WILLAMETTE UNIVERSITY MEN'S BASKETBALL NEWS RELEASE

MEN’S BASKETBALL: Bearcats (13-4, 7-2 NWC) face key games versus Linfield, L&C

THIS WEEK: Willamette travels Linfield Friday, hosts Lewis & Clark Saturday
Feb. 7 at Linfield (12-6, 5-4 NWC), 8 p.m.
Feb. 8 Lewis & Clark (12-7, 7-3), 8 p.m.

LAST WEEK: Willamette hands Puget Sound first home loss of season
Jan. 31 Willamette 61, Pacific 58
Willamette bolted to a 20-3 lead, but led by just four points (26-22) at the half before eking out a Northwest Conference win at Puget Sound. The Loggers even led by as much as seven points (38-31) in the second half before the Bearcats regained control and outscored the hosts 30-20 in the final 13:36. After Puget Sound’s Matt Glynn tied the score at 58-58 on a pair of free throws with 12 seconds left, Willamette’s Ryan Hepp (Sr., Century HS) won the game on a jumper in the lane with one second remaining. The Loggers were assessed a technical foul after trying to call a timeout they did not have, and WU’s Miles Sandgathe (Jr., Pleasant Hill HS) made the first of two free throws for the final points of the contest. It was the Loggers first home loss of the season. WU’s Marques Johnson (Sr., Grant HS) led all scorers with 21 points, and finished with a team-high of 10 rebounds. Hepp ended up with 18 points and Sandgathe scored 11.


THE RACE TO 1,000: Point guard Ryan Hepp (Sr., Century HS) and post Marques Johnson (Sr., Grant HS) are each closing in on the 1,000-point plateau for a career. Heading into Friday’s game at Linfield, Hepp has 978 points in his career and Johnson has 930.


NOTES: The Bearcats are 7-0 at home this season and have won all 14 periods in those games … WU fell out of a first-place tie with Whitworth over the weekend, but only because the Bearcats played just one game and the Pirates won both of their contests … Willamette leads the NWC in scoring defense (61.6 ppg), turnover margin (+3.29) and three-point field goal percentage (39.1%). The Bearcats are No. 2 in scoring margin (+9.8), field goal percentage (49.6%) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.10:1). Individually, Marques Johnson (Sr., Grant HS) ranks fourth in the NWC in scoring (16.6 ppg), second in field goal percentage (57.3%), seventh in blocked shots (0.76) and seventh in rebounding (6.5 rpg). Ryan Hepp (Sr., Century HS) ranks seventh in scoring (15.4 ppg), first in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.69:1), second in assists (4.47 apg), fifth in steals (1.53 spg), tied for sixth in free throw percentage (78.0%) and ninth in field goal percentage (53.3%). Miles Sandgathe (Jr., Pleasant Hill HS) is eighth in scoring (14.8 ppg), first in three-point field goal percentage (55.6%), second in free throw percentage (84.9%), ninth in field goal percentage (52.6%) and ninth in steals (1.41 spg).


NORTHWEST CONFERENCE MEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS
W L
Whitworth (17-2) 8 2
WILLAMETTE (13-4) 7 2
Lewis & Clark (12-7) 7 3
Linfield (12-6) 5 4
Pacific (8-11) 5 5
Puget Sound (9-10) 4 6
Pacific Lutheran (7-12) 4 6
Whitman (6-13) 2 7
George Fox (6-12) 1 9


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 13-4 7-2
TOTALS #273-156 143-74

# 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 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

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