Idaho, Denver Visit The Kennel

Nov. 19, 2003

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 2 - Idaho
Fri., Nov. 21 - 7 p.m. PST
The Kennel - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: PAX (Spokane only)

No. 12 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (0-1; 0-0 West Coast Conference)
G - 10 Blake Stepp, 6-4, 194, Jr., Eugene, OR
      (8.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.0 assists, 1.0 steals)
G -   4 Tony Skinner, 6-5, 198, Jr., Albuquerque, NM
      (6.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.0 assists, 1.0 steals)
C - 34 Richard Fox, 6-1, 265, Sr., Denver, CO
      (5.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.0 assists, 1.0 steals)
F -   3 Adam Morrison, 6-8, 205, Fr., Spokane, WA
      (10.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg)
F -  33 Cory Violette, 6-8, 265, Sr., Boise, ID
      (13.0 ppg, 15.0 rpg, 1.0 assists)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  105-30 (5th year - 15th at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO VANDALS (1-1; 0-0 Big West Conference) G - 11 Tanoris Shepard, 5-11, 176, Jr., Kansas City, MO (9.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.5 assists, 1.0 steals. 0.5 blocks) G - 2 Dandrick Jones, 6-4, 190, Jr., Dallas, TX (2.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals) F - 42 Lionel Davis, 6-8, 245, Jr., Upland, CA (10.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.0 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.5 blocks) F - 1 Rashaad Powell, 6-4, 105, Sr., Renton, WA (11.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.5 blocks) F - 21 Tyrone Hayes, 6-4, 197, Sr., Augusta, GA (10.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.0 steals) HEAD COACH: Leonard Perry, (Idaho, 1994) UI RECORD: 23-35 (3rd year) CAREER RECORD: Same GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 3 - Denver
Mon., Nov. 24 - 7 p.m. PST
The Kennel - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: PAX (Spokane only)

UNIVERSITY OF DENVER PIONEERS (17-15; 7-8 Sun Belt Conference in 2003)
G - 20 Erik Benzel, 6-1, 175, Sr., Spokane, WA
      (11.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.8 assists, 1.4 steals)
G -   4 Rodney Billups, 5-10, 150, Jr., Denver, CO
      (5.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 12.7 assists, 1.4 steals)
C -  43 Brett Starkey, 6-9, 260, Sr., Lakewood, CO
      (12.0 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.3 blocks)
F -    1 Carvell McAlister, 6-8, 210, Sr., Fresno, CA
      (7.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.3 steals)
F -     5 Zeljko Zupic, 6-8, 215, Sr., Sinj, Croatia
      (10.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.0 steals)
HEAD COACH:  Terry Carroll (Northern Iowa, 1984)
DU RECORD:  25-32 (3rd year)  CAREER RECORD:  294-85 (12th year)

BULLDOGS IN HOME OPENERS: Gonzaga University will make its home debut with a pair of games within 72 hours when the University of Idaho visits The Kennel on Friday followed by the University of Denver on Monday. Action both nights starts at 7 p.m.

BAD APPLE: The Big Apple turned out to be the bad apple for Gonzaga University in the season opener last Friday at Madison Square Garden. The Bulldogs dropped a 73-66 decision to Saint Joseph's University as the Hawks took the rubber match as the teams met for the third straight year. Each had won on the road in the previous two years to set up the decisive third game on a neutral court in the Coaches vs. Classic event.

SOLD OUT: Both upcoming games in The Kennel are sold out - Friday's home opener against the University of Idaho and Monday's visit from the University of Denver.

ARENA NEARING SELLOUT: A limited number of tickets remain for Gonzaga University's two upcoming games in the Spokane Arena. Gonzaga plays the University of Georgia in a battle of Bulldogs on Nov. 29 in a 1 p.m. contest. Gonzaga and Eastern Washington University will bring the curtain down on 2003 in a doubleheader on Dec. 31, the women tipping off at 2 p.m. followed by the men at 5 p.m. Tickets are available at the Arena box office, through any TicketsWest outlet, online at or by calling 1-800-325-SEAT.

FIRST MEETING: Gonzaga University and the University of Denver will be meeting for the first time when they two teams battle Monday in The Kennel. The Pioneers are members of the Sun Belt Conference. DU was a NCAA Division I Independent from the 1962-63 season through the 1978-79 season. The Pioneers officially rejoined the NCAA Division I ranks for the 1998-99 campaign.

THREE COULD HIT 1,000: At some point in the season Gonzaga University should have three active 1,000-point career scorers in the lineup. Blake Stepp has already hit the milestone and has 1,225 career points to rank 14th. He needs 2 points to surpass Bill Wilson (1,226, 1962-64) to move into 13th. Cory Violette has 916 career points and Ronny Turiaf is at 752. Stepp became the 25th Gonzaga player to reach the 1,000-point plateau.

FOR THREE: Blake Stepp and Kyle Bankhead continue to climb on Gonzaga University's all-time 3-point list. Stepp is fourth with 210, 21 shy of moving past John Rillie (230, 1993-95) and into third. Bankhead has 129 treys to rank eighth and needs five to pass Jarrod Davis (133, 1991-92) for seventh. Richie Frahm, currently with the Seattle Sonics, is the career leader with 280 from 1996-00.

FROM THE LINE: Ronny Turiaf and Blake Stepp each moved into the Gonzaga University Top 10 for free throws made last season. Turiaf and Stepp are tied for eighth with 301. Turiaf and Stepp each tied Frank Burgess' single-game record of 16 free throws made in a game last season. Turiaf did its against Indiana University in the Maui Invitational when he went 16-for-18, then matched the mark again when he went 16-for-22 against the University of Cincinnati in the NCAA Tournament First Round. Stepp went 16-for-20 against the University of Washington to get his piece of the record.

BLOCK IT: Ronny Turiaf continues to move up the blocked shots list at Gonzaga University, his 75 ranking fifth. Cory Violette is 10th with 58. Casey Calvary is the all-time leader with 207 from 1998-01. Turiaf could move into second with 25 blocks this season, Tim Ruff holding that spot with 99 from 1981-85.

REBOUNDS: Senior Cory Violette is tied for sixth in career rebounds. He now has 642 to tie Charlie Jordan, becoming just the 10th player in Gonzaga history to reach the 600-rebound mark. With 84 more points he'll become the fifth player in Gonzaga history to record 1,000 points and 600 rebounds.

20 OR BUST: Gonzaga University is tied for 11th in consecutive 20-win seasons with six. The University of Arizona leads the way with 16, followed by the University of Kansas with 14 and the University of Kentucky with 13. Gonzaga is tied with the University of Connecticut, Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma and Syracuse University.

TOUGH SCHEDULE: Six teams from the NCAA Tournament a year ago dot the Gonzaga University schedule this season - Tulsa University, University of Missouri, Stanford University, University of Maryland, Saint Joseph's University and fellow West Coast Conference foe University of San Diego. The Bulldogs played eight NCAA Tournament teams a year ago.

FRESHMAN DEBUTS: True freshmen Adam Morrison and Derek Raivio, and redshirt freshman Sean Mallon made collegiate debuts they won't soon forget. Morrison got his first collegiate start in Madison Square Garden and made his first collegiate shot. Mallon came off the bench and hit his first collegiate shot - a trey from the top of the key. Raivio also came off the bench and went a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line.

BULLDOGS AND THE KENNEL: The Kennel, home of Gonzaga University's Bulldogs, has 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. In the last 12 seasons the Bulldogs are 139-10 at home for a nifty 93.3 winning percentage. Gonzaga went 10-2 at home IN 2003, the first time the Bulldogs lost two home games in a season since 1997. Gonzaga was 13-0 at home in 2002, winning by an average of 24.6 ppg. The Bulldogs went 12-0 at home in 2001, winning by an average of 24.7 ppg. GU is 55-3 in The Kennel over the past five seasons. The 2000 squad was 10-1, and the 1999 Bulldogs completed a 10-0 season in The Kennel, winning by an average of 31.9 ppg. The Bulldogs also posted undefeated home campaigns in 1993 (13-0) and 1994 (14-0), and suffered just one home setback in 1996 and 1998. The Bulldogs put together a 34-game home-court-winning streak from 1992-95, which at the time was the country's second-longest active streak.

PASS THE ROCK: While Blake Stepp is known for his scoring, he has quietly snuck up on the all-time assists list at Gonzaga University. His 437 assists rank third behind Matt Santangelo (668, 1997-000) and sure-bet NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton (554, 1981-84). Stepp is also fifth in career steals with 117, Stockton the leader with 262.

FOR HIS COUNTRY: Senior guard Blake Stepp played for USA Basketball in the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He averaged 14.6 minutes/game, 3.2 ppg, 1.0 rpg and 0.8 assists/game. His 3-pointer with 1:24 to go in the opening game against Argentina broke a 74-74 tie and propelled USA to an 80-79 win over the favored Argentineans. He scored a tournament-high 7 points, going 2-for-4 from the field, including 2-for-3 from 3-point range.

SINGLE DIGITS: Only Gonzaga University, the University of Florida and Duke University have lost less than 10 games in each of the past five seasons. Gonzaga has posted marks of 29-4, 26-7, 26-9 28-7 and 24-9, respectively, in that stretch. The last time Gonzaga hit double-digits in the "L" column was 1998 with a 20-10 campaign. Current head coach Mark Few has never had 10 or more losses in his four years as a head coach. Duke went 25-7 and Florida 25-8 last season.

THREE OR BUST: Gonzaga University has extended its streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 332. 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.

DOUBLE DIGITS STREAK SNAPPED: Gonzaga University senior guard Blake Stepp had his streak of double-digit scoring games snapped at 19 when he scored 8 points in the season opener against Saint Joseph's University. The last time Stepp failed to record double-digits was an 8-point performance in limited minutes in a blowout at Portland State University a year ago. He scored in double figures in 28 of 33 games a year ago.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Senior forward recorded the 21st double-double of his career when he scored 13 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the season opener. The 15 boards were five shy of his career best 20 against Fresno State University in the Fab Four Classic at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., on Dec. 6, 2001.

ON THE AIR AND THE TUBE: All Gonzaga University games can be heard on 1510 KGA radio with Tom Hudson calling the action for a second straight season. In addition, Gonzaga will have 26 regular-season games televised either nationally, regionally or locally this season among ESPN, ESPN2, FOX Sports, CSTV, KHQ/PAX and KAYU-TV. For a complete listing of games check local listings or the Gonzaga web site at



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