Bulldogs, Eagles In Spokane Arena
Dec. 21, 2004
Game No. 10 - Eastern Washington
Tues., Dec. 21 - 6 p.m. PST
Les Schwab Tires President's Trophy Game Presented by Major Mortgage
Spokane Arena - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
No. 13 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (8-1; 0-0 West Coast Conference) G - 5 Derek Raivio, 6-3, 168, So., Vancouver, WA (12.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 5.4 assists, 2.4 steals) G - 22 Erroll Knight, 6-7, 211, Jr., Seattle, WA (6.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.8 assists, 0.5 steals) C - 1 Ronny Turiaf, 6-10, 249, Sr., Le Robert, Martinique (20.3 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 1.9 assists, 1.4 blocks) F - 3 Adam Morrison, 6-8, 205, So., Spokane, WA (19.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.4 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.3 blocks) F - 32 Sean Mallon, 6-9, 218, So., Spokane, WA (11.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.3 assists, 0.7 blocks) HEAD COACH: Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987) GONZAGA RECORD: 141-33 (6th year - 16th at GU) CAREER RECORD: Same
Tues., Dec. 28 - 6:30 p.m. PST
Touchstone Energy All-College Classic
Ford Center - Oklahoma City, OK
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
No. 3 OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS (8-0; 0-0 Big 12 Conference) G - 15 John Lucas, 5-11, 165, Sr., Houston, TX (18.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 4.1 assists, 1.9 steals) G - 20 Daniel Bobik, 6-5, 210, Sr., Newbury Park, CA (6.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.6 assists, 1.5 steals) F - 14 Joey Graham, 6-7, 225, Sr., Brandon, FL (18.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.9 steals) F - 23 Ivan McFarlin, 6-8, 240, Sr., Missouri City, TX (11.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.4 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.3 blocks) F - 42 Terrence Crawford, 6-6, 230, Sr., Oklahoma City, OK (5.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.9 blocks) HEAD COACH: Eddie Sutton (Oklahoma State, 1958) OSU RECORD: 333-128 (15th year) CAREER RECORD: 763-292 (35th year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: 12/21 vs. Northwestern Oklahoma.
Gonzaga will be making its 11th appearance in the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena when the Bulldogs tangle with Eastern Washington University in Tuesday's Les Schwab Tires President's Trophy Game presented by Major Mortgage. It will mark the third straight season the Bulldogs and Eagles have done battle on the Spokane Arena hardwood. The teams first played there Dec. 22, 2002, the Bulldogs taking a 67-64 decision in a game they didn't lead until Blake Stepp's trey with 29 ticks left gave the Bulldogs a 64-62 lead. Tony Skinner hit two free throws with :14 remaining for a 66-62 edge and Kyle Bankhead's free throw with :04 to play increased the lead to 67-62. Last season Gonzaga defeated the Eagles 70-49. Gonzaga has won 18 straight and 26-of-27 in the series against the Eagles.
Gonzaga played the first collegiate basketball game in the then-new Spokane Arena on Nov. 24, 1995, losing to Washington State University 67-62 in overtime. Gonzaga is 7-3 in the downtown facility that opened in the fall of 1995. Gonzaga and Washington State have split four meetings with the Bulldogs winning the last two, Gonzaga has won both meetings with Eastern Washington and the Bulldogs have played one game each with Georgia (1-0), Prairie View A&M (1-0), New Mexico (0-1) and Washington (1-0). Gonzaga is 1-2 in overtime games in the facility, losing to WSU in the aforementioned game, falling to New Mexico 81-80 on Jan. 2, 2000, in a game that was delayed late in the first half when Casey Calvary shattered a backboard on a dunk attempt and defeating Georgia on Nov. 24, 2003, 82-76. Prior to construction of the Spokane Arena the Bulldogs played several games in the old Spokane Coliseum which sat on the site of the current Arena parking lot.
Gonzaga has won four straight games in the Spokane Arena, including last year's 70-49 New Year's Eve contest against Eastern Washington. The Bulldogs downed Prairie View A&M 93-50 on Nov. 6, 2000, stopped EWU 67-64 on Dec. 22, 2002, and defeated Georgia on Nov. 24, 2003, in overtime 82-76.
Gonzaga enters Tuesday's game on the heels of last Saturday's 85-73 win over previously undefeated and No. 3 Georgia Tech at the Las Vegas Showdown. It was the highest ranked opponent the Bulldogs had faced since battling No. 2 Arizona on March 22, 2003, in what was immediately dubbed an Instant Classic by ESPN. The Wildcats prevailed 96-95 in double overtime in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Huntsman Center on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City. The Bulldogs dumped No. 3 Missouri 87-80 in overtime Dec. 13, 2003, in the inaugural Battle in Seattle at KeyArena, a game that propelled Gonzaga to a 28-3 season and a ranking that reached No. 2. Earlier this season the Bulldogs lost to then-No. 5 and current No. 1 Illinois 89-72 at the Wooden Tradition at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Gonzaga is 69-12 when ranked, including 6-1 this season. The Bulldogs are 29-0 at home when ranked, 27-3 away and 13-9 on a neutral court.
Gonzaga made one of the biggest jumps of the season in the Associated Press Top 25 rankings this season, the Bulldogs (8-1) moving up nine spots to 13th this week following last Saturday's 85-73 win over then No. 3 Georgia Tech. Gonzaga also moved back into the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 for the first time since Nov. 22, the Bulldogs coming in at No. 22 after being the first team listed in the "others receiving votes" category last week. The Bulldogs, who last season defeated No. 3 Missouri early in the season on the way to a 28-3 season, atoned for a lackluster 89-72 setback to then No. 5 and now No. 1 Illinois earlier in the season, coming out aggressively against the Yellow Jackets in taking the nightcap of the Las Vegas Showdown in impressive fashion. Oklahoma State (8-0), which has a date with Gonzaga on Dec. 28 in Oklahoma City, moved up one spot to No. 3 behind Illinois, which remained No. 1 in both polls, and Kansas.
Gonzaga junior guard Nathan Doudney will be sidelined for the remainder of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Doudney, who redshirted last season at Gonzaga after transferring from Texas Tech University, was injured early in the second half of the Dec. 7 game at Washington State when he collided with the Cougars Chris Schlatter in front of the Gonzaga bench. The Rockwall, Texas, native had a MRI that revealed the tear. He will undergo surgery in mid-January. The normal rehabilitation period is approximately nine months. Doudney had appeared in each of the first seven regular-season games this season with four starts, averaging 19.9 minutes/game. He was averaging 3.3 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.9 assists and 1.4 steals.
Erroll Knight, who suffered a badly sprained right thumb Nov. 17 just two days prior to the season opener, got his first start of the season Dec. 11 against Saint Louis and has started the past two games. Knight's first action of the season came Dec. 4 in his hometown in the Battle in Seattle as Gonzaga defeated Massachusetts 68-57 in KeyArena. In his four games he is averaging 19.0 minutes/game, 6.0 ppg and 3.3 rpg.
Gonzaga's Derek Raivio has been named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week. He was instrumental in the Bulldogs 85-73 upset of No. 3 Georgia Tech, matching his career high of 21 points, grabbing five rebounds, swiping three steals, and dishing out two assists. Plus, he had just one turnover against Georgia Tech's full court pressure defense in 36 minutes of action. Raivio, a sophomore from Vancouver, Wash., went 7-for-11 from the field, including 3-for-6 from 3-point range in equaling his previous high of 21 set earlier this season against then-14th ranked Washington.
Ronny Turiaf recorded his 18th career double-double last Saturday against No. 3 Georgia Tech with 17 points and 10 rebounds. And he did it with a big second half in helping the Bulldogs defeat the Yellow Jackets 85-73. After missing his first four shots and finishing the first half 2-for-6 from the field with 6 points and just one rebound, the senior co-captain came back with 11 points and 9 rebounds in the second half. He went 7-for-9 from the free throw line, the sixth time this season he's made at least seven free throws in a game. He had a streak of double-digit scoring games snapped a week earlier when he scored 2 points against Saint Louis just four days after suffering a badly sprained ankle at Washington State. He has scored in double digits in 7-of-8 games this season, including a career-high 40 points against Idaho. He became the first Gonzaga player since Jim McPhee to hit the 40 plateau. McPhee had 42 points against Loyola Marymount twice in an 8-day stretch in 1990.
WHAT SOPHOMORE JINX? Don't try to tell Gonzaga University's sophomore trio of Adam Morrison, Sean Mallon and Derek Raivio there's supposed to be a sophomore jinx. The trio is averaging 32.0 minutes/game, 14.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg and 3.1 assists/game. They are shooting a combined 50.2 percent from the field (1737-for-273), 43.0 percent from 3-point range (34-for-79) and 76.4 percent from the free throw line (81-for-106). Gonzaga's Super Sophs
YOU CAN CALL ME: There has been much debate on television, on the radio and in the print media this season over the pronunciation of Gonzaga University sophomore Derek Raivio's last name. While the sophomore from Vancouver, Wash., insists he doesn't care, the correct pronunciation is rye-VEE-oh. All of last season and through the early part of this season everyone has gone with rav-EE-oh. HOME, SWEET HOME: Gonzaga University has a modest 17-game home winning streak that ranks tied for fourth with four other teams in the NCAA Division I ranks through games of Sunday. Wisconsin leads the way with a 33-game streak, followed by Oklahoma State and Western Michigan at 21. BATTLE OF THE BOARDS: Gonzaga University won the battle of the boards 41-36 last Saturday against Georgia Tech, the Bulldogs still not having been out-rebounded this season. Despite the lopsided loss to Illinois earlier this season, Gonzaga prevailed on the boards 43-29 for a season-high +14. Montana held the Bulldogs at bay as each team grabbed 35 rebounds for the only time in nine outings Gonzaga has not held the upper hand on the boards this season.
HOME NON-CONFERENCE DOMINANCE: Gonzaga University has won 36 of its last 37 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.
THREE BALL: Gonzaga University has extended its streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 370. 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 A ROLL: Since starting the 2003 season 8-5, Gonzaga University is 52-8. Following that 8-5 start the Bulldogs put together a 9-game winning streak and went 16-4 down the stretch, last year's club went 28-3 and this year's team is off to an 8-1 start.
TOUGH SCHEDULE: With the University of Illinois still No. 1 in both of the major polls this week, no matter how you cut it Gonzaga University has a tough schedule - past and future. The Bulldogs lost to then fifth-ranked Fighting Illini on Nov. 27 at the Wooden Tradition in Indianapolis, Ind. Gonzaga has also defeated the University of Washington (14th at the time and currently 12th in Associated Press and 17th in USA Today/ESPN) and then third-ranked Georgia Tech (9th in both polls this week). Remaining on the Bulldogs schedule is Oklahoma State University Dec. 28 at the Touchstone Energy All-College Classic in Oklahoma City, Okla., the Cowboys third in both rankings. If OSU can maintain its Top 10 ranking until they play Gonzaga, it will mark the first time since the 200-01 season the Bulldogs will have played three Top 10 teams in a season.
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