Bulldogs Head To Portland Trying To Stay In Title Hunt

Feb. 3, 2011

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 23 - University of Portland Pilots
Thursday, February 3 - 8 p.m. PDT
Chiles Center - Portland, OR
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: ESPN2
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (14-8; 4-3 West Coast)
G - 3 Demetri Goodson, 6-0, 175, Jr., Spring, TX (5.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.2 assists, 0.9 steals) G - 41 Steven Gray, 6-5, 205, Sr., Irondale, WA (15.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.2 assists, 1.8 steals) C - 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 260, Jr., North Vancouver, B.C. (13.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.3 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.8 blocks) F - 22 Mathis Mönninghoff, 6-7, 189, Fr., Ibbenbüren, Germany (5.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 0.4 assists) F - 20 Elias Harris, 6-7, 245, So., Speyer, Germany (12.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.6 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.3 blocks) HEAD COACH: Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987) GONZAGA RECORD: 305-81 (12th year - 22nd at GU) CAREER RECORD: Same

UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND PILOTS (16-6; 4-3 West Coast) G - 20 Jared Stohl, 6-2, 165, Sr., Marysville, WA (14.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.8 assists, 0.6 steals) G - 33 Nemanja Mitrovic, 6-5, 200, Jr., Toronto, Ontario (12.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.7 assists, 0.6 steals) G - 11 Tim Douglas, 5-10, 160, Fr., Cerritos, CA (7.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 2.3 assists, 0.8 steals) C - 45 Kramer Knutson, 6-9, 220, Sr., Mesa, AZ (7.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.3 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.6 blocks) F - 43 Luke Sikma, 6-8, 235, Sr., Bellevue, WA (13.5 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 2.5 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.9 blocks) HEAD COACH: Eric Reveno (Stanford, 1989) UP RECORD: 74-75 (5th year) CAREER RECORD: Same. GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 24 - University of Memphis Tigers
Saturday, February 5 - 1 p.m. PDT
Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena - 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: ESPN
UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS TIGERS (16-5; 5-2 Conference USA)
G -    1 Joe Jackson, 6-0, 175, Fr., Memphis, TN
      (10.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4.0 assists, 1.1 steals)
G -    4 Charles Carmouche, 6-3, 185, Jr., New Orleans, LA
      (7.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.6 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.3 blocks)
G -     5 Will Barton, 6-6, 175, Fr., Baltimore, MD
       (13.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.8 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.3 blocks)
G -   12 Drew Barham, 6-7, 194, So., Cordova, TN
       (2.8 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 0.7 assists, 0.3 steals)
F -   10 Tarik Black, 6-8, 252, Fr., Memphis, TN
       (8.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 0.4 assists, 0.6 steals, 1.5 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Josh Pastner (Arizona, 1998)
UM RECORD:  40-15 (2nd year)  CAREER RECORD:  Same.
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  2/2 vs.Tulsa.

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 - Gonzaga 86, San Diego 53: SPOKANE, WA - Redshirt freshman Sam Dower came off the bench to score a career-high 27 points, helping Gonzaga snap a three-game losing streak by beating San Diego 86-53. Steven Gray had 12 points for the Bulldogs and Marquise Carter added 10. Gonzaga shot 59.3 percent (32 of 54). All 12 Bulldogs saw time on the floor, and 10 scored. San Diego shot just 35.4 percent, was outrebounded 37-27 and trailed by as many as 34 points. Dower went 11 of 12 from the field and grabbed seven rebounds. It has been a breakout homestand for Dower, who scored 15 points in a loss to Saint Mary's on Thursday night. The teams traded baskets early in the second half before the Bulldogs went on a 13-2 run, pushing their lead to 59-33 with 12:30 remaining. Gray had two of his four 3-pointers during the run. Ginty's 3-pointer ended the spurt as well as the Toreros' 5-minute scoreless streak. The Bulldogs got a huge boost off their bench, which scored 57 points, four more than the entire San Diego team. It was just the second time all season that Carter, a backup point guard, had scored in double figures. David Stockton scored nine points and had four assists in 27 minutes. Gonzaga and San Diego were tied 8-8 before Gonzaga went on a 12-0 run, fueled by eight points from Dower. The Bulldogs held the Toreros scoreless for a little over 6 minutes and had an 18-point lead late in the half. Gonzaga led 40-24 at halftime, as San Diego shot just 34.8 percent (8 of 23).

Gonzaga University, which got back into the West Coast Conference title hunt over the weekend, tries to stay there when the Bulldogs visit the University of Portland Thursday. The two teams are tied for fourth at 4-3, two games behind league-leading Saint Mary's College at 6-1.

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 12 points against the University of San Diego he now has 1,273 to move into 19th. He needs 68 to move past John Stockton (1,340) 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 305-81, 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 143-18, 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 86-6 in the new facility. San Diego State University and Saint Mary's College have handed Gonzaga home losses this season, the first time the Bulldogs have lost two homes in a season in the new facility. 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 135 steals rank seventh, his 189 3-pointers made are eighth and his 500 3-pointers attempted are sixth. He is closing in on breaking into the Top 10 for assists.

Gonzaga University has already played six Top 25 teams this season, five others that are in the "also receiving votes" category. The Bulldogs play Memphis Saturday in the Spokane Arena. The Tigers were ranked earlier this season, fell into the "also receiving votes category" and did not receive any votes this week after falling at Marshall University last Saturday. 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 won 15 straight and 29 of the last 30 games against the University of Portland. The Bulldogs took the first meeting this season in Spokane 74-61 in the West Coast Conference opener. 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 86-65, and Gonzaga head coach Mark Few is 22-1 against the Pilots in his previous 23 meetings as head coach.

The University of Portland is 12-0 at home this season at the Chiles Center, but Gonzaga University has been known to be a road spoiler. The Bulldogs snapped the University of Tennessee's 37-game home winning streak with an 89-79 home victory over 15th-ranked University of Tennessee Jan. 9, 2009. The Bulldogs have won 14 straight against the Pilots in the Chiles Center, the last Portland home victory over the Bulldogs coming in 1996 by a 67-66 count. The Pilots also defeated the Bulldogs 76-68 in the WCC Tournament championship game that season at Santa Clara University for the last two-game winning streak by Portland over the Zags.

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 45-2 in WCC regular-season games in the new facility and saw their 25-game WCC home winning streak come to an end with last week's nail- biting loss to Saint Mary's College. The Bulldogs also won a pair of WCC Tournament games in 2006 when they hosted the tourney. SMC became just the second team to defeat the Bulldogs in the McCarthey Athletic Center, Santa Clara University, which pulled off an 84-73 victory Feb. 12, 2007, the first. 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 52-2 in WCC regular-season play at home.

Redshirt freshman Sam Dower may have one of the best weekend's off the bench in Gonzaga University history. In two games off the bench averaged he 21.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, shot 89.5 percent from the field on 17-of-19, 1-for-2 from 3-point range and 7-of-9 for 77.8 percent from the free throw line. He also had 1 block, 2 steals and just 1 turnover in 39 minutes of action. Against Saint Mary's College he went 6-for-7 from the field, grabbed 5 rebounds and scored 15 points. With Gonzaga trailing SMC 45-40, Dower scored 9 of the next 11 Gonzaga points to put the Bulldogs in front 51-50. Against the University of San Diego he was the catalyst as the Bulldogs snapped a 3-game losing streak, going 11-for-12 from the field, 5-for-7 from the free throw line, grabbed 7 rebounds and scored a career-high 27 points, all in just 23 minutes. Hit his first six shots against San Diego - all in the first half - as he scored 12 points to help Gonzaga take a 40-24 halftime lead.

In addition to Sam Dower's play off the bench against the University of San Diego, David Stockton and Marquise Carter also made big contributions off the bench. Carter scored 10 points on a 5-for-6 night from the field in 17 minutes, and Stockton scored 9 points that included a 4-for-4 game from the free throw line in 27 minutes. Gonzaga's bench outscored USD's 57-9.

Robert Sacre blocked one shot against the University of San Diego and has 112 career blocks, 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 39 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 done a good job in the turnover department the last seven games, the lone exception a 19-turnover night at Santa Clara University. But the Bulldogs have committed no more than 13 turnovers in any of the other six games in the current stretch, with a season-low eight turnovers against Loyola Marymount University. The Bulldogs forced 20 turnovers last Saturday against the University of San Diego leading to 26 points.

Gonzaga University has extended its string of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 583. 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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