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Nov. 17, 2005

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 1 - Idaho Vandals
Fri., Nov. 18 - 5 p.m. PST
McCarthey Athletic Center - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KAYU-TV (Spokane); FSN (Check local listings)
No. 7 GONZAGA BULLDOGS (26-5; 12-2 West Coast in 2005)
G -   5 Derek Raivio, 6-3, 175, Jr., Vancouver, WA
       (13.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 4.8 assists, 1.6 steals)
G -  20 Larry Gurganious, 6-5, 195, Fr., Berkeley, CA
       (DNP in 2005 - high school senior)
C -  13 J.P. Batista, 6-9, 269, Sr., Olinda, Pernambuco, Brazil
       (12.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 0.9 assists, 0.7 steals)
F -    3 Adam Morrison, 6-8, 205, Jr., Spokane, WA
       (19.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.8 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.5 blocks)
F -  32 Sean Mallon, 6-9, 218, Jr., Spokane, WA
       (7.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.2 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.4 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  159-37 (7th year - 17th at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

IDAHO VANDALS (8-22; 6-12 Big West in 2005) G - 11 Tanoris Shepard, 5-11, 176, Sr., Saginaw, MI (12.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 0.7 steals) G - 5 Keoni Watson, 5-10, 180, Jr., San Diego, CA (Transfer from Seward County CC) F - 45 David Dubois, 6-5, 215, Fr., Madison, WI (DNP in 2005 - high school F - 32 Igor Vrzina, 6-8, 225, Jr., Indjija, Serbia (Transfer from Hill College) F - 54 Mike Kale, 6-8, 220, So., Henderson, NV (1.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 0.3 steals) HEAD COACH: Leonard Perry (Idaho, 1994) IDAHO RECORD: 44-72 (5th year) CAREER RECORD: Same. GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 2 - Maryland Terrapins
Mon., Nov. 21 - 2 p.m. PST
EA SPORTS Maui Invitational
Lahaina Civic Center - Lahaina, Maui
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff

TV: ESPN2
No. 21 MARYLAND TERRAPINS (19-13; 7-9 Atlantic Coast in 2005)
G - 5 D.J. Strawberry, 6-5, 201, Jr., Corona, CA (7.1 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 0.9 assists, 0.8 steals) G - 13 Chris McCray, 6-5, 192, Sr., Capitol Heights, MD (14.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.2 assists, 1.9 steals, 0.3 blocks) C - 15 James Gist, 6-8, 223, So., Silver Spring, MD (6.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 0.5 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.0 blocks) F - 22 Nik Caner-Medley, 6-8, 240, Se., Portland, ME (16.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.2 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.5 blocks) F - 25 Ekene Ibekwe, 6-9, 220, Jr., Carson, CA (8.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 0.7 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.8 blocks) HEAD COACH: Gary Williams (Maryland, 1968) UM RECORD: 334-178 (17th year) CAREER RECORD: 541-306 (28th year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: 11/18 Fairleigh Dickinson

Gonzaga seventh-year head coach Mark Few is 4-2 in season openers in his brief career. But the two losses are to pretty formidable opponents - the Bulldogs falling at No. 2 ranked Illinois to open the 2001-02 season and to 17th-ranked Saint Joseph's to open the 2003-04 campaign in the Coaches vs. Cancer game at Madison Square Garden.

Gonzaga brings a 25-game home winning streak into Friday's game with Idaho, a streak matched by Washington as the top current home winning streak among NCAA Division I schools. The Huskies have already opened the season with three straight home wins in capturing the Black Coaches Association Tournament on Tuesday. UW plays 13 of its first 14 games at home, including a Dec. 4 date with the Bulldogs. Southern Illinois (24 games) and Illinois (21) are the only other schools currently with 20 or more straight home wins. Gonzaga went a perfect 13-0 at home last season in its inaugural season in the McCarthey Athletic Center. It was Gonzaga's fifth undefeated home season in the past seven years, and their seventh since 1993. The current streak began Feb. 22, 2003, with a 69-60 win over Tulsa. The Bulldogs had a 34-game home winning streak from 1992-95 that ranked second in the country at the time, won 29 straight from 2000-03 and had a 20-game streak from 1998-00.

While Gonzaga and Idaho have gone their separate ways with conference affiliation, the two were once rivals in the Big Sky Conference. Gonzaga joined the Big Sky Conference for the 1963-64 season before joining the West Coast Athletic Conference (the current West Coast Conference) for the 1979-80 season. The Vandals are in their first season in the Western Athletic Conference after being members of the Big West Conference from 1996-97.

Gonzaga won last year's meeting with Idaho in the McCarthey Athletic Center 88-74 as Ronny Turiaf scored 40 points. He became the first Bulldog to score 40 ore more points since Jim McPhee tossed in 42 against Loyola Marymount University on Jan. 27, 1990.

Gonzaga has won five straight against Idaho and 9-of-10 since 1994. The last Idaho victory came on Jan. 5, 1998, with a 73-64 win in the ASUI-Kibbie Dome in Moscow. Gonzaga had won an earlier meeting that season in Spokane 76-60. The Bulldogs have defeated the Vandals eight straight times at home, the last Idaho win on the Bulldogs court a 67-47 verdict on Dec. 5, 1989, in the Martin Centre, home of the old Kennel.

Gonzaga head coach Mark Few is 4-0 against Idaho, while Idaho fifth-year head coach Leonard Perry is 0-2 against the Bulldogs. Perry was also 0-2 as a player against Gonzaga as Idaho dropped both meeting in 1990 and '91.

Gonzaga has won 37 of its last 38 non-conference home games, Saint Joseph's topping Gonzaga 79-78 in overtime on Dec. 31, 2002, for the last home non-conference defeat for the Bulldogs. Gonzaga's current non-conference home winning streak stands at 11.

Junior Adam Morrison is closing in on the 1,000-point club at Gonzaga, entering the 2006 season with 941 career points. He'll become the 28th member of the elite club. He'll also become the second straight member to join the club as a junior, Ronny Turiaf joining the 1,000-point ranks as a junior in 2004. Turiaf ended his career last year with 1,723 career points, good for fourth all-time. Frank Burgess, who had his No. 44 retired last season, is Gonzaga's all-time leader with 2,196 points from 1959-61.

Gonzaga has not lost back-to-back games since the 2002-03 season when the Bulldogs lost Dec. 28, 2002, against Stanford 81-71 in the Pete Newell Challenge in Oakland, Calif., and Dec. 31, 2002, at home to Saint Joseph's 79-78 in overtime. Gonzaga has played 82 games since that Saint Joseph's loss without losing back-to-back games.

Gonzaga is ranked ninth this week in the Associated Press Top 25 and was seventh in the USA Today preseason Top 25. The Bulldogs are 87-16 when ranked, including 24-5 last season. The Bulldogs are 37-0 at home when ranked, 32-6 away and 18-10 on a neutral court.

The regular season hasn't even started and Gonzaga has already been hit by the injury bug. Junior Erroll Knight, the West Coast Conference Defender of the Year last season, had a knee scope early last week and isn't expected to see action against Idaho. He was diagnosed with crushed cartilage on the femur. The frayed cartilage was repaired. Redshirt freshman Josh Heytvelt has been battling a sore foot that was the precursor to a stress fracture. He's questionable for this week, although he did see time on the practice court. Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes sat out last Saturday's exhibition against UC San Diego because of mild tendonitis in an ankle.

Entering the 2006 season, Gonzaga has taken over the top spot as the "Best in the West" from 1992-05. The Bulldogs 328 victories and .747 winning percentage in that span are both tops among the 30 schools on the West Coast (states of Washington, Oregon and California) that play NCAA Division I basketball. Stanford is second in both categories with 310 and .714, respectively, while UCLA is third with 299 and .682. Stanford and UCLA share the top spot with most post-season appearances at 12, with the Bulldogs right behind with 11.

Following Friday's game Gonzaga will be off to Maui for the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational beginning Monday. The Bulldogs open against Maryland and are in the same bracket as host Chaminade and Michigan State University. The "Who's Who of Collegiate Basketball" field also includes Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut and Kansas. With the exception of Arkansas, the Bulldogs have played every other team in the field at least once in their basketball history.

 

 

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