idaho at 7 p.m. in The Kennel.
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