Bulldogs Host Pilots To Start Second Half Of WCC Campaign

Feb. 3, 2010

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
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
No. 17/13 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (17-4; 6-1 West Coast)
G -   3 Demetri Goodson, 5-11, 164, So., Spring, TX
       (6.5 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.8 assists, 1.1 steals)
G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 224, Sr., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (16.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.3 assists, 1.8 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.
       (10.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 0.7 assists, 0.4 steals, 1.4 blocks)
F -  20 Elias Harris, 6-8, 215, Fr., Speyer, Germany
       (16.3 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.1 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.4 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  281-70 (11th year - 21st at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND PILOTS (14-7; 5-2 West Coast) G - 20 Jared Stohl, 6-1, 165, Jr., Marysville, WA (11.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.5 assists, 0.8 steals) G - 44 T. J. Campbell, 5-9, 190, Sr., Phoenix, AZ (13.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 5.6 assists, 0.9 steals) C - 12 Robin Smeulders, 6-10, 230, Sr., Braunschweig, Germany (13.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.6 blocks) F - 45 Kramer Knutson, 6-9, 220, Jr., Mesa, AZ (5.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 0.9 assists, 0.3 steals) F - 3 Ethan Niedermeyer, 6-6, 200, Sr., Lafayette, CA (6.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.8 steals) HEAD COACH: Eric Reveno (Stanford, 1989) UP RECORD: 51-65 (4th year) CAREER RECORD: Same. GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 23 - University of Memphis
Saturday, February 6 - 1 p.m. PST
FedEx Forum (18,400) - Memphis, TN
Radio: Sports Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane); 101.1 KEYF-FM (Spokane)
Network pre-game show 60 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: ESPN2
UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS TIGERS (15-6; 5-2 Conference USA)
G -   3 Roburt Sallie, 6-5, 196, Jr., Sacramento, CA
       (11.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.4 assists, 2.1 steals, 0.7 blocks)
G -  15 Elliot Williams, 6-5, 180, So., Memphis, TN
       (19.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.5 assists, 1.6 steals)
G -   20 Doneal Mack, 6=5, 187, Sr., Charlotte, NC
       (10.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.4 blocks)
F -     1 Pierre Henderson-Niles, 6-8, 278, Sr., Memphis, TN
       (5.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 0.6 steals, 0.9 blocks)
F -   11 Wesley Witherspoon, 6-9, 210, So., Atlanta, GA
       (10.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.3 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.9 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Josh Pastner (Arizona, 1998)
UM RECORD:  15-6 (1st year)  CAREER RECORD:  Same
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  1/3 at UAB.
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.

Dior Lowhorn hit consecutive 3-pointers in overtime and scored 22 points, leading San Francisco to an 81-77 upset of No. 13 Gonzaga on Saturday. Matt Bouldin scored Gonzaga's only three baskets in the extra session and the Bulldogs lost for the first time in 28 regular-season WCC games. Angelo Caloiaro made a 3 with 32.8 seconds left that helped the Dons end a nine-game skid in the series. Lowhorn went 5 of 7 on 3-pointers after coming in 8 for 47 from long range this season, sending the Dons to their first win over Gonzaga since a 73-70 victory over the then-No. 11 Zags on Jan. 20, 2005. Lowhorn hit a tying 3-pointer with 9.8 seconds left in regulation after a miss moments earlier and Steven Gray missed a 3 on the other end. Kwame Vaughn's 70-foot prayer for USF bounced out off the backboard and rim at the buzzer. Rashad Green, moved into the starting lineup by Walters to shake things up, scored 15 points and Caloiaro had 11 with three 3s. USF ended a three-game losing streak. Gray missed two free throws in OT for the Zags after making two with 25.3 seconds left in regulation. Bouldin finished with 15 points, standout Zags freshman Elias Harris scored 21 and Robert Sacre had 19. Gonzaga had won nine straight overall and 22 in a row against league opponents. The Zags had to rally from 14 points down in the second half of their 71-64 win at Santa Clara on Thursday night and then faced another tough one on the Hilltop. The teams traded clutch shots down the stretch in regulation. After Lowhorn and Dontae Bryant knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers to give USF a 60-57 lead with 4:41 to play, Bouldin swished a 3 from the right wing moments later. Lowhorn, the WCC's leading scorer the last two seasons, tied it at 48 with his driving baseline scoop shot with 10:22 to go. Caloiaro put USF ahead the next time down with a 3-pointer. Lowhorn overcame early foul trouble. He was whistled for his third foul with 2:28 left in the first half and took a seat. After Demetri Goodson's 3-pointer with 17:03 left gave Gonzaga its biggest lead at 42-32, USF answered with a 9-0 run to get right back in it. Caloiaro knocked down a 3 at 14:56 to make it 42-41 and Gonzaga went 3:15 without scoring. The Dons were outrebounded for only the fourth time in their last 16 games, 39-34. Both teams were clicking offensively early before cooling off late in the first half. Gonzaga shot 48.4 percent on the way to a 33-26 lead at the break. While the Zags led by as many as nine, there were four ties and five lead changes in the opening 20 minutes.

Gonzaga University returns home for another key West Coast Conference contest Thursday when the University of Portland visits the McCarthey Athletic Center for an 8 p.m. contest. The Pilots have won four straight games and are 5-2 in the WCC, one game behind co-leaders Gonzaga and Saint Mary's College, both 6-1. The Bulldogs won the first meeting in Portland, escaping with an 81-78 victory in the WCC opener Jan. 9. The Bulldogs led by 13 with 5:26 to play and had to fight off a ferocious Portland charge down the stretch. Robin Smeulders desperation 3-point shot from the right corner in front of the Portland bench bounced off the front of the rim at the buzzer to prevent the game from going into overtime.

Gonzaga University has won 13 straight and 27 of the last 28 games against the University of Portland. The last victory for the Pilots came Feb. 19, 2003, when the Pilots took a 72-68 win in the old Kennel, snapping a 21-game home conference winning streak by the Bulldogs. The Portland win also snapped Gonzaga's 14-game winning streak over the Pilots dating back to the 1997 season. Gonzaga leads the series 84-65.

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 281-70 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 133-14, 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 fell slightly in both polls following last weekend's overtime loss at the University of San Francisco. The Bulldogs fell out of the Top 10 in the ESPN/USA Today poll after a two-week stay, falling from eighth to 13th. The Bulldogs dropped four spots in the Associated Press Top 25 from 13th to 17th. The University of Kansas moved back to the top of both polls for the second time this season after the University of Kentucky lost in its first outing after rising to the top spot. The University of Texas had held the top spot for two weeks prior to Kentucky ascending to the top. 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, a winner over Gonzaga in December at Madison Square Garden, fell two spots in both polls to 10th in AP and 9th in the ESPN/USA Today rankings. The University of Wisconsin, which lost to Gonzaga in the EA Sports Maui Invitational semifinals, remained 16th in both rankings. The Bulldogs have been in the ranked in at least one poll for nine straight weeks.

Gonzaga University has extended its string of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 547. 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.

Several streaks went by the wayside in Gonzaga University's loss last week at the University of San Francisco. The Bulldogs had won 22 straight games against West Coast Conference competition - including WCC Tournament games - and 29 of the last 30 meetings with WCC foes heading into the contest. The Bulldogs went 14-0 in the WCC regular-season last year, won both games in the WCC Tournament and had 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 had won 27 straight WCC regular-season games over the last three seasons. Prior to last Saturday, 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 37-6. 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 17-4 start this season.

Junior center Robert Sacre scored 13 points at the University of San Francisco, giving him his first double-digit game since scoring 19 points in the Bulldogs win over the University of Illinois in the United Center in Chicago, a stretch of six games.

Demetri Goodson, who didn't score in last Thursday's come-from-behind win at Santa Clara University, went 4-for-5 from the field at the University of San Francisco last Saturday, including 1-for-1 from 3-point range, to score 9 points. Goodson had scored just 11 points over the previous three games since scoring 12 points at the University of San Diego.

Freshman guard Grant Gibbs, who played just one minute against Santa Clara University two nights earlier, came off the bench at the University of San Francisco to give Gonzaga University a big boost. He played 17 minutes, went 3-for-6 from the field including 1-for-2 from 3-point range, and scored 8 points. He has played 17 minutes in the two games sandwiched around Santa Clara (Loyola Marymount University the other) and gone 6-for-11 from the field with 16 points.

Senior Matt Bouldin picked up his first career double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds at the University of San Francisco. He had a career-high 11 rebounds against the University of Cincinnati in the EA Sports Maui Invitational championship game. Since being held to 6 points at the University of San Diego, he is averaging 21.3 ppg over Gonzaga University's last four outings. He started the current stretch with a career-high 32 points against Pepperdine University, scored 19 against both Loyola Marymount University and Santa Clara University and had 15 at the University of San Francisco.

 

 

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