Bulldogs Host ACC School For First Time

Dec. 15, 2005

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 9 - Virginia Cavaliers
Sat., Dec. 17 - 5 p.m. PST
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 listings)
No. 10 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (6-2; 0-0 West Coast)
G -   5 Derek Raivio, 6-3, 175, Jr., Vancouver, WA
       (14.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 3.0 assists, 1.2 steals)
or     2 Jeremy Pargo, 6-2, 215, Fr., Chicago, IL
       (4.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.6 assists, 1.6 steals)
G -   4 Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes, 6-0, 181, So., Montreal, Quebec
       (3.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.1 assists, 0.9 steals)
C -  13 J.P. Batista, 6-9, 269, Sr., Olinda, Pernambuco, Brazil
       (20.3 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.6 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.6 blocks)
F -    3 Adam Morrison, 6-8, 205, Jr., Spokane, WA
       (28.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.4 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.5 blocks)
F -  32 Sean Mallon, 6-9, 218, Jr., Spokane, WA
       (5.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 0.6 assists, 0.4 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  165-39 (7th year - 17th at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA CAVALIERS (3-3; 0-0 Atlantic Coast) G - 2 J.R. Reynolds, 6-2, 197, Jr., Roanoke, VA (11.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.8 assists, 0.5 steals) G - 44 Sean Singletary, 6-0, 174, So., Philadelphia, PA (17.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.0 assists, 2.0 steals) C - 21 Tunji Soroye, 6-11, 212, SO., Dugbe Ibadan, Nigeria (3.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.0 blocks) F - 11 Laurynas Mikalauskas, 6-8, 241, Fr., Palanga, Lithuania (4.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 0.7 steals) F - 24 Mamadi Diane, 6-5, 185, Fr., Potomac, MD (10.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 0.8 assists, 0.3 steals, 1.2 blocks) HEAD COACH: Dave Leitao (Northeastern, 1983) UVA RECORD: 3-3 (1st year) CAREER RECORD: 83-72 (6th year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 10 - Eastern Washington Eagles
Mon., Dec. 19 - 5 p.m. PST
Spokane Arena - Spokane, WA
Les Schwab President's Trophy Game
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KHQ-TV (Spokane); FSN (Check local listings)
EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY EAGLES (4-3; 0-0 Big Sky)
G -    3 Rodney Stuckey, 6-4, 205, Fr., Kent, WA
      (20.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.7 assists, 2.1 steals)
G -  10 Deuce Smith, 6-3, 205, Sr., Oakland, CA
      (5.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.6 assists, 1.6 steals)
C -  43 Paul Butorac, 6-10, 215, Jr., Medical Lake, WA
      (6.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.4 steals, 2.6 blocks)
F -  34 Kellen Williams, 6-5, 205, So., Seattle, WA
      (11.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.6 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.4 blocks)
F -  32 Jake Beitinger, 6-8, 235, So., Port Orchard, WA
      (9.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.4 assists, 0.3 steals, 1.7 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mike Burns (Central Washington, 1997)
EWU RECORD:  12-23 (2nd year)  CAREER RECORD:  Same
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: 12/16 at Washington.

It may not have been the shot heard round the world, but Adam Morrison's 20-foot bank-shot trey with 2.5 seconds to play last Saturday in Seattle was one that definitely grabbed the attention of a basketball nation. His amazing shot over two Oklahoma State defenders gave the Bulldogs an improbable 64-62 victory at KeyArena in the third annual Battle in Seattle. The shot was witnessed by a crowd of 13,644 as well as most of the country that had joined the CBS regional broadcast to see one of the most exciting finishes in collegiate basketball this season. Morrison's 3-pointer with 2:42 to play drew the Bulldogs to within 60-59 of the Cowboys, who led by 10 at halftime and by as many as 12 after getting the first basket of the second half. J.P. Batista's jumper in the paint gave Gonzaga its first lead at 61-60 with 1:38 to play, but a pair of Jamaal Brown free throws gave OSU the lead again with 47 ticks left. OSU's Mario Boggan blocked a Jeremy Pargo shot with 15 seconds left, grabbed the rebound and was fouled, giving OSU a chance to increase the lead. But Bogaan missed the front end of the free throw, Batista rebounded and got the ball to Morrison, who dribbled to the top of the key, cut to his right and launched the shot that banked in to the amazement - and delight - of the Bulldogs.

The ACC - which stands for the Atlantic Coast Conference for those who might not be basketball savvy - comes to Spokane for the first time this Saturday when Virginia visits the McCarthey Athletic Center for a 5 p.m. contest. The tradition-rich ACC has seen its men¡¦s basketball teams capture 10 national championships, including six in the last 15 years. Despite that excellence, Gonzaga has done quite well, posting a 6-1 mark against ACC schools and has won six straight since dropping that first contest in 1995 against Maryland in the NCAA Tournament first round. Since then Gonzaga has defeated Clemson, Virginia, North Carolina State, Georgia Tech and Maryland twice. The win over Virginia came on March 16, 2001, in the NCAA First Round at Memphis, Tenn.

Saturday's game against Virginia will mark the first time Gonzaga has played an ACC team that isn't ranked. Gonzaga downed No. 23 Maryland earlier this season in the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational. Last season the Bulldogs topped then-No. 3 Georgia Tech at the Las Vegas Showdown. For the complete list of ACC teams and their rankings when Gonzaga has played them see the chart above.

Junior guard Derek Raivio has returned to practice this week and it appears the point guard will play Saturday against Virginia. He suffered a bruised lower back against Washington on Dec. 4 and has missed the last two games against Washington State and Oklahoma State. Freshman Jeremy Pargo has started the last two games in Raivio's absence.

Gonzaga University has a pair of individual national leaders and has also overtaken the top spot in one team category according to the NCAA Division I men's basketball statistics released Tuesday. Junior Adam Morrison, who twice this season has scored an NCAA season-high 43 points, sits atop the scoring charts with his 28.5 ppg. Junior Derek Raivio is in a six-player logjam for first in free throw percentage with his perfect 20-for-20, but his 20 makes are the most amongst the percentage leaders. Gonzaga has moved into the top spot in team free throw percentage, connecting on 83.7 percent. J.P. Batista is also ranked in three categories, checking in tied for 21st in free throw percentage at 93.5 percent, 40th in scoring at 20.3 ppg and 47th in field goal percentage at 59.0 percent.

J.P. Batista reached the 500-point plateau with his 23 points Thursday against Washington State and has 522. Sean Mallon has 458 career points as he approaches the 500-point milestone. Junior guard Derek Raivio made both free throw attempts prior to his injury Dec. 4 at Washington, running his season-opening streak to a perfect 20-for-20. That gives him 28 straight over the past two seasons. He tied the school record a year ago with 41 consecutive free throws. His best nights this season have been a pair of 6-for-6 efforts against both Maryland and Michigan State in the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational. 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.

Junior point guard Derek Raivio is closing in on 600 career points and 200 career assists. He enters Saturday's game with 584 points and 198 assists. Raivio didn't have an assist in his 11 minutes of action prior to getting injured on Dec. 4, snapping a streak of 36 straight games in which he had an assist. The last time he failed to get an assist in a game was the NCAA Tournament contest against Nevada in his freshman season of 2004.

Gonzaga has won 40 of its last 41 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 14.

Gonzaga puts its 28-game home winning streak on the line Saturday when Virginia visits, the second-longest current streak in NCAA Division I. Washington has the longest streak at 29, including the 99-95 win over Gonzaga on Dec. 4 in a match-up of the teams with the two longest streaks. Illinois and Southern Illinois are tied for third at 26. Gonzaga's current streak began Feb. 22, 2003, with a 69-60 win over Tulsa.

Gonzaga remained in the Associated Press Top 10 this week, but dropped one spot to No. 10. The Bulldogs remained 11th in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 as voted by the coaches. The Bulldogs are 93-18 when ranked, including 24-5 last season. The Bulldogs are 40-0 at home when ranked, 32-7 away and 21-11 on a neutral court.

Junior Adam Morrison has had quite a 10 days. He was featured the week of Dec. 5 in ESPN The Magazine. Following his game-winning shot against Oklahoma State he was featured in Sports Illustrated this week, the second time in three years he's appeared in SI. This time, however, he got a share of the cover. Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander is the main focus on the cover with Morrison getting partial billing in the upper left corner. Wednesday he appeared live on ESPN with Jim Rome on Rome Is Burning, the Morrison segment a satellite hookup from Spokane with Rome in his Los Angeles studio.

Senior center J.P. Batista recorded his second double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds at Washington. He also recorded the first Gonzaga double-double this year with 22 points and 13 rebounds against Michigan State. He has six double-doubles in his two seasons on the Gonzaga campus.

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 89 games since that Saint Joseph's loss without losing back-to-back games.

There not much rest for Gonzaga over the upcoming Christmas break. Following Saturday's game with Virginia the Bulldogs will face Eastern Washington on Monday in the sold out Spokane Arena in The President's Trophy Game at 5 p.m. Gonzaga heads for St. Louis University for a game Dec. 22, gets a short Christmas break and then plays at fifth-ranked Memphis on Dec. 27 before returning home to ring out the old year against Saint Joseph's in a 3 p.m. New Year's Eve matinee in the McCarthey Athletic Center.

 

 

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