Men's Basketball To Tip Off Season

Nov. 10, 2007

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 1 - University of Montana
Sunday, November 11 - 1 p.m.
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 listing)

No. 14 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (23-11; 11-3 West Coast in 2007)
G -   2 Jeremy Pargo, 6-2, 219, Jr., Chicago, IL
       (12.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.6 assists, 1.4 steals)
G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 214, So., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (8.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.1 assists, 0.8 steals)
G - 22 Micah Downs, 6-8, 190, Jr., Kirkland, WA
       (8.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 0.9 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.4 blocks)
F -  25 David Pendergraft, 6-6, 223, Sr., Brewster, WA
       (7.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 0.9 assists, 0.7 steals)
F -  31 Abdullahi Kuso, 6-9, 241, Sr., Kaduna, Nigeria
      (4.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 0.3 assists, 0.4 steals, 1.2 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  211-52 (9th year - 19th at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA GRIZZLIES (17-15; 10-6 Big Sky in 2007) G - 1 Cameron Rundles, 6-1, 190, So., Minneapolis, MN (8.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.1 assists, 0.6 steals) G - 3 Ryan Studacher, 6-4, 205, So., Kirkland, WA (2.4 ppg, 0.8 rpg, 0.4 assists) G - 22 Matt Martin, 6-0, 180, Sr., Spearfish, SD (6.7 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 2.0 assists, 0.6 steals) F - 2 Jordan Hasquet, 6-9, 245, Jr., Missoula, MT (13.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.0 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.7 blocks) F - 34 Andrew Strait, 6-8, 245, Sr., Yakima, WA (15.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.2 blocks) HEAD COACH: Wayne Tinkle (Montana, 1989) UM RECORD: 17-15 (2nd year) CAREER RECORD: Same GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: 11/9 vs. Colorado State.

Game No. 2 - University of Idaho
Tuesday, November 13 - 5 p.m.
McCarthey Athletic Center - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KHQ-TV (Spokane); FCS Pacific (check local listing); FSN delayed(check local listing)
UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO VANDALS (4-27; 1-15 Western Athletic in 2007)
G - 35 Trevor Morris, 6-4, 182, Jr., Missoula, MT
      (6.5 ppg, 0.9 rpg, 0.7 assists, 0.4 steals)
F - 24 Darin Nagle, 6-10, 221, Sr., Potlatch, ID
      (9.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 0.5 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.9 blocks)
F -  32 Jordan Brooks, 6-3, 195, Jr., Houston, TX
      (Transfer from Midland College)
F -   50 Luis Augusto, 6-8, 245, Jr., Sao Paulo, Brazil
      (Transfer from Western Oklahoma State University)
F -  12 Michael Crowell, 6-7, 210, Sr., Mesa, AZ
       (3.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.3 steals)
HEAD COACH:  George Pfeifer (Lewis-Clark State, 1994)
IDAHO RECORD:  4-27 (2nd year)  CAREER RECORD:  Same
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  11/9 vs. Cascade College

Gonzaga University will tip off the 2008 season Sunday at 1 p.m. when the University of Montana visits the sold out McCarthey Athletic Center. The game will be the first of three straight home games to open the season. The University of Idaho visits Tuesday at 5 p.m. and UC Riverside will be in town next Saturday for a 5 p.m. tipoff.

It's been three years since Gonzaga University and the University of Montana last met on the hardwood, the Bulldogs taking a 78-62 win on Nov. 21, 2004, in the second game played at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Gonzaga leads the all-time series 100-48, the Bulldogs taking the last eight games in the series and 11 of the last 12. The last time the Grizzlies came out victorious was Dec. 14, 1996, in a 67-63 overtime verdict in the old Kennel. That snapped a 40-game non-conference home winning streak for the Bulldogs.

There's no place like home, and the McCarthey Athletic Center has become quite the home for the Bulldogs since it opened for the 2004-05 season. Gonzaga is 39-1 in the new facility, winning its first 38 games in the McCarthey Athletic Center. Santa Clara University halted the streak with an 84-73 victory Feb. 12, 2007. That loss also snapped a 50-game home winning streak for the Bulldogs, at the time the longest streak in the nation, as Gonzaga left the old Kennel with 12 straight home victories.

There's a new coaching face on the Gonzaga University bench this season, but he's no stranger to eastern Washington basketball fans. Ray Giacoletti, former head coach at Eastern Washington University and the University of Utah, replaced Bill Grier on head coach Mark Few's staff. Grier became the head coach at the University of San Diego after 17 seasons on the Bulldogs bench. Giacoletti coached at EWU from 2001-04 and at Utah from 2205-07.

It will be a homecoming of sorts for University of Montana head coach Wayne Tinkle. Although born in Milwaukee, Wis., he graduated from Spokane's Ferris High in 1984. He played his college ball for the Grizzlies, graduating in 1989. Tinkle was an assistant coach at Montana for five years prior to replace Larry Krystkowiak last season.

Gonzaga University is 14th in both of the major pre-season polls. The Bulldogs garnered 711 points in the Associated Press Top 25, and 252 in the ESPN/USA TODAY balloting to tie Texas A&M for 14th. Gonzaga returned to the preseason poll for the first time since 2005 when the Bulldogs were 7th in the ESPN/USA TODAY balloting and 8th in the AP voting. The Bulldogs got as high as 16th in the ESPN/USA TODAY poll and as high as 18th in the AP balloting last year. Gonzaga fell out of both polls on Christmas Day last year and never climbed back in to the Top 25 in a 23-11 season that included a ninth-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Three teams ranked in the pre-season Top 10 dot the Gonzaga University schedule. The Bulldogs will travel to No. 3 University of Memphis Jan. 25, play No. 7 University of Tennessee in The Battle in Seattle Dec. 29 and host 10th-ranked Washington State University Dec. 5 in the McCarthey Athletic Center.

Freshman forward Austin Daye scored 17 points to lead six Gonzaga University players in double figures Wednesday night in the 14th-ranked Bulldogs' 101-70 exhibition win over Emporia State University. Jeremy Pargo added 16 points for the Bulldogs, who shot 57 percent from the field. Micah Downs scored 14 points, David Pendergraft 12, Robert Sacre 11 and Abdullahi Kuso 10 for Gonzaga. Gonzaga led only 47-43 at halftime after ESU made eight 3-pointers in the first half. In the second half, the Bulldogs scored the first nine points and out-rebounded the Hornets 22-7. The Hornets led a couple of times by two points - the last at 16-14 - before the Bulldogs went on a 10-0 run to open a little bit of a cushion. Pargo started the rally with a layin, Kuso sank a pair of free throws and Daye and Pendergraft added layups for the 24-16 advantage with 12:25 to go in the opening half. All five second-half starters - Kuso, Pargo, Bouldin, Downs and Daye - scored in the first 3:20 of the second half as Gonzaga went on the 9-0 run to extend the lead to 56-43. ESU closed the gap to single digits twice in the second half, the last at 59-50, before the Bulldogs all but put the game away with an 11-3 spurt to make it 70-53 with 11:33 remaining.

Junior Josh Heytvelt continues to battle a "hot spot" on his right foot that has limited his practice - and now maybe his playing - for Gonzaga University this season. He was cleared to play five minutes of Wednesday's exhibition opener after getting his first clearance to practice 5-on-5 for 15 minutes in last Tuesday's practice. He developed the cursor to a stress fracture this past fall prior to the start of practice. He underwent another MRI on Friday and his status is still day-to-day.

Sophomore Matt Bouldin is expected to play in Gonzaga University's regular-season opener on Sunday after spraining his right ankle in Wednesday's exhibition game. Bouldin suffered the sprain late in the game, but showed marked improvement by Thursday morning.

Gonzaga University will be without redshirt freshman Theo Davis for at least Sunday's regular-season opener against the University of Montana. Davis flew home late Thursday afternoon after being notified of a medial emergency in his family. It is not known how long he will be gone.

Gonzaga University juniors Jeremy Pargo and Josh Heytvelt have been named to the preseason watch lists for a pair of prestigious All-American men's basketball honors. Pargo, a native of Chicago, Ill., is one of 50 players named to the John R. Wooden Award as selected by the Los Angeles Athletic Club's Wooden Award Committee. Heytvelt, who hails from Clarkston, Wash., was named one of 50 preseason candidates for the Naismith Trophy as selected by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. Pargo becomes the eighth Bulldog selected as a Wooden candidate. Adam Morrison was a 2006 John R. Wooden Top Five All-America selection, Dan Dickau was so honored in 2002 as Gonzaga's inaugural Wooden Award Top Five honoree, and Blake Stepp (2004) and Casey Calvary (2001) were named Wooden Award Top 10 All-Americans. Heytvelt is the second Bulldog in three years under consideration for the Naismith. Morrison was one of the five finalists in 2006.

Gonzaga University edged Saint Mary's College as the favorite to capture their eighth consecutive regular-season West Coast Conference crown in the 2007-08 WCC men's basketball coaches' pre-season poll. The Zags tallied 61 points and received five first-place votes. Just two points behind Gonzaga is Saint Mary's with 59 overall points and the other three first place votes. The Gaels are followed by the University of San Diego (43) and Santa Clara University (38). Rounding out this year's poll is the University of San Francisco (34), followed by Pepperdine University (22) in sixth, the University of Portland (16) in seventh, and Loyola Marymount University (15) in eighth.

Gonzaga has extended its streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 458. 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 this season.

 

 

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