MBB Hosts Howard Tuesday Night

Nov. 13, 2017

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No. 17/19 Gonzaga (1-0) vs. Howard (0-2)
TUESDAY, NOV. 13 | 6 P.M. | SPOKANE | MCCARTHEY ATHLETIC CENTER
TV: KHQ/ROOT
RADIO: Gonzaga IMG Radio Network
LIVE VIDEO: ESPN3
LIVE STATS: Gametracker
 
ABOUT THE SERIES:
- This is the third all-time meeting between Howard (Washington D.C.) and Gonzaga.
- The Zags won the previous two meetings, but the latest was 27 years ago.
- GU won the last meeting between the programs, 79-67, in the 1990 Spokane Shootout.
- The Bulldogs won the first meeting in the Manufacturer’s Hanover Classic in New Rochelle, N.Y., 62-60 in overtime,
on Dec. 6, 1985.
 
SCOUTING THE BISON: 
- Howard fell at Indiana in the Hoosier Tip-Off Classic Sunday, 86-77. The Bison led with 7:25 left in the first half, but trailed 37-27 at the half. Howard pulled within nine midway through the second half, but could not come any closer.
- RJ Cole scored a game-high 27 points on 8-of-22 shooting from the field, including 5-of-8 from three-point range. He added a game-high eight assists, and was 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.
- Kyle Foster chipped in 16 points. Zion Cousins and Cameron Lewis pulled down 10 and nine rebounds.
- The Bison opened the season with an 84-75 loss at George Washington Friday. Howard came within four points of George Washington with 1:01 remaining in regulation.
- Cole had 23 points, Charles Williams scored 21 and Foster added 11 for the Bison. Cole had six assists and Cousins had nine boards.
- Williams was named to the preseason All-MEAC first team. Last season, he took home the 2016-17 MEAC Rookie of the Year award after finishing 11th in the MEAC in scoring (15.6). He was also All-MEAC third team.
- Cole, a freshman from nationally ranked St. Anthony High School in New Jersey, was a three-star athlete under ESPN’s ranking of the nation’s top prep stars, with offers from various programs, including crosstown rival Georgetown.
- Howard was picked eighth in the MEAC preseason poll by the league’s coaches.
- Thirteen of the Bison’s 16 non-conference games are on the road, including the first seven.
 
WILLIAMS NEAR HISTORIC MARK
- Johnathan Williams is two points shy of the 1,000-point plateau in his career.
- The redshirt senior scored 585 points during his two seasons at Missouri, before totaling 413 last season at GU.
- Williams has shot 48.5 percent from the field during his collegiate career, making 362 of his 746 shots.
- He crossed over the 700-rebound plateau in the national semifinal game. The Memphis native has 714 career boards.
- Williams is two offensive rebounds away from 250 in his career.
- He has started in all 107 appearances in his career.
 
OTHERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON ...
                - Surpassed 700 points in his career in the season-opener, now has 718 points in his career
                - 16 assists away from 300 in his career
                - 20 steals away from 100 in his career
                - Five made three-pointers away from 100 in his career
 
SEASON-OPENING SUCCESS
- The Zags have won 14 straight regular season-openers dating back to a 73-66 loss to Saint Joseph’s in the 2003 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in New York City.
- Gonzaga has won 29 consecutive regular season home-openers since a 73-65 loss to Boise State on Dec. 7, 1988.
- GU has won all 14 regular season home-openers in the McCarthey Athletic Center.
- The Bulldogs have won all 19 regular season home-openers under Mark Few.
 
ZAGS TAME TIGERS IN OPENER
- Josh Perkins scored 20 points in Gonzaga’s 97-69 rout win over Texas Southern in the 2017-18 regular season-opener.
- Perkins made 6-of-10 from three-point range, matching Nigel Williams-Goss’ single-game high from last season.
- Corey Kispert was the first freshman to start for GU in a season-opener since Elias Harris (18 pts, 7 rbs) did in 2009.
- Killian Tillie grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds and Rui Hachimura scored a career-high 11 points.
 
FOSTER JR. SIGNS WITH GU
- Greg Foster Jr. is listed as a four-star recruit by ESPN.com. He describes himself as a pass-first guard. Foster Jr. averaged 14.9 points during his junior season at Homestead High School in Wisconsin.
- Foster Jr.’s high school career started in Milwaukee, where his father, Greg Foster Sr., is an assistant coach with the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, but he will play his senior season at Ed W. Clark High School in Las Vegas.
- Foster Sr. played 13 season in the NBA with Washington, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Chicago, Minnesota, Utah, Seattle, the Los Angeles Lakers and Toronto from 1990 to 2003.
- Foster Jr. selected Gonzaga over Saint Mary’s. He also visited Brown and Texas-El Paso.
 
WILLIAMS NAMED TO NAISMITH LIST
- Johnathan Williams was named to the Citizen Naismith Trophy Men’s College Player of the Year Preseason Watch List.
- The Citizen Naismith Trophy will culminate with the 50th presentation of the award April 1.
- A list of the midseason 30 team will be released on Feb. 14. Players who do not make the Watch List are still eligible to be selected for the midseason 30 team.
- Williams averaged 10.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game last season. He made 59 percent of his shots from the field, including 40 percent from behind-the-arc (16-of-40). He blocked 36 shots and made 27 steals in 2016-17.

 

 

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