Bulldogs End Three-Game Homestand Saturday Against Lions

Jan. 14, 2011

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 18 - Loyola Marymount University Lions
Saturday, January 15 - 5 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); FSN (check local listings)
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (12-5; 2-0 West Coast)
G -   3 Demetri Goodson, 6-0, 175, Jr., Spring, TX
       (5.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.4 assists, 0.8 steals)
G - 41 Steven Gray, 6-5, 205, Sr., Irondale, WA
      (14.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.8 assists, 1.8 steals)
C - 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 260, Jr., North Vancouver, B.C.
       (13.5 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.1 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.7 blocks)
F - 10 Mangisto Arop, 6-6, 208, So., Edmonton, Alberta
       (5.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 0.5 assists, 0.5 steals)
F -  20 Elias Harris, 6-7, 245, So., Speyer, Germany
       (12.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.6 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.3 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  303-78 (12th year - 22nd at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY LIONS (8-9; 1-2 West Coast) G - 3 Anthony Ireland, 5-10, 175, Fr., Waterbury, CT (9.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.1 assists, 1.0 steals) G - 10 Vernon Teel, 6-4, 190, Sr., Jamaica Queens, NY (14.1 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 4.1 assists, 2.2 steals, 0.5 blocks) G - 33 Larry Davis, 6-4, 185, Sr., Queens, NY (9.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.4 assists, 1.0 steals) F - 22 Godwin Okonji, 6-8, 220, Fr., Lagos, Nigeria (5.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.6 steals, 1.4 blocks) F - 34 Drew Viney, 6-8, 210, Jr., Villa Park, CA (15.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.9 assists, 0.7 steals, 1.1 blocks) HEAD COACH: Max Good, (Sacred Heart, 1965) LMU RECORD: 29-50 (3rd year) CAREER RECORD: 271-283 (17th year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 19 - Santa Clara University Broncos
Thursday, January 20 - 6 p.m. PDT
Levy Center - Santa Clara, CA
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: ESPNU
SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY BRONCOS (10-8, 1-1 West Coast)
G -  00 Evan Roquemore, 6-3, 165, Fr., Henderson, NV
      (10.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.4 assists, 0.9 steals)
G -  21 Kevin Foster, 6-2, 219, So., Katy, TX
      (18.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 4.0 assists, 1.4 steals)
G -   42 Raymond Cowels III, 6-4, 105, So., Minneapolis, MN
       (8.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 0.9 assists, 0.4 steals)
F -   10 Ben Dowdell, 6-7, 225, Sr., North Nowra, N.S.W., Australia
       (6.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.0 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.5 blocks)
F -   15 Marc Trasolini, 6-9, 235, Jr., Vancouver, B.C.
       (12.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 0.6 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.1 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Kerry Keating, (Seton Hall, 1993)
SCU RECORD:  52-62 (4th year)  CAREER RECORD:  Same.
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  1/15 at 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.

LAST GAME - Gonzaga 92, Pepperdine 75: SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga's Big Three put up their biggest numbers of the season. Steven Gray, Robert Sacre and Elias Harris combined for 62 points as the Bulldogs handled Pepperdine 92-75 in front of 6,000 Thursday at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Gonzaga (12-5, 2-0 West Coast Conference) made a season-best 62.5 percent of its shots en route to its eighth straight victory. Most of the heavy lifting was done in the first half when the Bulldogs dashed in front by 21. The trio scored 38 points as Gonzaga settled for a 46-30 lead at the break. It was more of the same in the final 20 minutes as Harris heated up with six field goals, including a couple of dunks. "When we're all rolling, it makes the job a lot easier for all of us," said Sacre, who had a career-high 24 points after making 8 of 8 field goals and 8 of 8 free throws. "But I'm not really too worried about it because if one guy can't bring their game, the guys off the bench come in and play well. That's the best thing about this team." One of the three has led the team in scoring in all but two games (Washington State and Lafayette). They average nearly 40 points per game, but they haven't always been in sync at the same time, partly because Gray and Harris have battled injuries. Against the Waves (7-13, 1-2), the trio combined to hit 22-of-29 field goals, 8-of- 11 3-pointers and 10-of-10 free throws. They added 15 assists, including nine by Gray to equal his career high.

Gonzaga University closes its three-game West Coast Conference homestand Saturday when Loyola Marymount University visits for a 5 p.m. contest. The Lions battled the University of Portland to double-overtime Thursday, the Pilots taking a 79-78 double-overtime victory.

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 Pepperdine University he now has 1,194 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 303-78, 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 141-15, 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 83-5 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 127 steals rank eighth, his 180 3-pointers made are eighth and his 473 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 other 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.

Gonzaga University downed Loyola Marymount University 77-62 in the West Coast Conference Tournament semifinals last season, giving the Bulldogs a 54-21 lead in the series. The Bulldogs won the first meeting a year ago 85-69 in Spokane, but dropped the rematch 74-66 in Los Angeles. The Bulldogs have won 30 of the last 33 meetings between the teams. LMU's two other wins in the series since 1996 were an 80-74 victory in 2003 and 67-61 in 2007, both games in Los Angeles, and the Lions last six wins in the series - dating back to 1991 - have all come in LA as well. Gonzaga has won 19 straight games against LMU in Spokane, including a perfect 7-0 in Spokane, including a harrowing 68-67 win in the WCC Tournament title game in the McCarthey Athletic Center in 2006. The last LMU victory in Spokane came in the first meeting between the teams in the 1991 season. LMU had won 10 straight in the series through 1991, but since then Gonzaga has won 37-of-43 meetings.

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 43-1 in WCC regular-season games in the new facility and have won 24 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 50-1 in WCC regular-season play at home.

Junior Robert Sacre was perfect Thursday against Pepperdine University, going 8-for-8 from both the floor and the free throw line for a career-high 24 points. That surpassed his previous high of 23 set last season against Davidson College in The Battle in Seattle. He went 4-for-4 from the field earlier this year against IUPUI.

Marquise Carter, who had played just eight minutes in the previous three games, came off the bench for 16 minutes Thursday against Pepperdine University. He scored 5 points - high first points in three games - and went 2-for-4 from the field for his first field goal since going 4-for-6 Dec. 29 against Lafayette College.

Robert Sacre blocked three shots Thursday against Pepperdine University, his fifth three-block game of the season, to give hime102 career blocks and become the fourth person in GU history to block 100 or more career shots. He swatted away 65 shots last season to rank second on the single-season list and has 29 this season.

Mangisto Arop returned to the starting line-up Thursday for the first time since Dec. 22 against Xavier University. He played 25 minutes in his sixth start of the season, going 4-for-6 from the field and scoring 9 points. He's scored 17 points in the past two games.

Senior Steven Gray had an impressive line Thursday against Pepperdine University. He went 6-for-12 from the field, including 5-for-8 from 3-point range, on his way to a second straight 19-point performance. He also had a career-equaling 9 assists and matched his career high with 5 steals. He is averaging 18.7 ppg over his past three games. He's also connected on 10-of-11 shots from the free throw line in that stretch.

Gonzaga University shot a season-high 62.5 percent from the field Thursday against Pepperdine University, marking the third time the Bulldogs have hit 60.0 percent or better from the field. Gonzaga was 35-for-56 from the field, including 10-for-18 from 3-point range for 55.6 percent. The 10 treys is the fifth time this season the Bulldogs have hit double-digits from beyond the arc. The Bulldogs also went 12-for-12 from the free throw line, matching the single-season record for percentage based on a minimum of 10 attempts, the 2205-06 t4eam going 26-for-26 against Michigan State University and the 1993-94 squad going 20-for-20 against Eastern Washington University.

Gonzaga University has extended its string of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 5778 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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