Zags Put Home Winning Streak On Line
Nov. 29, 2005
Game No. 5 - Portland State Vikings
Wed., Nov. 30 - 5 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 (Spokane); FSN (Check Local Listings)
No. 6 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (3-1; 0-0 West Coast) G - 5 Derek Raivio, 6-3, 175, Jr., Vancouver, WA (19.3 ppg, 2.7, rpg, 3.5 assists. 1.8 steals, 0.3 blocks) G - 4 Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes, 6-0, 181, So., Montreal, Quebec (0.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.0 assists, 0.3 steals) C - 13 J.P. Batista, 6-9, 269, Sr., Olinda, Pernambuco, Brazil (21.2 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.3 blocks) F - 3 Adam Morrison, 6-8, 205, Jr., Spokane, WA (25.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.8 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.8 blocks) F - 32 Sean Mallon, 6-9, 218, Jr., Spokane, WA (4.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 0.8 assists, 0.5 blocks) HEAD COACH: Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987) GONZAGA RECORD: 162-38 (7th year - 17th at GU) CAREER RECORD: Same
Sun., Dec. 4 - 7:30 p.m. PST
Bank of America Arena - Seattle, WA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
No. 18 UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON HUSKIES (6-0; 0-0 Pacific-10) G - 3 Brandon Roy, 6-6, 210, Sr., Seattle, WA (16.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.5 assists, 1.8 steals, 1.3 blocks) G - 5 Justin Dentmon, 5-11, 185, Fr., Carbondale, IL (8.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.8 assists, 1.7 steals) F - 15 Bobby Jones, 6-7, 215, Sr., Compton, CA (13.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.7 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.2 blocks) F - 24 Jamaal Williams, 6-6, 235, Sr., Corona, CA (12.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.5 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.3 blocks) F - 40 Jon Brockman, 6-7, 245, Fr., Snohomish, WA (14.0 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.7 assists, 1.5 steals) HEAD COACH: Lorenzo Romar (Cincinnati, 1992) UW RECORD: 464-35 (4th year) CAREER RECORD: 157-123 (10th year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.
Gonzaga returns home fresh from a solid performance at the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational. The Bulldogs topped No. 23 Maryland and No. 12 Michigan State before falling to No. 3 Connecticut in the title game. It marked the three toughest regular-season days in Bulldog history.
Adam Morrison made the most of his national prime time exposure that included a national television audience and 35 NBA scouts in attendance. The junior from Spokane scored 86 points in the tournament, just eight shy of setting an EA SPORTS Maui Invitational scoring record, and his 15 free throws were a tourney high. He also set the tournament single-game scoring record with his 43 points in the 109-106 triple overtime thriller over Michigan State. He earned tournament MVP honors.
Gonzaga made 28 straight free throws over a two-game stretch, including a school record 27 straight in the 109-106 triple overtime victory over Michigan State. The Bulldogs missed their first free throw against the Spartans then ran off 27 straight to go 27-for-28 from the line. Gonzaga made its first free throw against Connecticut to run the consecutive streak to 28 before missing.
Junior guard Derek Raivio is off to a good start from the free throw line, opening the season with a perfect 18-for-18. He tied the school record a year ago with 41 consecutive free throws and now has 26 straight dating back to last season. He made his final six free throws against Saint Mary's in the West Coast Conference Tournament title game, then went 2-for-2 against Winthrop in the NCAA and did not have any free throw attempts in the Bulldogs second-round game against Texas Tech.
Gonzaga is shooting an amazing 86.1 percent from the free throw, going 68-for-79. In addition to Derek Raivio's 18-for-18 the Bulldogs are also getting free throw line production from J.P. Batista (27-for-29 for 93.1 percent) and Adam Morrison (17-for-21 for 81.0 percent). Batista also tied a school record for single-game percentage when he went 10-for-10 from the line against Michigan State, the 15th time a Gonzaga player has gone at least 10-for-10 from the stripe. Frank Burgess and Geoff Goss hold the record base on most attempts at a perfect 15-for-15.
Gonzaga head coach Mark Few coached his 200th game in the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational title game against Connecticut. He is 162-38 in his seventh season as head coach following 10 years on the Gonzaga bench as an assistant coach.
Somewhat overshadowed by Adam Morrison's 43 points against Michigan State was the fact he became the 28th player in Gonzaga history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. He now has 1,042 career points to rank 26th, 13 points shy of overtaking Jarrod Davis for 25th.
The last time Gonzaga University and the Portland State University met it was a historic night in Bulldog basketball history. On Nov. 19, 2004, Gonzaga launched the McCarthey Athletic Center era with the first regular-season game in the new 6,000-seat facility. The Bulldogs took a 98-80 victory, their eighth straight win in the series the Bulldogs lead 16-6.
Gonzaga may not want to put too much on display against Portland State on Wednesday. The Vikings are coached by Ken Bone, who spent the previous three seasons as an assistant at Washington. With the Huskies on the schedule Sunday for Gonzaga on Sunday you can almost be certain Bone and UW head coach Lorenzo Romar will chat.
Gonzaga puts its 25-game home-court winning streak on the line Wednesday against Portland State, currently the second longest home winning streak in the country. The leader? Washington with 28 and the Bulldogs have a Sunday date with the cross-state rival Dawgs at Bank of America Arena. Washington, which plays 13 of its first 14 games at home, is idle until Sunday. Gonzaga's streak began Feb. 22, 2003, with a 69-60 win over Tulsa.
Gonzaga has grabbed 40 or more rebounds in three of its first four games this season, including a season-high 46 against a physical Michigan State team that is traditionally one of the top rebounding teams in the country.
Junior point guard Derek Raivio is closing in on 600 career points and 200 career assists. He enters Wednesday's game with 577 points and 194 assists.
Gonzaga has won 38 of its last 39 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's current non-conference home winning streak stands at 12.
Senior center J.P. Batista recorded the first double-double of the season for Gonzaga with his 22 points and 13 rebounds against Michigan State. It was the fifth double-double of his career. The 13 rebounds were two shy of his career high of 15 last year against Santa Clara.
Gonzaga is in a title game for the second straight tournament. The Bulldogs captured the 2003 BB&T Classic hosted by Maryland, the last regular-season tournament the Bulldogs had participated in prior to this week. Prior to that the Bulldogs hadn't captured a regular-season tournament since capturing the 1997 Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Depth remains a concern for Gonzaga as redshirt freshman Josh Heytvelt is sidelined for most of the regular season and the Bulldogs will not have the services of junior Erroll Knight again on Wednesday against Portland State. Heytvelt had three screws inserted into the left medial maleous (inside of the ankle) while Knight had his second arthroscopic surgery since Nov. 8, both surgeries taking place this past Monday. Heytvelt was injured in the Connecticut game at the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational, while Knight has not seen any action this season. Heytvelt had been sidelined until the Maui trip, playing all three games and scoring nine points and grabbing four rebounds in the triple overtime win over Michigan State. Knight warmed up prior to the first game in Maui, then was on the bench in street clothes the final two games. His surgery Monday was more preventative to flush out the knee in hopes the pain will subside. He had a frayed cartilage repaired in the Nov. 8 procedure
Gonzaga has not lost back-to-back games since the 2002-03 season when the Bulldogs lost Dec. 28, 2002, against Stanford 81-71 in the Pete Newell Challenge in Oakland, Calif., and Dec. 31, 2002, at home to Saint Joseph's 79-78 in overtime. Gonzaga has played 86 games since that Saint Joseph's loss without losing back-to-back games.
Gonzaga moved up to sixth in this week's Associated Press Top 25 and jumped two spots to seventh in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 coaches poll following an impressive performance at the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational. The Bulldogs are 90-17 when ranked, including 24-5 last season. The Bulldogs are 38-0 at home when ranked, 32-6 away and 20-11 on a neutral court.
Entering the 2006 season, Gonzaga has taken over the top spot as the "Best in the West" from 1992-05. The Bulldogs 328 victories and .747 winning percentage in that span are both tops among the 30 schools on the West Coast (states of Washington, Oregon and California) that play NCAA Division I basketball. Stanford is second in both categories with 310 and .714, respectively, while UCLA is third with 299 and .682. Stanford and UCLA share the top spot with most post-season appearances at 12, with the Bulldogs right behind with 11.
Following Wednesday's game Gonzaga faces back-to-back games with in-state rivals Washington and Washington State. The Bulldogs visit the sold out Huskies on Sunday, then host the nearby Cougars on Dec. 8. Gonzaga returns to Seattle for the Battle in Seattle against Oklahoma State on Dec. 10.
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