Bulldogs Begin Bid For 11th Straight WCC Regular-Season Title

Jan. 7, 2011

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
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: KAYU-TV (Spokane); FSN (check local listings)
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (10-5; 0-0 West Coast)
G -   3 Demetri Goodson, 6-0, 175, Jr., Spring, TX
       (5.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.3 assists, 0.6 steals)
G - 41 Steven Gray, 6-5, 205, Sr., Irondale, WA
      (14.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.7 assists, 1.6 steals)
C - 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 260, Jr., North Vancouver, B.C.
       (13.1 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.2 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.7 blocks)
F - 25 Mathis Keita, 6-5, 190, Fr., Thionville, France
       (3.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 0.7 assists, 0.9 steals)
F -  20 Elias Harris, 6-7, 245, So., Speyer, Germany
       (12.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.4 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.3 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  301-78 (12th year - 22nd at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND PILOTS (12-3; 0-0 West Coast) 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. GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 17 - Pepperdine University Waves
Thursday, January 13 - 6 p.m. PDT
McCarthey Athletic Center - Spokane, WA
Radio: Sports Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane); 101.1 KEYF-FM (Spokane); ESPN 1410 (Walla Walla, WA)
Network pre-game show 60 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KHQ-TV (Spokane); Universal Sports (check local listings)
PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY WAVES (7-11; 1-0 West Coast)
G -  10 Joshua Lowery, 6-3, `95, So., Phoenix, AR
      (4.4 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 2.6 assists, 0.7 steals)
G -  20 Lorne Jackson, 6-2, 205, Jr., Simi Valley, CA
      (10.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals)
F -   15 Mychel Thompson, 6-7, 210, Sr., Portland, OR
       (13.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.7 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.1 blocks)
F -   25 Gus Clardy, 6-8, 225, Sr., Nacadoches, TX
       (2.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 0.4 assists, 0.3 steals)
F -   41 Taylor Darby, 6-8, 230, Jr., San Marcos, CA
       (6.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 0.5 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.3 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Tom Asbury, (Wyoming, 1968)
PU RECORD:  148-117 (9th year)  CAREER RECORD:  233-204 (15th year)
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  1/8/ vs. Saint Mary's

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.

Top scorer Steven Gray forgot what day it was. Coach Mark Few was upset with himself for scheduling such a challenge. Body clock trouble and second-guessing aside, Gonzaga was able to pull off the feat of two wins in 39 hours on two coasts. Gray scored 18 points, Elias Harris added 13 points and nine rebounds, and weary Gonzaga overcame a sluggish start to beat Wake Forest 73-63 for its sixth straight victory. "The guys really covered my back," Few said. "It was a silly move to put our team in this position." Hitting the floor 37 hours after a home win over Oklahoma State, the Bulldogs (10-5) shook off the effects of a cross-country flight and an early tipoff by taking control in the second half. Gonzaga shot 50 percent (26 of 52) to offset 19 turnovers in its final game before beginning West Coast Conference play. After winning at Gonzaga a year ago, WFU didn't have enough offensive firepower this time, shooting 34 percent (19 of 56). After Gonzaga's home rout of Oklahoma State on Friday, players were on the bus at 6:50 a.m. on Saturday for their ride to the airport ahead of a 4-hour charter flight. The team had a light workout Saturday night, then were back at the arena for the early game Sunday. "They deserve all the credit in the world," Few said. The Demon Deacons got within 62-58 on Terrell's trey with 4:45 left. But Harris, who was ejected from last year's loss to Wake Forest, hit two free throws at the other end to spark a 9-1 run to put it away.

Gonzaga University opens West Coast Conference play Saturday hosting the University of Portland at 5:30 p.m. in the McCarthey Athletic Center, Gonzaga seeking its 11th straight WCC regular-season title. The Bulldogs open WCC play with three straight home games and five of their first seven, which means the Zags finish WCC play with five of their last seven on the road.

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.

Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few posted his 300th career victory Dec. 31, 2010, against Oklahoma State University, 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.

Steven Gray became the 33rd member of the 1,000-point club Nov. 14, 2010, against IUPUI. With his 18 points against Wake Forest University he now has 1,156 to move into 24th on the career charts. He needs 13 to move past Greg Sten (1,168) 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 301-78, 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 120 steals rank eighth, his 173 3-pointers made are eighth and his 459 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 22nd by both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today. 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 has won 14 straight and 28 of the last 29 games against the University of Portland. The last victory for the Pilots came Feb. 19, 2003, when the Pilots took a 72-68 win in the old Kennel, snapping a 21-game home conference winning streak by the Bulldogs. The Portland win also snapped Gonzaga's 14-game winning streak over the Pilots dating back to the 1997 season. Gonzaga leads the series 85-65, and Gonzaga head coach Mark Few is 21-1 against the Pilots in his previous 22 meetings as head coach.

West Coast Conference foes have had little or no luck against Gonzaga University in the six years since Gonzaga University moved into the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Bulldogs are 41-1 in WCC regular-season games in the new facility and bring a 22-game WCC regular-season winning streak into Saturday's conference opener with the University of Portland. The Bulldogs also won a pair of WCC Tournament games in 2006 when they hosted the tourney. The only WCC team to defeat the Bulldogs in the McCarthey Athletic Center is Santa Clara University, which pulled off an 84-73 victory Feb. 12, 2007. The Bulldogs began their current WCC home winning streak one week later with an 87-67 victory over Portland.

For one of the rare times this season, Gonzaga University had a full week of practice with everybody in uniform this week. Mathis Mönninghoff, who missed the last two games with ankle swelling as the result of an inflamed tendon, was back at practice. With Steven Gray apparently recovered from back spasms suffered Dec. 18 against Baylor University the Bulldogs are at full strength.

With Mathis Mönninghoff out of the lineup the last two games, Mathis Keita took advantage of the opportunity against Wake Forest University. After playing just six minutes in his first collegiate start against Oklahoma State University and having no stats to show for it, he came back with a vengeance against the Demon Deacons. He played 28 minutes, scored 12 points for his first collegiate double-digit scoring night, went 5-for-7 from the field, grabbed a pair of rebounds and had an assist and two steals. Keita had scored just 21 points in his previous 10 appearances prior to Wake Forest.

Robert Sacre, who grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds against Oklahoma State University for his fourth double-digit rebounding game of the season, came back with eight rebounds against Wake Forest University and is now averaging a team-leading 7.0 rpg. He also poured in 16 points against OSU for his third double-double of the season. His 99 career blocks tie him for fourth with Tim Ruff (1981-85). He swatted away 65 shots last season to rank second on the single-season list and has 26 this season.

Demetri Goodson has picked up his game recently. He's gone 15-for-18 from the free throw line in the five games, has hauled in 14 rebounds in the last four games and has a 2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio in the last three games. He scored a season-high 13 points against Lafayette College.

Redshirt freshman David Stockton has been called up on to come off the bench and settle down the offense, and he's done just that. He's played 153 minutes with a 1.3 assist-to-turnover ratio and also had eight steals. He's committed just 15 turnovers this season while coming off the bench in 14 of GU's first 15 games.

Kelly Olynyk has provided Gonzaga University some spark off the bench the last three games. He's gone 8-for-12 from the field, scored 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. He scored a season-high 15 points against Lafayette College to start the current streak, going 5-for-7 from the field.

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 seven games he has scored 108 points (15.4 ppg) and hauled in 52 rebounds (7.4 rpg). He has raised his rebound average by 1.5 rpg in that stretch and is now averaging 5.8 rpg.

Gonzaga University has extended its string of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 576. 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.

 

 

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