Zags Head To Los Angeles To Start WCC Stretch Run

Feb. 9, 2011

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 25 - Loyola Marymount University Lions
Thursday, February 10 - 8 p.m. PDT
Gersten Pavilion - Los Angeles, CA
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 (15-9; 5-3 West Coast)
G -    3 Demetri Goodson, 6-0, 175, Jr., Spring, TX
       (5.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.0 assists, 0.8 steals)
G -   2 Marquise Carter, 6-4, 178, Jr., San Diego, CA
       (3.5 ppg, 0.8 rpg, 1.4 assists, 0.5 steals)
G - 41 Steven Gray, 6-5, 205, Sr., Irondale, WA
       (14.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.1 assists, 1.8 steals)
C - 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 260, Jr., North Vancouver, B.C.
       (13.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.3 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.8 blocks)
F -  20 Elias Harris, 6-7, 245, So., Speyer, Germany
       (11.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.5 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.3 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  306-82 (12th year - 22nd at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY LIONS (9-15; 1-8 West Coast) G - 3 Anthony Ireland, 5-10, 175, Fr., Waterbury, CT (9.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.9 assists, 0.9 steals) G - 24 Ayodeji Egbeyemi, 6-4, 205, Fr., Lagos, Nigeria (5.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.7 steals) G - 10 Vernon Teel, 6-4, 190, Sr., Jamaica Queens, NY (12.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.8 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.5 blocks) F - 22 Godwin Okonji, 6-8, 220, Fr., Lagos, Nigeria (5.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.7 steals, 1.4 blocks) F - 5 Ashley Hamilton, 6-7, 210, So., London, England (9.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 0.9 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.5 blocks) HEAD COACH: Max Good, (Sacred Heart, 1965) LMU RECORD: 30-56 (3rd year) CAREER RECORD: 272-289 (17th year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 26 - Pepperdine University Waves
Saturday, February 12 - 7 p.m. PDT
Firestone Fieldhouse - Malibu, CA
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: KHQ-TV (Spokane); FOX College Sports-Central (check local listings); Dish ALTS; DIRECTV ALTS
PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY WAVES (10-16; 4-5 West Coast)
G -  10 Joshua Lowery, 6-3, 195, So., Phoenix, AR
      (4.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.7 assists, 0.7 steals)
G -  20 Lorne Jackson, 6-2, 205, Jr., Simi Valley, CA
      (11.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.5 assists, 1.5 steals)
C -   44 Corbin Moore, 6-10, 235, Jr., Cypress, CA
      (3.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 0.4 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.3 blocks)
F -   15 Mychel Thompson, 6-7, 210, Sr., Portland, OR
       (13.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.1 blocks)
F -   41 Taylor Darby, 6-8, 230, Jr., San Marcos, CA
       (7.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 0.6 assists, 0.5 steals)
HEAD COACH:  Tom Asbury, (Wyoming, 1968)
PU RECORD:  151-122 (9th year)  CAREER RECORD:  236-209 (15th year)
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  2/10 vs. Portland.
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 - Memphis 62, Gonzaga 58: SPOKANE, WA - Antonio Barton scored 17 points, including his team's final four points, as Memphis beat Gonzaga 62-58 at the Spokane Arena Saturday. Barton's jumper with 38 seconds gave Memphis a 60-58 lead. After a missed jumper, offensive rebound and turnover by Gonzaga, Barton was quickly fouled with 1 second remaining and hit both free throws to secure the victory. Steven Gray led Gonzaga with 12 points and Kelly Olynyk had 10. The Bulldogs shot just 36 percent, including 6-of-20 from 3-point range. After shooting 39 percent in the first half, Memphis came out on fire in the second, making 7 of its first 10 shots. The Tigers' 15-4 run gave them a 47-34 lead with 13:34 remaining as Gonzaga went over six minutes without a field goal. Olynyk broke the Bulldogs' scoreless streak with a 3-pointer, igniting a 10-2 run, as Gonzaga pulled within 49-44 with 7:09 left. Gray, was just 1-of-9 from 3-point range before his second pulled the Bulldogs to within 51-49. A hook shot by Robert Sacre gave Gonzaga a 54-53 lead, its first since 28-25. The Tigers' Carmouche hit a 3-pointer, tying the game at 56 with 1:46 left. Gonzaga and Memphis hit two free throws apiece before Antonio Barton's mid-range jumper gave the Tigers a 60-58 lead.

Gonzaga University returns to West Coast Conference play after stepping outside the conference to play the University of Memphis last Saturday. The Bulldogs visit Los Angeles this week to face Loyola Marymount University Thursday and Pepperdine University Saturday. The Bulldogs (5-3) are looking to stay in the WCC regular-season title hunt, trailing league-leading Saint Mary's College (8-1) by two games in the loss column and second-place University of San Francisco (6-2) by one.

: 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 Memphis, he now has 1,300 to move into 19th. He needs 41 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 306-82, 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 144-19, 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 139 steals rank tied for sixth with Geoff Goss, his 192 3-pointers made are sixth and his 512 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, and the re-match with West Coast Conference foe and 23rd-ranked (ESPN/USA Today) Saint Mary's College looms the final weekend of the regular season. San Diego State University is the highest ranked opponent on the Zags schedule this season, the Aztecs sixth in this week's Associated Press and ESPN?USA Today polls. The University of Notre Dame is eighth in AP and seventh in ESPN/USA Today. Marquette University, Xavier University, the University of Illinois and Baylor University are receiving votes in at least one of the polls. Kansas State University, fourth in both polls when they beat Gonzaga in November, has dropped completely out of recognition. 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 downed Loyola Marymount University 79-59 in the first meeting this season in Spokane, giving Gonzaga a 55-21 edge in the series. The Bulldogs have won 31 of the last 34 meetings between the teams, although the teams split the series last year with the Lions taking 74-66 victory in Los Angeles. LMU's two other wins in the series since 1996 were an 80-74 victory in 2003 and 67-61 in 2007, both games in Los Angeles. The Lions last six wins in the series - dating back to 1991 - have all come in LA as well. Gonzaga has won 20 straight games against LMU in Spokane, including a perfect 8-0 in the McCarthey Athletic Center that includes a harrowing 68-67 win in the 2006 WCC Tournament title game. LMU had won 10 straight in the series through 1991, but since then Gonzaga has won 38-of-44 meetings.

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.

Robert Sacre recorded the fourth double-double of the season and his career last Thursday at the University of Portland with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Although just 4-for-13 from the field, he went 9-for-10 at the free throw line against the Pilots. In his last four games Sacre has gone 16-for-39 from the field for 41.0 percent, well below his 50.7 percent (108-for-213) for the season.

Marquise Carter returned to the starting lineup for the first time since Dec. 22 when he got the nod last Saturday against the University of Memphis. He has played double-digit minutes in each of the past four games, including a season-high 28 at the University of Portland last week. He averages 12.4 mpg for the year.

Since scoring 20 points and going 6-for-14 from the field at the University of San Francisco, Demetri Goodson has scored just 8 points and gone 2-for-12 from the field over the last four games. After three straight games without making a shot (0-for-9) he went 2-for-3 and scored 7 points against the University of Memphis last Saturday.

Although he's still shooting 39.3 percent from 3-point range (53-for-135) for the season, senior Steven Gray has struggled from beyond the arc recently. He's 10-for-35 for 28.9 percent over the last six games, and that includes a 4-for-6 night against the University of San Diego. He has a streak of 11 straight double-digit scoring nights to his credit.

Robert Sacre blocked one shot against the University of Memphis last Saturday and has 117 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 40 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. Sacre needs eight more blocks to pass Daye (124) for third on the all-time list.

Gonzaga University has done a good job in the turnover department the last nine 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 eight games in the current stretch, with a season-low eight turnovers against Loyola Marymount University.

The University of Memphis out-rebounded Gonzaga University 39-36 last Saturday, just the sixth time this season the Bulldogs have been out-rebounded. Four of those six GU was out-rebounded by three or less.

Gonzaga University has extended its string of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 585. 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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