Bulldogs Begin In-State Rival Week At WSU

Dec. 4, 2006

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 10 - Washington State
Tues., Dec. 5 - 7 p.m. PST
Friel Court - Pullman, WA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane); 1340 KCTR (Tri-Cities); 980 KUSA (Yakima)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KHQ-TV (Spokane); FSN/FCS (check local listings)
No. 18 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (8-1; 0-0 West Coast)
G -   2 Jeremy Pargo, 6-2, 219, So., Chicago, IL
       (10.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.8 assists, 1.1 steals)
G -   5 Derek Raivio, 6-3, 177, Sr., Vancouver, WA
       (19.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.4 assists, 1.3 steals)
G -   4 Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes, 6-0, 182, Jr., Montreal, Quebec
       (6.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.0 assists, 0.8 steals)
F -  42 Josh Heytvelt, 6-11, 238, So., Clarkston, WA
       (16.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 0.8 assists, 0.4 steals, 1.3 blocks)
F -  32 Sean Mallon, 6-9, 223, Sr., Spokane, WA
      (8.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 0.7 assists, 0.4 steals)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  196-42 (8th year - 18th at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY COUGARS (7-1; 0-0 Pacific-10) G - 2 Derrick Low, 6-2, 186, Jr., Honolulu, HI (15.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.5 assists, 2.0 steals) G - 25 Kyle Weaver, 6-6, 201, Jr., Beloit, WI (9.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.0 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.5 blocks) G - 1 Mac Hopson, 6-2, 178, So., Portland, OR (6.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.8 assists, 1.3 steals) C - 34 Robbie Cowgill, 6-10, 211, Jr., Austin, TX (7.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.3 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.6 blocks) F - 33 Ivory Clark, 6-6, 220, Sr., New Orleans, LA (10.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 0.9 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.5 blocks) HEAD COACH: Tony Bennett (Wisconsin-Green Bay, 1992) WSU RECORD: 7-1 (1st year) CAREER RECORD: Same GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 11 - Washington
Sat., Dec. 9 - 8 p.m. PST
McCarthey Athletic Center - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane); 1340 KCTR (Tri-Cities); 980 KUSA (Yakima)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KHQ-TV (Spokane); FSN (check local listings)
G -   2 Adrian Oliver, 6-3, 185, Fr., Modesto, CA
      (7.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.8 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.5 blocks)
G -   5 Justin Dentmon, 5-11, 185, So., Cardondale, IL
      (13.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.0 assists, 0.8 steals)
C -  10 Spencer Hawes, 7-0, 250, Fr., Seattle, WA
      (11.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.2 assists, 0.5 steals, 2.7 blocks)
F -   24 Quincy Pondexter, 6-6, 200, Fr., Fresno, CA
      (17.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.7 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.7 blocks)
F -   40 Jon Brockman, 6-7, 260, So., Snohomish, WA
       (12.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 1.3 assists, 1.2 steals)
HEAD COACH:  Lorenzo Romar (Cincinnati, 1992)
UW RECORD:  90-42 (5th year)  CAREER RECORD:  183-130 (21st year)
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  12/4 vs. Southern Utah.

It's in-state rivalry week for Gonzaga University as the Bulldogs travel to Washington State University on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. contest then host the University of Washington on Saturday at 8 p.m. Gonzaga has won 14 of the last 15 meetings between their in-state foes. The Bulldogs have won seven straight against WSU and had a 7-game winning streak snapped last year by the Huskies in a 99-95 setback in Seattle. The Bulldogs won last year's meeting with the Cougars 67-53 in the McCarthey Athletic Center.

Gonzaga University pushed its record to 2-0 against ranked opponents with a convincing 87-77 win over 25th-ranked University of Texas last Saturday in the Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge in Phoenix, Ariz. The Bulldogs beat then-No. 2 University of North Carolina 82-74 in the semifinals of the Dick's Sporting Good NIT Tip Off Classic Nov. 22 at Madison Square Garden. Gonzaga won't have to wait long for another shot at a Top 25 squad as the University of Washington brings its national ranking to the McCarthey Athletic Center on Saturday. The Huskies are ranked 8th in this week's USA Today/ESPN poll and 13th in the Associated Press rankings.

Gonzaga University is 4-1 in games when ranked this season, the Bulldogs now 120-21 overall when ranked. Gonzaga cracked the Top 25 for the first time in 1999, losing 75-59 at the University of San Diego on Feb. 4, 1999, in their first game as a ranked team. The Bulldogs rebounded two nights later and won at Saint Mary's College 78-70 for their first win as a ranked team. Gonzaga had cracked the rankings at No. 25 in the USA Today/ESPN poll. Gonzaga entered the Associated Press rankings for the first time in November, 1999, and won its first game as a member of the AP poll with a 76-61 win at the University of Montana on Nov. 21, 1999.

With its two wins over ranked foes this season, Gonzaga University is 20-39 overall against ranked teams. Gonzaga's largest win over a ranked team was a 59-43 victory at No. 11 UCLA in fabled Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 11, 1999. The 43 points by the Bruins set a Pauley Pavilion record for fewest points by a UCLA team in Pauley, a mark that has since been broken.

Some observers are calling this the toughest December in Gonzaga basketball history. The month began with last Saturday's game against No. 25 University of Texas. Three other ranked teams loom on the December ledger beginning with Saturday's visit from the University of Washington, ranked 8th by USA Today/ESPN and 13th by Associated Press. Duke University (tied No. 7 AP; No. 9 USA Today/ESPN) on Dec. 21 at Madison Square Garden and the University of Nevada (20/19) on Dec. 30 in the Battle in Seattle remain on the docket.

While December shapes up to be a tough month for Gonzaga University, the Bulldogs had a 10-day run in December of 1999 that was probably the most grueling stretch in Bulldog basketball history. It began on Dec. 4 with a 75-68 loss to No. 1 University of Cincinnati at the Rock-N-Roll Shootout in Cleveland, Ohio; continued on Dec. 8 with a 64-48 loss to No. 18 Temple University at the Great Eight in Chicago, Ill.; saw the Bulldogs take a 59-43 win over No. 11 UCLA at Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 11, and concluded on Dec. 13 with a 76-66 win against unranked University of Washington at Seattle's KeyArena.

Gonzaga University moved into the Associated Press Top 25 last week for the first time this season, checking in at No. 22. The Bulldogs are a season-high 18th in both the AP and USA Today/ESPN Top 25 this week.

Gonzaga University extended its home winning streak to 44 games with a 69-51 win over Portland State University on Thursday. That streak is the longest current streak in the NCAA Division I ranks. The Bulldogs are 32-0 in the 3-year-old McCarthey Athletic Center and won their final 12 home games next door in The Kennel. Since beginning the streak Feb. 22, 2003, with a 69-60 win over Tulsa University, the Bulldogs have also played - and won - six games at the downtown Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. That gives the Bulldogs a 50-game winning streak in the city of Spokane. The last time the Bulldogs lost in Spokane was Feb. 19, 2003, to the University of Portland 72-68 in The Kennel.

Derek Raivio became the 29th member of Gonzaga University's 1,000-point club last Saturday and now has 1,021 career points to rank 28th. John Rillie (1993-95) is 27th with 1,038 points and Jarrod Davis (1991-92) is 26th with 1,054 points. The senior from Vancouver, Wash., is averaging 10.0 ppg in his career.

On his way to surpassing the 1,000-point plateau, Derek Raivio also had another pair of personal bests. His 7-for-14 effort from 3-point range against the University of Texas were single-game marks for the senior. His previous high of six 3-pointers made came in 2005 when he set his career high of 32 points against Santa Clara University, going 6-for-9 from beyond the arc that night. He had 10 3-point attempts in several games prior to Saturday's 14 attempts. His 186 career treys rank sixth and his 436 attempts are fifth. His 120 career steals are sixth and his 289 career assists are 10th. He's also scored 20 or more points in six straight games, having never scored 20 points in back-to-back games until this stretch.

Gonzaga University has a +17.6 scoring margin advantage this season, averaging 81.4 ppg.

Gonzaga University's men's basketball game Tuesday at Washington State University will have a different television look to it as it pertains to FSN. The game will be broadcast in the normal KHQ-TV territory that serves eastern Washington, northern Idaho and Canada with the pre-game show beginning at 6:30 p.m. On the Fox Sports Net side, the game will be seen live on Fox College Sports Pacific and on FSN in the non-Seattle Sonics territory that is basically anything more than 75 miles from KeyArena, home of the Sonics. FSN in Spokane, per FSN's agreement with KHQ, will be blacked out in the KHQ market. Thus, the game will be seen live on FSN in areas such as Wenatchee and Tri-Cities and points in between in the state of Washington. FSN viewers in Oregon, Idaho (minus KHQ territory), Montana and Alaska will see the game. The game can also be seen on a tape delayed basis Wednesday at 8 p.m. on FSN. Viewers are encouraged to check the local listing in their area.

Injuries continue to slow the progress of several players this year. Micah Downs had a stress fracture injury flare up on him again on Nov. 18 he had surgery the following day that will sideline him 6-10 weeks. A pin was placed in the fifth metatarsal of his left foot. If he heals quickly he could be back in six weeks and be ready for West Coast Conference play. If it takes longer to heal a decision will be made whether or not to play him this season. As a mid-season transfer he wasn't going to be eligible to play until mid-December. He came to the Bulldogs after one semester at the University of Kansas. If he doesn't play this season he will have three years of eligibility remaining. Sophomore Larry Gregarious is sidelined for at least 6-8 weeks with a cracked lower vertebrae. Gurganious' injury was recently diagnosed after he had missed most of fall practice with back problems. He'll be re-examined in mid-December. He could be sidelined the season. It's an injury that doesn't heal very quickly and sometimes doesn't heal at all, according to head coach Mark Few. Transfer David Burgess, who won't become eligible until after finals later this month because he was another mid-season transfer last January, has also been slowed. Burgess is recuperating from an ACL sprain and has begun some light conditioning but cannot participate in team drills yet. Freshman Theo Davis had shoulder surgery and is expected to be out until some time in December. Davis has begun shooting and weightlifting but his shoulder needs to get stronger before he can return to the daily grind of practice. Trainers and coaches are optimistic Davis will see action this season.

Gonzaga University head men's basketball coach Mark Few announced the signing of four players to national letters-of-intent to join the Bulldogs next fall. Scheduled to join the Bulldogs next season are freshmen Austin Daye, Woodbridge High in Irvine, Calif.; Steven Gray, Bainbridge High, Bainbridge, Wash., and Robert Sacre (pronounced sack-rEE), Handsworth Secondary School, North Vancouver, British Columbia, and junior college transfer Ira Brown, Phoenix, Ariz., College who hails from Conroe, Texas. Daye, a 6-10, 190-pound wing, was ranked as the 32nd-best player nationally and as the ninth best small forward by one scouting service in the Class of 2007. He was named to the Long Beach Press Telegram Best in the West first team as the seventh-leading vote getter and was named to the Hot 100 players for 2007 as selected by Sports Illustrated. Daye averaged 16 ppg, 9 rpg and 3.4 blocks/game as a junior for coach John Halagan. Gray, a 6-4, 190-pound guard, was ranked as the 52nd best player and the 13th best shooting guard in the Class of 2007. He was also named to the Long Beach Press Telegram Best in the West second team. He averaged 24.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 4 assists and 2.5 steals last season for coach Scott Orness. Sacre, a 7-0, 255-pound post, was rated as the 100th best player in the Class of '07 and the seventh best center. He averaged 25 ppg, 12 rpg and 4 blocks/game for Handsworth Secondary School and coach Randy Storey last season, earning MVP of the British Columbia Provincial Tournament. Brown, a 6-4, 235-pound forward, was ranked as the 42nd best junior college player in the country after averaging 17 ppg, 10 rpg and shooting 60 percent from the field for Phoenix College and Coach Matt Gordon. A late bloomer to the collegiate game, Brown graduated from Willis High in Texas in May of 2001 and pursued a professional baseball career. He was drafted in the eight round of the 2001 Major League Draft by the Kansas City Royals and played four seasons of minor league baseball, including the 2002 season with the Spokane Indians of the Northwest League. He attended Phoenix College last season, averaging 17.1 ppg, 9.9 rpg, shooting 57.6 percent from the field (253-for-439) and blocking 59 shots. "This is the first time we've ever had a class nationally ranked," Few said of the recruiting class ranked 11th best in the nation by one scouting service. "We got some offense, we got some size and we got some athleticism. This is a talented group."

Gonzaga is tied for eighth for the longest active NCAA Tournament Appearances Streak. The Bulldogs made their eighth straight appearance in 2006, joining Wisconsin, Texas and Florida. Arizona extended its streak to 22 with last spring's selection, followed by Kansas (17), Kentucky (15), Duke (11) and Michigan State (9). Streaks that ended in 2006 were Cincinnati (14), Stanford (11) and Oklahoma State (8).

Gonzaga has extended its streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 434. The last time the Bulldogs failed to hit a trey was Jan. 27, 1993, going 0-for-5 at home against Portland. UNLV held the all-time streak of 601 entering the current season.



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