When Gonzaga worked out Friday afternoon at KeyArena, neither guard Derek Raivio or swingman Erroll Knight was on hand. They were expected to...
When Gonzaga worked out Friday afternoon at KeyArena, neither guard Derek Raivio or swingman Erroll Knight was on hand. They were expected to be with the team today when it takes on Oklahoma State today — but possibly not on the floor.
Knight is out with knee problems, possibly to practice again next week. Raivio, who has a bruised back, stayed behind in Spokane to see a doctor recommended by ex-Zags great John Stockton.
“His back was really, really swollen,” said Gonzaga coach Mark Few. “The swelling’s out of there now, so he’s just really sore.”
Raising the Bar
The possibility today’s game could set a regular-season record for attendance at a college game in Seattle is dimmer than it appeared.
Ticket sales have leveled off somewhere above 11,000, said promoter John Hines. Meanwhile, the record is farther out there than the 13,000 — for a 1970 game between Washington and Seattle U. in the old Seattle Center Coliseum — cited in The Times earlier this week.
A check of newspaper accounts reveals that a crowd of 14,252 in the Coliseum watched Seattle U. upend Texas Western, 69-56, on Feb. 12, 1967, a year after the Miners won the NCAA title.
Eddie Sutton, the 69-year-old Oklahoma State basketball coach, hasn’t had a team in Seattle in more than 10 years. But he knows something about the area, having first come to Washington in 1956.
“Between my sophomore and junior years,” he said, recalling his Oklahoma State playing days, “I helped build a [gas] pipeline near Mount Rainier. I lived between Centralia and Chehalis. I became very fond of the Northwest.”
And What’s More . . .
• Oke State’s (6-2) JamesOn Curry failed to score in his team’s 68-64 upset loss to Northwestern State on Monday. But he noted that he got to know Gonzaga’s (5-2) Adam Morrison at a Nike camp last summer in Indianapolis. The last time that happened, with Morrison and Michigan State’s Maurice Ager, Morrison had 43 points in the Maui Invitational and Ager riddled the Zags for 36.
• Sutton called Morrison “the best college player in the country,” partly because he “plays better without the basketball than anybody else.”