Bulldogs Continue Bay Area Swing At San Francisco

Jan. 21, 2011

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game 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)
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (13-6; 3-1 West Coast)
G -   3 Demetri Goodson, 6-0, 175, Jr., Spring, TX
       (5.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.3 assists, 0.8 steals)
G - 41 Steven Gray, 6-5, 205, Sr., Irondale, WA
      (14.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.4 assists, 1.8 steals)
C - 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 260, Jr., North Vancouver, B.C.
       (13.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.2 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.8 blocks)
F - 10 Mangisto Arop, 6-6, 208, So., Edmonton, Alberta
       (5.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 0.6 assists, 0.5 steals)
F -  20 Elias Harris, 6-7, 245, So., Speyer, Germany
       (12.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.6 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.3 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  304-79 (12th year - 22nd at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO DONS (9-10; 3-1 West Coast) G - 5 Michael Williams, 6-0, 170, So., Van Nuys, CA (16.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.5 assists, 0.5 steals) G - 13 Rashad Green, 6-4, 195, Jr., Babylon, NY (9.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.5 assists, 0.8 steals) G - 45 Cody Doolin, 6-2, 170, Fr., Austin, TX (6.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.3 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.3 blocks) F - 22 Perris Blackwell, 6-8, 250, So., Etiwanda, CA (10.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.2 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.3 blocks) F - 32 Angelo Caloiaro, 6-8, 225, So., San Jose, CA (9.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.2 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.3 blocks) HEAD COACH: Rex Walters, (Kansas, 1993) USF RECORD: 32-47 (3rd year) CAREER RECORD: 63-80 (5th year). GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 21 - Saint Mary's College Gaels
Thursday, January 27 - 8 p.m. PDT
McCarthey Athletic Center - Spokane, WA
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: ESPN2
No. 22/21 SAINT MARY'S COLLEGE GAELS (17-2; 5-0 West Coast)
G -    4 Matthew Dellavedova, 6-4, 190, So., Maryborough, Victoria
      (12.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 6.0 assists, 1.1 steals)
G -  32 Mickey McDonnell, 6-0, 190, Sr., Mesa, AZ
      (14.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 6.4 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.4 blocks)
G -  11 Clint Steindl, 6-7, 195, Jr., Mackay, Australia
      (8.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.3 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.3 blocks)
F -   22 Rob Jones, 6-6, 240, Jr., San Francisco, CA
      (13.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.4 blocks)
F -   25 Tim Williams, 6-9, 235, So., Antioch, CA
       (7.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 0.6 assists, 0.9 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Randy Bennett (UC San Diego, 1986)
SMC RECORD:  200-105 (10th year)  CAREER RECORD:  Same
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  1/22 at Vanderbilt.
NOTE: First number is Associated Press, second is ESPN/USA Today ranking.

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 - Santa Clara 85, Gonzaga 71: SANTA CLARA, CA - Kevin Foster scored a career-high 36 points, including 11 straight during a key stretch late in the second half, and Santa Clara beat Gonzaga 85-71 on Thursday, ending the Bulldogs' nine-game winning streak. Foster went 11-for-20 from the floor. It was the Broncos' first win against the Bulldogs in nearly three years and their first at home in the series since Feb. 22, 2000. Steven Gray had 17 points and Robert Sacre added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Bulldogs, who were held to three points over the final four minutes. Gonzaga, which hadn't lost since an 83-79 setback at Notre Dame on Dec. 11, trailed the entire first half but came out strong in the second half and was within 65-63 after a pair of free throws by Sacre. That's when Foster took over. He scored on a 3-pointer, and after Sacre's short hook, Foster drove and split a double-team effort by Sacre and Mathis Keita for a layup that made it 70-65. Foster then added two more 3s, extending the Broncos' lead to 76-68. Foster finished with 24 points in the second half to eclipse his previous career-high of 31.Gonzaga made only two of its last 10 shots and committed five turnovers over the final 9 1/2 minutes. The 85 points are also the most allowed by the Bulldogs this season, nearly 19 more than their average going in. Gonzaga had won 23 of the 25 previous meetings between the two schools.

Gonzaga University ends its Bay Area swing Saturday at the University of San Francisco in a battle for sole possession of second place in the West Coast Conference. Both teams are 3-1 in pursuit of 5-0 Saint Mary's College.

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 17 points against Santa Clara University he now has 1,227 to move into 20th. He needs 19 to move past Jeremy Pargo and into 19th.

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 304-79, 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 142-16, 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.

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 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.

Gonzaga University has dominated the series with the University of San Francisco, taking a 41-20 overall lead into Saturday's game. The Bulldogs have won 25 of the last 28 meetings with the Dons. USF snapped a 9-game losing streak in the series with an 81-77 home victory last season, their first win in the series since a 73-70 home verdict in 2005. Gonzaga has not lost to the Dons in Spokane since the 1989 season when USF captured a 67-64 victory.

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.

Turnovers haunted Gonzaga University Thursday in the loss at Santa Clara University, 19 miscues resulting in 22 Bronco points. It was the most turnovers the Bulldogs had committed since a 73-63 win at Wake Forest University Jan. 2 when the Bulldogs also had 19 . Gonzaga had committed just 29 turnovers in its three games prior to Thursday.

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 eight games he has just 13 turnovers and has dished out 27 assists for an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.1. His 2.10 assist-to-turnover ratio for the season leads the team.

Robert Sacre blocked one shot against Santa Clara University to give him 108 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 35 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.

There were 64 free throws attempted between Gonzaga University and Santa Clara University Thursday, and both teams responded at the line. The Bulldogs went 27-for-31 while SCU was 27-for-33. There were 49 fouls whistled in the contest, including 26 against the Bulldogs which was one below the season-high 27 at the University of Notre Dame. The 31 free throw attempts marked the third time this year the Bulldogs had gone to the charity stripe at least 30 times - 30-for-34 against Xavier University and 26-for-33 against Southern University the others.

Gonzaga University has extended its string of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 580. 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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