Bulldogs Seek Sweep To End First Half Of WCC Play

Jan. 29, 2010

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
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)
No. 13/8 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (17-3; 6-0 West Coast)
G -   3 Demetri Goodson, 5-11, 164, So., Spring, TX
       (6.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.8 assists, 1.1 steals)
G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 224, Sr., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (16.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.3 assists, 1.8 steals)
G - 32 Steven Gray, 6-5, 208, Jr., Bainbridge, WA
       (14.2 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.
       (10.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 0.7 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.5 blocks)
F -  20 Elias Harris, 6-8, 215, Fr., Speyer, Germany
       (16.1 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.1 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.4 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  281-69 (11th year - 21st at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO DONS (7-13; 2-3 West Coast) G - 1 Kwame Vaughn, 6-3, 195, So., Oakland, CA (13.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.0 assists, 0.8 steals) G - 11 Dontae Bryant, 6-2, 175, Sr., Portland, OR (4.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.4 assists, 1.2 steals) C - 12 Tomas Bruha, 7-0, 225, Fr., Prague, Czech Republic (2.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 0.3 blocks) F - 32 Angelo Caloiaro, 6-7, 225, So., San Jose, CA (8.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.0 assists, 0.4 steals) F - 22 Perris Blackwell, 6-8, 240, Fr., Etiwanda, CA (6.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 0.7 assists, 06. steals) HEAD COACH: Rex Walters (Kansas, 1993) USF RECORD: 18-33 (2nd year) CAREER RECORD: 49-66 (4th year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 22 - University of Portland
Thursday, February 4 - 8 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: ESPN2
UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND PILOTS (13-2; 4-2 West Coast)
G -  20 Jared Stohl, 6-1, 165, Jr., Marysville, WA
      (10.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.4 assists, 0.9 steals)
G -  44 T. J. Campbell, 5-9, 190, Sr., Phoenix, AZ
      (13.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 5.6 assists, 0.9 steals)
C -   12 Robin Smeulders, 6-10, 230, Sr., Braunschweig, Germany
       (13.57 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.2 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.6 blocks)
F -    45 Kramer Knutson, 6-9, 220, Jr., Mesa, AZ
       (5.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 0.9 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.3 blocks)
F -     3 Ethan Niedermeyer, 6-6, 200, Sr., Lafayette, CA
       (6.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.8 steals)
HEAD COACH:  Eric Reveno (Stanford, 1989)
UP RECORD:  50-65 (4th year)  CAREER RECORD:  Same.
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  1/30 at Santa Clara.
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.

Matt Bouldin and Steven Gray each scored 19 points, and No. 13 Gonzaga rallied from a 14-point deficit in the second half to beat Santa Clara 71-64 on Thursday for its ninth straight victory. Elias Harris had 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulldogs (17-3, 6-0 West Coast Conference), who closed with a 12-0 run over the final 5:55 and beat the Broncos for the eighth straight time. Bouldin was at his best over the final 15 minutes, scoring seven points, recording two of his four steals and three of his six assists as the Zags eventually got back into the game. Harris hit a pair of free throws with 6:17 left to bring Gonzaga within two. Michael Santos converted a three-point play to extend the lead to 64-59, but Santa Clara didn't score again. Robert Sacre hit one of two free throws before Bouldin made a steal and fed Gray for a 3-pointer that pulled the Bulldogs to 64-63 with 5:09 remaining. Mangisto Arop gave Gonzaga its first lead since early in the game on a putback with 4:02 to go. The Zags controlled the offensive boards, 11-6. Sacre hit a short jump hook to make it 67-64, then the Broncos missed two attempts at a tying 3-pointer. With 1 second left on the shot clock, Gray hit a layup to put the Zags up by five with 19 seconds to go. After a turnover, Bouldin sealed it with a layup with 7 seconds left. Gonzaga has not lost at Santa Clara since 2001. Trasolini hit consecutive 3-pointers to give the Broncos a 13-point edge with 15:31 remaining. After the Bulldogs scored a basket, Troy Payne's three-point play made it a 14-point cushion with 15 minutes to go. Gonzaga gradually chipped away, then used an 8-1 spurt to cut it to 61-59 with 6:17 left. Santa Clara's quick start in the second half prompted Few to call a timeout, which the officials did not hear at first because of the crowd noise. The Broncos got their fans involved early, grabbing the lead from the start. Gonzaga made a run and Santa Clara answered, building a double-digit advantage by capitalizing on 12 Bulldogs turnovers in the first half. Raymond Cowels hit a 3-pointer from the corner to give Santa Clara a 31-21 lead with just more than four minutes left in the opening half. The Bulldogs closed the gap to 38-33 by halftime.

Gonzaga University reaches the halfway point of the West Coast Conference season Saturday when the Bulldogs visit the University of San Francisco for a 6:30 p.m. contest. The Bulldogs try to keep their WCC mark unblemished after winning their first six WCC outings, four of them on the road. The Bulldogs conclude the WCC season with five of the final seven games at home.

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.

Gonzaga University got strong performances from Matt Bouldin, Steven Gray and Elias Harris in Thursday's come-from-behind win over Santa Clara University. Bouldin and Gray each scored 19 points and Harris added 16 points and 14 rebounds. Bouldin also had 6 assists and 4 steals.

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 281-69 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 133-13, 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 546. 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 22 straight games against West Coast Conference competition and 29 of the last 30 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 6-0. 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 26 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 37-5. 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 17-3 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 nine games at 20.3 ppg and 10.7 rpg. He's also shooting 62.5 percent from the field in that stretch (70-for-112). Harris is shooting 58.3 percent from the field (49-for-84) in West Coast Conference action and is averaging 21.2 ppg and 10.7 rpg. He recorded his fifth double-double of the season Thursday against Santa Clara University with 16 points and 14 rebounds. He is currently 14th among NCAA Division I field goal percentage leaders at 57.9 percent.

One of the keys to Gonzaga University's current 9-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 +9.6 rebounding margin over the last nine contests and has won the nine games by an average of 12.9 ppg. Gonzaga has a +9.6 scoring margin in West Coast Conference play.

Gonzaga University had its best free throw shooting night Thursday at Santa Clara University since connecting on 14-of-17 for 82.4 percent against the University of Oklahoma. The Bulldogs hit 18-of-24 from the line Thursday for 75.0 percent. GU is shooting just 66.6 percent (381-for-572) for the season.

 

 

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