Bulldogs Host Saint Mary's Thursday In Big WCC Match-up

Jan. 26, 2011

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
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 KTEL (Walla Walla, WA); ESPN 960 KALE (Tri-Cities, WA)
Network pre-game show 60 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: ESPN2
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (13-7; 3-2 West Coast)
G -   3 Demetri Goodson, 6-0, 175, Jr., Spring, TX
       (5.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.3 assists, 0.8 steals)
G - 41 Steven Gray, 6-5, 205, Sr., Irondale, WA
      (15.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.4 assists, 1.7 steals)
C - 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 260, Jr., North Vancouver, B.C.
       (13.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.3 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.9 blocks)
F - 25 Mathis Keita, 6-5, 190, Fr., Thionville, France
       (3.1 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 0.9 assists, 0.7 steals)
F -  20 Elias Harris, 6-7, 245, So., Speyer, Germany
       (12.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.7 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.3 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  304-80 (12th year - 22nd at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

NR/24 SAINT MARY'S COLLEGE GAELS (17-3; 5-0 West Coast) G - 4 Matthew Dellavedova, 6-4, 190, So., Maryborough, Victoria (13.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 5.9 assists, 1.2 steals) G - 32 Mickey McDonnell, 6-0, 190, Sr., Mesa, AZ (14.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 6.5 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.3 blocks) G - 11 Clint Steindl, 6-7, 195, Jr., Mackay, Australia (8.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.2 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.3 blocks) F - 22 Rob Jones, 6-6, 240, Jr., San Francisco, CA (14.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.7 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.5 blocks) F - 25 Tim Williams, 6-9, 235, So., Antioch, CA (6.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 0.6 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.9 blocks) HEAD COACH: Randy Bennett (UC San Diego, 1986) SMC RECORD: 200-105 (10th year) CAREER RECORD: Same GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 22 - University of San Diego Toreros
Saturday, January 29 - 5 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: KHQ-TV (Spokane); FSN (check local listings)
UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO TOREROS (4-16; 0-5 West Coast)
G -    0 Darian Norris, 6-8, 180, Jr., Las Vegas, NV
      (11.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.1 assists, 1.4 steals)
G -    3 Devin Ginty, 6-2, 190, Sr., Alta, CA
      (7.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.6 assists, 0.8 steals)
G -  20 Matt Dorr, 6-4, 196, Sr., Spokane, WA
      (8.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.3 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.3 blocks)
C -   42 Chris Gabriel, 6-11, 285, So., Cape Town, South Africa
      (6.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 0.3 steals)
F -   32 Ken Rancifer, 6-5, 215, So., Oakland, CA
       (9.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 0.9 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.4 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Bill Grier (Oregon, 1990)
USD RECORD:  53-77 (4th year)  CAREER RECORD:  Same
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  1/27 at Portland.
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, ESPN Radio 1410 KTEL in Walla Walla, Wash., and ESPN Radio 960 KALE in Richland, 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 - San Francisco 96, Gonzaga 91 (OT): SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Cody Doolin converted a 3-point play with 4.1 seconds remaining in overtime, and San Francisco upset Gonzaga 96-91 on Saturday in a game marred by physical play. The Dons benefited from an elbow by Gonzaga's Robert Sacre in the final minute of regulation that was called an intentional foul. Doolin finished with 23 points and Angelo Caloiaro scored 17 for USF. Steven Gray and Demetri Goodson had 20 points apiece for the Bulldogs. Doolin milked the clock in the final seconds of overtime before driving the left of the lane and banking in a left-handed layup over Mathis Moenninghoff for a 3-point play. Just to get to that point, the Dons had to stage a frantic rally in regulation. Caloiaro made a layup and drew a foul on Elias Harris with a little more than two minutes remaining to tie the score at 77-all. He missed the free throw. After the Dons went ahead by one, David Stockton hit a 3-pointer to give Gonzaga an 81-79 lead 41.6 seconds left. Then, Rashad Green missed the second of two free throws, with Sacre grabbing the rebound that led to a sure-to-be debated call by Gonzaga. Sacre swung his elbows, connecting with Caloiaro's face and knocking him to the ground. Officials called a foul, but changed it to an intentional foul after reviewing the video. USF got two free throws and the ball and, seemingly, the victory. The Dons chose not to foul in the final seconds of regulation. Goodson made a 3-pointer to force overtime.

Gonzaga University returns home for a crucial mid-season contest against West Coast Conference-leading Saint Mary's College Thursday at 8 p.m. The Bulldogs are two games behind the Gaels in the loss column as WCC play nears the end of the first half of action.

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 20 points against Santa Clara University he now has 1,247 to move into 19th. He needs 94 to move past John Stockton and into 18th.

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 304-80, 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 142-17, 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 131 steals tie for seventh, his 184 3-pointers made are eighth and his 489 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, three others that are in the "also receiving votes" category and the Bulldogs have two games remaining with fellow West Coast Conference foe Saint Mary's College that is ranked 24th in this week's ESPN/USA Today poll. The first showdown with the Gaels comes Thursday in the McCarthey Athletic Center on the GU campus. The Bulldogs also have a game with Memphis, previously ranked in the Top 25 but in the "also receiving votes" category in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls 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.

The Bay Area sweep Gonzaga University suffered last weekend was indeed a rare West Coast Conference experience for the Bulldogs. It marked the first time since 2000 - head coach Mark Few's first year at the helm - the Bulldogs dropped back to-to-back WCC games. Gonzaga lost at Pepperdine University 80-69 Feb. 11, 2000, then dropped an 82-79 home game to the University of San Diego Feb. 17, 2000. The last time the Bulldogs were swept in the Bay Area was 1997, losing 74-72 at Saint Mary's College Feb. 22, 1997, and falling at Santa Clara University 67-52 on Feb. 23, 1997. That Bay Area sweep came on the heels of a 76-69 home loss to San Diego Feb. 15, 1997, marking the last time the Bulldogs lost three straight WCC regular-season games. Gonzaga would drop its only game in the 1997 WCC Tournament 64-59 to San Diego in a game played at Loyola Marymount University as the Bulldogs finished the season with four straight losses to WCC foes, the last time that has happened.

There were plenty of free throws taken last weekend when Gonzaga University headed to Santa Clara University and the University of San Francisco. The Bulldogs went 27-for-31 from the line while SCU went 27-for-33. Two nights later the Zags would hit just 15-of-27 while USF was connecting on 27-of-32. That's 123 free throws attempted in the two games. The Bulldogs were whistled for 26 fouls at SCU and 27 at USF, while the Broncos and Dons were each called for 23 fouls. The Bulldogs shot an uncharacteristic 15-for-27 for 55.6 percent from the line against USF, their second lowest percentage from the line this season. The Bulldogs are shooting 74.8 percent from the line, up considerably from last year's 66.4 percent.

The 96 points the University of San Francisco scored against Gonzaga University in the 96-91 overtime victory Saturday were the most points against the Bulldogs since a 108-87 loss at the University of Virginia Jan. 3, 2007. Davidson College scored 91 points in a 103-91 Bulldog win last season in The Battle in Seattle.

Senior guard Steven Gray and junior guard Demetri Goodson each scored 20 points last Saturday at the University of San Francisco, the first time since Feb. 5, 2005, Gonzaga University had two 20-point scorers when Adam Morrison and Ronny Turiaf each had 22 against Santa Clara University in the first year of the McCarthey Athletic Center.

Robert Sacre blocked three shots against Santa Clara University to give him 111 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 38 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.

Gonzaga University has extended its string of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 581. 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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