Undefeated Bulldogs, Pepperdine Battle For WCC Lead

Jan. 20, 2010

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
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); Universal Sports (Seattle); FSN tape delay 10 p.m.
No. 15/10 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (14-3; 3-0 West Coast)
G -   3 Demetri Goodson, 5-11, 164, So., Spring, TX
       (6.9 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.9 assists, 1.1 steals)
G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 224, Sr., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (15.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.3 assists, 1.8 steals)
G - 32 Steven Gray, 6-5, 208, Jr., Bainbridge, WA
       (13.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.7 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.6 blocks)
C - 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 247, So., North Vancouver, B.C.
       (11.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 0.6 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.5 blocks)
F -  20 Elias Harris, 6-8, 215, Fr., Speyer, Germany
       (15.5 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 0.9 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.4 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  278-69 (11th year - 21st at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY WAVES (7-12; 3-0 West Coast) G - 3 Keion Bell, 6-3, 200, So., Los Angeles, CA (19.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 4.0 assists, 1.6 steals) G - 20 Lorne Jackson, 6-2, 205, So., Simi Valley, CA (8.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.9 assists, 1.2 steals) C - 4 Tanner Kerry, 6-9, 235, Fr., Sydney, Australia (1.6 ppg, 1.6 rpg) F - 15 Mychel Thompson, 6-7, 200, Jr., Portland, OR (12.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.7 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.6 blocks) F - 41 Taylor Darby, 6-8, 200, So., San Marcos, CA (6.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 0.4 assists) HEAD COACH: Tom Ausbury (Wyoming, 1968) PU RECORD: 141-94 (8th year) CAREER RECORD: 226-182 (14th year). GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 19 - Loyola Marymount University
Saturday, January 23 - 5 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)
G -  00 Jarred DuBois, 6-3, 180, So., Los Angeles, CA
      (12.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.6 assists, 1.3 steals)
G -  33 Larry Davis, 6-4, 185, Jr., Queens, NY
      (11.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.9 assists, 1,2 steals, 0.3 blocks)
F -   12 LaRon Armstead, 6-5, 200, So., Los Angeles, CA
       (4.9 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 0.3 assists, 0.4 steals)
F -     5 Ashley Hamilton, 6-7, 210, Fr., London, England
       (7.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.9 assists, 0.3 steals, 1.1 blocks)
F -   40 Kevin Young, 6-8, 195, So., Perris, CA
       (9.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 0.8 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.1 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Max Good (Sacred Heart, 1965)
LMU RECORD:  13-33 (2nd year)  CAREER RECORD:  254-257 (16th year)
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  2/21 at 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.

Elias Harris scored 20 points and Steven Gray added 17 to lead the Bulldogs to their sixth straight victory, 68-50 against San Diego on Saturday. They've won four straight on the road, as well as a victory over Oklahoma at the Spokane Arena, just minutes from Gonzaga's campus. Demetri Goodson added 12 points for the Bulldogs. Matt Bouldin was held to six points, well below his team-leading 15.9 average. Center Robert Sacre had 10 rebounds, six points, four blocked shots and three assists. De'Jon Jackson scored 14 points and Brandon Johnson 13 for San Diego. Trailing 18-15, the Bulldogs gained control with a 13-0 run late in the first half en route to a 33-24 halftime lead. Harris scored eight points in the run and Goodson had a 3-pointer. USD went cold for nearly six minutes. Jackson made a layup with 7:32 left for an 18-15 Toreros lead. USD didn't score again until Roberto Mafra made a bank shot with 1:35 left, and by then it trailed 28-20. The Zags stayed hot to open the second half, with Gray making two 3-pointers during an 8-2 run that extended the lead to 41-26. USD got the deficit back to single digits, only to have Gray make a baseline layup, Bol Kong a 3-pointer and Gray another layup for a 52-40 lead with 11:47 to play. USD shot only 34.5 percent.

First place in the West Coast Conference is at stake Thursday when Gonzaga University returns to the McCarthey Athletic Center for the first time since Dec. 28 to face Pepperdine University at 6 p.m. And the game has taken on a scenario that would have seemed highly unlikely when practice opened Oct. 16. Although the Bulldogs had a tough road to open the WCC regular season with games at the University of Portland, Saint Mary's College and the University of San Diego, there's probably little surprise the Zags are 3-0. But the Waves were picked a distant seventh, just one point ahead of Loyola Marymount for the WCC cellar in the pre-season vote of the conference coaches. It's the best start for the Waves since the 2002 season when the Waves and Bulldogs each went 13-1 in the WCC, each school winning on its home court. Pepperdine won the coin toss for the No. 1 seed into the WCC Tournament, but the Bulldogs prevailed 96-90 in the tournament title game.

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 36-31 lead in the series. As dominating as the Waves were from 1965-93, the Bulldogs have been as dominating since. The Bulldogs bring a 16-game winning streak against the Waves into Thursday's game, and Gonzaga has gone 28-5 in the last 14 seasons. Pepperdine's last win was 88-79 in Malibu, Calif., on Jan. 18, 2002. Gonzaga has won 11 straight in Spokane, last losing on its home court in 1998.

Gonzaga University traveled 16,184 miles in non-conference play. 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. The Bulldogs have a Feb. 6 game scheduled in Memphis that will add another 3,320 to the non-conference total. Through last week's trip to Saint Mary's College and the University of San Diego the Bulldogs have traveled 19,078 miles this season.

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 278-69 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 130-13, 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.

Gonzaga University, which has played six of its last eight games away from the McCarthey Athletic Center, remains home Saturday to face Loyola Marymount University in a 5 p.m. contest. Then, as Willie Nelson would say, it's on the road again next week as the Bulldogs head to the Bay Area to face Santa Clara University next Thursday and the University of San Francisco on Saturday. Gonzaga will play five of its remaining seven WCC games at home.

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 is back in the Top 10, moving up four more spots to 10th in this week's ESPN/USA Today Top 25. The Bulldogs jumped two spots to No. 15 in the Associated Press rankings. The Bulldogs were 10th last season in the final regular-season poll, then finished 13th in the final balloting following the NCAA Tournament which saw the Bulldogs advance to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. The University of Texas held onto the top spot in both polls for a second straight week then lost Monday night after the polls had been released. Michigan State University, a 75-71 winner over Gonzaga in East Lansing in the second game of the season, is 6th in the AP poll and 7th in the ESPN/USA Today rankings. Duke University, moved up one spot to No. 7 in AP and 8th in the ESPN/USA Today rankings. The University of Wisconsin, which lost to Gonzaga in the EA Sports Maui Invitational semifinals, dropped to 18th in AP and 19th in ESPN/USA Today. The Bulldogs have been in the ranked in at least one poll for eight straight weeks.

Gonzaga University has extended its string of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 543. 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 19 straight games against West Coast Conference competition and 26 of the last 27 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 3-0. 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 24 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 34-5. 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 14-3 start this season.

Forward Elias Harris has been named the West Coast Conference Co-Player of the Week for his efforts in leading Gonzaga University to a road sweep at Saint Mary's College and the University of San Diego last week. Harris, a freshman from Speyer, Germany, averaged a double-double with 25.5 ppg and 11.0 rpg. He shot 63.6 percent from the field (13-20) and had four blocked shots. He scored a season-high 31 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for his third double-double of year in an 89-82 win at Saint Mary's, then came back with 20 points and 9 rebounds at USD. His 31 points was the first Gonzaga 30-point game since Adam Morrison scored 35 in a 2006 NCAA Tournament first-round game against Xavier. Harris shared the award with Lorne Jackson of Pepperdine University.

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.

Elias Harris is averaging a double-double over the last six games at 20.8 ppg and 10.2 rpg. He's also shooting 68.1 percent from the field in that stretch (49-for-72). Harris is shooting 63.6 percent from the field (28-for-44) in West Coast Conference action and is averaging 23.0 ppg and 9.7 rpg.

Steve Gray, who struggled with a 1-for-8 night in Gonzaga University's West Coast Conference opener at the University of Portland, has come back with strong efforts in the last two games. He went 6-for-11 from the field at Saint Mary's College and 7-for-12 at the University of San Diego, making him 13-for-23 for 56.5 percent from the field in those two outings.

Since being out-rebounded by 10 against Duke University in mid-December, Gonzaga University has come back to dominate the boards over the last six games. Beginning with a plus-21 against Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga has out-rebounded opponents by an average of +11.5.



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