Men's Basketball Makes First WCC Road Trip Of The Season
Jan. 19, 2011
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
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (13-5; 3-0 West Coast) G - 3 Demetri Goodson, 6-0, 175, Jr., Spring, TX (5.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.3 assists, 0.9 steals) G - 41 Steven Gray, 6-5, 205, Sr., Irondale, WA (14.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.5 assists, 1.8 steals) C - 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 260, Jr., North Vancouver, B.C. (13.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.2 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.9 blocks) F - 10 Mangisto Arop, 6-6, 208, So., Edmonton, Alberta (5.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 0.6 assists, 0.4 steals) F - 20 Elias Harris, 6-7, 245, So., Speyer, Germany (12.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.7 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.3 blocks) HEAD COACH: Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987) GONZAGA RECORD: 304-78 (12th year - 22nd at GU) CAREER RECORD: SameGame No. 20 - University of San Francisco Dons
Saturday, January 22 - 5 p.m. PDT
War Memorial Gym - San Francisco, CA
Radio: Sports Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane); 101.1 KEYF-FM (Spokane); ESPN 1410 (Walla Walla, WA); KALE 960 (Tri-Cities, WA)
Network pre-game show 60 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KHQ-TV (Spokane); FSN (check local listings)
UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO DONS (8-10; 2-1 West Coast)G - 5 Michael Williams, 6-0, 170, So., Van Nuys, CA (16.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.6 assists, 0.5 steals) G - 13 Rashad Green, 6-4, 195, Jr., Babylon, NY (9.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.5 assists, 0.9 steals) G - 45 Cody Doolin, 6-2, 170, Fr., Austin, TX (6.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.2 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.3 blocks) F - 22 Perris Blackwell, 6-8, 250, So., Etiwanda, CA (10.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.2 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.3 blocks) F - 32 Angelo Caloiaro, 6-8, 225, So., San Jose, CA (9.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.9 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.3 blocks) HEAD COACH: Rex Walters, (Kansas, 1993) USF RECORD: 41-47 (3rd year) CAREER RECORD: 62-80 (5th year). GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: 1/20 vs. 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 79, Pepperdine 59: SPOKANE, Wash. - Robert Sacre scored 18 points as Gonzaga beat Loyola Marymount 79-59 Saturday. Steven Gray had 16 points and Elias Harris added 14 and 10 rebounds for Gonzaga. Gray scored 13 second-half points after attempting just four shots in the first half. Drew Viney led Loyola Marymount with 18 points. Loyola Marymount made just 15-of-55 shots, and was 24-of-30 from the free-throw line. The Bulldogs shot 51.6 percent from the field, but were just 3-of-12 from 3-point range. The game was tied at halftime, but Gonzaga opened the second half with a 13-4 run. Five different Bulldogs players scored during the run, making it 46-37 with 15:17 to play. Gonzaga led by as many as 23 points in the second half. Gray was held to three first-half points but scored seven quick points to start the second. His 3-pointer with 13:26 left put Gonzaga up 49-40. A layup by Mathis Keita gave Gonzaga a 59-47 lead with 9:50 to play. Sam Dower, one of 11 Bulldogs to score, made back-to-back baskets during a 10-3 run to extend Gonzaga's lead to 69-50. The game was much more competitive in the first half. LMU trailed 16-14 despite hitting just 3-of-15 field goals. The Lions stayed close by making 7-of-9 free throws. Gonzaga led 21-20 before a Keita 3-pointer ignited a 7-2 Bulldog run. A baseline jumper by Viney ended a five-minute field goal drought and pulled Loyola Marymount to within four at 30-26. A11-5 LMU run evened the score at 33 heading into halftime.
Gonzaga University takes to the road for the first time in West Coast Conference play this week, facing Santa Clara University Thursday and the University of San Francisco Saturday. SCU is 1-2, USF 2-1 in WCC play heading into the week.
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 16 points against the Loyola Marymount University he now has 1,210 to move into 21st on the career charts. He needs 16 to move into the Top 20.
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 304-78, 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 142-15, 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 85-5 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.
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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 129 steals rank eighth, his 182 3-pointers made are eighth and his 477 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, one team that is in the "also receiving votes" category and the Bulldogs have two games remaining with fellow West Coast Conference foe Saint Mary's College that climbed into both polls for the first time this year. The first showdown comes Jan. 27 in the McCarthey Athletic Center on the GU campus. The Bulldogs also have a game with Memphis, ranked 22nd in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls last week but in the "also receiving votes" category in the ESPN/USA Today poll this week. The Tigers come to the Spokane Arena Feb. 5. 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.
The series with Santa Clara University has favored Gonzaga University in this decade. The Bulldogs bring a 9-game winning streak into Thursday's game and have won 23 of the last 25 meetings. After seeing the Broncos win the decade of the 90's 13-10, Gonzaga has posted a 24-3 record thus far this decade. The last win by the Broncos was Feb. 12, 2007, when the Broncos handed Gonzaga its first loss in the McCarthey Athletic Center 83-74. SCU captured home victories in 2000 and '01. Gonzaga has not been swept by the Broncos since the 1996 season. The Bulldogs took last season's series 71-64 at Santa Clara and 88-51, the latter victory clinching no worse than a tie for a 10th straight West Coast Conference regular-season title that the Bulldogs went on to claim outright in their next outing.
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 44-1 in WCC regular-season games in the new facility and have won 25 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 51-1 in WCC regular-season play at home.
Gonzaga University center Robert Sacre has been named the West Coast Conference player of the week for his role in leading the Bulldogs to a pair of home victories last weekend. The Bulldogs downed Pepperdine University 92-75 and toppled Loyola Marymount University 79-59 in running their WCC record to 3-0. Eights were lucky for Sacre against Pepperdine as he went a perfect 8-for-8 from the field and 8-for-8 from the free throw line on his way to a career-high 24 points, bettering by one his previous high of last year against Davidson College in the Battle in Seattle. He also grabbed three rebounds and had three blocked shots against the Waves. He came back with 18 points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots against LMU. For the week he averaged 21.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, and had three assists, eight blocks and two steals. The native of North Vancouver, B.C., also shot 73.9 percent from the field, going 17-for-23.
Since committing a season-high seven turnovers Dec. 18 against Baylor University, junior guard Demetri Goodson has taken good care of the basketball. Over the last seven games he has just 12 turnovers and has dished out 24 assists for an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.0. His 2.07 assist-to-turnover ratio for the season leads the team.
Robert Sacre blocked eight shots last week, including a season-high five against Loyola Marymount University, to give him 107 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 34 this season. Casey Calvary (1998-01) heads the career charts with 207 while Austin Daye (2008-09) sits atop the single-season list with 70.
Senior Steven Gray had an impressive line last 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 18.0 ppg over his past four games and has connected on 10-of-11 shots from the free throw line in that stretch.
Gonzaga University went 67-for-118 for 56.8 percent the field in its two wins last week, including a season-high 62.5 percent (45-for-56) from the field against Pepperdine University, marking the third time the Bulldogs have hit 60.0 percent or better from the field.
Gonzaga University has extended its string of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 579. 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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