Bulldogs Head For East Coast Swing

Nov. 27, 2007

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 7 - Saint Joseph's
Thursday, November 29 - 5 p.m. PST
Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse - Philadelphia, PA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
No. 19 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (5-1; 0-0 West Coast)
G -   2 Jeremy Pargo, 6-2, 219, Jr., Chicago, IL
       (11.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 5.5 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.5 blocks)
G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 214, So., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (13.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.3 assists, 1.2 steals)
G - 22 Micah Downs, 6-8, 190, Jr., Kirkland, WA
       (9.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.0 assists, 1.7 steals, 0.3 blocks)
F -  25 David Pendergraft, 6-6, 223, Sr., Brewster, WA
       (7.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.2 assists, 0.3 steals)
F -  31 Abdullahi Kuso, 6-9, 241, Sr., Kaduna, Nigeria
      (9.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 0.3 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.3 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  216-53 (9th year - 19th at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

SAINT JOSEPH'S HAWKS (3-1; 0-0 Atlantic 10) G - 0 Tasheed Carr, 6-4, 210, Jr., Philadelphia, PA (11.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 7.8 assists, 3.0 steals) G - 13 Darrin Govens, 6-1, 175, So., Chester, PA (15.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.3 blocks) C - 34 Ahmad Nivins, 6-9, 235, Jr., Jersey City, NJ (13.8 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steals, 2.0 blocks) F - 52 Rob Ferguson, 6-8, 230, Sr., Ft. Myers, FL (7.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.3 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.8 blocks) F - 12 Pat Calathes, 6-10, 210, Sr., Casselberry, FL (17.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 3.3 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.8 blocks) HEAD COACH: Phil Martelli (Widener, 1976) SJU RECORD: 243-140 (13th year) CAREER RECORD: Same.

Game No. 8 - University of Connecticut
Saturday, December 1 - 12:30 p.m. PST
The Hartford Hall of Fame Showcase
TD Banknorth Garden - Boston, MA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
CONNECTICUT HUSKIES (2-1; 0-0 Atlantic 10)
G -  12 A.J. Price, 6-2, 181, Jr., Amityville, NY
      (13.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 5.4 assists, 2.0 steals)
G -  11 Jerome Dyson, 6-4, 190, So., Rockville, MD
      (13.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.2 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.0 blocks)
C -  34 Hasheem Thabeet, 7-3, 263, So., Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
      (10.5 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 0.5 assists, 0.5 steals, 2.7 blocks)
F -    4 Jeff Adrian, 6-7, 243, Jr., Brookline, MA
      (13.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.0 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.7 blocks)
F -  21 Stanley Robinson, 6-9, 200, So., Birmingham, AL
      (9.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.8 steals, 2.2 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Jim Calhoun (American International, 1968)
UCONN RECORD:  504-192 (21st year)  CAREER RECORD:  752-329 (35th year)

Gonzaga University heads east this week to meet a pair of NCAA basketball heavyweights. The trip starts Thursday at Saint Joseph's University when the Bulldogs invade 3,200-seat Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse for the fifth meeting between the teams since 2002. Saturday the Bulldogs head to Boston to meet the University of Connecticut in The Hartford Hall of Fame Showcase at TD Banknorth Garden. If the third meeting between the Bulldogs and the Huskies is anywhere near as good as the first two - both won by UConn - then fans will get their monies worth.

Gonzaga University is back in the lower 48 after finishing third at the Great Alaska Shootout last week. Forward Abdullahi Kuso had 19 points and 10 rebounds Saturday as the Bulldogs bounced back from Friday's loss to Texas Tech to defeat Virginia Tech 82-64 for third place. Kuso, strong all night in the paint, blocked three shots and got Hokies freshman Jeff Allen, a force in his first two tournament games, into early foul trouble. Matt Bouldin scored 20 points and shot 6-for-8 from the 3-point line. Jeremy Pargo finished with 10 points and had 13 assists to push the Bulldogs record to 5-1.

Sophomore Matt Bouldin was named to the Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament team after helping Gonzaga University to third place. He scored 20 points in the consolation final victory over Virginia Tech, one shy of his career high of 20 he hit twice last season. Against the Hokies he went 7-for-10 from the field, including 6-for-8 from 3-point range. He averaged 16.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.3 assists and 2.0 steals for the three games in Alaska. He was hot from the field, going 17-for-28 from the field for 60.7 percent and connecting on 7-for-10 from 3-point range for 70.0 percent.

Abdullahi Kuso had one of his best games in a Gonzaga University uniform last Saturday against Virginia Tech. His 19 points were a career high and his 10 rebounds were two shy of his career high of 12. The double-double was the third of his career, the other two coming last season. His first double-double was 15 points and 12 rebounds against the University of Texas-San Antonio, and his second of 11 points, 10 rebounds came against the University of San Diego in the West Coast Conference Tournament in Portland, Ore., last March. He also had three blocks against Virginia Tech to give him 50 in his 40-game career as a Bulldog. His 50 blocked shots are 10 shy of cracking the Gonzaga Top 10. His 42 blocks last season tied for 10th on the single-season charts.

Gonzaga University fell five spots to 19th in both of the major polls this week after going 2-1 and suffering its first loss of the season at the Great Alaska Shootout. The Bulldogs, who spent three straight weeks at 14th in both polls, received 452 points in the Associated Press Top 25, and 206 in the USA Today/ESPN balloting. The Bulldogs got as high as 16th in the ESPN/USA TODAY poll and as high as 18th in the AP balloting last year. Gonzaga fell out of both polls on Christmas Day last year and never climbed back in to the Top 25 in a 23-11 season that included a ninth-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The University of North Carolina is No. 1 in the AP poll, UCLA edging the Tar Heels for the top spot in the coaches voting.

Three teams on the Gonzaga University schedule remain ranked in the Top 15 of both polls again this week. The Bulldogs will travel to No. 3 University of Memphis Jan. 25, host 6th-ranked Washington State University next Wednesday in the McCarthey Athletic Center and play No. 7 (AP)/No. 12 (ESPN/USA Today) University of Tennessee in The Battle in Seattle Dec. 29.

There's no place like home, and the McCarthey Athletic Center has become quite the home for the Bulldogs since it opened for the 2004-05 season. Gonzaga is 42-1 in the new facility, winning its first 38 games in the McCarthey Athletic Center. Santa Clara University halted the streak with an 84-73 victory Feb. 12, 2007. That loss also snapped a 50-game home winning streak for the Bulldogs, at the time the longest streak in the nation, as Gonzaga left the old Kennel with 12 straight home victories.

Gonzaga University shot a season-low 38.9 percent from the field Friday against Texas Tech, while the Red Raiders hit 47.2 percent from the field for the best shooting night against the Bulldogs this season. Gonzaga went 21-for-54 while Texas Tech went 25-for-53 from the field. Gonzaga bounced back the next night to shoot 54.7 percent (29-for-53) while holding Virginia Tech to 43.6 percent from the field.

After being out rebounded 35-29 by Texas Tech, Gonzaga University came back with a +8 (32-24) effort against Virginia Tech.

Junior Josh Heytvelt and freshman Steven Gray have had their seasons interrupted by surgery. Heytvelt, who has been fighting a stress fracture in his right ankle all fall, underwent surgery Nov. 12 to insert screws into the ankle. Gray, who suffered a fractured wrist Nov. 7 in an exhibition game against Emporia State University, underwent surgery Nov. 14 to insert a pin in the wrist. In both cases, the surgery is expected to speed up the healing process rather than just casting both Heytvelt's ankle and Gray's wrist and letting time heal the injuries.

Senior Jeremy Pargo dished out a career high 13 assists in the consolation final win over Virginia Tech at the Great Alaska Shootout. That surpassed his previous high of 11 at home against the University of San Francisco last season. Pargo became the seventh player in school history to record 13 assists, Derek Raivio the last player to do it Nov. 21, 2004, against the University of Montana. Blake Stepp is the single-game leader with 16 against Long Beach State University Dec. 20, 2002. Pargo has 22 assists in his last three games after having 11 in his first three games.

There might be some magic in that No. 5 jersey freshman Austin Daye is wearing - especially when it comes to the free throw line. Daye is 29-for-33 for 87.9 percent from the stripe through the first six games. Derek Raivio, who wore No. 5 throughout his Gonzaga career, is one of the most prolific free throw shooters in NCAA history. He finished his career hitting 92.7 percent from the line and holds the top three single-season percentage marks in school history. Raivio went 148-for-154 for 96.1 percent to lead the NCAA Division I ranks in percentage a year ago and ranks second all-time on the NCAA single-season list. For his career he went 343-for-370 for 92.7 percent to rank second in the NCAA based on a minimum of 300 free throws made and 2.5 free throws made/game. Raivio set the Gonzaga record of 56 consecutive free throws. Daye has made his last 18 attempts.

Gonzaga University has extended its streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 464. The last time the Bulldogs failed to hit a trey was Jan. 27, 1993, going 0-for-5 at home against Portland. UNLV holds the all-time streak of 668 entering this season.

Gonzaga University was 91-for-134 for 67.9 percent from the free throw line heading into last Saturday's game against Virginia Tech, but the Bulldogs hit 16-for-19 for a season-high 84.2 percent. Gonzaga is 107-for-153 for 69.9 percent his season. Gonzaga shot 75.1 percent from the line last year. Bulldog Bites

Thursday's game between Gonzaga University and Saint Joseph's University will be the fifth between the teams since 2002. Dan Dickau hit a trey from the corner at the buzzer Dec. 31, 2001, to give GU an 83-80 road victory. Jameer Nelson's jumper with :08 to go in OT gave the Hawks a 79-78 OT win at Gonzaga Dec. 31, 2003, to snap the Bulldogs 29-game home winning streak. No. 17 SJU took a 73-66 win over No. 10 Gonzaga at Madison Square Garden Nov. 14, 2003, in the season-opening Coaches vs. Cancer event, and the Bulldogs evened the series with a 102-94 home victory Dec. 31, 2005.

Gonzaga University men's basketball coach Mark Few added three players to his charges for the 2008-09 season with the signing of three players to letters-of-intent. Andy Poling, 6-11, 30-pound forward from Westview High in Portland, Ore.; Grant Gibbs, 6-5, 190-pound guard from Linn-Mar High in Marion, Iowa, and Demetri Goodson, 6-0, 175-pound guard from Klein Collins High in Spring, Texas, outside of Houston, made their intentions official to become Bulldogs on the first day of national letter-of-intent signing day. All three had previously made verbal commitments. Poling averaged 13.9 ppg last season to rank fifth in the Metro League in scoring while leading the Wildcats to a 21-8 overall record and 8-2 second-place Metro League finish. He was named honorable mention All-State 6A in Westview's first season in the newly-created State 6A classification. He was also voted first-team All-Metro League for the Wildcats, ranked seventh in the state heading into the State 6A Tournament where they lost their first two games. Poling was rated one of the 20 best centers in the country by one scouring service. Gibbs averaged 15.0 ppg, 5.0 assists and 5.0 rpg as Linn-Mar captured the Iowa State 4A title last spring. He had 10 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in the quarterfinal win over Sioux City North; 20 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 7 steals in the semifinal victory over Urbandale, and scored 15 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, and had a pair of assists and steals in the title game against Bettendorf to cap a 24-1 season. He finished third in tournament scoring with 45 points and tied for fourth with 21 rebounds in earning All-Tournament honors. Goodson helped lead Klein Collins to the Region 2 title game last season while averaging 16.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 7.0 assists/game. He was an All-State 5A selection, the largest classification in Texas. Goodson was rated as high as the 135th best player in the country by one scouting service.

Seniors Jeremy Pargo and Josh Heytvelt have been named to the preseason watch lists for a pair of prestigious All-American men's basketball honors. Pargo, a native of Chicago, Ill., is one of 50 players named to the John R. Wooden Award as selected by the Los Angeles Athletic Club's Wooden Award Committee. Heytvelt, who hails from Clarkston, Wash., was named one of 50 preseason candidates for the Naismith Trophy as selected by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. Pargo becomes the eighth Bulldog selected as a Wooden candidate. Heytvelt is the second Bulldog in three years under consideration for the Naismith.



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