Bulldogs Hit Halfway Point Of West Coast Conference Play

Jan. 27, 2010

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
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
No. 13/8 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (16-3; 5-0 West Coast)
G -   3 Demetri Goodson, 5-11, 164, So., Spring, TX
       (6.7 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.9 assists, 1.1 steals)
G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 224, Sr., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (16.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.2 assists, 1.7 steals)
G - 32 Steven Gray, 6-5, 208, Jr., Bainbridge, WA
       (13.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.8 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.5 blocks)
C - 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 247, So., North Vancouver, B.C.
       (10.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 0.7 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.5 blocks)
F -  20 Elias Harris, 6-8, 215, Fr., Speyer, Germany
       (16.1 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.1 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.4 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)

SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY BRONCOS (9-13; 1-4 West Coast) G - 1 Robert Smith, 6-0, 185, Fr., Riverside, CA (12.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.1 assists, 1.0 steals) G - 14 Michael Santos, 6-5, 200, Jr., Occidental, CA (6.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.3 assists, 0.7 steals) F - 10 Ben Dowdell, 6-7, 225, Jr., North Nowra, N.S.W. Australia (6.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 0.3 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.3 blocks) F - 15 Marc Trasolini, 6-9, 235, So., Vancouver, B.C. (14.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 0.6 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.6 blocks) F - 24 Troy Payne, 6-6, 220, Jr., Los Angeles, CA (4.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.8 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.6 blocks) HEAD COACH: Kerry Keating (Seton Hall, 1993) SCU RECORD: 40-46 (3rd year) CAREER RECORD: Same GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 21 - University of San Francisco
Saturday, January 30 - 6:30 p.m. PST
War Memorial Gymnasium (5,300) - San Francisco, CA
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)
UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO DONS (7-13; 2-3 West Coast)
G -   1 Kwame Vaughn, 6-3, 195, So., Oakland, CA
       (14.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.1 assists, 0.8 steals)
G -  11 Dontae Bryant, 6-2, 175, Sr., Portland, OR
       (3.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.5 assists, 1.2 steals)
C -   12 Tomas Bruha, 7-0, 225, Fr., Prague, Czech Republic
       (2.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 0.3 blocks)
F -    32 Angelo Caloiaro, 6-7, 225, So., San Jose, CA
       (8.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.9 assists, 0.5 steals)
F -   33 Dior Lowhorn, 6-7, 230, Sr., San Francisco, CA
       (17.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 0.8 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.6 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Rex Walters (Kansas, 1993)
USF RECORD:  18-32 (2nd year)  CAREER RECORD:  49-65 (4th year)
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  1/28 vs. 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.

Gonzaga University's sensational newcomer Elias Harris scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Bulldogs beat Loyola Marymount 85-69 on Saturday. The freshman from Germany has averaged a double-double in the eight games since Gonzaga's last defeat, which came against Duke at Madison Square Garden. Harris made 8-of-12 shots and added four assists with only one foul in 37 minutes. Matt Bouldin added 19 points and Steven Gray 18 for Gonzaga, which beat LMU for the 29th time in 31 meetings. Loyola Marymount, picked to finish last in the conference, shot 53 percent in the first half and had the game tied at 42 at intermission, behind 16 points by Vernon Teel. But the Lions shot just 32 percent in the second half as the Bulldogs pulled away. Gonzaga scored the first eight points after the break, including Robert Sacre's first basket in a game and a half, for a 50-42 lead. The Lions made only three field goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half. An 11-2 Gonzaga run, featuring a thunderous Sacre dunk and six points by Harris, gave the Zags a 67-51 lead with 10:48 left. Loyola got within 74-66 on a basket by Tim Diederichs with 6 minutes left, but Gonzaga pulled away at the free throw line. Teel led the Lions with a career-high 27 points and handed out seven assists, while Drew Viney added 20 points. Gonzaga shot 51 percent in the game, to 43 percent for LMU, and won the rebound battle 40-33. In the first half, Teel's long jumper gave the Lions a 15-14 lead with just over 12 minutes left before Harris put Gonzaga back on top with a three-point play. But Kevin Young hit a 3-pointer and followed it immediately with an alley-oop dunk for a 20-19 LMU lead. Bouldin replied with consecutive 3-pointers and the Zags clung to that lead until a late 9-2 run by the Lions allowed them to tie the score at the half. The Lions hurt themselves by making just 6-of-15 free throw attempts in the opening half. Loyola has not beaten a ranked team since the 1990 NCAA tournament, when they beat Alabama to reach the Elite Eight.

Gonzaga University, fresh off its first two home games of 2010, takes to the road again this week, visiting Santa Clara University and the University of San Francisco. The Bulldogs, 5-0 in the West Coast Conference, bring the curtain down on the first half of the WCC campaign hoping to keep their perfect record intact. Gonzaga will play five of its final seven games in the friendly confines of the McCarthey Athletic Center beginning next week when the University of Portland comes to town.

While Gonzaga University is nearing the halfway point of the West Coast Conference season, there are still two non-conference games remaining on the Bulldogs schedule. The first of the two is one week from Saturday when Gonzaga heads to the University of Memphis, the teams in the first year of a new 4-year series. GU hosts Cal State Bakersfield March 2.

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. By the time the Bulldogs return home this weekend they will have traveled 20,544 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 came back with 19 points Saturday against Loyola Marymount University to improve his career points total to 1,464 to move into 12th 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 280-69 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 132-13, 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 69-4 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 continued its climb up the Top 10 in the ESAPN/USA Today Top 25 and moved closer to cracking the Top 10 in the Associated Press rankings this week. The Bulldogs moved up two more spots to eighth in the ESPN/USA Today vote of coaches and climbed two spots to 13th in the AP poll selected by the writers. The No. 8 ranking is the highest ESPN/USA Today ranking for the Bulldogs since Dec. 22, 2008, when Gonzaga climbed to seventh. The University of Kentucky replaced the University of Texas in the top spot after a two-week stint at the top, the Longhorns losing a pair of games last week. Michigan State University, a 75-71 winner over Gonzaga in East Lansing in the second game of the season, is 5th in both polls. Duke University, fell one spot in each poll to No. 8 in AP and 7th in the ESPN/USA Today rankings. The University of Wisconsin, which lost to Gonzaga in the EA Sports Maui Invitational semifinals, jumped to 16th in both rankings. 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 545. 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 21 straight games against West Coast Conference competition and 28 of the last 29 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 25 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 36-5. 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 16-3 start this season.

Senior guard Matt Bouldin has been named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week for his role in leading Gonzaga University to a home sweep of previous WCC unbeaten Pepperdine University and Loyola Marymount University. He scored a career-high 32 points against Pepperdine, going 10-for-16 from the field including 3-for-5 from 3-point range and 9-for-10 from the free throw line. He came back with 19 points and 6 rebounds against Loyola Marymount, going 6-for-12 from the field, 3-for-7 from 3-point range and 4-4 from the line. For the week he went 16-for-28 from the field for 57.1 percent, 6-for-12 for 3-point range and 13-for-14 from the line. He also grabbed 8 rebounds, had 6 assists and 2 steals. He moved into 12th on the all-time Gonzaga scoring list with 1,464 points.

Elias Harris is averaging a double-double over the last eight games at 20.3 ppg and 10.3 rpg. He's also shooting 66.3 percent from the field in that stretch (65-for-98). Harris is shooting 62.9 percent from the field (44-for-70) in West Coast Conference action and is averaging 22.2 ppg and 10.0 rpg. He recorded his fourth double-double of the season Thursday against Pepperdine University with 20 points and 13 rebounds. He is currently fifth among NCAA Division I field goal percentage leaders at 59.6 percent.

One of the keys to Gonzaga University's current 8-game winning streak is the glass. The Bulldogs have won the battle of the boards in all games since suffering a -10 on the boards in the loss to Duke University in Madison Square Garden, the Bulldogs last setback. Gonzaga has a +10.1 rebounding margin over the last eight contests and has won the eight games by an average of 13.6 ppg. Gonzaga has a +10.2 scoring margin in West Coast Conference play.

Gonzaga University continues to struggle from the free throw line, shooting just 66.2 percent (363-for-548) for the season. The Bulldogs are connecting on just 64.0 percent from the stripe in West Coast Conference action. Gonzaga is shooting just 63.5 percent from the line during its current 8-game winning streak.

 

 

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