Bulldogs, Huskies In Ranked Dog Fight

Dec. 8, 2006

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
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)
No. 18 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (8-2; 0-0 West Coast)
G -   2 Jeremy Pargo, 6-2, 219, So., Chicago, IL
       (10.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.8 assists, 1.0 steals)
G -   5 Derek Raivio, 6-3, 177, Sr., Vancouver, WA
       (19.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.4 assists, 1.2 steals)
G -   4 Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes, 6-0, 182, Jr., Montreal, Quebec
       (5.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.8 assists, 0.7 steals)
F -  42 Josh Heytvelt, 6-11, 238, So., Clarkston, WA
       (17.3 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 0.7 assists, 0.4 steals, 1.3 blocks)
F -  32 Sean Mallon, 6-9, 223, Sr., Spokane, WA
      (7.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 0.7 assists, 0.4 steals)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  196-43 (8th year - 18th at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

No. 8 UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON HUSKIES (7-0; 0-0 Pacific-10) G - 2 Adrian Oliver, 6-3, 185, Fr., Modesto, CA (6.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.4 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks) G - 5 Justin Dentmon, 5-11, 185, So., Cardondale, IL (13.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 5.0 assists, 1.1 steals) C - 10 Spencer Hawes, 7-0, 250, Fr., Seattle, WA (12.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.0 assists, 0.4 steals, 2.7 blocks) F - 24 Quincy Pondexter, 6-6, 200, Fr., Fresno, CA (16.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.7 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.6 blocks) F - 40 Jon Brockman, 6-7, 260, So., Snohomish, WA (11.7 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 1.1 assists, 1.1 steals) HEAD COACH: Lorenzo Romar (Cincinnati, 1992) UW RECORD: 90-42 (5th year) CAREER RECORD: 183-130 (21st year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 12 - Georgia
Sat., Dec. 16 - 2 p.m. PST
Chick-fil-A Bowl Classic For Kids
Gwinnett Center - Duluth, GA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane); 1340 KCTR (Tri-Cities); 980 KUSA (Yakima)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: ESPN
UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA BULLDOGS (6-1; 0-0 Southeastern)
G -   2 Sundiata Gaines, 6-1, 205, Jr., Jamaica, NY
      (8.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 5.7 assists, 3.1 steals)
G -  14 Levi Stukes, 6-2, 205, Sr., Randallstown, MD
      (10.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.4 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.6 blocks)
G -  33 Mike Mercer, 6-4, 185, So., Snellville, GA
      (17.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.0 assists, 2.9 steals, 0.3 blocks)
C -   45 Rashaad Singleton, 7-0, 255, So., Campbellton, FL
      (6.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 0.6 assists, 1.9 blocks)
F -   15 Steve Newman, 6-9, 235, Sr., Orlando, FL
       (5.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.6 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Dennis Felton (Howard, 1985)
UGA RECORD:  45-50 (4th year)  CAREER RECORD:  145-103 (9th year)
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  12/9 vs. Kennesaw State.

Gonzaga University's in-state trip through the Pacific-10 Conference continues at home Saturday when the 18th-ranked Bulldogs face 8th-ranked University of Washington at 8 p.m. in the sold out McCarthey Athletic Center. Gonzaga had a 7-game winning streak against the Huskies snapped last year in a 99-95 setback at Bank of America Arena on the UW campus. The Bulldogs began the week with a 77-67 loss at Washington State University on Tuesday, bringing to a halt the Bulldogs 7-game winning streak against the Cougars. Gonzaga trails the overall series with the Huskies 29-13, with Saturday the 17th meeting between the teams since 1971. The series resumed Jan. 30, 1971, following a gap dating back to 1945.

Saturday's game in the McCarthey Athletic Center will be Gonzaga University's lone home game in the month of December. The Bulldogs began the month against the University of Texas last Saturday at the College Basketball Hall of Fame Classic in Phoenix, Ariz., had the game at Washington State University his past Tuesday and finish the month with games Dec. 16 against the University of Georgia at the Chick-fil-A Classic for Kids in Duluth, Geo., Dec. 21 against Duke University in Madison Square Garden and Dec. 30 in The Battle in Seattle against the University of Nevada. Following Saturday's game against the University of Washington the Bulldogs won't return home until West Coast Conference play begins on Jan. 6 when the Bulldogs host Loyola Marymount University.

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. The University of Washington comes to town ranked 8th in this week's USA Today/ESPN poll and 13th in the Associated Press rankings.

Gonzaga University is 4-2 in games when ranked this season, the Bulldogs now 120-22 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.

Gonzaga University extended its home winning streak to 44 games with a 69-51 win over Portland State University on Nov. 30. 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 1,042 career points to rank 27th. Jarrod Davis (1991-92) is 26th with 1,054 points. The senior from Vancouver, Wash., is averaging 10.1 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 191 career treys rank fifth and his 447 attempts are fifth. His 120 career steals are sixth and his 291 career assists are 10th. He's also scored 20 or more points in seven straight games, having never scored 20 points in back-to-back games until this stretch.

Gonzaga University has a +14.9 scoring margin advantage this season, averaging 80.0 ppg. The 67 points scored at Washington State University were a season low.

Gonzaga University senior guard Derek Raivio has swept the West Coast Conference men's basketball honors for Player of the Week and November Player of the Month. The native of Vancouver, Wash., helped lead Gonzaga to a 7-1 record in the month of November as he scored in double-digits in seven of the eight games, including six games of 20-plus points. He began the season with 21 points against Eastern Washington University, then posted back-to-back 21-point performances in the Bulldogs wins over the University of Texas-San Antonio and then second-ranked University of North Carolina in the semifinals of the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip Off. He rounded out the month by scoring 20 points versus Butler University in the NIT title game - the Bulldogs lone blemish in the month - 24 points versus the University of Idaho and 20 points against Portland State University. For the month, Raivio averaged 18.9 points per game to go along with 4.5 rebounds per game and 2.3 assists per game. In earning his weekly honor for his part in wins over Portland State and then 25th-ranked University of Texas, Raivio had four treys on his way to 20 points against PSU, then scored a season-high 27 points in Gonzaga's win over the Longhorns.

Jeremy Pargo has grabbed at least three rebounds in 9-of-10 games this season.

Derek Raivio has made 26 straight free throws since missing his final attempt against the University of North Carolina. He shares the school record of 41 straight with Geoff Goss.

Freshman Matt Bouldin has gone just 3-for-23 for 13.0 percent from the field in the last four games, but he's also grabbed 14 rebounds (3.5 rpg) and dished out 13 assists (3.3/game) over that same stretch.

Josh Hetyvelt has grabbed 56 rebounds over the last six games for an average of 9.3 rpg. He's had three double-digit rebound games in that stretch - four for the season - with a career-high 12 against the University of Texas.

Gonzaga University has not been out rebounded this season and holds a +7.8 rebound margin. The University of North Carolina garnered a rebounding stalemate with the Bulldogs at 42.

Only three opponents have shot better than 40 percent from the field this season against Gonzaga University - Eastern Washington University (43.9), University of Texas (41.0) and Washington State University (42.9).

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 435. 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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