Bulldogs Home To Face Long Beach State

Dec. 19, 2002

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 10 - Long Beach State University 49ers
Friday, Dec. 20 - 7 p.m. PST
The Kennel - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk AM 1510 KGA - Pre-game show at 6:30 p.m. PST
TV: PAX

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (6-3; 0-0 West Coast Conference)
G - 1 Winston Brooks, 6-0, 198, Sr., Richmond, VA
(3.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.6 assists, 0.7 steals)
G - 10 Blake Stepp, 6-4, 192, Jr., Eugene, OR
(18.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 5.6 assists, 1.4 steals)
C - 33 Cory Violette, 6-8, 255, Jr., Boise, ID
(11.9 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 0.6 assists, 0.6 steals, 1.2 blocks)
F - 34 Richard Fox, 6-11, 275, Jr., Denver, CO
(5.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.8 assists, 0.4 blocks)
F - 25 Tony Skinner, 6-5, 198, Jr., Albuquerque, NM
(9.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.1 assists, 1.2 steals)
HEAD COACH: Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD: 87-23 (4th year) CAREER RECORD: Same

LONG BEACH STATE UNIVERSITY 49ERS (1-6; 0-0 Big West Conference)
G - 11 Darnell Thompson, 6-2, 195, Jr., Los Angeles, CA
(4.1 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 3.3 assists, 0.9 steals)
G - 20 Tony Darden, 6-4, 200, Sr., Snow Hill, NC
(18.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.3 assists, 0.7 steals)
C - 32 Vance Lawhorn, 6-8, 230, Sr., Las Vegas, NV
(6.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 0.9 blocks)
F - 30 Kevin Roberts, 6-7, 235, Jr., Petaluma, CA
(11.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.4 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.7 blocks )
F - 34 Lemi Williams, 6-6, 215, Sr., Hayti, MO
(6.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.3 assists, 0.4 steals)
HEAD COACH: Larry Reynolds (UC Riverside, 1976)
LBSU RECORD: 1-6 (1st year) CAREER RECORD: 111-41 (6th year)
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 11 - Eastern Washington University Eagles
Sunday, Dec. 22 - 4:40 p.m. PST
Spokane Arena - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk AM 1510 KGA - Pre-game show at 4 p.m. PST
TV: KREM-TV (Ch. 2 - Spokane); KONG-TV (Ch. 6 - Seattle)

EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY EAGLES (7-2; 0-0 Big Sky Conference)
G - 31 Alvin Snow, 6-2, 205, Jr., Seattle, WA
(15.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.0 assists, 3.3 steals, 0.3 blocks)
G - 2 Brendon Merritt, 6-4, 190, Jr., Tacoma, WA
(10.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.0 assists, 1.4 steals)
C - 30 T. J. Williams, 6-8, 205, Sr., Lake Stevens, WA
(5.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 0.6 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.6 blocks)
F - 4 Keith Browne, 6-5, 220, Sr., Kent, WA
(5.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 0.8 assists)
F - 24 Marc Axton, 6-7, 220, So., Federal Way, WA
(5.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.7 assists, 0.6 steals)
HEAD COACH: Ray Giacoletti (Minot State, 1985)
EWU RECORD: 41-26 (3rd year) RECORD: 89-59 (6th year)
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

HOME, SWEET HOME: After ending a stretch of being on the road for 15 of 26 days, Gonzaga University gets some home cooking prior to Christmas. The Bulldogs host Long Beach State University Friday at 7 p.m., just the third home game of the season for the Bulldogs and only their second of December. Gonzaga has not played at home since Dec. 2. The Bulldogs face Eastern Washington University Sunday at the sold out Spokane Arena in a game that is technically an EWU home game. The Bulldogs will break for Christmas, then prepare for the Pete Newell Classic in the Oakland Arena on Sept. 28 against Stanford University. Gonzaga brings the curtain down on 2002 with a New Year's Eve home game when St. Joseph's University visits The Kennel for a 5 p.m. contest.

SINGLE DIGITS: Only Gonzaga University, the University of Florida and Duke University has lost less than 10 games in each of the past four seasons. Gonzaga has posted marks of 29-4, 26-7, 26-9 and 28-7, 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 any of his three previous Gonzaga seasons.

BULLDOGS ON THE AIR: All Gonzaga University basketball games can be heard on News Talk AM 1510 KGA radio in Spokane. KREM-TV sports anchor Tom Hudson is in his first season behind the microphone calling all the radio action of Bulldog basketball beginning with the pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff. Gonzaga basketball can also be accessed off the Internet via subscription to the Online College Sports Network. OCSN, the official athletics web site provider for Gonzaga, offers many new features via its audio subscription service and all sites on the OCSN web site are included in the subscription. Subscriptions are available by visiting the Gonzaga site at http://www.gozags.com.

BULLDOGS ON THE TUBE: As many as 26 Gonzaga University regular-season contests could be televised through the West Coast Conference Tournament. KHQ-TV/PAX-TV in Spokane will televise 10 games from The Kennel as well as road games from the University of Montana and against Stanford University at the Pete Newell Challenge. KHQ-TV news anchor Greg Heister returns for his second season on KHQ/PAX. Former Bulldog Jeff Brown and former NBA and Washington State University standout Craig Ehlo will join Heister on the broadcasts. The Bulldogs could appear as many as eight times on ESPN or ESPN2 - all three games from the Maui Invitational, the Jimmy V Classic against North Carolina State University, at Pepperdine University for Rivalry Week, at home against Tulsa University in Bracket Busters and in the semifinals and championship game of the West Coast Conference Tournament.

FEW ON RADIO: The "Gonzaga Coaches Show" will be aired on 16 Tuesdays throughout the season on News Talk AM 1510 KGA radio, the home of Bulldog basketball. The show will feature head coach Mark Few, members of his staff and other special guests. The show will air live from one of four Applebee's locations in the Spokane-Coeur d'Alene area. Play-by-play commentator Tom Hudson will host the show. The next broadcast will be Jan. 7 from Applebee's at on the South Hill.

GU-EWU ON THE TUBE: Sunday's non-conference game between Gonzaga University and Eastern Washington University in the Spokane Arena will be televised in both Spokane and Seattle. Spokane viewers can watch the game on KREM-TV, Channel 2, while Seattle-area fans can see the game on KONG-TV, Channel 6. The game will also be re-played in Spokane on KSKN, WB22 at 10:30 p.m. Sunday. The game is EWU's home game this year, thus the Eagles owned the television rights to the game.

PSU GAME OFF TV: Gonzaga University's game against Portland State University at Memorial Coliseum on Jan. 2 will not be televised in Spokane on PAX-TV as originally scheduled. The recent demise of the Action Sports Cable Network (ASCN) in Portland left PAX without a cost effective means to bring the game back to Spokane.

AMONG FG LEADERS: Senior forward Zach Gourde has made his mark on Gonzaga University's career record book. He is ninth in field goals made with 409 as he chases Doug Spradley in eighth with 462. Gourde is also fifth in career blocked shots with 71. Paul Rogers (72) and Mark Spink (80) are just ahead of him. Casey Calvary is the all-time leader in blocks with 207.

POUNDING THE BOARDS: Gonzaga University led the NCAA Division I ranks in rebounding margin last season with a +8.9 margin to edge Louisiana Tech University (+8.8) by the slimmest of margins. Cory Violette paced the Bulldogs with his 8.3 rpg, including a 20-rebound night against Fresno State University that ranked tied for 13th nationally. GU is +4.2 thus far this season.

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 with a 28-game home winning streak to rank third in the country. In the last 10 seasons the Bulldogs are 130-9 at home for a nifty 93.5 winning percentage after capping a 13-0 home season in 2002 and 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 45-1 in The Kennel over the past four 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.

FEW'S THREE-YEAR RUN: Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few's 81-20 record makes him the winningest third-year coach in NCAA history, surpassing Bill Guthridge of the University of North Carolina (1998-00) and Everett Case of North Carolina State University (1947-49) who each won 80 games in their first three seasons as a NCAA Division I head coach. With 15 wins this season Few would crack the Top 10 list for wins by a fourth-year head coach, Jerry Tarkanian (Long Beach State, 1969-72), Pat Foster (Lamar, 1981-84) and Nolan Richardson (Tulsa, 1981-84) all with 96 wins. Case leads the four-year list with 107, one of only five coaches to win 100 games in their first four seasons. In his first two seasons as head coach the Bulldogs advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen, one of only two NCAA Division I head coaches to accomplish that feat since the bracket expanded to 64 teams in 1985. Few was an assistant coach on Gonzaga's run to the 1999 Elite Eight.

LAST FOUR YEARS: Gonzaga University trails only Duke University, Michigan State University and the University of Cincinnati in wins from 1998-02. The Bulldogs won 109 games, while Duke leads the list with 128 over that span.

VIOLETTE DOUBLES UP: Cory Violette recorded his second double-double of the season and the 13th of his career with 17 points and 10 rebounds earlier this season at the University of Montana. His first of the season was 17 points and 12 rebounds against the University of Washington in The Kennel.

BULLDOGS SIGN A PAIR: Gonzaga University men's basketball coach Mark Few signed Adam Morrison, a 6-8, 205-pound forward from Spokane's Mead High, and Derek Raivio, a 6-1, 155-pound point guard from Mountain View High in Vancouver, Wash., in November. Morrison averaged 24.4 ppg as a junior last season to lead the Greater Spokane League, while Raivio averaged 22.6 ppg as the Greater St. Helen's League 4A Player of the Year.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT: The West Coast Conference has changed its tournament format for this season. All eight teams qualify for the tourney, but that's the only thing consistent about past years. In the first round, the fifth through eighth teams play with four and five receiving byes. The two winners the first night then meet No. 4 and No. 5, with those two winners facing No. 1 and No. 2 who will be seeded into the semifinals. For the third straight season the tournament will return to the Jenny Craig Pavilion on the University of San Diego campus. Beginning in 2004 the tournament will rotate the championship site regionally. The 2004 and 2005 tournaments will be in the ay Area, 2006 and 2007 in the Pacific Northwest and 2008 and 2009 in southern California.

 

 

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