Dogfight Wednesday In Seattle

Dec. 2, 2003

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 5 - Washington
Wed., Dec. 3 - 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
TV: FOX
No. 17 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (3-1; 0-0 West Coast Conference)
G - 10 Blake Stepp, 6-4, 194, Sr., Eugene, OR
      (11.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 8.0 assists, 0.7 steals)
G - 20 Kyle Bankhead, 6-0, 195, Sr., Walla Walla, WA
      (5.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 1.3 assists, 1.7 steals)
C - 33 Cory Violette, 6-8, 265, Sr., Boise, ID
      (13.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.7 steals, 1.3 blocks)
G -  4 Tony Skinner, 6-5, 198, Jr., Albuquerque, NM
      (7.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 0.7 assists, 1.0 steals)
F -  1 Ronny Turiaf, 6-10, 243, Jr., Le Robert, Martinique
      (13.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 2.0 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  108-30 (5th year - 15th at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON HUSKIES (3-0; 0-0 Pacific-10 Conference) G - 2 Nate Robinson, 5-9, 175, So., Seattle, WA (8.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.7 assists, 1.7 steals) G - 3 Brandon Roy, 6-6, 200, So., Seattle, WA (17.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.7 assists, 0.3 steals) G - 20 Curtis Allen, 6-0, 170, Sr., Tacoma, WA (8.7 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 2.7 assists, 1.0 steals) C - 4 Hakeem Rollins, 6-7, 200, Jr., Mesa, AZ (9.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.3 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.7 blocks) F - 42 Mike Jensen, 6-8, 240, So., Covington, WA (5.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 0.3 steals, 0.7 blocks) HEAD COACH: Lorenzo Romar (Cincinnati, 1992) UW RECORD: 13-17 (2nd year) CAREER RECORD: 106-105 (8th year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 6 - Maryland
Sat., Dec. 6 - 12:30 p.m. PST
BB&T Classic - MCI Center - Washington, D.C.
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KAYU-TV (Spokane); Raycom
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND TERRAPINS (3-0; 0-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) 
G - 11 John Gilchrist, 6-3, 199, So., Virginia Beach,  VA
      (10.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.7 assists, 2.7 steals)
G - 13 Chris McCray, 6-5, 180, So., Capital Heights, MD
      (9.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.0 assists, 1.7 steals)
C -  1 Jamar Smith, 6-9, 239, Sr., Sicklerville, NJ
      (14.7 ppg, 11.7 rpg, 2.7 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.3 blocks)
F -  4 Travis Garrison, 6-8, 236, So., Suitland, MD
      (8.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 0.3 assists, 0.3 steals, 1.3 blocks)
F - 22 Nik Caner-Medley, 6-8, 233, So., Portland, ME
      (17.0 ppg, 4,3 rpg, 2.2 assists, 1.7 steals, 0.3 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Gary Williams (Maryland, 1968)
UM RECORD:  298-153 (15th year)  CAREER RECORD:  505-281 (26th year)
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  Dec. 2 at Wisconsin

DOG FIGHT IN SEATTLE: Gonzaga University is going from a Battle of Bulldogs to a true dogfight when the Bulldogs meet the University of Washington Huskies in Seattle on Wednesday. Gonzaga topped the University of Georgia Bulldogs last Saturday in the Spokane Arena, and will be seeking their sixth straight win over UW in this meeting of dogs.

BACK IN 10 DAYS: Wednesday's game will mark the first of two games in Seattle for Gonzaga University in a 10-day stretch. The Bulldogs will be back in Seattle on Dec. 13 to face fourth-ranked University of Missouri in The Battle in Seattle at KeyArena. That game features Gonzaga against Missouri head coach Quin Snyder, a Seattle product who played at Duke University. The game will be nationally televised on CBS at 11 a.m.

TRUE FRESHMAN: True freshman Adam Morrision, a product of Spokane's Mead High, has had quite a start to his collegiate career. He has scored in double figures in all four games this season, including a season-high 12 points in each of the last two games. He also recorded his first double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds against the University of Denver. He's averaging 11.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg and 24.3 minutes/game.

FLAWLESS: Senior Tony Skinner has been flawless for Gonzaga University thus far, playing 114 minutes in four games without a turnover. His assist-to-turnover ratio is infinite as he has three assists and no turnovers this season. Men's Basketball FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - DECEMBER 1, 2003

FRENCH CONNECTION: Gonzaga University rode Ronny Turiaf to victory last Saturday against the University of Georgia. The junior from Le Robert, Martinique, who played for France in last summer's European Championships, scored all 11 Gonzaga points in OT in an 82-76 win. He finished with 22 points, going 7-for-10 from the field and 8-for-10 from the free throw line, including 7-of-8 from the stripe in the OT.

UNDEFEATED FOES: It's possible Gonzaga University could face a stretch of playing three straight undefeated teams in the young season. The University of Georgia was off to a 2-0 start until Gonzaga's win last Saturday, the University of Washington is 3-0 heading into Wednesday's tilt and the University of Maryland could be 4-0 when the Terrapins face Gonzaga in Friday's opening round of the BB&T Tournament at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. Maryland has a Tuesday date with the University of Wisconsin prior to facing Gonzaga.

TOP 25: Three teams ranked in this week's Associated Press Top 25 dot Gonzaga University's schedule. The University of Missouri is fourth, Saint Joseph's University is 12th and Stanford University is 21st. In addition, six NCAA Tournament teams from last season are on the Gonzaga schedule.

THREE COULD HIT 1,000: At some point in the season Gonzaga University should have three active 1,000-point career scorers in the lineup. Blake Stepp has already hit the milestone and has 1,262 career points to rank 13th. He needs 79 points to surpass John Stockton (1,340, 1981-84) for 12th. Cory Violette has 949 career points and Ronny Turiaf is at 813. Stepp became the 25th Gonzaga player to reach the 1,000-point plateau.

FOR THREE: Blake Stepp and Kyle Bankhead continue to climb on Gonzaga University's all-time 3-point list. Stepp is fourth with 217, 14 shy of moving past John Rillie (230, 1993-95) and into third. Bankhead has 133 treys to tie Jarrod Davis (1991-92) for seventh. Richie Frahm, currently with the Seattle Sonics, is the career leader with 280 from 1996-00.

FROM THE LINE: Ronny Turiaf and Blake Stepp each moved into the Gonzaga University Top 10 for free throws made last season. Turiaf is now 5th with 328 following his 8-for-10 effort last Saturday, moving past Matt Santangelo (1997-00). Stepp is 8th with 304, surpassing Geoff Goss who had 303 (1991-94). Turiaf and Stepp each tied Frank Burgess' single-game record of 16 free throws made in a game last season. Turiaf did its against Indiana University in the Maui Invitational when he went 16-for-18, then matched the mark again when he went 16-for-22 against the University of Cincinnati in the NCAA Tournament First Round. Stepp went 16-for-20 against the University of Washington to get his piece of the record.

BLOCK IT: Ronny Turiaf continues to move up the blocked shots list at Gonzaga University, his three blocks last Saturday giving him 84 to rank 4th on the all-time list. He needs three to surpass Zach Gourde (86 from 2000-03) and move into third. Turiaf could move into second with 25 blocks this season, Tim Ruff holding that spot with 99 from 1981-85. Turiaf currently has 9 this season.

REBOUNDS: Senior Cory Violette has moved into 6th in career rebounds with 656, becoming just the 10th player in Gonzaga history to reach the 600-rebound mark. With 62 more points he'll become the fifth player in Gonzaga history to record 1,000 points and 600 rebounds.

20 OR BUST: Gonzaga University is tied for 11th in consecutive 20-win seasons with six. The University of Arizona leads the way with 16, followed by the University of Kansas with 14 and the University of Kentucky with 13. Gonzaga is tied with the University of Connecticut, Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma and Syracuse University.

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, the Bulldogs losing a 29-game home winning streak Dec. 31, 2002, that ranked third longest in the country. In the last 12 seasons the Bulldogs are 141-10 at home for a nifty 93.4 winning percentage. Gonzaga went 10-2 at home in 2003, the first time the Bulldogs lost two home games in a season since 1997. Gonzaga was 13-0 at home in 2002, winning by an average of 24.6 ppg. The Bulldogs went 12-0 at home in 2001, winning by an average of 24.7 ppg. GU is 55-3 in The Kennel over the past five 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.

POUNDING THE BOARDS: Gonzaga University is off to a strong start in the rebounding department. The Bulldogs currently have a +10.4 rebounding margin. Gonzaga was the top rebounding team in the country in 2002 with a +8.9 margin. Last year the squad had a +5.7 margin.

PASS THE ROCK: While Blake Stepp is known for his scoring, he has quietly snuck up on the all-time assists list at Gonzaga University. His 465 assists rank third behind Matt Santangelo (668, 1997-000) and sure-bet NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton (554, 1981-84). Stepp is also fifth in career steals with 118, Stockton the leader with 262.

SINGLE DIGITS: Only Gonzaga University, the University of Florida and Duke University have lost less than 10 games in each of the past five seasons. Gonzaga has posted marks of 29-4, 26-7, 26-9 28-7 and 24-9, respectively, in that stretch. The last time Gonzaga hit double-digits in the "L" column was 1998 with a 20-10 campaign. Current head coach Mark Few has never had 10 or more losses in his four years as a head coach. Duke went 25-7 and Florida 25-8 last season.

THREE OR BUST: Gonzaga University has extended its streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 335. 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.

REMATCH WITH TERPS: Current head coach Mark Few and assistant coach Bill Grier were both assistant coaches the only time Gonzaga University played the University of Maryland. The result was an 87-63 Terrapins win in the NCAA Tournament first round at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, UT. The Terps featured Player of the Year Joe Smith, who was held to 9 points, his second-lowest ouput of the season, and a season-low 4 rebounds. But 10th-ranked Maryland had too many other weapons in the matchup of No. 3 seed vs. No. 14 seed.

ON THE AIR AND THE TUBE: All Gonzaga University games can be heard on 1510 KGA radio with Tom Hudson calling the action for a second straight season. In addition, Gonzaga will have 26 regular-season games televised either nationally, regionally or locally this season among ESPN, ESPN2, FOX Sports, CSTV, KHQ/PAX and KAYU-TV. For a complete listing of games check local listings or the Gonzaga web site at http://www.gozags.com.

ON THE INTERNET: Gonzaga University men's basketball can also be heard on the internet by subscribing to the College Sports Pass as offered by the Online College Sports Network (OCSN). More information can be obtained on the Gonzaga web site at http://www.gozags.com, clicking on men's basketball and going to the "Listen To Bulldog Games Live on the Internet" link under SIDELINES on the right side of the page. The subscription is $6.95/month and includes all audio broadcasts of any OCSN member school.

TUESDAY COACHES SHOW: The Gonzaga University Coaches Show has returned to 1510 KGA radio this year. The show will air from 7-8 p.m. on selected Tuesdays from the fireplace in the lobby of the historic Davenport Hotel. Tom Hudson, the voice of the Bulldogs on 1510 KGA will again host the show which will feature members of the Gonzaga University men's and women's coaching staffs, players and other special guests. The public is invited to attend the live broadcast.

 

 

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