Gonzaga Looks To Bounce Back
Dec. 7, 2007
Game No. 10 - Cal State Northridge
Saturday, December 8 - 5 p.m.
McCarthey Athletic Center - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KHQ-TV (Spokane); KSTW-TV CW Seattle (check local listing)
No. 17/19 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (7-2; 0-0 West Coast) G - 2 Jeremy Pargo, 6-2, 219, Jr., Chicago, IL (12.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 5.1 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.7 blocks) G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 214, So., Highlands Ranch, CO (12.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.4 assists, 1.0 steals) G - 22 Micah Downs, 6-8, 190, Jr., Kirkland, WA (9.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.9 assists, 1.1 steals) F - 25 David Pendergraft, 6-6, 223, Sr., Brewster, WA (9.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.3 assists, 0.3 steals) F - 31 Abdullahi Kuso, 6-9, 241, Sr., Kaduna, Nigeria (7.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 0.3 steals, 1.0 blocks) HEAD COACH: Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987) GONZAGA RECORD: 218-54 (9th year - 19th at GU) CAREER RECORD: Same
Monday, December 17 - 5 p.m.
McCarthey Athletic Center - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KHQ-TV (Spokane); FSN (check local listing)
NORTHERN COLORADO BEARS (5-2; 0-0 Big Sky) G - 20 Thanasi Panagiotakopoulos, 5-10, 175, Sr., Phoenix, AR (7.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.3 assists, 1.0 steals) G - 15 Robert Palacios, 6-1, 190, Jr., Condeau, Venezuela (6.4 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.3 assists, 2.7 steals) F - 22 Jabril Banks, 6-7, 230, Jr., Denver, CO (13.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 0.4 steals, 0.9 blocks) F - 34 Jefferson Mason, 6-6, 185, So., Crystal, MN (9.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.6 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.0 blocks) F - 44 Taylor Montgomery, 6-7, 230, Fr., Aurora, CO (5.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 0.4 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.3 blocks) HEAD COACH: Tad Boyle (Kansas, 1985) UNC RECORD: 19-26 (2nd year) CAREER RECORD: Same. GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: 12/8 at Denver.NOTE: Poll rankings are Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN, respectively.
Gonzaga University hopes to avoid an emotional letdown following "The Game" and get back on the winning track when Cal State Northridge visits the McCarthey Athletic Center Saturday for a 5 p.m. contest. The Bulldogs lost Wednesday's home game 51-47 - just their second setback in four years in the McCarthey Athletic Center - to Washington State University in a battle of ranked teams. Gonzaga is 17th in the Associated Press rankings and 19th in the USA Today/ESPN balloting, while WSU is 8th and 6th, respectively, this week. WSU won for the second straight year after taking last year's meeting in Pullman 77-67 to snap Gonzaga's seven-game winning streak in the series.
It's been 14 years since Gonzaga University and Cal State Northridge met the last time. The Bulldogs took a 90-57 victory over the Matadors in the consolation game of the 1993 Fry's Invitational hosted by Stanford University. The Bulldogs had been upset 98-87 in the first round by San Jose State University. The Bulldogs went on to a 22-8 record and the second round of the National Invitational Tournament that season. The first meeting was Dec. 18, 1965, in the Matadome on the Northridge campus, the Matadors prevailing 80-67.
Current Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few was beginning his fifth year on the Bulldogs coaching staff - his third as a fulltime assistant - when the Bulldogs and Cal State Northridge met the last time on Nov. 27, 1993.
Gonzaga University's offense struggled Wednesday against Washington State University, the Bulldogs their worst enemy in some ways and the Cougars tenacious defense also responsible for many of those offensive woes. The 19 points Gonzaga scored in the first half was the worst half of basketball for the Bulldogs since the 1996-97 season. Gonzaga scored 19 points in the second half of a 71-47 setback at Southern Utah University to open the season, then one week later scored 19 first-half points against WSU in the Spokane Arena in a 75-62 setback. The Bulldogs shot 25.9 percent from the floor Wednesday on a 15-for-58 night. That was the lowest percentage since the Bulldogs shot 26.8 percent against the University of Wyoming in the 2002 NCAA Tournament in Albuquerque, NM, going 19-for-71 from the field.
A win over Cal State Northridge would push Gonzaga University's record to 8-2 and equal their start for each of the past three seasons.
Gonzaga University moved up two spots to 17th in the Associated Press poll this week, while remaining 19th for the second straight week in the USA Today/WSPN vote of coaches. The Bulldogs, who spent three straight weeks at 14th in both polls, received 581 points in the Associated Press Top 25, and 242 in the USA Today/ESPN balloting after going 2-0 last week.
Three teams on the Gonzaga University schedule remain ranked in the Top 15 of both polls this week. The Bulldogs will travel to No. 2 University of Memphis Jan. 25, host 6th-ranked Washington State University Wednesday in the McCarthey Athletic Center and play No. 10 (AP)/No. 12 (ESPN/USA Today) University of Tennessee in The Battle in Seattle Dec. 29.
There's no place like home, and the McCarthey Athletic Center has become quite the home for the Bulldogs since it opened for the 2004-05 season. Gonzaga is 42-2 in the new facility, winning its first 38 games in the McCarthey Athletic Center. Santa Clara University halted the streak with an 84-73 victory Feb. 12, 2007. That loss also snapped a 50-game home winning streak for the Bulldogs, at the time the longest streak in the nation, as Gonzaga left the old Kennel with 12 straight home victories.
Gonzaga University earned an impressive East Coast sweep last week, downing Saint Joseph's University 70-65 in overtime and then downing the University of Connecticut 85-82 at the Hartford Hall of Fame Showcase in Boston on Saturday. Gonzaga raced to a 29-12 lead over SJU by hitting 11-of-18 shots to open the game, but lead just 35-30 at the half. Gonzaga came from a 55-49 deficit with 3:37 to play and SJU tied the game with two free throws with :10 left to force overtime. Saturday, UConn made 7 of its first 11 3-point attempts to build an early 10-point lead. Gonzaga led 45-42 at halftime on David Pendergraft's trey at the buzzer. Matt Bouldin scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half and Jeremy Pargo scored 12 of his 23 points in the second stanza to carry the Bulldogs to the victory. Bouldin went 5-for-07 from the field and Pargo 4-for-6 in the final 20 minutes. Gonzaga never led by more than four points in the second half until Pargo's two free throws made it 81-76. Pargo's 23 points equaled his career high set last year at Stanford.
Junior Josh Heytvelt and freshman Steven Gray have had their seasons interrupted by surgery. Heytvelt, who has been fighting a stress fracture in his right ankle all fall, underwent surgery Nov. 12 to insert screws into the ankle. Gray, who suffered a fractured wrist Nov. 7 in an exhibition game against Emporia State University, underwent surgery Nov. 14 to insert a pin in the wrist. In both cases, the surgery is expected to speed up the healing process rather than just casting both Heytvelt's ankle and Gray's wrist.
Senior Jeremy Pargo has been named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week for his role in Gonzaga University's road wins at Saint Joseph's University and against the University of Connecticut in the TD Banknorth Garden at the Hall of Fame Showcase in Boston. The native of Chicago, Ill., averaged 15.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 4.0 assists. The Gonzaga co-captain went 10-for-22 for 45.5 percent from the field, including 4-for-8 from 3-point range. He scored eight of his career-high equaling 23 points in the final 4:17 Saturday against UConn to key win, and didn't commit any turnovers while playing all 40 minutes against the Huskies. He went 7-for-13 from the field against the Huskies, 4-for-7 from 3-point range and was named the game's MVP. Earlier this season Pargo dished out a career high 13 assists in Gonzaga University's consolation final win over Virginia Tech at the Great Alaska Shootout. That surpassed his previous high of 11 at home against the University of San Francisco last season. Pargo became the seventh player in school history to record 13 assists, Derek Raivio the last player to do it Nov. 21, 2004, against the University of Montana. Blake Stepp is the single-game leader with 16.
There might be some magic in that No. 5 jersey freshman Austin Daye is wearing - especially when it comes to the free throw line. Daye is 45-for-50 for 90.0 percent from the stripe this season. Derek Raivio, who wore No. 5 throughout his Gonzaga career, is one of the most prolific free throw shooters in NCAA history. He finished his career hitting 92.7 percent from the line and holds the top three single-season percentage marks in school history. Raivio went 148-for-154 for 96.1 percent to lead the NCAA Division I ranks in percentage a year ago and ranks second all-time on the NCAA single-season list. For his career he went 343-for-370 for 92.7 percent to rank second in the NCAA based on a minimum of 300 free throws made and 2.5 free throws made/game. Raivio set the Gonzaga record of 56 consecutive free throws. Daye had a string of 29 straight free throws snapped against the University of Connecticut. He began a new streak, going 5-for-5 on Wednesday.
Gonzaga University has extended its streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 469. The last time the Bulldogs failed to hit a trey was Jan. 27, 1993, going 0-for-5 at home against Portland. UNLV holds the all-time streak of 668 entering this season.
Gonzaga University's guards struggled against Washington State University. Starters Jeremy Pargo (3-for-11), Matt Bouldin (0-for-9) and Micah Downs (4-for-10) went a combined 7-for-30 for 23.3 percent, while reserve forward Austin Daye was 1-for-11 off the bench. David Pendergraft was the only starter to shoot 50.0 percent or better from the field, going 6-for-10 on his way to a season-high 15 points. Gonzaga shot 26.7 percent in the first half (8-for-30) and 25.0 percent in the second half (7-for-28).
Gonzaga University men's basketball coach Mark Few added three players to his charges for the 2008-09 season with the signing of three players to letters-of-intent. Andy Poling, 6-11, 30-pound forward from Westview High in Portland, Ore.; Grant Gibbs, 6-5, 190-pound guard from Linn-Mar High in Marion, Iowa, and Demetri Goodson, 6-0, 175-pound guard from Klein Collins High in Spring, Texas, outside of Houston, made their intentions official to become Bulldogs on the first day of national letter-of-intent signing day. All three had previously made verbal commitments. Poling averaged 13.9 ppg last season to rank fifth in the Metro League in scoring while leading the Wildcats to a 21-8 overall record and 8-2 second-place Metro League finish. He was named honorable mention All-State 6A in Westview's first season in the newly-created State 6A classification. He was also voted first-team All-Metro League for the Wildcats, ranked seventh in the state heading into the State 6A Tournament where they lost their first two games. Poling was rated one of the 20 best centers in the country by one scouring service. Gibbs averaged 15.0 ppg, 5.0 assists and 5.0 rpg as Linn-Mar captured the Iowa State 4A title last spring. He had 10 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in the quarterfinal win over Sioux City North; 20 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 7 steals in the semifinal victory over Urbandale, and scored 15 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, and had a pair of assists and steals in the title game against Bettendorf to cap a 24-1 season. He finished third in tournament scoring with 45 points and tied for fourth with 21 rebounds in earning All-Tournament honors. Goodson helped lead Klein Collins to the Region 2 title game last season while averaging 16.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 7.0 assists/game. He was an All-State 5A selection, the largest classification in Texas. Goodson was rated as high as the 135th best player in the country by one scouting service.
Seniors Jeremy Pargo and Josh Heytvelt have been named to the preseason watch lists for a pair of prestigious All-American men's basketball honors. Pargo, a native of Chicago, Ill., is one of 50 players named to the John R. Wooden Award as selected by the Los Angeles Athletic Club's Wooden Award Committee. Heytvelt, who hails from Clarkston, Wash., was named one of 50 preseason candidates for the Naismith Trophy as selected by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. Pargo becomes the eighth Bulldog selected as a Wooden candidate. Heytvelt is the second Bulldog in three years under consideration for the Naismith.
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