USD Men's Basketball 2003-2004 West Coast Conference
University of San DieQo Arcnlves I San Diego Toreros Host Gonzaga Bulldogs & PorllandPilots In wee Play I
GAMES 20 & 21: The USD Toreros (0-4 WCC; 3-16) return home to host the Gonzaga Bulldogs (5-0 WCC; 15-2) on Thursday, and the Portland Pilots (2-3 WCC; 8-10) on Saturday. Bol11 games tipoffat 7:05 p.m. at Jenny Craig Pavilion. · RADIO/WEBCAST/TV: Both games will be aired on KCBQ 1170 AM with Jerry Gross (play-by-play), George Young ( color, Gonzaga) and Jim Brogan (color, Portland) calling l11e action. The games will also be aired via the internet atwww.usdtoreros.com. The Brad Holland Show, hosted by Gross, airs 20 minutes before tipoff. Thursday's game against Gonzaga will be telecast by Channel 4 San Diego (Jim Laslavic & Jim Brogan). TIO LEOS TORERO TALK: Every home game Jack Murray will webcast a 40 minute pre-game show from 6:00 p.m. to 6:40 p.m. l11at will include interviews wil11 USD coaches, players, alumni and administration. Click on www.usdtoreros.com to hear 111e Tio Leos Torero Talk each and every home game. SERIES RECORD: This is l11e 60th meeting between Gonzaga and USD with the Bulldogs leading the overall series, 39-20 ... USD won l11e last meeting, last year's WCC Tournament Championship game in San Diego on March 10th (72-63) .. .-l11at win snapped a 9- game winning streak for l11e Bulldogs. This is the 54111 meeting wil11 Portland and the Toreros lead the overall series, 34-19 ... San Diego won both meetings last year and has won l11e last four contests. TORERO COACH BRAD HOLLAND: USD head coach Brad Holland (UCLA, 1979) is in his tenl11 season at 111e helm of Torero basketball. Last season he directed the Toreros to an overall 18-12 record and 2nd place finish in the WCC at 10-4. TheToreros won their first WCC Tournament title and played in l11e NCAATour– nament for tl1e first time in sixteen years. In 1999-2000, Hollandwas chosen WCC Coach of the Year by his peers for 111e second straight season after he guided l11e Toreros to a 20-9 mark -- including wins over every WCC foe. In 1998-99 he guided l11e Toreros to an 18-9 mark and 2nd place finish in l11e WCC (9-5; tie for 2nd). Holland's USD career mark heading into l11e Gonzaga game is 147-127; includ– ing two seasons at CS Fullerton, his overall coaching record is 170- 158. Since 111e start of 1998-99 season, Holland is 91- 72. Holland, who played four years ofbasketball at UCLA (1976-79), was the 14111 player taken in the first round of l11e 1979 NBA draft by l11e Los Angeles Lakers. He was a member of the 1980 NBA Los Angeles Lakers championship team. Brad and his wife Leslie, who reside in Carlsbad, have three children : twin daughters Kristin and Lisa, se– niors at USD, and a 11-year-old son, Kyle. TORERO TIDBITS: USD will be looking to snap an 8-game losing skid when l11ey take on No. 15 Gonzaga on Thursday ... l11e Toreros are 3-3 at home l11is season l11is past weekend the Toreros dropped WCC road contests at San Francisco (78-68) and Saint Mary's (86-67) ... Bdce Vounang (22 points/8 rebounds) and Bran– don Gay (18 points/6 rebounds) paced l11e Toreros against USF, while Brett Melton poured in 20 points against the Gaels on Satur– day ... turnovers hurt the Toreros in both games witl1 24 misques at
USF and 20 at Saint Mary's ... Vounang leads the Toreros in scoring at 16.2 ppg (19.5 in WCC contests) and in rebounding at 6.7 rpg (8.8 rpg in WCC games) ... among WCC players Vounang ranks 4111 in scoring and 5111 in rebounding ... Brandon Gay's scoring average has increased to 13 .2 ppg ... for l11e season USD is being outscored by its opponents 78.3 to 66.9 (82.0 to 705 in WCC play) ... Mike McGrain ranks 2nd in tl1e WCC in assists (6.5). SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS: The Gonzaga Bulldogs come to town wiili an overall mark of 15-2 and national ranking ofNo. 15 ... this past weekend l11ey defeated their travel-partner, Portland, on the road (80-65) ... Ronny Turiafled l11e way witl121 points and 14 rebounds ... l11e Zags two losses l11is season are to Saint Joseph's (73-66) and Stanford (87-80) - bol11 teams are ranked in Top-3 cur– rently ... Gonzaga is 4-0 in "true" away games and 9-2 in overall road contests ... 111e Zags have a balanced offensive attack led by Turiaf (15.9 ppg), Blake Stepp (14.6 ppg/7.1 apg), Cory Violette (13.6 ppg/7.7 rpg) and freshman AdamMorrison (11 .5 ppg). The Portland Pilots will take a record of 8-10 (2-2 WCC) to ilieirThursday game at Santa Clara ... in their home loss to Gonzaga on Saturday the Pilots were paced by Eugene "Pooh" Jeter with 18 points and Donald Wilson wil1115 ... Dustin Geddis tallied a season-best 13 boards .. . Jeter leads l11e club in scoring at 17.9 ppg while Wilson follows at 13.3 ppg .. . Portland's WCC wins are at LMU (77-68) and home against SanFran– cisco (77-63) ... UP headed to Santa Clara witha4-6 road mark. TORERO MASH UNIT: Junior forward Corey Belser (Tacoma, WA), USD's Ione returning starter from last year's 18-12 club l11at advanced to ilie NCAA Tournament, was lost for ilie sea– son in ilie team's second exhibition on Nov. 7t11. After grabbing an offensive rebound 3 minutes into ilie contest, he injured his right knee. Belser and sophomore guard Travis Smith (right shoulder) are boili out for ilie season. Abdou Sane, a senior forward, is also out indefinitely wil11 a stress fracture to his leg. WCC STANDINGS (as of 1-26-04): Gonzaga (5-0; 15- 2), Saint Mary's (3-1; 12-7), Santa Clara (3-2; 11-9), Pepperdine (3-2; 8- 12), San Francisco (2-3; 12-9), Portland(2-3; 8-10), LoyolaMarymount (1-4; 10-8), San Diego (0-4; 3-16). TOREROS 5TH IN WCC PRESEASON POLL: In l11e 2003-04 WCC Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll ilie Toreros have been picked to finish 5th. Gonzaga was tabbed as the favorite after receiving 7 first place votes and 49 points. Saint Mary's received one first place vote and tied with Pepperdine for second witl137 points. They were followed by San Francisco (32), San Diego (23), Santa Clara (22), Portland (13) and LoyolaMarymount (11 ). UP NEXT: The Toreros head up to the Bay Area to take on travel-partner Santa Clara on Thursday, Feb. 5th; USD ilien returns two days later to host l11ose same Broncos on Saturday, Feb. 7tl1. WCC TOURNEY: Tickets for the upcoming WCC Tournament, to be played at Santa Clara (Mar. 5-8) can be purchased at ilie USD Jenny Craig Pavilion Ticket Office (619/260-7550).
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