Bulldogs Ring In New Year Sunday At Wake Forest

Jan. 1, 2011

Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 15 - Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Sunday, January 2 - 10 a.m. PDT
Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum - Winston-Salem, NC
Radio: Sports Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane); 101.1 KEYF-FM (Spokane); ESPN 1490 (Walla Walla, WA)
Network pre-game show 60 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: FSN (check local listings)
G -   3 Demetri Goodson, 6-0, 175, Jr., Spring, TX
       (5.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.2 assists, 0.6 steals)
G - 41 Steven Gray, 6-5, 205, Sr., Irondale, WA
      (13.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.7 assists, 1.5 steals)
C - 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 260, Jr., North Vancouver, B.C.
       (13.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.3 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.7 blocks)
F - 25 Mathis Keita, 6-5, 190, Fr., Thionville, France
       (2.1 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 0.7 assists, 0.8 steals)
F -  20 Elias Harris, 6-7, 245, So., Speyer, Germany
       (12.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.3 assists, 0.6 steals)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  300-78 (12th year - 22nd at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY DEMON DEACONS (6-7; 0-0 ACC) G - 2 Gary Clark, 6-4, 200, Sr., Sarasota, FL (11.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.5 assists, 0.8 steals) G - 11 C.J. Harris, 6-3, 185, So., Winston-Salem, NC (10.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.2 assists, 0.8 steals) C - 40 Ty Walker, 7-0, 230, Jr., Wilmington, NC (4.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 0.6 assists, 0.8 steals, 3.8 blocks) F - 20 Ari Stewart, 6-7, 205, So., Marietta, GA (12.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.5 assists, 0.8 steals) F - 30 Travis McKie, 6-7, 205, Fr., Richmond, VA (13.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.2 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.0 blocks) HEAD COACH: Jeff Bzdelik (Illinois-Chicago, 1976) WFU RECORD: 6-7 (1st year) CAREER RECORD: 121-112 (8th year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 16 - University of Portland Pilots
Saturday, January 8 - 5:30 p.m. PDT
McCarthey Athletic Center - Spokane, WA
Radio: Sports Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane); 101.1 KEYF-FM (Spokane); ESPN 1490 (Walla Walla, WA)
Network pre-game show 60 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KHQ-TV (Spokane); FSN (check local listings)
G -  20 Jared Stohl, 6-2, 165, Sr., Marysville, WA
      (14.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.7 assists, 0.5 steals)
G -   1 Eric Waterford, 6-1, 180, Jr., Modesto, CA
      (6.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.3 assists)
C -   45 Kramer Knutson, 6-9, 220, Sr., Mesa, AZ
       (7.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.2 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.5 blocks)
F -   33 Nemanja Mitrovic, 6-5, 200, Jr., Toronto, Ontario
       (13.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.7 assists, 0.6 steals)
F -   43 Luke Sikma, 6-8, 235, Sr., Bellevue, WA
       (12.4ppg, 10.7 rpg, 2.3 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.7 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Eric Reveno (Stanford, 1989)
UP RECORD:  70-72 (5th year)  CAREER RECORD:  Same.

ON THE AIR: Gonzaga University men's basketball can be heard on Sports Radio 1510 KGA and KEYF-FM 101.1 in Spokane, and on ESPN Radio 1410 KTEL in Walla Walla, Wash. The network pre-game show begins one hour prior to tipoff. Tom Hudson returns for his eighth season behind the microphone calling the action and former Bulldog Matt Santangelo will join Hudson as the analyst, replacing Richard Fox who was Hudson's sidekick the past three seasons. Fox had to step aside to focus on his career. An expanded 45-minute post-game show will again follow every game. Gonzaga's radio rights are owned by IMG, the multi-media rights partner for Gonzaga University athletics, which reached a 9-year agreement with Radio Spokane to air Bulldog basketball.

ON THE TUBE: KHQ-TV in Spokane and FSN will once again televise every Gonzaga University game not televised by another entity. In all, 14 regular-season games will be aired locally. Greg Heister returns for his 10th season behind the microphone as the television voice of the Bulldogs. Craig Ehlo begins his fifth season as the color commentator next to Heister. IMG, the multi-media rights partner for Gonzaga University athletics, announced a 10-year extension with KHQ-TV and FSN Northwest for broadcast of Gonzaga men's basketball and other events programming through the 2017-18 season.

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING: The Mark Few TV Show will air every Sunday following NFL football on KHQ-TV, and every Tuesday at 7 p.m. on FSN. Greg Heister will host. The Mark Few Radio Show will air Monday from noon-1 p.m. on Sports Radio 1510 KGA unless the Bulldogs are traveling or have a game. The "GU Coaches Show" hosted by Tom Hudson air Tuesdays at 7 p.m. live from Tomato Street in Spokane and will air on 101.1 FM and be simulcast on 1510 KGA whenever there isn't a live sports programming conflict.

Gonzaga's 20-point victory over Oklahoma State on Friday may have looked relatively easy, but coach Mark Few will assure you it was not. The 73-52 win was the 300th of Few's 12-year career. "They are so hard to come by," Few said. "Only coaches know how hard they really are." Forward Elias Harris scored a season-high 22 points, and center Robert Sacre added 16 points and 15 rebounds for Gonzaga. Gonzaga is 4-0 against Oklahoma State. Gonzaga's inside tandem of Harris and Sacre dominated, giving the Bulldogs a 44-32 rebounding edge. Sacre had his third double-double of the season and helped hold the Cowboys to 36.2 percent shooting. Gonzaga's leading scorer, Steven Gray, who has been slowed by a back injury the last three games, had 10 points and six assists in his best game since scoring 18 against Notre Dame. The Cowboys took an early 17-11 lead behind eight points by Moses, as Gonzaga made just three of its first 16 shots. Then the Zags got hot, making 9 of 12 during a 24-7 run that gave them a 35-24 lead they never relinquished. Harris had 10 points for Gonzaga during the run. David Stockton's half-court buzzer-beater gave Gonzaga a 40-26 lead at halftime. Demetri Goodson's 3-pointer gave Gonzaga a 54-36 lead midway through the second half and the Cowboys did not threaten.

Gonzaga University opens the New Year with a quick turnaround, facing Wake Forest University 37 hours after defeating Oklahoma State University Friday night. The Bulldogs and Demon Deacons tip off at 10 a.m. Pacific Time with the Zags trying to avenge last year's home defeat. Gonzaga had a similar turnaround a year ago, defeating the University of Oklahoma on New Year's Eve in the Spokane Arena and heading to Chicago to face the University of Illinois in the United Center Jan. 2. GU won 85-83 in overtime.

With Friday's win, Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few posted his 300th career victory, moving into a tie for sixth on the "Fastest To 300 Wins" list with Harold Anderson who coached at Bowling Green University and Toledo University. He picked up his 300th victory in his 378th game in 1949, his 14th year as head coach. Few is 300-78 in his 12 seasons.

Gonzaga University wrapped up its 10th straight West Coast Conference regular-season title in 2010, the longest current active streak in the nation and ranks tied for second all-time in the NCAA Division I ranks. The Bulldogs knotted UNLV (Big West, 1983-92) and UConn (Yankee, 1951-60) for second behind UCLA's 13 Pacific-10 Conference titles from 1967-79.

Steven Gray became the 33rd member of the 1,000-point club Nov. 14, 2010, against IUPUI. With his 10 points against Oklahoma State University he now has 1,138 to move into 25th on the career charts. He needs 8 to move past Zach Gourde (1,245) for 24th.

Three Gonzaga University players competed in the FIBA World Championship this past September in Turkey. Robert Sacre and Kelly Olynyk represented Canada, while Elias Harris played for his native Germany.

Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few moved to the top of the school's all-time winningest coaches list with the Bulldogs victory over Florida State University in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament in Buffalo, NY. Few, with a record of 300-78, moved ahead of Hank Anderson, who went 290-275 in 21 seasons at the helm. Few is the active winningest coach in West Coast Conference games at 139-15, moving ahead of former Bulldog head coach Dan Fitzgerald (112-88) on the all-time wins list. Few also moved ahead of Dick Davey of Santa Clara University (122-88) for second all-time (active or inactive) with Gonzaga's victory at the University of San Francisco Feb. 14, 2009. Carroll Williams, SCU (165-137) holds the top spot.

There's no place like home, and the McCarthey Athletic Center has become quite the home for the Bulldogs since it opened for the 2004-05 season. Gonzaga is 82-5 in the new facility. San Diego State University handed the Bulldogs their lone home defeat this season with a 79-76 victory in the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic Regional round. The Bulldogs won their first 38 games in the McCarthey Athletic Center. Santa Clara University halted the streak with an 84-73 victory Feb. 12, 2007. That loss also snapped a 50-game home winning streak for the Bulldogs, at the time the longest streak in the nation, as Gonzaga left the old Kennel with 12 straight home victories. GU suffered a home loss last season when Wake Forest University escaped with a 77-75 decision. Gonzaga's other losses were during the 2008 season to Washington State University and in 2009 to Portland State University.

To umlaut or not to umlaut, that is the question surrounding Mathis Mönninghoff. The German spelling is with the umlaut "ö", with the Americanized spelling eliminating the umlaut and adding an "e" so it would be spelled Moenninghoff. Either way is acceptable. The statistics will show it as Moenninghoff as the umlaut is not recognized.

Guards were the order of the day for Gonzaga University head men's basketball coach Mark Few as three of the four players who inked national letters-of-intent were perimeter players. Joining the Bulldogs next fall will be Gary Bell, a 6-2, 175-pound guard from Kentridge High in Kent, Wash.; Kyle Dranginis, 6-5, 175, guard, from Skyview High in Nampa, Idaho; Kevin Pangos, 6-2, 175, guard, from Denison Secondary School in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, and Ryan Spangler, 6-8, 220, forward, from Bridge Creek High in Blanchard, Okla. Bell averaged 22.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game for the Chargers last season. Dranginis is a two-time Idaho State Player of the Year and this past season as a junior was four points shy of tying the Idaho State 4A Tournament record with 75 points in three games as Skyview finished fifth in the State tourney. Dranginis averaged a team-high 20.3 points, 6.3 assists, 5.8 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 2.0 steals for the Hawks. Pangos helped lead Canada to the bronze medal at the FIBA U-17 World Championship in Hamburg, Germany, this past July, averaging 15.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 4.1 assists as Canada went 5-3 overall. He shot 46.2 percent from the field (42-for-91), including 39.1 percent from 3-point range (18-for-46). He also shot 82.8 from the free throw line (24-for-28). Spangler averaged 26.0 ppg and 18.5 rpg as a junior, the team losing in the game to advance to State.

Gonzaga University men's basketball team is again the favorite to win the 2011 West Coast Conference regular-season champion, the Bulldogs seeking an 11th straight title. The Bulldogs received six of the eight first-place votes from WCC coaches and a total of 48 points to out-distance Loyola Marymount University and Saint Mary's College with 42 and 39 points, respectively.

In addition to becoming the 33rd player in Gonzaga University to hit the 1,000-point plateau, senior guard Steven Gray has cracked a few other career lists. His 116 steals tie him for eighth with Jeff Condill (1983-86), his 170 3-pointers made are seventh and his 450 3-pointers attempted are seventh. He is closing in on breaking into the Top 10 for assists.

Gonzaga University has already played five Top 25 teams this season, and according to this week's polls a sixth is yet to be played when the University of Memphis comes to town to face the Bulldogs in the Spokane Arena Feb. 5. Memphis is ranked 21st by Associated Press and 22nd in the ESPN/USA Today rankings. The most ranked opponents Gonzaga has played in a season is seven during the 2006-07 campaign - defeating No. 2 University of North Carolina, No. 25 University of Texas, No. 8 University of Washington and No. 23 Stanford University, while losing to No. 6 Duke University, No. 18 University of Nevada in the Battle in Seattle and No. 8 University of Memphis.

Gonzaga University and Wake Forest University have met just once, the Demon Deacons taking last year's contest in the McCarthey Athletic Center on the GU campus 77-75. Gonzaga has experienced outstanding success on the basketball court against the ACC, going 10-6 all-time against the ACC. Gonzaga faced the University of North Carolina in the 2009 NCAA Sweet Sixteen, the Tar Heels claiming a 98-77 victory in Memphis on the Tar Heels way to the national title. The Bulldogs played ACC foe University of Maryland in November, 2008, in the Old Spice Classic semifinals, Gonzaga running its record to 3-1 against the Terrapins on their way to the Old Spice Classic title. The four meetings with Maryland is the most for Gonzaga against any ACC school.

Robert Sacre grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds Friday against Oklahoma State University, his fourth double-digit rebounding game of the season. He also poured in 16 points for his third double-double of the season. He leads the Bulldogs with his 6.9 rpg. Sacre was joined by Mangisto Arop in the double-digit rebounding department Friday, Arop hauling in a career-high equaling 10 rebounds. He grabbed 10 a year ago in the regular-season finale against Cal State Bakersfield.

Sophomore Elias Harris scored a season-high 22 points Friday against Oklahoma State University as he continues on his recent tear since recovering from an Achilles strain that sidelined him for one game in late November. He had 13 points and 11 rebounds against Xavier University for his first double-double of the season, then came back with 14 points and nine rebounds against Lafayette College. In his last six games he has scored 95 points (15.8 ppg) and hauled in 43 rebounds (7.2 rpg). He has raised his rebound average by better than 1.0 rpg in that stretch and is now averaging 5.5 rpg.

Freshman Mathis Mönninghoff sat out Friday's game with Oklahoma State University with an ankle sprain. But he doesn't know when he may have tweaked the ankle, just showing up for practice following Wednesday's game with Lafayette College with a swollen ankle. His status for Sunday is unknown.

Gonzaga University has extended its string of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 575. The last time the Bulldogs didn't connect from three was Jan. 27, 1993, when they went 0-for-5 at the University of Portland. UNLV holds the all-time record with 738 that started Nov. 26, 1986, through the start of the current season.

Junior Robert Sacre is fifth on the Gonzaga University career blocked shots list with 97. He swatted away 65 shots last season to rank second on the single-season list and has 22 this season. Casey Calvary (1998-01) sits atop the career chart with 207, while Austin Daye (2009) is the single-season leader with 70.

Gonzaga University men's basketball players Steven Gray and Elias Harris are on The John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list announced by The Los Angeles Athletic Club. The list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who, based on last year's individual performance and team records, are the early frontrunners for college basketball's most prestigious honor. The Women's Preseason list will be released later this week. Gray, a senior from Irondale, Wash., and Harris, a sophomore from Speyer, Germany, give the Bulldogs 10 nominees in the history of the award. The Bulldogs have had two John R. Wooden Award Top Five recipients, Adam Morrison in 2006 and Dan Dickau in 2002. Blake Stepp was a Top 10 All-American in 2004 and Casey Calvary received the same recognition in 2001. Matt Santangelo (2000), Cory Violette (2003-04), Ronny Turiaf (2004-05), Jeremy Pargo (2008-09) and Matt Bouldin (2010) are the other Bulldogs to receive nominations. Gray and Harris each started all 34 games for the Bulldogs last season. They are the top two returning scorers for the Bulldogs, Harris averaging 14.9 ppg and Gray 13.6 ppg last season. Harris was the top field goal shooter last year, shooting 54.7 percent from the field (180-for-329), and also paced the Bulldogs in rebounds at 7.1 rpg. Gray was fourth on the team in rebounding with 4.0 rpg, second in assists with 2.9/game and second in steals with 1.2/game. Both Bulldogs were named to the All-West Coast Conference first team, and Harris was tabbed the WCC Newcomer of the Year by the conference coaches. Harris was also named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 9 team first team.



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