Men's Basketball Home To Face Santa Clara, USF

Feb. 16, 2011

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Game No. 27 - Santa Clara University Broncos
Thursday, February 17 - 6 p.m. PDT
McCarthey Athletic Center - 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: KHQ-TV (Spokane); Universal Sports (Seattle) (check local listings)
G -    3 Demetri Goodson, 6-0, 175, Jr., Spring, TX
       (5.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.9 assists, 0.9 steals)
G -   2 Marquise Carter, 6-4, 178, Jr., San Diego, CA
       (4.0 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 1.6 assists, 0.7 steals)
G - 41 Steven Gray, 6-5, 205, Sr., Irondale, WA
       (14.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.0 assists, 1.7 steals)
C - 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 260, Jr., North Vancouver, B.C.
       (12.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.3 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.9 blocks)
F -  20 Elias Harris, 6-7, 245, So., Speyer, Germany
       (11.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.4 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.3 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  308-82 (12th year - 22nd at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY BRONCOS (16-11, 6-4 West Coast) G - 00 Evan Roquemore, 6-3, 165, Fr., Henderson, NV (10.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.8 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.3 blocks) G - 21 Kevin Foster, 6-2, 219, So., Katy, TX (19.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.8 assists, 1.7 steals) F - Troy Payne, 6-6, 210, Sr., Los Angeles, CA (4.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.3 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.4 blocks) F - 10 Ben Dowdell, 6-7, 225, Sr., North Nowra, N.S.W., Australia (7.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.0 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.5 blocks) F - 31 Niyi Harrison, 6-7, 220, So., Mipitas, CA (4.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 0.3 steals, 0.3 blocks) HEAD COACH: Kerry Keating, (Seton Hall, 1993) SCU RECORD: 58-65 (4th year) CAREER RECORD: Same

Game No. 28 - University of San Francisco Dons
Saturday, February 19 - 5 p.m. PDT
McCarthey Athletic Center - 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: KHQ-TV (Spokane); FSN (check local listing)
G -    5 Michael Williams, 6-0, 170, So., Van Nuys, CA
      (15.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.6 assists, 0.4 steals)
G -  13 Rashad Green, 6-4, 195, Jr., Babylon, NY
      (11.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.9 assists, 1.0 steals)
G -   45 Cody Doolin, 6-2, 170, Fr., Austin, TX
       (7.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.3 blocks)
F -   22 Perris Blackwell, 6-8, 250, So., Etiwanda, CA
       (10.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.4 blocks)
F -   32 Angelo Caloiaro, 6-8, 225, So., San Jose, CA
       (9.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.0 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.3 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Rex Walters, (Kansas, 1993)
USF RECORD:  36-49 (3rd year)  CAREER RECORD:  67-82 (5th year).
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  2/17 at 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 - Gonzaga 63, Pepperdine 44: MALIBU, Calif. - Elias Harris had 15 points and 11 rebounds as Gonzaga defeated Pepperdine 63-44 Saturday night. Sam Dower added 13 points and eight rebounds off the bench for the Bulldogs, who have won four straight conference games after losing three in a row in the WCC. Marquise Carter contributed eight points, seven assists, five rebounds and four steals. Pepperdine was held to 27.4 percent shooting from the field and hit just 2 of 15 3-point attempts. Mychel Thompson was the Waves' leading scorer with nine points. Gonzaga, which shot 38.6 percent, scored the first seven points and never trailed in the game. The Bulldogs built a 10-point lead midway through the first half, though Pepperdine got it down to six at 24-18 with less than four minutes left when sophomore guard Joshua Lowery made a steal and got the ball to junior guard Lorne Jackson for a fast-break lay-up. However, Gonzaga ended the half on a 9-2 run for a 33-20 halftime lead and the Bulldogs maintained a double-digit lead throughout the second half.

Gonzaga University returns home for the final time in West Coast Conference play this week facing two teams that beat them on the road the first time around. The Bulldogs host Santa Clara University Thursday and the University of San Francisco Saturday. The Bulldogs are tied with USF for second at 7-3, two games behind league-leading Saint Mary's College (10-1) in the loss column. SCU is fourth at 6-4. The top two finishers receive byes into the semifinals of the WCC Tournament.

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 7 points against Pepperdine University, he now has 1,322 to move into 19th. He needs 19 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 308-82, 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 146-19, 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 141 steals rank sixth, his 193 3-pointers made are sixth and his 522 3-pointers attempted are sixth. He is tied for 10th in assists with 303, matching Kyle Dixon (1995-96).

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, 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 had a 9-game winning streak over Santa Clara University snapped when the Broncos took an 85-71 victory at the Leavey Center in the first meeting in January. After seeing the Broncos win the decade of the 90's 13-10, Gonzaga has posted a 24-4 record thus far this decade. Prior to this year's victory, the Broncos had not defeated the Bulldogs since Feb. 12, 2007, when the SCU handed Gonzaga its first loss in the McCarthey Athletic Center 83-74. SCU captured home victories in 2000 and '01. Gonzaga has not been swept by the Broncos since the 1996 season. The Bulldogs took last season's series 71-64 at Santa Clara and 88-51, the latter victory clinching no worse than a tie for a 10th straight West Coast Conference regular-season title that the Bulldogs went on to claim outright in their next outing.

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 this year'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 WCC 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.

Junior college transfer Marquise Carter is becoming more and more at ease with the Division I game, turning in a pair of solid efforts last week in Los Angeles. In the two starts he went 6-for-11 from the field for 55.0 percent, 7-for-8 from the free throw line, grabbed nine rebounds, had nine assists including a season-high seven at Pepperdine University, and collected six steals. He has been in the starting lineup for three straight games.

It's getting to be commonplace for David Stockton to come off the bench and give the Bulldogs a lift and he in last week. He played 19 minutes at Loyola Marymount University and 24 minutes at Pepperdine University in reserve roles. He went 4-for-8 from the field, including 2-for-4 from 3-point range, dished out five assists and had five steals while committing just two turnovers. He scored 11 points at LMU, one shy of his career high. He's averaging 14.0 minutes/game and his 1.88 assist-to-turnover ratio leads the team.

Robert Sacre didn't have a black last Saturday at Pepperdine University and he remains at 122 career blocks, the fourth person in GU history to block 100 or more career shots. He had five blocks last week at Loyola Marymount University, one shy of his career high six last season at Pepperdine. He swatted away 65 shots last season to rank second on the single-season list and has 45 this season to move into a tie for ninth with Ronny Turiaf (2003-04). 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 three more blocks to pass Daye (124) for third on the all-time list.

Sophomore Elias Harris had his ninth career double-double and his third this season with 15 points and 11 rebounds in the victory at Pepperdine University last Saturday. The 11 boards matched his season high set against Xavier University.

Mike Hart was called on for some extended duty last Saturday at Pepperdine University, playing nine minutes against the Waves and grabbing a career-high equaling five rebounds. Hart had not played more than four minutes in a game since a 10-minute effort against Lewis-Clark State College Dec. 16.

Redshirt freshman Sam Dower turned in another yeoman effort last week. With Robert Sacre playing only 10 minutes at Pepperdine because of the lingering effects, Dower saw 29 minutes of action off the bench. He responded with 13 points and eight rebounds. He played 13 minutes against Loyola Marymount University with 9 points.

Gonzaga University has extended its string of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 587. 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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