Bulldogs Look To Salvage Los Angeles Split

Feb. 20, 2010

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 27 - Pepperdine University
Saturday, February 20 - 6 p.m. PST
Firestone Fieldhouse (3,104) - Los Angeles, CA
Radio: Sports Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane); 101.1 KEYF-FM (Spokane)
Network pre-game show 60 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KAYU-TV (Spokane); FSN (check local listings)
No. 13/9 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (21-5; 9-2 West Coast)
G -   3 Demetri Goodson, 5-11, 164, So., Spring, TX
       (7.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.7 assists, 1.1 steals)
G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 224, Sr., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (16.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.0 assists, 1.6 steals)
G - 32 Steven Gray, 6-5, 208, Jr., Bainbridge, WA
       (13.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.9 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.4 blocks)
C - 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 247, So., North Vancouver, B.C.
       (10.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 0.6 assists, 0.6 steals, 1.7 blocks)
F -  20 Elias Harris, 6-8, 215, Fr., Speyer, Germany
       (15.3 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.2 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.4 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  285-71 (11th year - 21st at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY WAVES (7-18; 3-8 West Coast) G - 3 Keion Bell, 6-3, 200, So., Los Angeles, CA (19.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 3.6 assists, 1.4 steals) G - 23 Caleb Willis, 6-2, 215, Fr., Stockbridge, GA (0.9 ppg, 0.7 rpg, 1.0 assists) C - 44 Corbin Moore, 6-4, 240, So., Cypress, CA (2.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 0.3 assists, 0.4 blocks) F - 15 Mychel Thompson, 6-7, 200, Jr., Portland, OR (12.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.9 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.6 blocks) F - 41 Taylor Darby, 6-8, 200, So., San Marcos, CA (6.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 0.3 assists, 0.3 blocks) HEAD COACH: Tom Ausbury (Wyoming, 1968) PU RECORD: 141-102(8th year) CAREER RECORD: 226-190 (14th year). GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 28 - Santa Clara University
Thursday, February 25 - 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
SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY BRONCOS (11-17; 3-8 West Coast)
G -   1 Robert Smith, 6-0, 185, Fr., Riverside, CA
       (12.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.1 assists, 1.0 steals)
G -  14 Michael Santos, 6-5, 200, Jr., Occidental, CA
       (5.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.4 assists, 0.9 steals)
F -   10 Ben Dowdell, 6-7, 225, Jr., North Nowra, N.S.W. Australia
       (6.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 0.4 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.3 blocks)
F -    15 Marc Trasolini, 6-9, 235, So., Vancouver, B.C.
       (14.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 0.6 assists, 0.7 steals, 1.7 blocks)
F -   24 Troy Payne, 6-6, 220, Jr., Los Angeles, CA
       (4.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.5 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.6 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Kerry Keating (Seton Hall, 1993)
SCU RECORD:  42-50 (3rd year)  CAREER RECORD:  Same
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  None.
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.

Shooting woes hampered Gonzaga University Thursday night and Loyola Marymount University got balanced scoring with five players in double figures in a 74-66 upset of Gonzaga University. The Bulldogs, ranked 9th in the latest ESPN/USA Today Top 25 and 13th in the Associated Press rankings, had won 13 of their last 14 games and four in a row heading into the contest. The loss also drops the Bulldogs to just a game ahead of the University of Portland (8-3) and Saint Mary's College (9-3), both winners on Thursday. The Bulldogs shot just 34.4 percent from the field (21-for-61) for the game, their lowest percentage since shooting 27.8 percent (15-for-54) in a mid-December loss to Duke University in Madison Square Garden. Gonzaga began the game 4-for-4 from 3-point range then hit just two of its next 12 shots from beyond the arc to finish 6-for-16. Elias Harris went 4-for-11 and Rob Sacre 0-for-5 inside, and Matt Bouldin (3-for-12) and Steven Gray (4-for-14) were cold from the perimeter. The Lions, meanwhile, got 17 points from Ashley Hamilton, 16 from Drew Viney, 12 off the bench from Larry Davis, 11 from Kevin Young and 10 from Jarrod DuBois. Viney also contributed 10 rebounds and five assists. The first half was a half of spurts. Bulldogs got a 3-pointer from the right top of the circle from Harris for the first points of the game, but LMU went on a 7-0 run fueled by 5 points from Viney. The Bulldogs came back with 6 straight for a 9-7 lead. The Bulldogs never trailed the remainder of the half, building a 10-point cushion at 22-12 with 13:08 to play when Kelly Olynyk drained the fourth Bulldog trey of the first half from the left top of the circle. But the Lions wouldn't go away, scoring the next five points before Manny Arop hit a pair of buckets - including a 3-pointer - sandwiched around a Davis three from the left corner - and the Bulldogs still led by 7 with just under 10 minutes to go in the half. Ahead 36-27 following a Demetri Goodson tip-in of a Harris miss, LMU ended the half with a 12-3 spurt to pull within 39-36 at the half. The Bulldogs couldn't find any offensive consistency in the second half, nor could they generate a run to cut into the LMU lead until late in the game. The Lions opened the second half with a 14-6 run to take a 50-45 advantage with 13:21 to go. DuBois had a pair of threes and Davis a jumper from the left elbow and a fast break layin as the Lions took a lead they would never relinquish.

Gonzaga University, which headed to Los Angeles looking for a sweep to clinch a 10th straight West Coast Conference title, will now turn its attention to getting an LA split Saturday when the Bulldogs visit Pepperdine University for a 6 p.m. contest. The Bulldogs (9-2), with a one-game lead in the loss column over both the University of Portland (8-3) and Saint Mary's College (9-3), will have to claim the title at home as Saint Mary's is idle Saturday so the Bulldogs can't gain ground in the loss column against the Gaels. Portland meets LMU and another Lions upset would relegate the Pilots to hoping for a share of the title. The Bulldogs own the tiebreaker against both SMC and UP by virtue of sweeping the season series against both.

At the end of the 1993 season Gonzaga University trailed Pepperdine University 26-6 in their series dating back to 1965, but the Bulldogs enter Saturday's game with a 37-31 lead in the series. As dominating as the Waves were from 1965-93, the Bulldogs have been as dominating since. The Bulldogs bring a 17-game winning streak against the Waves into Saturday's game, and Gonzaga has gone 29-5 in the last 15 seasons. The Bulldogs won a hard fought first meeting in Spokane this season 91-84. Pepperdine's last win was 88-79 in Malibu, Calif., on Jan. 18, 2002. Gonzaga has won 12 straight in Spokane, last losing on its home court in 1998.

Gonzaga University has hit the 20-win plateau for the 13th straight season and for the 16th time in the last 17 years. Gonzaga head coach Mark Few has never not won 20 games in his 11 years on the Bulldog bench, including a 29-win season in 2002 to set a single-season mark for wins which was matched by the 2006 squad. This year's team is now 21-5.

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 285-71 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 136-15, 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 72-4 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 moved back into the Top 10 in the ESPN/USA Today men's basketball poll this week, checking in at No. 9. The Bulldogs spent two weeks in the Top 10 earlier this season at No. 10 and, a week later, No. 8. The Bulldogs jumped three spots in the Associated Press balloting to No. 13. The University of Kansas maintained the top spot for a third straight week. Duke University, which defeated Gonzaga in December at Madison Square Garden, is sixth in both polls this week. Michigan State University, a 75-71 winner over Gonzaga in East Lansing in the second game of the season, fell out of the 10th spot in both polls to 11th this week. The University of Wisconsin, which lost to Gonzaga in the EA Sports Maui Invitational semifinals, dropped three spots to 14th in the AP poll and three spots to 16th in the ESPN/USA Today rankings. Wake Forest University, a two-point winner over the Bulldogs in the McCarthey Athletic Center in December, is ranked for the first time this season. The Demon Deacons are 23rd in AP and 25th in ESPN./USA Today. The Bulldogs have been in the ranked in at least one poll for 11 straight weeks.

Gonzaga University has extended its string of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 552. 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.

Gonzaga University shot a season-best 85.7 percent from the line against Loyola Marymount Thursday, connecting on 18-of-21 for one of the few bright spots in the 74-66 setback. The Bulldogs, shooting just 66.7 percent from the line for the season, bettered their previous best of 84.0 percent when they drained 21-of-25 against the University of Wisconsin in the semifinals of the EA Sports Mai Invitational. Thursday was just the ninth time in 26 games the Bulldogs have shot 70.0 percent or better from the free throw line in a game this season, and was the first time in six games they shot better than 700 percent.

The 34.4 percent Gonzaga University shot from the field Thursday was the second-lowest percentage of the season, the Bulldogs connecting on 27.8 percent in their mid-season loss to Duke University. Gonzaga entered Thursday's game having shot 50.0 percent or better in three of their last four games.

Since committing a season-high 21 turnovers in the 35-point loss to Duke University in December, Gonzaga University has taken better care of the basketball over the last 12 games. The Bulldogs are averaging 12.3 turnovers per game in that stretch that began with a season-low 7 turnovers at the University of Portland to begin West Coast Conference play. The Bulldogs have no more than 12 turnovers in any of their last five games.

Gonzaga University has won the battle of the boards in 14 of the last 15 games and in all but six games this season. Duke University out-rebounded the Bulldogs 45-35, but since then only Saint Mary's College last week (34-32) has been able to win the boards against the Zags. Gonzaga had a streak of 12 straight games of winning the boards snapped against the Gaels. The Bulldogs are +5.5 overall on the boards this season and +6.4 in West Coast Conference play.

Since suffering three straight losses early last season, Gonzaga University has gone 41-7. 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 21-5 start this season.

Junior Rob Sacre tied his season and career high with 10 rebounds Thursday at Loyola Marymount University. Combined with Elias Harris' 11 rebounds it marked the first time since the 2007 season the Bulldogs had two players with double-digit rebounds in the same game. And the last time it happened the Bulldogs actually had three players turn the trick. Micah Downs, Abdullahi Kuso and Sean Mallon each had 10 rebounds against the University of San Diego in the 2007 West Coast Conference Tournament semifinals against the University of San Diego.

Elias Harris posted his sixth double-double of the season Thursday with 13 points and 11 rebounds against Loyola Marymount University.

 

 

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