Men's Basketball News Release

THIS WEEK: Willamette (14-5, 8-3 NWC) hosts Whitman, NWC leader Whitworth
Feb. 14 Whitman (7-14, 4-8 NWC), 8 p.m. (Cone Field House)
Feb. 15 *No. 14 Whitworth (19-2, 10-2 NWC), 8 p.m. (Cone Field House)

* According to D3hoops.com as of Monday, Feb. 10

LAST WEEK: Willamette loses, then regains second place in NWC
Feb. 7 at Linfield 83, Willamette 71
Linfield’s Jeff Dunn made seven three-point shots en route to 26 first-half points as the Wildcats built a 50-27 halftime lead, and the hosts hung on down the stretch to hand Willamette a Northwest Conference defeat. The Bearcats out-scored Linfield 23-9 in the opening minutes of the second half to draw within 59-50. WU twice got within eight points in the final five minutes, but could get no closer. Dunn finished with 33 points. Willamette was paced by wing Miles Sandgathe (Jr., Pleasant Hill HS), who scored 16 of his team-high 20 points in the second half. He also had seven rebounds. Post Marques Johnson (Sr., Grant HS) had 13 points and 12 rebounds, while point guard Ryan Hepp (Sr., Century HS) finished with 13 points and four assists. Bearcat starting post Brennan Garrelts (Fr., Roseburg HS), a 6-7 freshman, sprained an ankle in the first two minutes of the game and did not return. In his place, Ryan Rahlfs (Jr., Eastside Catholic HS, Wash.) contributed 13 points on 5 of 6 shooting from the floor. Linfield out-shot Willamette on the night, 50.0 percent to 44.4 percent, including 58.1 percent in the first half.


Feb. 8 at Willamette 79, Lewis & Clark 65
Point guard Ryan Hepp (Sr., Century HS) surpassed the 1,000 career point barrier in grand style in leading Willamette to the NWC victory over Lewis & Clark. Hepp surpassed the plateau in the first half by scoring 15 points as the Bearcats took a 38-26 lead into intermission. He finished with 20 points on 8 of 11 shooting from the field and converted both three-point attempts. His second trey with 5:01 left in the game gave WU its first 20-point lead of the contest at 66-45. Willamette also got 15 points from Miles Sandgathe (Jr., Pleasant Hill HS) and 13 points and six rebounds from Marques Johnson (Sr., Grant HS). David Force (Jr., Lakeridge HS) came off the bench to add 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists in just 21 minutes. Lewis & Clark never got within 10 points in the second half. WU held the Pioneers’ Danny Winchester to just five points on 2 of 7 shooting. He came into the game averaging 14.7 points a game and leading the NWC in three-pointers made with 70. Willamette shot an even 50.0 percent from the field for the game, compared to 44.4 percent for the visitors. The Bearcats out-rebounded L&C 37-30 and committed just nine turnovers.


1,000 POINTS, BEFORE AND AFTER: Point guard Ryan Hepp (Sr., Century HS) surpassed the 1,000-point plateau for a career on Saturday and now has a total of 1,011. Now, post Marques Johnson (Sr., Grant HS) is closing in on that magical number as well. Johnson has 956 points with five regular season games remaining.


NOTES: The Bearcats are 8-0 at home this season and have won all 16 periods in those games. Last year, WU was 8-2 in Cone Field House, losing only to Lewis & Clark and Whitworth. The latter was an NWC playoff game.


NCAA STATISTICS: In the most recent NCAA Division III statistics (Feb. 2, 2003), Willamette was ranked 13th in the nation in scoring defense (61.6 ppg) and 20th in field goal percentage (49.6%).


NWC STATISTICS: Willamette leads the NWC in scoring defense (62.9 ppg), turnover margin (+3.11) and three-point field goal percentage (38.2%). The Bearcats are No. 2 in scoring margin (+8.8), field goal percentage (49.3%) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.08:1). Individually, Marques Johnson (Sr., Grant HS) ranks second in the NWC in field goal percentage (56.7%), third in scoring (16.2 ppg), seventh in blocked shots (0.76) and seventh in rebounding (6.8 rpg). Ryan Hepp (Sr., Century HS) ranks third in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.54:1), third in assists (4.37 apg), third in steals (1.63 spg), fifth in free throw percentage (79.1%), sixth in scoring (15.5 ppg) and eighth in field goal percentage (53.8%). Miles Sandgathe (Jr., Pleasant Hill HS) is first in three-point field goal percentage (53.7%), second in free throw percentage (86.2%), eighth in scoring (15.1 ppg), eighth in steals (1.42 spg) and ninth in field goal percentage (53.3%).


NORTHWEST CONFERENCE MEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS
W L
Whitworth (19-2) 10 2
WILLAMETTE (14-5) 8 3
Lewis & Clark (14-8) 9 4
Linfield (13-7) 6 5
Pacific (9-11) 6 5
Pacific Lutheran (8-13) 5 7
Puget Sound (9-12) 4 8
Whitman (7-14) 4 8
George Fox (7-14) 1 11


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 14-5 8-3
TOTALS #274-157 144-75

# 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 W, 77-70 (OT)
10 Linfield* Salem W, 87-67
17 Whitman* (KBZY 1490) Walla Walla, Wash. W, 81-61
18 Whitworth* (KBZY 1490) Spokane, Wash. L, 66-57
21 Pacific* Salem W, 70-53
24 George Fox* (KBZY 1490) Salem W, 76-60
25 Pacific Lutheran* Tacoma, Wash. L, 57-54
31 Puget Sound* Tacoma, Wash. W, 61-58

FEBRUARY
7 Linfield* (KBZY 1490) McMinnville L, 83-71
8 Lewis & Clark* Salem W, 79-65
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

MARCH
1 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