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Nov. 30, 2004
Game No. 5 - Washington
Wed., Dec. 1 - 5 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 (3-1; 0-0 West Coast Conference) G - 5 Derek Raivio, 6-3, 168, So., Vancouver, WA (9.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 8.5 assists, 2.5 steals) G - 11 Nathan Doudney, 6-4, 208, Jr., Rockwall, TX (5.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.8 assists, 2.3 steals) C - 1 Ronny Turiaf, 6-10, 249, Sr., Le Robert, Martinique (26.3 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 1.8 assists, 0.3 steals, 1.8 blocks) F - 3 Adam Morrison, 6-8, 205, So., Spokane, WA (18.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.0 assists, 0.5 steals) F - 32 Sean Mallon, 6-9, 218, So., Spokane, WA (14.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.3 assists, 0.3 steals, 1.0 blocks) HEAD COACH: Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987) GONZAGA RECORD: 136-33 (6th year - 16th at GU) CAREER RECORD: Same
Sat., Dec. 4 - 1 p.m. PST
The Battle In Seattle - KeyArena - Seattle, WA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: CSTV (subscription Ch. 412 in Spokane); Comcast Ch. 14 (free in Spokane)
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS MINUTEMEN (2-0; 0-0 Atlantic-10) G - 2 Chris Chadwick, 6-3, 195, Sr., Union, N.J. (2.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 2.0 assists, 0.5 blocks) G - 12 Anthony Anderson, 5-11, 170, Sr., Lynn, MA (10.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 3.5 assists, 3.0 steals) G - 34 Art Bowers, 6-4, 190, So., Wilmington, DE (10.5 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 3.5 assists, 0.5 steals) C - 1 Rashaun Freeman, 6-9, 255, So., Schenectady, NY (16.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 0.5 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks) F - 5 Stephane Lasme, 6-8, 190, So., Libreville, Gabon (3.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.5 steals, 3.0 blocks) HEAD COACH: Steve Lappas (City College of New York, 1977) UMASS RECORD: 36-53 (4th year) CAREER RECORD: 266-225 (17th year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: 12/1 vs. Northeastern.
The Gonzaga-Washington rivalry may have just become that this week, but the Bulldogs will be hoping to put a bite in the Huskies bid to end a 6-game Gonzaga winning streak in the series. The current 6-game Gonzaga winning streak accounts for half of the Bulldogs' wins in the series Washington leads 28-12. But it's the Huskies who come riding high into Wednesday's meeting in the McCarthey Athletic Center. Washington is coming off a title in The Great Alaska Shootout and bring a No. 14 Associated Press Top 25 ranking into the fray.
Gonzaga University was the first team among others receiving votes in this week's Associated Press Top 25, the Bulldogs dropping from 24th following last Saturday's 89-72 loss to No. 5 Illinois at the Wooden Tradition in Indianapolis, Ind. The Bulldogs also dropped from No. 25 in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 votes into the others receiving votes category.
Gonzaga has been ranked four times when facing Washington, including the past three seasons. All four times the Bulldogs have walked away victorious - 86-62 last year in the UW's Bank of America Arena when ranked 17th in Associated Press and 24th in USA Today/ESPN; 95-89 in overtime on Dec. 2, 2002, in The Kennel when ranked 25th in USA Today/ESPN; 67-47 on Dec. 11, 2001, in Bank of America Arena when ranked 25th in AP, and 76-66 on Dec. 13, 1999, at Key Arena in Seattle when ranked 22nd in AP.
Wednesday will be the second time in the series that Washington has been ranked when Gonzaga has met the Huskies. Washington was ranked 17th when the Bulldogs took an 82-71 win in the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on Dec. 8, 1998.
Both teams will be without a regular in Wednesday's matchup in the McCarthey Athletic Center. Gonzaga guard/forward Erroll Knight, who transferred to Gonzaga from Washington following his freshman season of 2201-02, will be sidelined at least one more game with a sprained thumb suffered Nov. 17 in practice. Knight has yet to appear in a regular-season game. Washington forward Brandon Roy injured his right knee in The Great Alaska Shootout over the weekend and will be sidelined 4-6 weeks following arthroscopic surgery scheduled for Tuesday.
Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar is no stranger to Gonzaga basketball and the West Coast Conference. Romar is 3-5 lifetime against Gonzaga, including 3-3 in his three seasons at WCC foe Pepperdine. Gonzaga head coach Mark Few is 5-0 against Washington.
Sophomore Adam Morrison turned in one of the bright spots in Saturday's 89-72 loss to Illinois as he scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for his second career double-double. His first last year was a 12/12 night against Denver. Morrison went 11-for-21 from the field, 2-for-3 from the 3-point line and 2-for-4 from the line. His previous scoring high was 22 points last season at Saint Mary's in a Valentine's Day performance. The 12 rebound against Denver are his career high.
With his 40 points against Idaho on Nov. 24, Gonzaga senior Ronny Turiaf became the first Gonzaga player since Jim McPhee in 1990 to score 40 or more points in a game. McPhee did it twice within an 8-day stretch, scoring 42 at home against Loyola Marymount on Jan. 27, 1990, after having scored 42 on Jan. 19, 1990, at LMU. Turiaf's effort marked the 14th time a Gonzaga player has scored 40 or more points. Frank Burgess, the single-game scoring leader with 52, hit 40 or more seven times. McPhee is the only other player to do it at least twice.
Gonzaga has a modest 15-game home winning streak that ranks tied for tied for 8th with Stanford, Davidson and Monmouth in the NCAA Division I ranks. Stephen F. Austin leads the way with a 31-game streak with Wisconsin second at 30.
Much has been said about Gonzaga's relative youth and inexperience, and that is never more evident than when looking at the career games played list. Senior Ronny Turiaf has played 100 games at Gonzaga, with fellow senior Brian Michaelson second among current players with 44. Junior Erroll Knight has played 57 games at the NCA Division I level, but only 29 of them at Gonzaga as he played 28 games his freshman season at Washington. A trio of sophomores - Adam Morrison, Sean Mallon and Derek Raivio - have each played 35 games.
After committing just 31 turnovers through the first three games, Gonzaga was guilty of 19 miscues against Illinois. That led to 29 Illini points. Maryland turned a season-high 24 Gonzaga turnovers into 23 points last season, but the Bulldogs managed to still come out on top 82-68.
Gonzaga has not been out-rebounded this season, including a 43-29 margin in the loss to Illinois for a season-high +14. Montana held the Bulldogs at bay as each team grabbed 35 rebounds for the only time in four outings Gonzaga has not held the upper hand on the boards.
Illinois went 14-for-28 from 3-point range against Gonzaga, the most treys against the Bulldogs since Washington State went 18-for-37 from beyond the arc in a 110-104 overtime victory for the Bulldogs in Pullman on Dec. 7, 2002. WSU had 16 of the 18 long-range bombs in regulation, then added two more in the extra session. Marcus Moore's 360-degree 3-pointer from half court at the buzzer sent the game into overtime.
Gonzaga sophomore Sean Mallon recorded his first career double-double on Nov. 24 against Idaho with 11 points and 10 rebounds. It was also his first double-digit rebounding game in his career, breaking his career best of 8 set in the season opener against Portland State. The Spokane native 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 his next time out against Montana.
A quick look at the statistics shows the importance of Gonzaga's inside game this season. The Bulldogs, who last season averaged 6.29 3-pointers/game and shot 39.7 percent from beyond the arc, are averaging just 4.0 treys/game this season and shooting 34.0 percent (16-for-47) from 3-point range. Opponents, meanwhile, have feasted from 3-point range, going 41-for-96 for 42.7 percent while averaging 10.3 treys/game against Gonzaga through the first four games. Idaho and Illinois, the last two Bulldog opponents, have combined to go 25-for-57 for 43.9 percent from 3-point range.
Gonzaga has won 34 of its last 35 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 has extended its streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 366. 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.
A stretch of three games in eight days continues for Gonzaga when they travel to Seattle on Saturday for the second Battle in Seattle at KeyArena. The Bulldogs will face Massachusetts at 1 p.m. The game will be televised on CSTV. Comcast cable subscribers in Spokane can also get the game on channel 14.
RANKED FOE VISITS: The McCarthey Athletic Center gets its first ranked opponent Wednesday when Gonzaga University hosts the University of Washington. The Huskies, fresh from their Great Alaska Shootout title, are ranked 14th in the Associated Press Top 25 and 16th in the USA Today/ESPN rankings.
HIGHEST RANKED HOME FOE: The University of Washington will be the highest-ranked team Gonzaga University has played on campus since No. 7 DePaul University took a 69-56 win over the Bulldogs on Dec. 9, 1981. The Bulldogs faced No. 2 Bradley University in the Spokane Coliseum on Feb. 4, 1960, the Braves taking an 80-69 victory. Gonzaga also faced No. 12 Seattle University on Feb. 15-16, 1958, in the Coliseum, taking the first contest 72-66 and dropping the second game 88-64; faced No. 16 University of San Francisco on Feb. 20, 1982, on campus and lost 69-58; faced No. 23 Oregon State University on campus on Dec. 16, 1989, and lost 82-61, and battled No. 22 Loyola Marymount University on Jan. 27, 1990, on campus and lost 99-88. Gonzaga is 1-6 against ranked foes at home.
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 faced the University of Illinois (No. 4 in USA Today/ESPN and No. 5 in Associated Press) on Nov. 27 at the Wooden Tradition in Indianapolis, Ind. The Bulldogs have two other games remaining with teams currently ranked in the Top 10 - Georgia Tech (Dec. 18 at the Las Vegas Showdown) is fourth in both polls and 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. But before that the Bulldogs must host the University of Washington on Wednesday, the Huskies 14th in AP and 16th in USA Today/ESPN.
EARLY START: Fans are reminded that Wednesday's game against the University of Washington starts at 5 p.m. The game will be televised locally on KHQ-TV and well as on FSN in the five-state region of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and Montana. KHQ has exclusivity in all areas where the station is normally seen, the game blacked out on FSN in those areas. Doors to the McCarthey Athletic Center open 90 minutes prior to all home games.
THE BATTLE IN SEATTLE: The second Comcast "Battle in Seattle" will take place Saturday at KeyArena when Gonzaga University battles the University of Massachusetts. Game time is 1 p.m. Tickets are still available at any Ticketmaster location throughout the state or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket prices range from $18 to $60 and seats are available in all four price ranges. Last year the Bulldogs stopped the University of Missouri 87-80 in overtime in the inaugural Battle in Seattle. Gonzaga and Northwest Sports have a 4-year agreement to play the game. Next year's game is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 10 against a yet-to-be-named opponent.
MONSON TO BE HONORED: In conjunction with the Battle in Seattle, former Pasco High, University of Idaho and University of Oregon head men's basketball coach Don Monson will be honored with the "Battle in Seattle Award" presented by Gonzaga University in conjunction with Northwest Sports & Entertainment. Monson, the son of former Gonzaga and current University of Minnesota head coach Dan Monson, will be recognized a social Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Seattle's Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue. Tickets to the social are $20 each and can be reserved by phoning Northwest Sports at (480) 635-8720.
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