Men's Basketball Opens Real Season

Nov. 18, 2004

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 1 - Portland State
Fri., Nov. 19 - 7 p.m. PST
McCarthey Athletic Center - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KHQ-TV; FSN

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (28-3; 14-0 West Coast in 2004)
G -   5 Derek Raivio, 6-3, 168, So., Vancouver, WA
       (3.1 ppg, 0.6 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.4 steals)
G -  22 Erroll Knight, 6-7, 211, Jr., Jr., Seattle, WA
       (5.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.5 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.3 blocks)
C -   1 Ronny Turiaf, 6-10, 249, Sr., Le Robert, Martinique
       (15.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.5 assists, 0.6 steals, 1.5 blocks)
F -    3 Adam Morrison, 6-8, 205, So., Spokane, WA
       (11.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.4 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.3 blocks)
F -  32 Sean Mallon, 6-9, 218, So., Spokane, WA
       (5.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 0.6 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.4 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  133-32 (6th year - 16th at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY VIKINGS (11-16; 5-9 Big Sky in 2004) G - 21 Will Funn, 6-2, 195, Sr., Rialto, CA (7.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4/0 assists, 1.9 steals) G - 23 Jake Schroeder, 6-2, 190, Jr., Riverton, UT (18.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 3.4 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.7 blocks) G - 3 Blake Walker, 6-5, 210, Sr., San Bernardino, CA (16.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.5 assists, 0.9 steals) F - 42 Seamus Boxley, 6-7, 220, Sr., Mountlake Terrace, WA (14.8 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 1.9 assists, 0.7 steals, 1.2 blocks) F - 44 Scott Morrison, 6-11, 225, Fr., Vancouver, B.C. (DNP in 2004 - high school senior) or 31 Keith Sconiers, 6-7, 230, Jr., Fresno, CA (2.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 0.3 steals in 2003; redshirted 2004 with knee injury) HEAD COACH: Heath Schroyer (Armstrong State, 1995) PSU RECORD: 16-38 (2nd year) CAREER RECORD: Same. GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 2 - Montana
Sun., Nov. 21 - 2 p.m. PST
McCarthey Athletic Center - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KHQ-TV; FSN

UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA GRIZZLIES (10-18; 6-8 Big Sky in 2004)
G - 20 Brian Lynch, 6-0, 170, So., Great Falls, MT
      (2.5 ppg, 0.8 rpg, 0.9 assists)
G - 12 Kevin Criswell, 6-2, 185, Jr., Colstrip, MT
      (12.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.3 assists, 1.1 steals)
or   10 Virgil Matthews, 6-3, 195, Jr., Federal Way, WA
      (Transfer from Centralia Community College)
C -  33 John Seyfert, 6-10, 240, Jr., Stevensville, MT
      (3.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 0.9 assists, 0.7 steals, 1.2 blocks)
F -  40 Matt Dlouhy, 6-6, 190, So., Coeur d'Alene, ID
      (3.4 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 0.5 steals, 0.4 blocks)
F - 50 Kamarr Davis, 6-7, 255, Sr., Milwaukee, WI
      (14.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.5 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Larry Krystkowiak (Montana, 1966)
MONTANA RECORD:  0-0 (1st year)  CAREER RECORD:  Same.
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  None.

A youth movement his hit Gonzaga as four freshmen, three sophomores, five juniors and two seniors dot the Bulldog roster. Ronny Turiaf and Brian Michaelson are the two senior co-captains.

Freshmen Josh Heytvelt (Clarkston, Wash., High) and David Pendergraft (Brewster, Wash., High) are ticketed to redshirt this season. True freshman Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes and redshirt freshman Calum MacLeod, will see duty. MacLeod is the product of Wellington, New Zealand, who joined the Bulldogs last January and redshirted the second semester. He still has four years of eligibility remaining.

Nine of the 14 players on the Gonzaga roster have played in a NCAA Division I game. The group has a combined 92 NCAA Division I starts under their belts, but only 61 of those have been in a Gonzaga uniform. Erroll Knight (19 starts at the University of Washington) and Nathan Doudney (12 starts in two years at Texas Tech) account for the 31 non-Gonzaga starts. Half of the players on the roster have already used a redshirt season - Knight, Doudney, Sean Mallon, Brian Michaelson, Colin Floyd, Stephen Gentry and Calum MacLeod.

Gonzaga will open the regular season at home for just the second time since the 1998-99 season. The Bulldogs hosted Hofstra to tip off the 2002-03 season.

Friday's game with Portland State begins a stretch of three straight home games to open the season, the first time since the 1994-95 season the Bulldogs have opened the season with that many home games. That year the Bulldogs hosted Georgia State and Maine in the Shootout Spokane to open the regular season, then remained home to face Nevada and Whitman before taking to the road to face Idaho.

A new era begins Friday when Gonzaga makes its inaugural regular-season debut in the new 6,000-seat McCarthey Athletic Center. And the Bulldogs hope this home will be as friendly as The Kennel, Gonzaga's home for the previous 39 seasons. The Bulldogs bid adieu to The Kennel with an 80-64 win over Santa Clara University last Feb. 28. The Bulldogs went 397-104 in 39 years in the building for a 79.2 winning percentage. The Kennel gained the reputation as one of the toughest courts in the country, the Bulldogs losing a 29-game home winning streak Dec. 31, 2002, that ranked third longest in the country. The Bulldogs also put together a 34-game streak from 1992-95 that ranked second longest in the country. Since 1991 the Bulldogs are 161-15 at home for a nifty 91.5 winning percentage. The Kennel still stands and will be used primarily as the home for Bulldog women's volleyball.

The McCarthey Athletic Center is named after brothers Phil and Tom McCarthey of Salt Lake City and their families. The two are Gonzaga alums and have been significant contributors to the university over the years, including to the arena project. Phil is a member of Gonzaga's Board of Trustees, Tom a member of the university's Board of Regents. Both were on hand for the Grand Opening and ribbon cutting on Oct. 23, 2004. Gonzaga President Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., also presented them with replica seats of the McCarthey Athletic Center to enjoy the games at home on television when they can't catch the action in person.

Although Gonzaga is moving to a new facility, the Bulldogs bring with them a modest 12-game home court winning streak that currently is tied for 15th in the NCAA Division I ranks with Lehigh. Stephen F. Austin heads the list with a 30-game streak entering the 2005 season. Gonzaga recorded its fourth perfect home slate in the last six years with last year's 11-0 mark.

Gonzaga and Portland State will be meeting for the third time in the past four years after taking an 11-year break in the series. The teams met during the 2002 season, the first clash since the 1981 campaign. The Bulldogs took a 93-58 win in The Kennel on Dec. 1, 2002, and an 87-49 verdict at the Portland Memorial Coliseum on Jan. 2, 2003. The teams did not meet last season. The Zags lead the all-time series 15-6.

Gonzaga will try to start a new winning streak Friday against Portland State. The Bulldogs had their school-record 21-game winning streak snapped by Nevada in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. That smashed the old record of 14 established by the 2002 squad from Jan. 19-March 14.

It's a Big Sky weekend for Gonzaga University. Following Friday's match-up with Portland State, another Big Sky Conference foe will invade the McCarthey Athletic Center when Montana comes to town for a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. The home stand continues Wednesday when former Big Sky member Idaho comes to town for an 8 p.m. contest. The Vandals are currently in the Big West Conference but will make the move to the Western Athletic Conference next season.

Gonzaga has won 20 or more games for seven straight seasons, including posting a 28-3 mark last season. The 28 wins fell one shy of matching the school record of 29 set in 2002.

Gonzaga was ranked 25th in the Associated Press Top 25 preseason poll of sportswriters and was the first team in the "others receiving votes" category in the USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 balloting of coaches.

The pollsters took note of Gonzaga last season, the Bulldogs finishing ranked third in the final Associated Press Top 25 and 12th in the USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25. The Bulldogs were ranked as high as No. 2 in the USA TODAY/ESPN rankings as selected by the coaches.

Gonzaga University has extended its streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 362. The last time the Bulldogs failed to hit a trey was Jan. 27, 1993, when the Bulldogs went 0-for-5 at home against Portland.

BULLDOGS DOWN EMPORIA STATE: Sophomore Sean Mallon scored 28 points and Ronny Turiaf added 23 to lead five Gonzaga University players in double figures in a 114-86 exhibition men's basketball victory over Emporia State University on Nov. 5 in the first exhibition for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs, who downed the Hornets 108-71 last year, raced to a 67-36 halftime lead. Gonzaga shot 66.7 percent from the field in the first half, including a perfect 4-for-4 from the field - all 3-pointers - by Texas Tech transfer Nathan Doudney. Doudney, who redshirted last year under NCAA transfer rules, finished 5-for-8 from the field, 5-for-7 from 3-point range, for 16 points. Adam Morrison had 18 points and Derek Raivio 13 as the others in double figures. Gonzaga shot 60.0 percent for the game, "cooling off" to 52.9 percent in the second half and ending up 42-for-70 from the field. The Bulldogs were 11-for-19 from 3-point range.

GONZAGA TOPS WARRIORS: Gonzaga University turned in another solid shooting effort last Sunday as the Bulldogs downed Lewis-Clark State College 85-48 in the final exhibition tune-up for Gonzaga prior to the start of the regular season. The Bulldog shot 62.3 percent from the field, including a blistering 66.7 percent in the first half. LCSC, meanwhile, shot just 27.0 percent from the field. The Bulldogs raced to an 8-0 lead in the first five minutes Sunday, and by the time the lead had reached 14-3 all five starters had scored. Gonzaga had 4-of-5 starters in double figures - Adam Morrison and Sean Mallon leading the way with 20 each. Derek Raivio added 12 and Ronny Turiaf 10. The rebounding battle went to the Bulldogs 42-27 as Mallon had a game-high 11 and Turiaf added 6. Morrison and Mallon both had outstanding nights from the field. The West Coast Conference All-Freshmen team selections of a year combined to go 16-for-21 from the field, Morrison connecting on 8-of-12 shots and Mallon 8-of-9. Turiaf was 3-for-5, Raivio 4-for-5 and Erroll Knight 3-for-6 as Gonzaga's starters combined to go 26-for-37 from the field for 70.3 percent.

BULLDOGS AWAIT WORD: As of mid-week Gonzaga University was still waiting for NCAA eligibility certification on junior college transfer J.P. Batista. The 6-9, 269-pound junior sat out both Bulldog exhibitions while awaiting word on his eligibility from the NCAA. He transferred to Gonzaga this fall from Barton Community College in Great Bend, Kans. "We're confident the issue will be resolved soon," Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth said.

BY THE NUMBERS: Although Gonzaga University's two exhibition games were against NCAA Division II and NAIA competition, the Bulldogs nonetheless put up some good numbers. Gonzaga went 75-for-123 from the field for 61.0 percent, 16-for-34 from 3-point range for 47.1 percent and 33-43 from the free throw line for 76.7 percent. Gonzaga also won the battle of the boards by averaging 42.5 rpg to 28.0 rpg by the opposition. Sean Mallon was one of several standouts, going 19-for-25 from the field for 76.0 percent while averaging 24.0 ppg and 10.0 rpg. He also had 10 assists and just two turnovers. Ronny Turiaf went 10-for-15 from the field for 66.7 percent and averaged 6.5 rpg, while Adam Morrison burned the nets for 60.0 percent on 15-of-25 from the field and also averaged 6.0 rpg. Derek Raivio, the heir apparent for the point guard spot vacated by the graduated Blake Stepp, went 9-for-12 from the field, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range, had 10 assists and just two turnovers. Nathan Doudney also found his shooting touch, going 8-for-13 from the field and 6-of-10 from beyond the arc. Junior Erroll Knight connected on 6-of-11 shots from the field.

TOUGH SCHEDULE: It doesn't matter which of the two major polls one reads, no matter how you cut it Gonzaga University has a tough road ahead. The Bulldogs face four teams ranked in the Top 25 in each of the Associated Press and USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 preseason polls - and three of those teams are ranked in the top 10. Georgia Tech (Dec. 18 at the Las Vegas Showdown) is third in AP, fourth in USA TODAY/ESPN; the University of Illinois (Nov. 27 at the Wooden Tradition in Indianapolis, Ind.) is fifth in both polls; Oklahoma State University (Dec. 28 at the Touchstone Energy All-College Classic in Oklahoma City, Okla.) is seventh in AP, eighth in USA TODAY/ESPN, and the University of Washington (Dec. 1 in the McCarthey Athletic Center) is 22nd in AP, 24th in USA TODAY/ESPN. Georgia Tech and Oklahoma State were Final Four teams a year ago.

 

 

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