Men's Basketball News Release

MEN’S BASKETBALL: Bearcats (7-2, 1-0 NWC) open conference play with win over PLU

THIS WEEK: Willamette takes on Lewis & Clark, Linfield
Jan. 7 at Lewis & Clark, 8 p.m.
Jan. 10 Linfield, 8 p.m.

LAST WEEK: Willamette gets defensive in pair of victories
Dec. 29 Willamette 86, at CSU-Hayward 58
Post Marques Johnson (Sr., Grant HS) converted 11 of 12 shots from the field to lead all scorers with 28 points as the Bearcats breezed to a 28-point win over host CSU-Hayward in the second and final day of the Pioneer Classic in Hayward, Calif. Point guard Ryan Hepp (Sr., Century HS) added 14 points and five steals, while wing Miles Sandgathe (Jr., Pleasant Hill HS) added 12 points. Willamette out-shot the Pioneers 56.1 percent to 38.9 percent.

Jan. 4 at Willamette 62, Pacific Lutheran 37
Willamette took a commanding 20-point lead (35-15) at the half and stretched it out to 30 points midway through the second period to cruise to the victory in the NWC opener for the Bearcats. WU ended up shooting 48.0 percent for the game, compared to just 25.5 percent for the Lutes. WU wing Miles Sandgathe (Jr., Pleasant Hill HS) led all scorers with 14 points and he added six rebounds. Post Marques Johnson (Sr., Grant HS) added 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, while wing Harold Sublett Jr. (So., Hayden HS, Ariz.) chipped in with 10 points and eight boards. The Bearcats out-rebounded PLU 48-25.


NOTES: Willamette leads the NWC in scoring defense at 61.8 points per game.


ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS: Post Marques Johnson (Sr., Grant HS) has been named to the all-tournament team in each of the three tournaments Willamette has played in. He also was named MVP of the Bud Presley Classic and Co-MVP of the John Lewis Holiday Classic. Point guard Ryan Hepp (Jr., Century HS) was the other Co-MVP of the John Lewis Holiday Classic and was named to the all-tourney team of the Bud Presley Classic. Wing Miles Sandgathe (Jr., Pleasant Hill HS) was also named to the Bud Presley all-tournament team.


NORTHWEST CONFERENCE MEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS
W L
Whitworth (11-0) 2 0
Linfield (8-2) 1 0
WILLAMETTE (7-2) 1 0
Lewis & Clark (6-5) 1 1
Pacific Lutheran (4-7) 1 1
Whitman (4-7) 1 1
Pacific (3-6) 1 1
Puget Sound (5-6) 0 2
George Fox (4-5) 0 2


2002-03 WILLAMETTE UNIVERSITY MEN’S BASKETBALL ROSTER

NO PLAYER POS HT WT YR/EL HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL)
12 Ryan Hepp* PG 5-11 175 Sr./Sr. Hillsboro, Ore. (Century)
14 Drew Miller PG/W 6-1 170 Fr./Fr. Keizer, Ore. (McNary)
20 B.J. Dobrkovsky W 6-3 195 Sr./Sr. Lebanon, Ore. (Lebanon)
23 Henry Greeley W 6-3 185 Fr./Fr. Seattle, Wash. (Lakeside)
24 Harold Sublett Jr.* PG/W 6-1 190 Jr./So. Phoenix, Ariz. (Hayden)
30 Michael Plank PG 6-0 160 Fr./Fr. Stockton, Calif. (Franklin)
32 P.J. McDevitt W 6-4 165 Jr./Jr. Sacramento, Calif. (Jesuit)
34 David Force W 6-3 195 Jr./Jr. Lake Oswego, Ore. (Lakeridge)
40 Marques Johnson* P 6-5 205 Sr./Sr. Portland, Ore. (Grant)
42 Brennan Garrelts* P 6-7 205 Fr./Fr. Roseburg, Ore. (Roseburg)
44 Miles Sandgathe* W 6-5 210 Jr./Jr. Springfield, Ore. (Pleasant Hill)
50 Ryan Rahlfs P 6-5 215 Jr./Jr. Bellevue, Wash. (E. Catholic)
52 Jacob Baran P 6-5 230 Fr./Fr. Beaverton, Ore. (Beaverton)
55 Joe Carmichael P 6-7 220 Gr./Sr. Eugene, Ore. (Sheldon)

* Probable starters

HEAD COACH: Gordie James (16th year)
ASSISTANTS: Wally Wing (16th year), Nelson Lomax (4th year),
Kip Ioane (2nd year), Shawn Gahr (1st year)


THE BEARCATS UNDER COACH GORDIE JAMES:
OVERALL NWC PLACE
1987-88 18-10 10-0 1st
1988-89 15-12 9-3 1st
1989-90 25-6 10-2 1st (tie)
1990-91 19-10 8-4 3rd
1991-92 17-13 8-4 2nd
1992-93 29-4 11-1 1st (NAIA Division II National Champions)
1993-94 24-6 10-2 1st (tie)
1994-95 20-12 8-4 1st (tie)
1995-96 11-13 5-9 7th
1996-97 10-14 8-8 5th
1997-98 14-10 10-8 5th
1998-99 15-10 11-7 3rd (tie)
1999-00 15-10 9-7 4th
2000-01 10-14 7-9 5th
2001-02 18-8 12-4 2nd
2002-03 7-2 1-0
TOTALS #267-154 137-72

# The all-time school record for wins by a Willamette head coach is 277 by the late John Lewis. From 1947-67 (20 seasons), Lewis’ teams went 277-239 and won or shared seven conference titles. Lewis also coached baseball at WU and served as athletic director.


2002-03 WILLAMETTE UNIVERSITY MEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

NOVEMBER
22-23 Bud Pressley Classic Atherton, Calif.
22 Menlo vs. Willamette W, 86-83
22 Fresno Pacific vs. CSU-Hayward
23 Third-place game
23 WU vs. Fresno Pacific (Champ.) W, 66-58

DECEMBER
6-7 John Lewis Holiday Classic Salem
6 Southern Oregon vs. Linfield
6 Western Baptist vs. Willamette W, 80-73
7 Western Baptist vs. Linfield
7 Southern Oregon vs. Willamette W, 87-66
13 Warner Pacific Salem W, 72-60
14 Western Oregon Monmouth L, 61-57
28-29 Pioneer Classic Hayward, Calif.
28 Wisconsin-Whitewater vs. WU L, 60-55
28 Pacific Lutheran vs. CSU-Hayward
29 Wis.-Whitewater vs. P. Lutheran
29 WU vs. CSU-Hayward W, 86-58

JANUARY
4 Pacific Lutheran* Salem W, 62-37
7 Lewis & Clark* (KBZY 1490) Portland 8:00
10 Linfield* Salem 8:00
17 Whitman* (KBZY 1490) Walla Walla, Wash. 8:00
18 Whitworth* (KBZY 1490) Spokane, Wash. 8:00
21 Pacific* Salem 8:00
24 George Fox* (KBZY 1490) Salem 8:00
25 Pacific Lutheran* Tacoma, Wash. 8:00
31 Puget Sound* Tacoma, Wash. 8:00

FEBRUARY
7 Linfield* (KBZY 1490) McMinnville 8:00
8 Lewis & Clark* Salem 8:00
14 Whitman* Salem 8:00
15 Whitworth* (KBZY 1490) Salem 8:00
18 Pacific* Forest Grove 8:00
21 George Fox* (KBZY 1490) Newberg 8:00
22 Puget Sound* Salem 8:00
27 NWC playoffs (No. 3 at No. 2) TBA TBA
29 NWC Champ. (Winner at No. 1) TBA TBA

* Northwest Conference game


TICKETS: Ticket prices for all Willamette regular season home games are:
$5 General Admission
$3 Students and seniors
Free Children 12 and under
To purchase tickets in advance, call (503) 370-6011.


WILLAMETTE ON THE RADIO: Selected Willamette University basketball games will be broadcast live on Salem radio station KBZY (1490 AM). The broadcasts begin at the conclusion of each women’s game. Mike Allegre will provide the play-by-play.


HOW TO CONTACT HEAD COACH GORDIE JAMES:
(503) 370-6063 Willamette University
(503) 949-9830 Cell
gjames@willamette.edu


MORE INFORMATION ON THE WEB:
/www.willamette.edu/athletics/mbasketball
http://www.nwcsports.com
http://www.ncaa.org
http://www.d3hoops.com