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Nov. 28, 2001

Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 6 - Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Thursday, Nov. 29 - 7 p.m. PST
The Kennel - Spokane, Wash.
Radio: News Talk AM 1510 KGA - Pre-game show at 6:45 p.m. PST
TV: PAX (Spokane AT&T Broadband Cable Channel 8, UHF Channel 34)

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (3-2, 0-0 West Coast Conference)
G - 21 Dan Dickau, 6-0, 189, Sr., Vancouver, WA
(16.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.0 assists, 0.8 steals)
G - 10 Blake Stepp, 6-4, 192, So., Eugene, OR
(3.8 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 2.4 assists, 0.6 steals)
C - 33 Cory Violette, 6-8, 255, So., Boise, ID
(9.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.4 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.4 blocks)
F - 32 Zach Gourde, 6-8, 249, Jr., Vancouver, WA
(16.4 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 0.8 assists, 0.4 blocks)
F - 25 Anthony Reason, 6-5, 184, Sr., Ocala, FL
(2.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 0.4 assists, 0.4 steals)
HEAD COACH: Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987
GONZAGA RECORD: 55-18 (3rd year) CAREER RECORD: Same

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF GOLDEN LIONS(0-4, 0-0 Southwest Athletic)
G - 10 Thaddeaus Hackworth, 6-0, 172, Sr., Dallas, TX
(7.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.3 assists, 1.3 steals)
G - 12 Lamarquis Blake, 5-11, 160, Fr., Melbourne, FL
(5.5 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.8 steals)
F - 14 Don Fleming, 6-6, 205, Jr., Dallas, TX
(10.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.0 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.8 blocks)
F - 22 Charles Almond, 6-6, 200, Jr., Kansas City, KS
(7.5 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 0.8 assists, 0.5 steals)
F - 40 Kory McKee, 6-7, 220, Jr., Jackson, MS
(8.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 0.5 assists, 1.8 steals)
HEAD COACH: Harold Blevins (Arkansas AM&N, 1965)
UAPB: 35-125 (7th year) CAREER RECORD: Same
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None

Game No. 7 - Portland State
Saturday, Dec. 1- 7 p.m. PST
The Kennel - Spokane, Wash.
Radio: News Talk AM 1510 KGA - Pre-game show at 6:45 p.m. PST
TV: PAX (Spokane AT&T Broadband Cable Channel 8, UHF Channel 34)

PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY VIKINGS (2-1, 0-0 Big Sky Conference)
G - 10 Aaron Fitzgerald, 6-2, 185, Fr., Seattle, WA
(14.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.7 assists, 1.0 steals)
G - 33 Jeb Ivey, 6-2, 200, Jr., San Jose, CA
(8.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.7 assists, 0.7 steals)
F - 34 Billy Feeney, 6-9, 190, Fr., Louisville, CO
(7.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 0.3 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.3 blocks)
F - 40 Anthony Lackey, 6-5, 225, Sr., Napa, CA
(7.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.1 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks)
F - 42 Seamus Boxley, 6-7, 210, So., Mountlake Terrace, WA
(7.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.3 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.3 blocks)
HEAD COACH: Joel Sobotka (Arizona State, 1993)
PSU RECORD: 43-44 (4th year) CAREER RECORD: Same
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: Nov. 27 at Cal Poly

Game No. 8 - Eastern Washington
Tuesday, Dec. 4 - 7 p.m. PST
The Kennel - Spokane, Wash.
Radio: News Talk AM 1510 KGA - Pre-game show at 6:45 p.m. PST
TV: PAX (Spokane AT&T Broadband Cable Channel 8, UHF Channel 34)

EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY EAGLES (2-2, 0-0 Big Sky Conference)
G - 14 Jason Lewis, 6-3, 175, Sr., Eugene, OR
(3.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.0 assists, 0.5 steals)
G - 31 Alvin Snow, 6-2, 205, So., Seattle, WA
(8.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.0 assists, 2.0 steals)
C - 52 Jason Humbert, 6-9, 245, Sr., Salem, OR
(8.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 0.3 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.0 blocks)
F - 5 Chris Hester, 6-3, 180, Jr., Fort Madison, IA
(12.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.3 blocks)
F - 13 Marco Quinto, 6-6, 215, Sr., Bellevue, WA
(7.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.3 assists, 0.3 steals)
HEAD COACH: Ray Giacoletti (Minot State, 1985)
EWU RECORD: 19-13 (2nd year) CAREER RECORD: 67-46 (5th year)
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: Nov. 29 vs. Boise State, Dec. 1 vs. St. Martin's

BULLDOGS SECOND IN ALASKA: Gonzaga University's trip to the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout saw the Bulldogs advance to the title game following wins over St. John's University and 23rd-ranked University of Texas. The Bulldogs fell to Marquette University in the title game in a meeting between private Jesuit institutions. In only the second meeting ever between the schools, Marquette evened the series with a 72-63 win in the title game.

BULLDOGS QUELL STORM: In a re-match of a 2000 NCAA Tournament second round contest, Gonzaga University downed St. John's University 65-58 in a first-round game of the Great Alaska Shootout in front of an ESPN national television audience. Gonzaga won the NCAA meeting in Tucson, Ariz., 82-76 and now leads the overall series 2-1.

DOWN RANKED TEAM: When Gonzaga University downed 23rd-ranked University of Texas in the Great Alaska Shootout it marked the Bulldogs' first regular-season win over a ranked opponent since a 59-43 win at UCLA on Dec. 11, 1999. Gonzaga is now 7-13 overall against ranked opponents since 1981.

GOURDE, DICKAU HONORED: Forward Zach Gourde and guard Dan Dickau were named to the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska All-Tournament team. Gourde was also tabbed the West Coast Conference Player of the Week. Gourde averaged 15.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg and went 21-for-36 from the field for 58.3 percent. He also recorded the third double-double of his career and second of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds in the Bulldogs' win over 23rd-ranked University of Texas. Dickau averaged 17 ppg, went 10-for-25 from 3-point range for 40.0 percent and averaged 3.7 assists/game. He scored 24 points in Gonzaga's win over Texas, including the deciding basket in the final seconds.

IS THIS THE GLOBETROTTERS? Gonzaga University hosts the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff Thursday in the inaugural meeting between the schools, and the Golden Lions will be familiar with airports by the time their road swing is over. Thursday's game in The Kennel will be the fifth of 13 straight road games to open the season. UAPB will be at Washington State University on Saturday afternoon, then heads to the Midwest and South to play Iowa State University, Drake University, Mississippi Valley State University, Marquette University and the University of Mississippi prior to opening Southwest Athletics Conference play with two games on the road. UAPB will visit eight states in its 13-game road swing to open the season. The Golden Lions don't make their home debut until Jan. 12, 2002.

TURIAF DOUBLES UP AGAIN: After collecting his first career double-double in only his second collegiate appearance with 13 points and 13 rebounds against the University of Montana, freshman Ronny Turiaf came back with 12 points and 12 rebounds against St. John's University in the Bulldogs' first-round game of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout. In five games off the bench he's averaging 19.6 minutes/game, 8.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg and is shooting 56.5 percent from the field on 13-of-23. He's also one of the top free throw shooters, connecting on 16-of-20 for 80.0 percent. He also leads the team in blocked shots with four for 0.80 blocks/game.

BULLDOGS VS. VIKINGS, EAGLES: A pair of teams who are foes in the Big Sky Conference will invade The Kennel when Portland State University visits on Saturday and Eastern Washington University makes the short trek from Cheney next Tuesday. The Bulldogs haven't met PSU since Dec. 29, 1979, when GU prevailed 92-80. The last time the Vikings came to town Gonzaga's facility was still known as Kennedy Pavilion. Gonzaga leads the all-time series with PSU 13-6. EWU came within one game of advancing to the NCAA Tournament last season, falling in the title game of the Big Sky Conference Tournament.. Gonzaga won last year's meeting on Reese Court on the EWU campus 74-65. Since becoming a NCAA Division I program for the 1958-59 season the Bulldogs lead the overall series 45-7.

BEST FRIENDS OFF THE COURT: Part II of the Mark Few-Ray Giacoletti rivalry unfolds Tuesday in The Kennel. The Few and Giacoletti families are best friends off the court, which makes the annual game between Gonzaga University and Eastern Washington University even harder. "We don't even talk about it," Few said of the upcoming game. Few got the jump on Giacoletti last season with a 74-65 win in Cheney, Giacoletti's first year at EWU.

FORMER EWU COACH ON GU BENCH: Tuesday's visit to The Kennel by Eastern Washington University has another interesting twist to it in addition to the friendship of Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few and EWU counterpart Ray Giacoletti. Jerry Krause, who coached the Eagles for 17 years from the 1967-68 season through the 1984-85 season with the exception of a year's sabbatical during 1982-83, is the Director of Men's Basketball Operations for the Bulldogs. Krause posted a 262-195 record at EWU and coached the Eagles their first two seasons as a NCAA Division I program - 1983-84 and 1984-85. Krause is in his second stint with the Bulldogs, serving eight years as a part-time assistant from 1985-92. He spent five years at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY, as professor of sport philosophy and director of instruction for the department of physical education. He returned to the area this past summer.

ELITE COMPANY: Gonzaga University is one of just three schools to advance to the Sweet Sixteen each of the past three seasons. Michigan State University and Duke University are the other two. Duke and MSU appeared in their fourth straight Sweet Sixteen in 2001. Since the bracket expanded to 64 teams in 1985, there have been 18 occasions where teams have had runs of three years or more into the Sweet Sixteen. The University of North Carolina leads the way with a 9-year stretch from 1985-93, followed by Duke with a 7-year run from 1986-92 in addition to its current streak.

BLAKE IN THE LINEUP: His status in limbo until game day, Gonzaga University sophomore point guard Blake Stepp has started all fives games this season. Sidelined for much of the preseason practices and held out of both exhibition games, the 6-4 guard took his place in the starting introductions in the season opener at the University of Illinois after starting all 33 games as a true freshman last season. Stepp underwent a procedure late last spring called a micro fracture to repair a degenerative bone in his right knee. The operation made the bone bleed to trick the degenerative bone to go into a healing process to fill in the hole that had developed. Although doctors and trainers are optimistic the procedure was a success, Stepp had experienced swelling that limited his practice sessions this fall. There's no way to know if the operation successful unless doctors go back in to check the knee. Stepp's status, at least through the early part of the season, will be a game-day decision. Stepp has played 16 minutes in each of the two games thus far. He isn't experiencing as much swelling, but the knee still isn't responding like the coaching and training staffs would like. Thus far he's averaging 16.8 minutes/game.

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. In the last 10 seasons the Bulldogs are 116-9 at home for a nifty 92.7 winning percentage. The Bulldogs went 12-0 at home in 2001, winning by an average of 24.7 ppg. The Bulldogs are 33-1 in The Kennel over the past three 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.

DICKAU ON WOODEN AWARD BALLOT: Point Guard Dan Dickau is the third straight Gonzaga University representative on the John R. Wood Award Pre-season Top 50 candidates for the 2001-02 Wooden Award All-America Team. Casey Calvary, a Wooden All-America pick last season, and Matt Santangelo in 2000 were the previous Bulldogs on the list. The Wooden Award Top 50 was announced this past summer. In late December the Top 30 finalists will be announced. On March 26, 2002, the 10-player Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced. One member of the Wooden Award All-American Team will be selected on Sunday, April 7, 2002, as the recipient of the Wooden Award Trophy as the nation's "Most Outstanding Collegiate Basketball Player of the Year." The event will be a one hour telecast on FOX Sports Net.

FEW'S TWO-YEAR RUN: Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few probably never thought life as a head coach would be so "sweet." But in his first two seasons as head coach the Bulldogs have advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen, one of only two NCAA Division I head coaches to accomplish that feat since the bracket expanded to 64 teams in 1985. Gonzaga, defending national champion Duke University and 2000 national champion Michigan State University are the only three schools to reach the Sweet Sixteen each of the past three seasons. Few was an assistant coach on Gonzaga's run to the 1999 Elite Eight. Few's 2-year record of 52-16 places him among elite company for second-year head coaches. His 2-year total of 52 wins has him tied for third for second-year coaches with Dan Monson, his predecessor at Gonzaga, and Ben Carnevale of the University of North Carolina (1945-46).

BULLDOGS HIT 20 WINS AGAIN: With a 26-7 record last season, Gonzaga University hit the 20-win plateau for the 8th time in the last 10 seasons, matching the 2000 win total and second all-time behind only the 1999 school record mark of 28-7. Last season marked the fifth time the Bulldogs have hit the magic 20-win plateau in the regular season. The 1994 squad took a 20-6 record into the West Coast Conference Tournament, the 1998 team was 21-8 entering the tourney, the 1999 Bulldogs went 22-6 in the regular season and the 2000 squad was 21-8 heading into the WCC Tournament. Gonzaga's first 20-win season as a NCAA Division I program came in 1992 with a 20-10 mark, falling to Pepperdine University 73-70 in the Bulldogs' first appearance in the WCC Tournament title game.

O-FER FROM THREE: The last time Gonzaga University took the collar from 3-point range was in an 0-for-5 night in The Kennel against the University of Portland on Jan. 27, 1993, a 71-53 Gonzaga victory. Gonzaga has made a 3-point field goal in 270 straight games. Gonzaga made a school record 291 treys in 1999.

 

 

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