Gonzaga Heads To Pete Newell Challenge

Dec. 17, 2003

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 9 - Stanford
Sat., Dec. 20 - 6 p.m. PST
Pete Newell Challenge
The Arena in Oakland - Oakland, CA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KHQ-TV (Spokane); KCYU-TV (Yakima);
KFFX-TV (Tri-Cities); CSTV (DirecTV Subscribers)

No. 13 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (7-1; 0-0 West Coast Conference)
G - 10 Blake Stepp, 6-4, 194, Sr., Eugene, OR
      (13.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 8.0 assists, 1.0 steals)
G -  20 Kyle Bankhead, 6-0, 195, Sr., Walla Walla, WA
      (6.9 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.5 assists, 1.6 steals)
C -  33 Cory Violette, 6-8, 265, Sr., Boise, ID
      (10.0 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.4 blocks)
F -   4 Tony Skinner, 6-5, 198, Jr., Albuquerque, NM
      (7.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.6 steals)
F -    1 Ronny Turiaf, 6-10, 243, Jr., Le Robert, Martinique
      (16.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.5 assists, 0.9 steals, 2.0 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  112-30 (5th year - 15th at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

No. 9 STANFORD UNIVERSITY CARDINAL (6-0; 0-0 Pacific-10 Conference) G - 32 Jason Haas, 6-2, 190, So., Centre Hall, PA (3.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.7 assists, 0.7 steals) G - 33 Matt Lottich, 6-4, 205, Sr., Winnetka, IL (12.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.3 assists, 0.5 steals) C - 42 Rob Little, 6-10, 260, Jr., Hampton, VA (10.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 0.5 assists, 0.3 blocks) F - 21 Nick Robinson, 6-6, 200, Jr., Liberty, MO (7.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.3 blocks) F - 22 Justin Davis, 6-9, 230, Sr., Berkeley, CA (9.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals) HEAD COACH: Mike Montgomery (Long Beach State, 1968) STANFORD RECORD: 369-165 (18th year) CAREER RECORD: 523-241 (26th year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 10 - Washington State
Sun., Dec. 28 - 7 p.m. PST
The Kennel - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: FOX Sports Northwest

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY COUGARS (5-2; 0-0 Pacific-10 Conference) G - 1 Marcus Moore, 6-6, 208, Sr., Inglewood, CA (13.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.3 assists, 2.1 steals) G - 11 Thomas Kelati, 6-5, 184, Jr., Walla Walla, WA (10.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.7 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.6 blocks) G - 12 Randy Green, 6-4, 180, So., Renton, WA (9.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 0.7 assists, 1.1 steals) F - 22 Shami Gill, 6-7, 238, Jr., Mission, British Columbia (6.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 0.9 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.6 blocks) F - 5 Chris Schlatter, 6-6, 211, Jr., Lafayette, CA (4.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.6 assists, 0.6 steals) HEAD COACH: Dick Bennett (Ripon College, 1965) WSU RECORD: 5-2 (1st year) CAREER RECORD: 458-260 (26th year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: Dec. 22 at Fresno State.

BULLDOGS FACE ANOTHER RANKED TEAM: Gonzaga University will put its 7-game winning streak on the line Saturday against undefeated Stanford University (6-0) in a battle of ranked teams in the Pete Newell Challenge at The Arena in Oakland. Tipoff is 6 p.m., followed by the University of California against Saint Joseph's University, the latter the only team to defeat the Bulldogs this season. The Hawks turned the trick in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in Madison Square Garden. With Gonzaga ranked No. 13 and Stanford No. 9 in this week's Associated Press Top 25, the game is not only a showdown of highly-ranked teams, but the game could also have repercussions come March when NCAA Tournament seeds are doled out. Stanford already has a win over then top-ranked Kansas University, and the Bulldogs have a victory of No. 3 University of Missouri. Another victory by either team over a highly ranked team will only add to the resume.

WOODEN AWARD: Gonzaga University has a pair of seniors who are John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 candidates for the prestigious Player of the Year honor. The Bulldogs Cory Violette, a two-time Preseason Top 50 nominees, and Blake Stepp carry the Bulldog banner. Dan Dickau became Gonzaga's inaugural Wooden Award Top Five All-American in 2002, and Casey Calvary was the first Wooden Award Top 10 All-American for the Bulldogs in 2001. Matt Santangelo was the first Wooden Award Top 30 finalist in 2000.

ZAGS WHEN RANKED: Gonzaga is 42-9 when nationally ranked, including a perfect 16-0 at home with this season's victories over the University of Idaho and Denver University at The Kennel. The mark includes games against teams in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Top 25 polls.

THE 6-10 SPLIT: One of the most productive 10 seconds in the history of collegiate basketball may have come Saturday when Gonzaga University scored 6 points in just 10 ticks of the clock. Trailing 67-62 with 2:30 to go in regulation, Ronny Turiaf made a basket and had a chance for a 3-point play but missed the free throw. Erroll Knight grabbed the rebound, Blake Stepp missed a trey and Cory Violette had a put back with 2:21 to go. Violette missed his chance for a 3-point play but Turiaf hauled in the rebound and scored with 2:20 to go for a 68-67 Gonzaga advantage. The Bulldogs went 3-for-4 from the field in the flurry but 0-for-2 from the line while grabbing three rebounds. Carrying those numbers out to a 40-minute game the Bulldogs would score 1,440 points, go 720-for-960 from the field, 0-for-480 from the free throw line and grab 720 rebounds.

TOP 25: Four teams ranked in this week's Associated Press Top 25 dot Gonzaga University's schedule. The Stanford University (9th), University of Missouri (10th), Saint Joseph's University (11th) and the University of Maryland (25th) are ranked. In addition, George Washington University received votes.

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 1,323 career points to rank 13th. He needs 18 points to surpass John Stockton (1,340, 1981-84) for 12th. Cory Violette has 978 career points and Ronny Turiaf is at 884. 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 226, 5 shy of moving past John Rillie (230, 1993-95) and into third. Bankhead has 138 treys to move past Jarrod Davis (1991-92) for seventh. Richie Frahm, currently with the Seattle Sonics, is the career leader with 280 from 1996-00. Stepp also has 615 attempts for third all-time. Frahm is the leader with 662.

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 356 following his 7-foir-11 effort last Saturday. Stepp is 7th with 315, surpassing John Stockton (312 from 1981-84) last Saturday. 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 two blocks last Saturday giving him 91 for third on the all-time list. Turiaf could move into second with 25 blocks this season, Tim Ruff holding that spot with 99 from 1981-85. Turiaf currently has 16.

REBOUNDS: Senior Cory Violette has moved into 5th in career rebounds with 686, becoming just the 10th player in Gonzaga history to reach the 600-rebound mark. With 32 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.

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 497 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 124, Stockton the leader with 262.

FRESHMAN FEENOM: True freshman Adam Morrison has now scored in double figures in seven of his first eight collegiate games, including 18 points against the University of Maryland, 10 against George Washington University and 17 against the University of Missouri since being held to 2 points at the University of Washington.

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 339. 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.

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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