Bulldogs Host Vandals Tuesday At 5 p.m.

Nov. 13, 2007

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
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)
No. 14 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (1-0; 0-0 West Coast)
G -   2 Jeremy Pargo, 6-2, 219, Jr., Chicago, IL
       (17.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 5.0 assists)
G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 214, So., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (13.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg)
G - 22 Micah Downs, 6-8, 190, Jr., Kirkland, WA
       (6.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals)
F -  25 David Pendergraft, 6-6, 223, Sr., Brewster, WA
       (3.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.0 assists, 1.0 steals)
F -  31 Abdullahi Kuso, 6-9, 241, Sr., Kaduna, Nigeria
      (6.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.0 steals, 2.0 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  212-52 (9th year - 19th at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO VANDALS (1-0; 0-0 Western Athletic) G - 35 Trevor Morris, 6-4, 182, Jr., Missoula, MT (25.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals) F - 24 Darin Nagle, 6-10, 221, Sr., Potlatch, ID (17.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks) F - 32 Jordan Brooks, 6-3, 195, Jr., Houston, TX (10.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 6.0 assists, 2.0 steals) F - 50 Luis Augusto, 6-8, 245, Jr., Sao Paulo, Brazil (7.0 ppg. 1.0 rpg, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals) F - 12 Michael Crowell, 6-7, 210, Sr., Mesa, AZ (17.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals) HEAD COACH: George Pfeifer (Lewis-Clark State, 1994) IDAHO RECORD: 5-27 (2nd year) CAREER RECORD: Same GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 3 - UC Riverside
Saturday, November 17 - 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); KSTW-TV CW Seattle (check local listing)
UC RIVERSIDE HIGHLANDERS (0-1; 0-0 Big West)
G -   2 Aaron Scott, 6-4, 200, Jr., Oakland, CA
      (11.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals)
G -  11 Jalonni Diggs, 6-1, 195, Fr., Los Angeles, CA
      (3.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 4.0 assists, 2.0 steals)
G -  32 Larry Cunningham, 6-2, 190, Sr., Downey, CA
      (13.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks)
F -  23 B.J. Visman, 6-8, 220, Jr., Placerville, CA
      (4.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.0 assists)
F -  31 Christian Solo, 6-8, 220, Jr., Caguas, Puerto Rico
      (0.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg)
HEAD COACH:  Jim Wooldridge (Louisiana Tech, 1977)
UCR RECORD:  0-1 (1st year)  CAREER RECORD:  312-238 (25th year)
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  11/12 at Texas Arlington.

Gonzaga University opened the 2008 season in grand style Sunday afternoon at the McCarthey Athletic Center, downing the University of Montana 77-54. Freshman Austin Daye scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, leading four players in double figures. Junior co-captain Jeremy Pargo added 17 points, sophomore Matt Bouldin scored 13 and Larry Gurganious chipped in with 12. The Bulldogs led 44-25 at halftime, shooting 55.2 percent in the opening 20 minutes while the Grizzlies shot just 29.2 percent. The Bulldogs "cooled off" to 52.0 percent in the second half to open the season 29-for-54 from the field for 53.7 percent. The Grizzlies never found their range, conning on 17-of-55 for 30.9 percent.

There won't be much time for Gonzaga University to savor the season-opening victory as the Bulldogs will be back in action Tuesday at 5 p.m. against the University of Idaho. The Vandals opened the season with a 110-52 win over Cascade College of Portland, Ore.

Austin Daye, the 6-10 freshman from Irvine, Calif., had the McCarthey Athletic Center abuzz after his 20-point, 10-rebound double-double in Sunday's win over the University of Montana. Daye went 8-for-13 from the field - 8-for-10 if you throw out the three shots he missed to begin his collegiate career - and also had an assist, two blocks and two steals while playing 27 minutes. He also went 2-for-2 from 3-point range and 2-for-2 from the free throw line.

While the McCarthey Athletic Center was abuzz after the collegiate debut of Austin Daye on Sunday, some were wondering how long it had been since such a debut. Well, it hasn't been that long since the McCarthey Athletic Center was abuzz after the season-opening performance of a newcomer - all the way back to last season to be exact. While it might not have been as impressive as the performance Daye put on Sunday, last Nov. 10 fans walked out somewhat in awe of the shooting performance put on by a bushy-haired freshman from Highlands Ranch, Colo. His name was Matt Bouldin. All he did in his collegiate debut was go 5-for-5 from the field, including 2-for-2 from 3-point range, for 12 points. He also grabbed six rebounds and dished out four assists. He did it all in 23 minutes before fouling out.

Tuesday's game against the University of Idaho is the middle game of three straight home games to open the season. UC Riverside will visit the McCarthey Athletic Center Saturday at 5 p.m.

Gonzaga University is 14th in both of the major polls again this week, beginning the season there in the pre-season balloting. The Bulldogs garnered 779 points in the Associated Press Top 25, and 320 in the USA Today/ESPN balloting. Gonzaga claimed the No. 14 spot all alone in the USA Today/ESPN poll after being knotted with Texas A&M in the pre-season rankings. Texas A&M fell to 15th. 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. The University of North Carolina edged UCLA for the top spot in both polls.

Three teams on the Gonzaga University schedule remain ranked in the Top 10 of both polls again this week. 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 9th-ranked Washington State University Dec. 5 in the McCarthey Athletic Center.

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 40-1 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 2005-07.

Junior Josh Heytvelt and freshman Steven Gray will have their seasons interrupted by surgery. Heytvelt, who has been fighting a stress fracture in his right ankle all fall, underwent surgery Monday to insert screws into the ankle. Gray, who suffered a fractured wrist in last Wednesday's exhibition game against Emporia State University, will undergo surgery Tuesday to insert a pin in the wrist. In both cases, the surgery is expected to speed up the healing process rather than just casting both Heytvelt's ankle and Gray's wrist and letting time heal the injuries.

Sophomore Will Foster is back in uniform. The 7-4 center was scheduled to redshirt this season, but Josh Heytvelt's surgery has brought Foster back to active status. Foster was on the bench in street clothes in Sunday's season opener. "We wouldn't have played him against Montana is Robert (Sacre) and (Abdullahi) Kuso hadn't got into early foul trouble," Gonzaga head coach Mark Few said.

Gonzaga University redshirt freshman Theo Davis is expected to arrive back in Spokane Tuesday, but it's unknown if he'll suit up for Tuesday night's game against the University of Idaho. Davis went home last Thursday after his father suffered a stroke.

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 459. 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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