Men's Basketball Ends Homestand
Nov. 23, 2004
Game No. 3 - Idaho
Wed., Nov. 24 - 8 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; FSN
No. 24 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (2-0; 0-0 West Coast Conference) G - 5 Derek Raivio, 6-3, 168, So., Vancouver, WA (8.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 12.5 assists, 4.0 steals) G - 11 Nathan Doudney, 6-4, 208, Jr., Rockwall, TX (7.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 5.0 assists, 3.5 steals) C - 1 Ronny Turiaf, 6-10, 249, Sr., Le Robert, Martinique (26.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.5 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.5 blocks) F - 3 Adam Morrison, 6-8, 205, So., Spokane, WA (16.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals) F - 32 Sean Mallon, 6-9, 218, So., Spokane, WA (19.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.5 blocks) HEAD COACH: Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987) GONZAGA RECORD: 135-32 (6th year - 16th at GU) CAREER RECORD: Same
Sat., Nov. 27 - 10 a.m. PST
Conseco Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, IN
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KHQ-TV; FSN; WGN; HD Net
No. 5 UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI (2-0; 0-0 Big 10 Conference) G - 5 Deron Williams, 6-3, 210, Jr., The Colony, TX (11.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 7.0 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.5 blocks) G - 11 Dee Brown, 6-0, 185, Jr., Maywood, IL (18.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.5 assists, 1.0 steals) C - 40 James Augustine, 6-10, 230, Jr., Mokena, IL (12.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.0 assists, 1.5 blocks) F - 4 Luther Head, 6-3, 185, Sr., Chicago, IL (14.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 5.5 assists, 2.5 steals) F - 43 Roger Powell Jr., 6-6, 235, Sr., Joliet, IL (11.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.5 blocks) HEAD COACH: Bruce Weber (Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1978) ILLINOIS RECORD: 28-7 2nd year) CAREER RECORD: 131-61 (7th year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: 11/24 vs. Oakland.
Ronny Turiaf scored a career-high 33 points last Friday to lead Gonzaga to a 98-80 season-opening victory over Portland State. The senior from Le Robert, Martinique, had scored 29 points three times in his career - against Saint Mary's last March 7 in the championship game of the West Coast Conference Tournament, last year against George Washington in the championship game of the BB&T Classic in Washington, D.C. and against Portland his sophomore season, He went 12-for-18 from the field against the Vikings and 9-for-12 from the free throw line. He just missed a double-double as he grabbed a game-high 9 rebounds.
Junior guard Erroll Knight will be sidelined 2-4 weeks after suffering a sprained right thumb in practice on Wednesday. There are no breaks and the joint capsule is intact, according to Gonzaga's medical staff. "It's a badly sprained thumb." Gonzaga men's basketball trainer Jennifer Nyland said. Nathan Doudney, a 6-4 guard who transferred to Gonzaga from Texas Tech last season and sat out under NCAA transfer rules, will start in Knight's place. He scored 14 points on a 6-of-7 night from the field, dished out 6 assists, had 4 steals and didn't have a turnover in 32 minutes of play.
As a result of Erroll Knight's injury, true freshman David Pendergraft came off his redshirt season last Friday against Portland State. The Brewster, Wash., product played 19 minutes, missed his only shot of the night, grabbed 3 rebounds, had 2 assists and turned the ball over just once in his unexpected collegiate debut.
Gonzaga officials were notified late last Friday that junior transfer J.P. Batista will have to miss the first three regular-season games of the season in a ruling issued by the NCAA. The notification came just hours prior to the Bulldogs regular-season opener against Portland State, and he was also forced to sit out Sunday's contest against Montana. Under the ruling, Batista is also scheduled to miss Wednesday's contest against Idaho. Batista will be eligible to play against the University of Illinois on Nov. 27 at the Wooden Tradition in Indianapolis, Ind. "We are very disappointed in the ruling, but we are glad some closure has come to this situation. We plan to appeal as permitted by NCAA protocol. We're hopeful the appeal will be upheld and he could play in Wednesday's game," Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth said. Batista transferred to Gonzaga from Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kans. He played his freshman season at Western Nebraska Community College. "While we are not allowed to go into detail, J.P being withheld from games has nothing to do with his grades, academic standing or his recruitment by Gonzaga," Roth said.
Sophomore Derek Raivio, given the job of replacing Blake Stepp at point guard, has been up to the task thus far. He had a career-high 11 assists against Portland State last Friday, smashing his previous best of 4 last year at Loyola Marymount, then came back with 13 on Sunday against Montana. That ties him with Stepp, John Stockton (twice), Matt Santangelo and Ken Tyler for second on the single-game assists list. Stepp holds the record with 16 set Decd. 20, 2002, against Long Beach State. Raivio is averaging 12.0 assists/game.
Gonzaga has a modest 14-game home winning streak that ranks tied for 11th in the NCAA Division I ranks. The Bulldogs are tied with Davidson, Monmouth and East Tennessee State. Stephen F. Austin leads the way with a 30-game streak, the Lumberjacks scheduled to play their first home game of the season Tuesday against Concordia-Austin.
Gonzaga sophomore Sean Mallon has posted career highs for points in each of the first two games this season. He scored a career-high 18 points in the season opener against Portland State, then bested that with a 21-point performance Sunday against Montana. He also grabbed a career-high 8 rebounds against PSU.
Three Gonzaga players are shooting better than 50.0 percent from the field for their careers based on a minimum of 100 attempts. Sophomore forward Sean Mallon is 76-for-122 for 62.3 percent, senior center Ronny Turiaf is 400-for-759 for 52.7 percent and sophomore forward Adam Morrison is 152-for-285 for 53.3 percent.
Gonzaga shot 65.0 percent in last Friday's win over Portland State, but the Vikings almost answered the Bulldogs blow-by-blow by shooting 61.2 percent from the field. Gonzaga went 39-for-60 from the field while PSU was 30-for-49. Gonzaga shot 60.0 percent or better from the field six times last season, including 70.8 percent against Washington State for the second-best night from the field in school history. Only one team shot 50.0 percent or better against the Bulldogs last season, San Diego going 26-for-52 for 50.0 percent the final weekend of the regular season. The last time a team shot 60.0 or better against the Bulldogs was in the season opener of the 1993-94 season when San Jose State shot a blistering 65.4 percent from the field in a 98-87 win over Gonzaga in the Fry's Invitational hosted by Stanford. The Spartans went 34-for-52 in that game, including an unconscious 18-for-23 for 78.3 percent in the first half. Gonzaga, meanwhile, was no slouch from the field against SJSU, going 32-for-53 for 60.4 percent. That game, obviously, is the last Gonzaga game in which both teams shot 60.0 percent or better from the field.
Gonzaga has won four straight against Idaho and 8-of-9 since 1994. The Bulldogs won last year's meeting 84-63 in Spokane. 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 seven straight times at home, the last Idaho win on the Bulldogs court a 67-47 verdict on Dec. 5, 1989.
Gonzaga has won 33 of its last 34 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 head coach Mark Few is 3-0 against Idaho, while Idaho fourth-year head coach Leonard Perry is 0-1 against the Bulldogs. Perry was 0-2 as a player against Gonzaga as Idaho dropped both meeting in 1990 and '91.
The McCarthey Athletic Center is named after brothers Phil and Tom McCarthey of Salt Lake City and their families, and Phil and Tom were on hand Friday for the regular-season opener. The brothers 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 also on hand for the Grand Opening and ribbon cutting on Oct. 23, 2004.
Gonzaga will play its third straight game against a team with Big Sky Conference ties. The Bulldogs opened the season with Big Sky foes Portland State and Montana, and Wednesday play an Idaho team that was formerly a member of the Big Sky Conference. The Vandals are now in the Big West for basketball, and will make the all-sports switch to the Western Athletic Conference next fall.
Gonzaga moved up one spot to 24th in the Associated Press Top 25 poll of sportswriters and made its first appearance of the season at No. 25 in the USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 balloting of coaches.
Gonzaga has extended its streaks of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 364. 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.
/b> The first of three games to be televised locally on KAYU-TV FOX 28 in Spokane will be Sunday when the University of Idaho visits for an 8 p.m. contest. KAYU and KHQ-TV, the regular local television outlet for Bulldog basketball, share a working partnership. BULLDOGS WHEN RANKED: Gonzaga University is now 65-11 when ranked following two season-opening wins over Portland State University and the University of Montana. The Bulldogs extended their home record as a ranked team to 27-0.
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 both polls, the University of Illinois (Nov. 27 at the Wooden Tradition in Indianapolis, Ind.) is fourth in USA Today/ESPN and fifth in AP; Oklahoma State University (Dec. 28 at the Touchstone Energy All-College Classic in Oklahoma City, Okla.) is sixth in AP, seventh in USA TODAY/ESPN, and the University of Washington (Dec. 1 in the McCarthey Athletic Center) is 22nd in AP, 23rd in USA TODAY/ESPN. Georgia Tech and Oklahoma State were Final Four teams a year ago.
HOME, SWEET HOME: Gonzaga University will play its first three games at home for the first time since the 1994-95 season. Gonzaga ends its 3-game season-opening homestand Wednesday when the University of Idaho visits the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Bulldogs go on the road against the University of Illinois Saturday at the Wooden Tradition in Indianapolis, Ind., a Fighting Illini team that is ranked in the top five in the country.
TOP FIVE OPPONENT: One doesn't have to go back very far to find out the last time Gonzaga University has played a top five team, something they'll do Saturday against the University of Illinois. The Fighting Illini are ranked fourth in the latest Associated Press Top 25, and fifth in the USA Today/ESPN balloting. The Bulldogs faced No. 3 University of Missouri last year in the Battle in Seattle and came away with an 87-80 overtime victory.
BATTLE OF THE BOARDS: Gonzaga University has won 25 straight games when the Bulldogs have won or tied the rebounding battle. Gonzaga and the University of Montana each had 35 rebounds on Sunday. Gonzaga held a 28-21 edge over Portland State University in the season opener. The last time Gonzaga lost a game in which it won the rebounding battle was in last year's season opener against Saint Joseph's University in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in Madison Square Garden. Gonzaga dominated the boards 47-32 but lost the contest 73-66.
30 OR BUST: Ronny Turiaf's 33-point effort in the season opener against Portland State University was the first 30-point game for the Bulldogs since the 2003 season. Blake Stepp, then a junior, turned the trick three times. He scored 33 points against the University of Washington on Dec. 2, 2002, came back five days later with 34 at Washington State University and poured in 31 at Portland on Jan. 24, 2003. The single-game school record is 52 points by Frank Burgess against UC-Davis on Jan. 26, 1961. Burgess, who was in attendance for the season opener, led the nation in scoring that season with his 32.4 ppg. While 30-point games are not out of the ordinary, the last 40-point effort by a Bulldog was Jim McPhee with 42 points at home against Loyola Marymount University on Jan. 27, 1990. McPhee had also scored 42 points just eight days earlier against the Lions in a game at LMU. The have been 13 40-point games in Gonzaga history, Burgess leading the way with seven of them.
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