Bulldogs Seek 3-0 WCC Start Saturday At San Diego

Jan. 15, 2010

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 17 - University of San Diego
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.
No. 17/14 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (13-3; 2-0 West Coast)
G -   3 Demetri Goodson, 5-11, 164, So., Spring, TX
       (6.1 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.8 assists, 1.1 steals)
G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 224, Sr., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (15.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 4.4 assists, 1.9 steals)
G - 32 Steven Gray, 6-5, 208, Jr., Bainbridge, WA
       (13.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.8 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.5 blocks)
C - 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 247, So., North Vancouver, B.C.
       (11.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 0.4 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.3 blocks)
F -  20 Elias Harris, 6-8, 215, Fr., Speyer, Germany
       (15.2 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 0.9 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.4 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  277-69 (11th year - 21st at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO TOREROS (8-11; 1-2 West Coast) G - 1 Brandon Johnson, 6-0, 200, Sr., Houston, TX (15.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.1 assists, 1.9 steals) G - 20 Matt Dorr, 6-4, 196, Jr., Spokane, WA (6.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.8 assists, 0.7 steals) G - 23 De'Jon Jackson, 6-2, 200, Sr., Fresno, CA (12.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.7 assists, 1.4 steals) C - 44 Roberto Mafra, 6-9, 235, Sr., Recife, PE Brazil (8.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 0.5 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.8 blocks) F - 12 Chris Lewis, 6-7, 215, Sr., Bedford, TX (7.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 0.7 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.4 blocks) HEAD COACH: Bill Grier (Oregon, 1990) USD RECORD: 46-41 (3rd year) CAREER RECORD: Same. GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 18 - Pepperdine University
Thursday, January 21 - 6 p.m. PST
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000) - Spokane, WA
Radio: Sports Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane); 101.1 KEYF-FM (Spokane)
Network pre-game show 60 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KHQ-TV (Spokane); FSN (check local listings)
PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY WAVES (6-12; 2-0 West Coast)
G -   3 Keion Bell, 6-3, 200, So., Los Angeles, CA
      (19.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.7 assists, 1.7 steals)
G -  20 Lorne Jackson, 6-2, 205, So., Simi Valley, CA
      (8.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.9 assists, 1.2 steals)
C -     4 Tanner Kerry, 6-9, 235, Fr., Sydney, Australia
       (1.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg)
F -   15 Mychel Thompson, 6-7, 200, Jr., Portland, OR
       (12.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.7 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.7 blocks)
F -   41 Taylor Darby, 6-8, 200, So., San Marcos, CA
       (5.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 0.4 assists)
HEAD COACH:  Tom Ausbury (Wyoming, 1968)
PU RECORD:  140-94 (8th year)  CAREER RECORD:  225-182 (14th year).
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  2/16 vs. San Francisco.
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.

As well as Gonzaga can score, Mark Few's team is winning a lot of games with rebounding. The Zags even spent some extra time focused on that area in practice this week to prepare for Saint Mary's. They went out and dominated the boards. Elias Harris scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and No. 17 Gonzaga held off a late rally by its biggest West Coast Conference rival for a fifth straight win in the series, 89-82 on Thursday. Matt Bouldin added 22 points and Steven Gray had 14 points, 14 rebounds and six assists as the Zags extended their overall winning streak to five and snapped a five-game winning streak by Saint Mary's. Omar Samhan's layin with 58.5 seconds left cut Gonzaga's lead to 84-80. Bouldin missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 44 seconds remaining but Jorden Page then missed a 3-pointer at the other end. Bouldin converted two free throws with 26.2 to go and two more with 4.3 seconds left. Samhan scored his team's first 11 points of the second half and finished with 31 and 12 rebounds. Matthew Dellavedova added 23 points and seven assists for Saint Mary's. His two free throws with 4:33 to play made it 76-72, but Bouldin came up big on the other end moments later. Harris' outing was Gonzaga's first 30-point performance since Adam Morrison scored 35 in a win over Xavier in the first round of the 2006 NCAA tournament. Gonzaga shot 59.7 percent and showed poise down the stretch by answering each time the Gaels threatened. The Bulldogs, who have played only twice at home in Spokane, Wash., since Dec. 9, held a commanding 45-27 advantage on the boards. They are picked to win their 10th straight WCC regular-season crown. Saint Mary's was chosen to finish third behind Portland. Dellavedova was impressive in his debut in this rivalry. The Australian freshman shot 8 of 12 and made all four of his 3-point tries. He has shown he's a fine replacement for the departed Aussie star Patty Mills of the Portland Trail Blazers. The Zags opened the game by making 8 of 11 shots and Samhan began 0 for 7 under heavy defensive pressure down low by Robert Sacre and Will Foster. Sacre slammed Samhan into the base of the basket upright with 7:20 left in the opening half as Sacre went up to block Samhan on a fast break to the basket. Samhan scored his first field goal with 6:02 left in the first half. Gonzaga used an early 11-3 run to build a 21-13 lead and the Gaels went scoreless for 3:14 before Mickey McConnell's 3 at the 10:46 mark.

Gonzaga University ends its three-game road swing to open the West Coast Conference season, heading to the University of San Diego for a 6 p.m. Saturday contest.

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.

After having a 13-game series winning streak snapped in the 2008 West Coast Conference Tournament, Gonzaga University began another streak against the University of San Diego with last year's sweep. Gonzaga has won 28 of the last 33 meetings against USD and is 11-2 against the Toreros in the Jenny Craig Pavilion since it opened its doors for the 2000-01 season, the losses in WCC Tournament title games in 2003 and `08. The Bulldogs are 9-0 in regular-season games in the Jenny Craig. GU's overall record in the building is 16-2.

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 277-69 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 129-13, 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 season 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 542. 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 18 straight games against West Coast Conference competition and 25 of the last 26 meetings with WCC foes. The Bulldogs went 14-0 in the WCC regular-season last year, won both games in the WCC Tournament and has opened this season 2-0. 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 23 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., during the 2008 season.

Since suffering three straight losses early last season, Gonzaga University has gone 33-5. 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 13-3 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 Mychel Thompson of Pepperdine University. Bulldog freshman Elias Harris shared the award the previous week with Vernon Teel of Loyola Marymount University.

Elias Harris scored 31 points Thursday against Saint Mary's College, the first Bulldog to hit the 30-point plateau since Adam Morrison scored 35 in the 2006 NCAA Tournament First Round against Xavier University. Harris also grabbed 13 rebounds against SMC for his third double-double of the season. He's averaging 24.5 ppg and 10.0 rpg in the two West Coast Conference games this season. Harris scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds against Washington State University and scored 19 points and grabbed 16 rebounds against the University of Illinois for his other two double-doubles.

Junior Steven Gray recorded his first career double-double with his 14 points and career-high 14 rebounds against Saint Mary's College. Gray's previous rebound high was 7 twice, the last time against the University of Utah Dec. 31, 2008.

In addition to Elias Harris' team-leading 24.5 ppg in West Coast Conference play, Gonzaga University's Matt Bouldin is also over the 20-point mark at 21.0 ppg through the first two conference outings.

 

 

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