Bulldogs, Utah Bring Curtain Down On 2007

Dec. 30, 2007

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 14 - Utah
Monday, December 31 - 5 p.m.
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)
G -   2 Jeremy Pargo, 6-2, 219, Jr., Chicago, IL
       (12.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 5.9 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.5 blocks)
G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 214, So., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (13.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.3 assists, 0.9 steals)
G - 22 Micah Downs, 6-8, 190, Jr., Kirkland, WA
       (9.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.7 assists, 1.0 steals)
F -  25 David Pendergraft, 6-6, 223, Sr., Brewster, WA
       (9.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.2 assists, 0.5 steals)
F -  31 Abdullahi Kuso, 6-9, 241, Sr., Kaduna, Nigeria
      (6.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 0.3 steals, 0.9 blocks)
or   21 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 255, Fr., North Vancouver, British Columbia
       (4.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 0.4 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.3 blocks)
or   42 Josh Heytvelt, 6-11, 255, Jr., Clarkston, WA
       (8.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 0.5 steals, 2.0 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  220-56 (9th year - 19th at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH RUNNIN' UTES (8-3; 0-0 Mountain West) G - 11 Lawrence Borha, 6-3, 205, Jr., Staten Island, NY (9.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.5 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.3 blocks) G - 32 Tyler Kepkay, 6-0, 185, Jr., Vancouver, B.C. (10.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.5 assists, 1.6 steals) C - 50 Luke Nevill, 7-1, 265, Jr., Perth, Australia (14.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.4 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.5 blocks) F - 15 Carlon Brown, 6-4, 210, Fr., Riverside, CA (4.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.5 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.3 blocks) F - 21 Shaun Green, 6-8, 208, Jr., Salt Lake City, UT (7.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.5 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.9 blocks) HEAD COACH: Jim Boylen (Maine, 1987) UTAH RECORD: 8-3 (1st year) CAREER RECORD: Same GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 15 - Georgia
Saturday, January 5 - 5 p.m.
Ronald McDonald House Charities Classic
Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena - Spokane, WA
Radio: News Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane)
Pre-game show 30 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KHQ-TV (Spokane); FSN (check local listings)
G -   2 Sundiata Gaines, 6-1, 205, Sr., Jamaica, NY
      (11.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 4.8 assists, 2.2 steals)
G -  31 Bill Humphrey, 6-2, 185, Jr., Dacula, GA
      (12.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.4 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.3 blocks)
C -  44 Dave Bliss, 6-10, 255, Sr., Wausau, WI
      (7.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 0.5 assists, 0.9 blocks)
F -  30 Terrance Woodbury, 6-7, 210, Jr., Virginia Beach, VA
      (9.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.4 blocks)
F -  50 Jeremy Price, 6-8, 270, Fr., Decatur, GA
      (9.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.6 assists, 0.4 steals)
HEAD COACH:  Dennis Felton (Howard, 1985)
UGA RECORD:  66-63 (5th year)  CAREER RECORD:  166-120 (10th year)

Gonzaga University brings the curtain down on 2007 when the Bulldogs host the University of Utah in a 5 p.m. tilt on New Year's Eve. Gonzaga will return to the McCarthey Athletic Center after a pair of tough neutral-court losses - 72-68 against Oklahoma University in Oklahoma City in their last outing prior to Christmas and 82-72 to the University of Tennessee last Saturday at the fifth annual Battle in Seattle at KeyArena. The 9-4 Bulldogs have lost back-to-back games for the first time this year.

First-year Gonzaga University assistant coach Ray Giacoletti won't need any introductions Monday when the University of Utah visits. Giacoletti was the head coach of the Runnin' Utes for three years, posting a 54-40 record including leading the team into the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in his first season of 2005. He recruited virtually the entire make-up of this year's squad.

There could be a couple of fans in attendance Monday who might be a little torn as who to root for when Gonzaga University and the University of Utah do battle. Phil and Tom McCarthey have their family name on the 4-year-old Gonzaga arena - the McCarthey Athletic Center - are alumni of the university, Phil is a member of the Board of Trustees and Tom is a member of the Board of Regents. But the duo also has ties to the Runnin' Utes. The McCarthey's owned Salt Lake Tribune Publishing - which included the Salt Lake Tribune - until 1997, are also avid followers of the University of Utah athletic fortunes and are residents of Salt Lake City.

Monday's game will be the third in the series between Gonzaga University and the University of Utah. You have to go all the way back to Dec. 8, 1962, to find the first meeting between the clubs, a 100-79 Utah win in Salt Lake City. The last time the teams hooked up was at the Maui Invitational on Nov. 25, 2002, Gonzaga taking a 71-52 win to even the series. In that game Gonzaga's Ronny Turiaf came off the bench to score a then-career high 24 points, including a 15-for-16 night from the free throw line. Utah had 21 turnovers that led to 31 Gonzaga points. Britton Johnsen was the lone Ute in double figures with 15 points.

Gonzaga University is 11-7 overall against the current make-up of the Mountain West Conference. The Bulldogs have played Air Force Academy the most of any MWC school, holding a 4-1 record against the Falcons. Gonzaga is 1-0 against San Diego State University, 2-2 against the University of Wyoming and 1-1 against Colorado State University, the University of New Mexico, the University of Utah and TCU.

Matt Bouldin tied his career high with 21 points against the University of Tennessee. Bouldin had 21 points at home against the University of Washington and again at the University of San Francisco last season.

After playing two games in three days since returning from Christmas break, Gonzaga University will be able to fine tune its game with five days between games until the University of Georgia visits the Spokane Arena Saturday for the second Ronald McDonald House Charities Classic. Game time is 5 p.m.

Gonzaga University fell out of the national polls last week for the first time this season, but the Bulldogs stilled received considerable votes. Gonzaga received 120 votes in the Associated Press Top 25, and 54 votes in the USA Today/ESPN voting. Gonzaga is the first team listed in the "others receiving votes" category of the USA Today/ESPN poll, and the second team listed in the AP balloting. The new polls will be released Monday.

Three teams on the Gonzaga University schedule remain ranked in the Top 15 of both polls this week. The Bulldogs will travel to No. 2 University of Memphis Jan. 26; hosted fourth-ranked Washington State University in December and played No. 11/12 University of Tennessee Saturday in The Battle in Seattle.

There's no place like home, and the McCarthey Athletic Center has become quite the home for the Bulldogs since it opened for the 2004-05 season. Gonzaga is 44-2 in the new facility, winning its first 38 games in the McCarthey Athletic Center. Santa Clara University halted the streak with an 84-73 victory Feb. 12, 2007. That loss also snapped a 50-game home winning streak for the Bulldogs, at the time the longest streak in the nation, as Gonzaga left the old Kennel with 12 straight home victories.

10-4. No, it's not CB lingo. It's the margin of defeat in Gonzaga four games this season - either four points or 10 points. The Bulldogs lost to Texas Tech University 73-63, Washington State University 51-47, Oklahoma University 72-68 and the University of Tennessee 82-72. Gonzaga's average margin of loss is 7.0 points, while the Bulldogs average margin of victory this season is 19.0 points. Gonzaga has surrendered 70+ points in three of the four losses, and held opponents under 60 points in five of the nine victories.

Gonzaga University has lost the battle of the boards in three of its four setbacks this season, out rebounding only the University of Tennessee (41-32) in defeat. Texas Tech University held a 35-29 rebounding edge, Washington State University a 43-30 advantage and Oklahoma University winning the war of the boards 38-29. For the season Gonzaga has a +5.7 rebounding margin.

Jeremy Pargo had seven assists against the University of Tennessee to move into a tie for ninth with Dan Dickau on the all-time Gonzaga University list with 299. Matt Santangelo is the all-time leader with 668.

Steven Gray and Josh Heytvelt are both off the injured list. Gray, a true freshman out of Bainbridge, Wash., made his regular-season collegiate debut against the University of Northern Colorado Dec. 17. Gray missed the first 10 games of his freshman season after fracturing his wrist Nov. 7 in the Bulldogs exhibition game, and had pins inserted into the wrist on Nov. 14. Gray scored 12 points and played 28 minutes in his debut. His 3-pointer gave the Bulldogs their first lead at 17-16. He played 13 minutes against Oklahoma University and 26 minutes against the University of Tennessee. Heytvelt saw his first action of the season against OU after an ankle injury that eventually required surgery Nov. 12 to insert pins. Heytvelt played 15 minutes and scored 5 points., then came back with 24 minutes, 12 points and four rebounds against Tennessee.

There might be some magic in that No. 5 jersey freshman Austin Daye is wearing - especially when it comes to the free throw line. Daye is 56-for-62 for 90.3 percent from the stripe this season. Derek Raivio, who wore No. 5 throughout his Gonzaga career, is one of the most prolific free throw shooters in NCAA history. He finished his career hitting 92.7 percent from the line and holds the top three single-season percentage marks in school history. Raivio went 148-for-154 for 96.1 percent to lead the NCAA Division I ranks in percentage a year ago and ranks second all-time on the NCAA single-season list. For his career he went 343-for-370 for 92.7 percent to rank second in the NCAA based on a minimum of 300 free throws made and 2.5 free throws made/game. Raivio set the Gonzaga record of 56 consecutive free throws. Daye had 29 straight makes this season.

Three of the four current former Gonzaga University players in the NBA reside in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Clippers signed Richie Frahm, a free-agent guard who was released by the Phoenix Suns during the preseason. Frahm, a 30-year-old 3-point specialist, has averaged 3.5 points, 1.2 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 130 career games with Houston, Minnesota, Portland and Seattle. He played for Italy's Benetton Treviso in 2006-07 after averaging 3.4 points in 32 games for Minnesota and Houston the previous season. Frahm, a 6-5, 202-pounder, was undrafted after averaging 12.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists in four seasons (1997-00) at Gonzaga. He was a college teammate of Clippers guard Dan Dickau during the 1999-2000 season, Dickau's redshirt season at Gonzaga following his transfer from the University of Washington. Frahm helped the Zags to the 1999 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight and the 2000 NCAA Sweet Sixteen. He is eighth on the all-time Gonzaga scoring list with 1,621 points, and second in career 3-pointers made (280) and attempts (662). The third Bulldog in LA is Ronny Turiaf with the Los Angeles Lakers. Adam Morrison, currently out for the season with a knee injury, is the fourth Bulldog in the pro ranks with Charlotte.

Gonzaga University has extended its streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 473. The last time the Bulldogs failed to hit a trey was Jan. 27, 1993, going 0-for-5 at home against Portland. UNLV holds the all-time streak of 668 entering this season.

Gonzaga University men's basketball coach Mark Few added three players to his charges for the 2008-09 season with the signing of three players to letters-of-intent. Andy Poling, 6-11, 30-pound forward from Westview High in Portland, Ore.; Grant Gibbs, 6-5, 190-pound guard from Linn-Mar High in Marion, Iowa, and Demetri Goodson, 6-0, 175-pound guard from Klein Collins High in Spring, Texas, outside of Houston, made their intentions official to become Bulldogs on the first day of national letter-of-intent signing day. All three had previously made verbal commitments. Poling averaged 13.9 ppg last season to rank fifth in the Metro League in scoring while leading the Wildcats to a 21-8 overall record and 8-2 second-place Metro League finish. He was named honorable mention All-State 6A in Westview's first season in the newly-created State 6A classification. He was also voted first-team All-Metro League for the Wildcats, ranked seventh in the state heading into the State 6A Tournament where they lost their first two games. Poling was rated one of the 20 best centers in the country by one scouring service. Gibbs averaged 15.0 ppg, 5.0 assists and 5.0 rpg as Linn-Mar captured the Iowa State 4A title last spring. He had 10 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in the quarterfinal win over Sioux City North; 20 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 7 steals in the semifinal victory over Urbandale, and scored 15 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, and had a pair of assists and steals in the title game against Bettendorf to cap a 24-1 season. He finished third in tournament scoring with 45 points and tied for fourth with 21 rebounds in earning All-Tournament honors. Goodson helped lead Klein Collins to the Region 2 title game last season while averaging 16.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 7.0 assists/game. He was an All-State 5A selection, the largest classification in Texas. Goodson was rated as high as the 135th best player in the country by one scouting service.

Juniors Jeremy Pargo and Josh Heytvelt have been named to the preseason watch lists for a pair of prestigious All-American men's basketball honors. Pargo, a native of Chicago, Ill., is one of 50 players named to the John R. Wooden Award as selected by the Los Angeles Athletic Club's Wooden Award Committee. Heytvelt, who hails from Clarkston, Wash., was named one of 50 preseason candidates for the Naismith Trophy as selected by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. Pargo becomes the eighth Bulldog selected as a Wooden candidate. Heytvelt is the second Bulldog in three years under consideration for the Naismith.



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