Bulldogs Put Perfect WCC Mark On Line Against LMU

Jan. 22, 2010

Men's Basketball Game Facts
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)
No. 15/10 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (15-3; 4-0 West Coast)
G -   3 Demetri Goodson, 5-11, 164, So., Spring, TX
       (6.9 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steals)
G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 224, Sr., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (16.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.2 assists, 1.7 steals)
G - 32 Steven Gray, 6-5, 208, Jr., Bainbridge, WA
       (13.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.7 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.6 blocks)
C - 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 247, So., North Vancouver, B.C.
       (10.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 0.7 assists, 0.4 steals, 1.4 blocks)
F -  20 Elias Harris, 6-8, 215, Fr., Speyer, Germany
       (15.7 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 0.9 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.4 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  279-69 (11th year - 21st at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY LIONS (10-10; 1-3 West Coast) G - 1 Vernon Teel, 6-4, 190, Jr., Jamaica Queens, NY (13.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 6.3 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.7 blocks) G - 12 LaRon Armstead, 6-5, 200, So., Los Angeles, CA (4.8 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 0.3 assists, 0.6 steals) C - 32 Tom Diederichs, 6-9, 225, So., Seattle, WA (2.4 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 0.4 assists, 0.3 steals) F - 34 Drew Viney, 6-5, 210, So., Villa Park, CA (16.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.0 blocks) F - 40 Kevin Young, 6-8, 195, So., Perris, CA (9.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 0.8 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.1 blocks) HEAD COACH: Max Good (Sacred Heart, 1965) LMU RECORD: 13-34 (2nd year) CAREER RECORD: 254-258 (16th year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 20 - Santa Clara University
Thursday, January 28 - 8 p.m. PST
Leavey Center (5,000) - Santa Clara, CA
Radio: Sports Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane); 101.1 KEYF-FM (Spokane)
Network pre-game show 60 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: ESPN2
SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY BRONCOS (8-13; 0-4 West Coast)
G -   1 Robert Smith, 6-0, 185, Fr., Riverside, CA
      (12.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.1 assists, 1.0 steals)
G -  14 Michael Santos, 6-5, 200, Jr., Occidental, CA
      (6.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals)
F -   10 Ben Dowdell, 6-7, 225, Jr., North Nowra, N.S.W. Australia
       (6.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 0.4 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.4 blocks)
F -    15 Marc Trasolini, 6-9, 235, So., Vancouver, B.C.
       (13.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 0.7 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.7 steals)
F -   24 Troy Payne, 6-6, 220, Jr., Los Angeles, CA
       (4.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.9 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.6 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Kerry Keating (Seton Hall, 1993)
SCU RECORD:  39-46 (3rd year)  CAREER RECORD:  Same
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  None.
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.

For one night at least, the Gonzaga-Pepperdine rivalry was back in the West Coast Conference. The two teams had some epic tussles for the WCC title in the late 1990s and early this century, before Gonzaga started to run away with every game. But the No. 15 Bulldogs needed a career-high 32 points from Matt Bouldin to hold off Pepperdine 91-84 Thursday and take sole possession of first place in the league. Elias Harris added 20 points and 13 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season, and Steven Gray had 20 points, as Gonzaga won its seventh straight game. They beat Pepperdine for the 17th straight time since 2002. Keion Bell, who had just three points in the first half, led Pepperdine with a career-high 37 points, the most by an opponent in the 6-year-old McCarthey Athletic Center. Sean Singletary of Virginia scored 35 points Dec. 17, 2005, for the previous opponent best. Lorne Jackson added 17 points and the Waves scored 55 points in the second half. Pepperdine opened the WCC season with three wins, and these were the last two unbeaten teams in league play. Bell made 14 of 21 shots in the game - 13 of 17 in the second half. Pepperdine made only two field goals in the first 7:30 and trailed 17-6. The Waves started finding the basket, but still trailed 41-29 at halftime after shooting just 37 percent. Bell scored 14 of Pepperdine's first 16 points of the second half to cut Gonzaga's lead to 51-45. But Bouldin, Gray and Harris quickly drove Gonzaga to a 64-49 lead with 12 minutes left. The Waves clawed back and Bell hit a basket and two free throws to cut Gonzaga's lead to 75-68 with 4:50 left. Harris and Bouldin kept the Zags ahead with inside baskets, and the Waves were forced to foul when they trailed by six with a minute left. The Bulldogs shot 53 percent. Harris, a freshman, is averaging a double-double over the past seven games.

Gonzaga University completes its brief two-game homestand Saturday when Loyola Marymount University visits for a 5 p.m. contest. The Bulldogs have dominated this series recently, bringing a four-game winning streak into Saturday's fray. The Zags have won 28 of the last 30 meetings with the Lions. LMU's only two wins since 1996 were an 80-74 victory in 2003 and 67-61 in 2007, both games in Los Angeles. LMU had won 10 straight in the series through 1991, but since then Gonzaga has won 35-of-40 meetings.

It's back on the road next week for Gonzaga University, the Bulldogs heading to Santa Clara University Thursday and the University of San Francisco Friday to end the first half of West Coast Conference play. The Bulldogs return home Feb. 4 to face the University of Portland as Gonzaga will play five of its final seven WCC contests at home. The Zags have two non-conference games remaining, Feb. 6 at the University of Memphis and March 2 at home against Cal State Bakersfield for Senior Night.

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.

Senior guard Matt Bouldin scored a career-high 32 points Thursday in Gonzaga University's win over Pepperdine University, surpassing his previous best of 28 set at home earlier this season against Washington State University, Bouldin improved is career points total to 1,445 to move into 14th on the all-time Gonzaga list. It was the second 30-point game for a Bulldog this season, Elias Harris pouring in 31 at Saint Mary's College.

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 279-69 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 131-13, 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 68-4 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 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 544. 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 20 straight games against West Coast Conference competition and 27 of the last 28 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 4-0. 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 35-5. 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 15-3 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.

Sophomore more Rob Sacre took just three shots against Pepperdine University and failed to score for the first time this season. He grabbed four boards and dished out three assists to contribute in other ways that on the scoreboard.

Elias Harris is averaging a double-double over the last seven games at 20.7 ppg and 10.6 rpg. He's also shooting 68.1 percent from the field in that stretch (57-for-86). Harris is shooting 62.1 percent from the field (28-for-44) in West Coast Conference action and is averaging 23.0 ppg and 9.7 rpg. He recorded his fourth double-double of the season Thursday with 20 points and 13 rebounds.

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 three games. He went 6-for-11 from the field at Saint Mary's College, 7-for-12 at the University of San Diego and 8-for-15 Thursday against Pepperdine University, making him 21-for-38 for 55.3 percent from the field in those three outings while averaging 17.0 ppg.

 

 

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