Bulldogs Face Another Early-Season Test At Saint Mary's

Jan. 13, 2010

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 16 - Saint Mary's College
Thursday, January 14 - 8 p.m. PST
McKeon Pavilion (3,500) - Moraga, CA
Radio: Sports Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane); 101.1 KEYF-FM (Spokane)
Network pre-game show 60 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: ESPN2
No. 17/14 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (12-3; 1-0 West Coast)
G -   3 Demetri Goodson, 5-11, 164, So., Spring, TX
       (6.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals)
G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 224, Sr., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (15.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.4 assists, 1.9 steals)
G - 32 Steven Gray, 6-5, 208, Jr., Bainbridge, WA
       (13.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.5 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.5 blocks)
C - 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 247, So., North Vancouver, B.C.
       (11.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 0.4 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.3 blocks)
F -  20 Elias Harris, 6-8, 215, Fr., Speyer, Germany
       (14.1 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 0.9 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.5 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  276-69 (11th year - 21st at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

SAINT MARY'S COLLEGE GAELS (15-2; 2-0 West Coast) G - 4 Matthew Dellavedova, 6-4, 185, Fr., Maryborough, Victoria (13.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.1 assists, 1.2 steals) G - 32 Mickey McDonnell, 6-0, 175, Jr., Mesa, AZ (12.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 6.4 assists, 1.5 steals) C - 50 Omar Samhan, 6-11, 265, Sr., San Ramon, CA (20.8 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.4 steals, 2.6 blocks) F - 11 Clint Steindl, 6-7, 180, So., Mackay, Australia (8.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.4 steals) F - 21 Ben Allen, 6-11, 250, Sr., Melbourne, Australia (9.9 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 2.2 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.8 blocks) HEAD COACH: Randy Bennett (UC San Diego, 1986) SMC RECORD: 170-99 (9th year) CAREER RECORD: Same

Game No. 17 - Saint Mary's College
Saturday, January 16 - 6 p.m. PST
Jenny Craig Pavilion (5,100) - San Diego, CA
Radio: Sports Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane); 101.1 KEYF-FM (Spokane)
Network pre-game show 60 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KHQ-TV (Spokane); Universal Sports (Seattle); FSN Delayed Sunday 10 p.m.
UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO TOREROS (8-10; 1-1 West Coast)
G -   1 Brandon Johnson, 6-0, 200, Sr., Houston, TX
      (15.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.1 assists, 1.9 steals)
G -  20 Matt Dorr, 6-4, 196, Jr., Spokane, WA
      (6.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals)
G -   23 De'Jon Jackson, 6-2, 200, Sr., Fresno, CA
       (12.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.8 assists, 1.4 steals)
C -    44 Roberto Mafra, 6-9, 235, Sr., Recife, PE Brazil
       (9.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 0.5 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.8 blocks)
F -    12 Chris Lewis, 6-7, 215, Sr., Bedford, TX
       (8.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 0.7 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.4 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Bill Grier (Oregon, 1990)
USD RECORD:  46-40 (3rd year)  CAREER RECORD:  Same.
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  2/14 vs. Portland.
NOTE: Ranking is Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today.

Gonzaga University men's basketball can be heard on Sports Radio 1510 KGA and KEYF-FM 101.1. 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 Richard Fox is back alongside Hudson as the analyst for the third season. An expanded 45-minute post-game show also follows 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.

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 ninth season behind the microphone as the television voice of the Bulldogs. Craig Ehlo begins his fourth 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.

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 will also air on 1510 KGA every Tuesday from 7-8 p.m. with the exception.

Matt Bouldin had 20 points and nine assists and No. 19 Gonzaga beat Portland for the 13th straight time, 81-78 last Saturday. The Bulldogs led by as many as 13 points, but allowed the Pilots to close to 81-78 with less than a minute to go on Jared Stohl's 3-pointer. Bol Kong missed a pair of free throws with 4.6 seconds left, but Stohl's 3-pointer to tie it hit the rim and bounced off as time ran out. Freshman Elias Harris had 18 points for Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference opener for both teams. Stohl had 18 points for the Pilots (9-6). Stohl made a 3-pointer to narrow it to 53-51 with 11:10 to go. Gonzaga responded a 9-1 run capped by Bouldin's layup that made it 62-52 with 7:29 left. Kong's 3-pointer that made it 68-55 with about 5 minutes to go appeared to put it out of reach. Portland again rallied, closing to 70-66 when Smeulders hit a pair of free throws, before making their scrappy push in the final minute. Gonzaga has won 26 of the last 27 against the Pilots, who have not defeated the Bulldogs in Portland since 1996. Portland opened with the slim lead early but Gonzaga pulled ahead 10-7 on Harris' long jumper and a dunk. The Bulldogs extended the lead to 19-9 on Kelly Olynyk's layup. Portland recovered when Stohl's 3-pointer got the Pilots to 30-26. Luke Sikma's reverse layup made it 30-28 with less than five minutes to go before the half. As quickly as Portland got back in the game, Gonzaga pulled away. Bouldin hit back-to-back long jumpers to make it 42-32 and the Bulldogs led 42-36 at the half. Portland has not defeated Gonzaga since Feb. 19, 2003, a 72-68 upset in Spokane.

Gonzaga University continues its road swing to open the West Coast Conference season, heading to Saint Mary's College Thursday for an 8 p.m. contest and then to the University of San Diego Saturday for a 6 p.m. game. Last week's game against the University of Portland and Thursday's game against the Gaels pits the Bulldogs against the two teams picked to finish second and third behind them in the WCC chase.

Gonzaga University traveled 16,184 miles in non-conference play prior to last week's West Coast Conference opener at the University of Portland. That's more than the 15,865 air miles the Bulldogs logged from Nov. 21, 2006-Jan. 3, 2007, when the Bulldogs went to New York, Phoenix, Atlanta/New York, Seattle and Charlottesville, Va. This season Gonzaga has been to East Lansing, Mich.; Maui; Seattle, New York and Chicago in the non-conference season. The Bulldogs have a Feb. 6 game scheduled in Memphis that will add another 3,320 to the non-conference total. By the time the Bulldogs get home from Saint Mary's College and the University of San Diego this weekend they will have traveled 19,078 miles.

Gonzaga University, which has played just two games in Spokane since Dec. 9, will make its West Coast Conference home debut next week when Pepperdine University and Loyola Marymount University visit the McCarthey Athletic Center Thursday and Saturday.

Gonzaga University has won four straight games against Saint Mary's College, including sweep three meetings last year that included the championship game of the West Coast Conference Tournament. From 1999-2004 the Bulldogs won 17 straight games against the Gaels, and since 2005 Gonzaga has won 9-of-12 meetings. The Gaels last won in 2008, taking an 89-85 overtime decision on their home court.

Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few moved into second place on the school's all-time winningest coaches list with the Bulldogs victory Feb. 5, 2009, at the University of Portland. Few, in his 11th season, is now 276-69 and moved ahead of Dan Fitzgerald (252-171 in 15 years). Hank Anderson (290-275 in 21 seasons) is the all-time leader. He picked up his 275th win Jan. 2, 2010, against the University of Illinois at the United Center in Chicago. Few is the active winningest coach in West Coast Conference games at 128-13, moving ahead of Fitzgerald (112-88) on the all-time wins list. Few also moved ahead of Dick Davey of Santa Clara University (122-88) for second 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 67-4 in the new facility, winning its 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. Gonzaga suffered its first loss at home this year Dec. 5 when Wake Forest University escaped with a 77-75 decision. Gonzaga's other losses were during the 2008 season to Washington State University and last year to Portland State University.

Canadians dot the 2010 Gonzaga University roster - four of them to be exact. Three of them come to the Bulldogs from the province of British Columbia to the north of Spokane. Redshirt sophomore center Robert Sacre is from North Vancouver, B.C., freshman forward Kelly Olynyk hails from Kamloops, B.C., and redshirt sophomore forward Bol Kong is from Vancouver, B.C. Mangisto "Manny" Arop is from Edmonton, Alberta, but spent the past few years in Hamilton, Ontario, while playing with NEDA, Basketball Canada's National Elite Development Academy.

Don't forget the Texans as sophomore guard Demetri Goodson and freshman guard G.J. Vilarino hail from the Lone Star State. But in a state where everything is big, these two Gonzaga University Bulldogs might prove that good things do come in small packages. Goodson, from Spring, Texas, outside of Houston, stretches the tape measure to 5-11. Vilarino, from McKinney, Texas, located almost due north of Dallas, stands 6-0.

The West Coast Conference coaches have tabbed Gonzaga University to win its 10th straight WCC regular-season title. The Bulldogs earned six first-place votes and 48 points to edge the University of Portland with the other two first-place votes and 44 points. Saint Mary's College was third with 34 points.

The nine straight West Coast Conference regular-season titles by Gonzaga University marks the longest current streak in the nation and ranks tied for fourth all-time in the NCAA Division I ranks, the Bulldogs knotting the University of Kentucky. The Wildcats won nine straight SEC crowns from 1944-52. UCLA's 13 Pacific-10 Conference titles from 1967-79 head the list.

Gonzaga University made a jump in both polls this week. The Bulldogs jumped four spots to No. 14 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 and moved up two spots to No. 17 in the Associated Press Top 25. For the first time this season there is a new No. 1 as the University of Texas moved into the top spot for the first time in school history following previous No. 1 University of Kansas losing at the University of Tennessee. Michigan State University, a 75-71 winner over Gonzaga in East Lansing in the second game of the season, is 7th in the AP poll and 8th in the ESPN/USA Today rankings. Duke University, which defeated the Bulldogs in mid-December at Madison Square Garden, fell three spots to No. 8 in the AP balloting and two spots to 7th in the ESPN/USA Today vote. The University of Wisconsin, which lost to Gonzaga in the EA Sports Maui Invitational semifinals, is 14th in AP and 16th ESPN/USA Today. The Bulldogs have been in the ranked in at least one poll for seven straight weeks.

Gonzaga University has extended its string of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 541. 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.

Gonzaga University has won 17 straight games against West Coast Conference competition and 24 of the last 25 meetings with WCC foes. The Bulldogs went 14-0 in the WCC regular-season last year, won both games in the WCC Tournament and opened this season with a victory at the University of Portland. The last time the Bulldogs lost to a WCC team was in the title game of the 2008 WCC Tournament when the Bulldogs lost to host University of San Diego. The USD win snapped an 8-game winning streak against WCC teams as the Bulldogs won the last seven regular-season games and the WCC Tournament semifinal prior to falling to USD. The Bulldogs have won 22 straight WCC regular-season games over the last three seasons. Saint Mary's College was the last team to beat the Bulldogs in WCC action, taking an 89-85 overtime win in Moraga, Calif.

Since suffering three straight losses early last season, Gonzaga University has gone 32-5. Gonzaga lost to the University of Connecticut in the Battle in Seattle, lost at home to Portland State University and fell at the University of Utah for just the third three-game losing streak in head coach Mark Few's tenure. The Zags then won 20 of their final 22 games last season and are off to a 12-3 start this season.

Guard Matt Bouldin was named the West Coast Conference Co-Player of the week for his role in leading Gonzaga University to an 81-78 win at the University of Portland to open WCC action. Bouldin scored 20 points and had a season-high 9 assists. He went 10-for-11 from the free throw line and hit six straight free throws in the final 32 seconds as the Bulldogs staved off the Pilots to win their 14th straight WCC opener. He also scored the last eight Bulldog points of the first - including back-to-back 3-pointers - as Gonzaga took a 42-36 halftime lead. Bouldin shared the award with Mychal Thompson of Pepperdine University. Bulldog freshman Elias Harris shared the award the previous week with Vernon Teel of Loyola Marymount University.

Elias Harris has the only two double-doubles of the season for Gonzaga University, scoring 24 points and grabbing 12 rebounds against Washington State University and scoring 19 points and grabbing 16 rebounds against the University of Illinois.

 

 

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