Bulldogs Head To Memphis For Non-Conference Tussle

Feb. 5, 2010

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
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

No. 17/13 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (18-4; 7-1 West Coast)
G -   3 Demetri Goodson, 5-11, 164, So., Spring, TX
       (6.8 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.8 assists, 1.1 steals)
G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 224, Sr., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (16.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.2 assists, 1.7 steals)
G - 32 Steven Gray, 6-5, 208, Jr., Bainbridge, WA
       (13.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.9 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.5 blocks)
C - 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 247, So., North Vancouver, B.C.
       (10.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 0.6 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.6 blocks)
F -  20 Elias Harris, 6-8, 215, Fr., Speyer, Germany
       (16.0 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.1 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.4 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  282-70 (11th year - 21st at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS TIGERS (16-6; 6-2 Conference USA) G - 5 Willie Kemp, 6-2, 184, Sr., Bolvar, TN (7.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.9 assists, 1.7 steals) G - 15 Elliot Williams, 6-5, 180, So., Memphis, TN (20.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.7 assists, 1.5 steals) G - 11 Wesley Witherspoon, 6-9, 210, So., Atlanta, GA (11.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.3 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.0 blocks) F - 1 Pierre Henderson-Niles, 6-8, 278, Sr., Memphis, TN (5.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 0.6 steals, 0.8 blocks) F - 30 D.J. Stephens, 6-5, 170, Fr., Killeen, TX (1.8 ppg, 1.9 rpg) HEAD COACH: Josh Pastner (Arizona, 1998) UM RECORD: 15-6 (1st year) CAREER RECORD: Same GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 24 - Saint Mary's College
Thursday, February 11 - 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
SAINT MARY'S COLLEGE GAELS (20-3; 7-1 West Coast)
G -    4 Matthew Dellavedova, 6-4, 185, Fr., Maryborough, Victoria
      (12.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.7 assists, 1.2 steals)
G -  32 Mickey McDonnell, 6-0, 175, Jr., Mesa, AZ
      (13.9 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 5.5 assists, 1.4 steals)
C -  50 Omar Samhan, 6-11, 265, Sr., San Ramon, CA
      (21.6 ppg, 11.2 rpg, 1.2 assists, 0.4 steals, 2.8 blocks)
F -   11 Clint Steindl, 6-7, 180, So., Mackay, Australia
      (7.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.2 assists, 0.7 steals)
F -   21 Ben Allen, 6-11, 250, Sr., Melbourne, Australia
       (10.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.1 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.7 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Randy Bennett (UC San Diego, 1986)
SMC RECORD:  175-100 (9th year)  CAREER RECORD:  Same
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.

Portland and Gonzaga opened with a desultory 12 minutes of play, with both teams missing shots, turning the ball over and deadlocked at 15 points. Then the Zags went on 20-2 run, launching the blowout of a team that had been expected to challenge them for the West Coast Conference title. The 76-49 win Thursday was a team effort, with 11 different Bulldogs scoring. Matt Bouldin, as usual, led the way with 20 points. Gonzaga made the Pilots look lousy. They were held to 35 percent shooting, including 5-of-21 3-pointers. The Pilots were outrebounded 40-30 and pushed into 16 turnovers. Gonzaga had 17 offensive rebounds. Demetri Goodson added 12 points for Gonzaga, which was coming off a rare WCC loss, in overtime at San Francisco last Saturday. It was only their sixth league loss in the past six seasons. Playing without leading-scorer Nik Raivio, out with an Achilles' injury, Portland had a four-game winning streak snapped. The Pilots have lost 14 straight to Gonzaga since 2003. Robin Smeudlers led them with 12 points and Ethan Niedermeyer had 11. Portland was expected to battle the Bulldogs for the WCC title this year, and lost by just three points earlier in Portland. The score was tied at 15 with 7:30 left in the first. Then the Zags found their shot and buried the Pilots. Mangisto Arop's putback ignited Gonzaga's decisive run that led to 35-17 lead. They led 41-21 at halftime, behind 12 points by Bouldin. Portland shot just 37 percent in the first and was outrebounded 22-10. It got worse for the Pilots in the second half, as they fell behind by more than 30 points. Elias Harris added 10 points and seven rebounds for Gonzaga, which shot 50 percent in the game. Bouldin, a senior guard, displaced Casey Calvary for 10th place on Gonzaga's career scoring list with 1,518 points.

Gonzaga University plays its next-to-last non-conference game of the season Saturday when the Bulldogs make a return trip to Memphis to face the University of Memphis in a 1 p.m. PST contest. The Bulldogs were at the Fed Ex Forum, home of the Tigers and the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies, last March for an NCAA Sweet Sixteen matchup against the University of North Carolina, the Tar Heels prevailing 98-77 on their way to the national championship.

Memphis, Tenn., has been a familiar stop for Gonzaga University in recent years. The Bulldogs first trip was Nov., 13, 1998, when Gonzaga met the University of Memphis in what was then known as the Pre-Season NIT in The Pyramid, the former home of the Tigers and the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies. Gonzaga prevailed that night 88-73 as Bulldog guard Richie Frahm set a Pyramid opponent record with 37 points. GU headed to Memphis for the 2001 NCAA First and Second Round and last year's NCAA South Regional, as well as regular-season trips in 2006 and 2008 to face the Tigers. Gonzaga is two-and-one in NCAA Tournament play in Memphis, winning two games in 2001 and losing last year's Sweet Sixteen game to eventual national champion University of North Carolina. The Bulldogs have dropped both previous regular-season meetings against the Tigers, making Gonzaga 3-3 in the city.

The University of Memphis holds a 4-1 edge in the series with Gonzaga. Since Gonzaga won the Pre-Season NIT contest the Tigers have won four straight - two at home and two in the Spokane Arena. The teams met last season in the Spokane Arena for ESPN College Game Day, the Tigers taking a 68-50 victory.

Gonzaga University senior guard Matt Bouldin moved into 10th on the all-time scoring list with his 20 points Thursday against the University of Portland. Bouldin now has 1,518 career points to move ahead of Casey Calvary (1998-01) with 1,509.

Gonzaga University returns to West Coast Conference action next week with a big game on tap Thursday when Saint Mary's College visits the McCarthey Athletic Center for an 8 p.m. contest. The Bulldogs and Gaels are tied for the WCC lead at 7-1, but SMC could come into the fray with a half-game lead with a win over the University of San Francisco Saturday. Gonzaga steps outside of the WCC Saturday to face the University of Memphis. The University of San Diego will be in town next Saturday to complete the weekend of WCC play.

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 282-70 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 134-14, 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 70-4 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 548. 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 38-6. 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 an 18-4 start this season.

Freshman Manny Arop, who entered Gonzaga University's game Thursday having gone 2-for-5 from the field and scoring 8 points in his previous five games, went 3-for-4 against the University of Portland, scored 8 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and had 3 steals in 17 minutes of action.

Sophomore guard Demetri Goodson is 8-for-11 from the field and has hit both 3-point attempts in his last two games. He went 4-for-5 for 9 points at the University of San Francisco then came back with a 4-for-6 night Thursday against the University of Portland on his way to 12 points. It was his first double-digit game in five outings, his last a 12-point night at the University of San Diego Jan. 16.

Redshirt freshman Mike Hart scored the first field goal of his collegiate career with a 3-pointer Thursday against the University of Portland.

Senior Will Foster scored a career-high 6 points Thursday against the University of Portland. In 9 minutes of action he went 2-for-4 from the field and the free throw line and grabbed 3 rebounds.

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 21.0 ppg over Gonzaga University's last five 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, had 15 at the University of San Francisco and 20 Thursday against the University of Portland. He's 35-for-65 from the field for 53.8 percent in that stretch..

 

 

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