Bulldogs Remain Home To Battle Pepperdine Thursday

Jan. 12, 2011

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
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
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (11-5; 1-0 West Coast)
G -   3 Demetri Goodson, 6-0, 175, Jr., Spring, TX
       (5.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.3 assists, 0.8 steals)
G - 41 Steven Gray, 6-5, 205, Sr., Irondale, WA
      (14.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.5 assists, 1.6 steals)
C - 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 260, Jr., North Vancouver, B.C.
       (12.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.1 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.6 blocks)
F - 25 Mathis Keita, 6-5, 190, Fr., Thionville, France
       (2.8 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 0.8 assists, 0.8 steals)
F -  20 Elias Harris, 6-7, 245, So., Speyer, Germany
       (11.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.5 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.3 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  302-78 (12th year - 22nd at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY WAVES (7-12; 1-1 West Coast) G - 10 Joshua Lowery, 6-3, 195, So., Phoenix, AR (4.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.5 assists, 0.6 steals) G - 20 Lorne Jackson, 6-2, 205, Jr., Simi Valley, CA (10.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.4 assists, 1.2 steals) F - 15 Mychel Thompson, 6-7, 210, Sr., Portland, OR (12.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.6 assists, 1.2 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 (7.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 0.5 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.3 blocks) HEAD COACH: Tom Asbury, (Wyoming, 1968) PU RECORD: 148-118 (9th year) CAREER RECORD: 233-205 (15th year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 18 - Loyola Marymount University Lions
Saturday, January 15 - 5 p.m. PDT
McCarthey Athletic Center - Spokane, W
A 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); FSN (check local listings)
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY LIONS (8-8; 1-1 West Coast)
G -   3 Anthony Ireland, 5-10, 175, Fr., Waterbury, CT
      (9.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.3 assists, 1.1 steals)
G -  10 Vernon Teel, 6-4, 190, Sr., Jamaica Queens, NY
      (14.6 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 4.0 assists, 2.3 steals, 0.5 blocks)
G -   33 Larry Davis, 6-4, 185, Sr., Queens, NY
       (9.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.3 assists, 0.9 steals)
F -   22 Godwin Okonji, 6-8, 220, Fr., Lagos, Nigeria
       (5.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.6 steals, 1.4 blocks)
F -   34 Drew Viney, 6-8, 210, Jr., Villa Park, CA
       (14.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.1 assists, 0.8 steals)
HEAD COACH:  Max Good, (Sacred Heart, 1965)
LMU RECORD:  29-49 (3rd year)  CAREER RECORD:  271-282 (17th year)
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  1/13 at Portland.

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.

LAST GAME - Gonzaga 74, Portland 61: SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga's offense built an 18-point halftime lead, but the Bulldogs needed to rely on their defense in the second half to hold off a late Portland comeback. Portland clawed its way back within three points with 7:13 left, but the Pilots scored just eight points in the final seven minutes and Gonzaga pulled out a 74-61 victory. Steven Gray scored 18 points, leading a balanced scoring attack for Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference opener for both teams. Gonzaga held Portland's leading scorer, Jared Stohl, to five points on 2-of-8 shooting. Stohl came into the game having made 47 3-pointers but Gonzaga held him to 1-of-5 shooting from behind the arc. Robert Sacre and Mathis Mönninghoff scored nine points apiece for the Bulldogs. Gonzaga got a huge boost from its reserves as they scored 32 points. Portland shot 52.2 percent from the field, made 7-of-12 3-pointers but was doomed by 20 turnovers. Portland opened the second half with a 13-1 run, cutting the Bulldogs' lead to 48-42 as Gonzaga missed its first seven shots of the second half, and nine of its first 11. David Stockton's lay-in with 12:46 remaining broke the Bulldogs' scoreless streak. Five straight points by Waterford and a lay-in by Sikma pulled Portland within 56-53. It was the closest the Pilots had been since four minutes into the game. Gonzaga answered with a 9-0 run, including five straight points by Kelly Olynyk. The Bulldogs led 65-53 with 5:40 remaining.

Gonzaga University remains home this weekend to face the Los Angeles schools in West Coast Conference action., Pepperdine University visits Thursday at 6 p.m. with Loyola Marymount in town Saturday for a 5 p.m. tipoff. Both teams split their WCC openers last weekend.

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 19 points against the University of Portland he now has 1,175 to move into 21st on the career charts and surpass Josh Heytvelt (1,172 from 2006-09).

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 302-78, 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 140-15, 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 122 steals rank eighth, his 175 3-pointers made are eighth and his 465 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, two other teams that are in the "also receiving votes" category and the Bulldogs have three games remaining with two others teams also receiving votes in this week's polls. West Coast Conference for Saint Mary's College, who the Bulldogs play Jan. 27 at home and Feb. 24 at SMC, and the University of Memphis, which was ranked 22nd last week and comes to the Spokane Arena Feb. 5, are both receiving votes in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls this week. 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.

At the end of the 1993 season Gonzaga University trailed Pepperdine University 26-6 in their series dating back to 1965, but the Bulldogs enter Thursday's game with a 38-31 lead in the series. As dominating as the Waves were from 1965-93, the Bulldogs have been as dominating since. The Bulldogs bring an 18-game winning streak against the Waves into Thursday's game, and Gonzaga has gone 32-5 in the last 15 seasons. The Bulldogs won both games last season, taking a hard fought first meeting in Spokane 91-84 and easily downing the Waves 72-54 in the rematch in Malibu, Calif. Pepperdine's last win was 88-79 in Malibu, Calif., on Jan. 18, 2002. Gonzaga has won 12 straight in Spokane, last losing on its home court in 1998 when the Waves claimed a 65-64 victory.

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 42-1 in WCC regular-season games in the new facility and have won 23 straight WCC regular-season home games in the facility. 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. Since the University of Portland grabbed a 72-68 win in the Martin Centre, the former home of the Bulldogs, in 2003, Gonzaga has gone 49-1 in WCC regular-season play at home.

Mathis Mönninghoff returned to the Gonzaga University lineup last week after a two-game hiatus because of an ankle swelling. He played 14 minutes off the bench against the University of Portland last Saturday, scoring 9 points in his return. In his absence, Mathis Keita took over the starting role and also started against Portland.

For just the second time this season, Gonzaga University had just one player in double-digit scoring against the University of Portland as Steven Gray scored a game-high 19 points. The other time the Bulldogs had just one player reach double figures was in an 81-59 setback at Washington State University when Sam Dower scored 11 points.

Robert Sacre failed to get a blocked shot for just the third time this season against the University of Portland. 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 continues to play steady basketball. Over the last four games he's shooting 40.0 percent from the field (12-for-30), is averaging 8.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg and has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.67. He scored a season-high 13 points against Lafayette College.

Since going 6-for-16 for 37.5 percent from 3-point range through his first nine games, redshirt freshman David Stockton is just 1-for-7 from beyond the arc in his last six appearances off the bench. He's played 164 minutes with a 1.3 assist-to-turnover ratio and also has nine steals. He's committed just 15 turnovers this season while coming off the bench in 15 of GU's first 16 games.

Kelly Olynyk has provided Gonzaga University some spark off the bench the last four games. He's gone 11-for-19 from the field for 57.9 percent, scored 30 points and grabbed 23 rebounds in that stretch. He scored a season-high 15 points against Lafayette College to start the current streak, going 5-for-7 from the field, and had eight rebounds against the University of Portland.

Sophomore Elias Harris had his string of four straight double-digit scoring games snapped last Saturday against the University of Portland when he was held to 7 points on 2-of-7 shooting. He also grabbed a season-low one rebound against the Pilots after having hauled in four or more rebounds in seven straight games.

Gonzaga University has extended its string of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 577. 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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