Bulldogs Take Regular Season Chase Down To The Wire

Feb. 23, 2011

Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 29 - Saint Mary's College Gaels
Thursday, February 24 - 8 p.m. PDT
McKeon Pavilion - Moraga, 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
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GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (19-9; 9-3 West Coast)Demetri Goodson, 6-0, 175, Jr., Spring, TX
       (5.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.9 assists, 0.8 steals)
G -   2 Marquise Carter, 6-4, 178, Jr., San Diego, CA
       (5.1 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals)
G - 41 Steven Gray, 6-5, 205, Sr., Irondale, WA
       (14.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.9 assists, 1.7 steals)
C - 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 260, Jr., North Vancouver, B.C.
       (12.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.3 assists, 0.9 steals, 2.0 blocks)
F -  20 Elias Harris, 6-7, 245, So., Speyer, Germany
       (11.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.4 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  310-82 (12th year - 22nd at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

SAINT MARY'S COLLEGE GAELS (22-6; 10-2 West Coast) G - 4 Matthew Dellavedova, 6-4, 190, So., Maryborough, Victoria (12.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 5.4 assists, 1.4 steals) G - 32 Mickey McDonnell, 6-0, 190, Sr., Mesa, AZ (16.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 6.1 assists, 1.1 steals) G - 11 Clint Steindl, 6-7, 195, Jr., Mackay, Australia (7.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.3 blocks) F - 22 Rob Jones, 6-6, 240, Jr., San Francisco, CA (13.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.6 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.5 blocks) F - 25 Tim Williams, 6-9, 235, So., Antioch, CA (5.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 0.4 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.6 blocks) HEAD COACH: Randy Bennett (UC San Diego, 1986) SMC RECORD: 205-108 (10th year) CAREER RECORD: Same GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 30 - University of San Diego Toreros
Saturday, February 26 - 6 p.m. PDT
Jenny Craig Center - San Diego, 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); FSN (check local listings)
UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO TOREROS (6-21; 2-10 West Coast)
G -    0 Darian Norris, 6-8, 180, Jr., Las Vegas, NV
      (10.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.0 assists, 1.3 steals)
G -    3 Devin Ginty, 6-2, 190, Sr., Alta, CA
      (8.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.0 assists, 0.8 steals)
G -  20 Matt Dorr, 6-4, 196, Sr., Spokane, WA
      (9.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.5 assists, 0.9 steals)
C -   42 Chris Gabriel, 6-11, 285, So., Cape Town, South Africa
      (7.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 0.3 assists, 0.3 steals)
F -   34 Chris Manresa, 6-8, 240, So., Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
       (7.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 0.8 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.8 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Bill Grier (Oregon, 1990)
USD RECORD:  55-72 (4th year)  CAREER RECORD:  Same
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  2/24 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 - Gonzaga 70, San Francisco 53: SPOKANE, Wash. - Marquise Carter scored 18 points - one game after setting a career-high with 20 - as Gonzaga beat San Francisco 70-53 on Saturday night. Steven Gray led Gonzaga with 19 points and Elias Harris added 14. The Bulldogs shot 53.8 percent in the second half and had 16 assists on 28 made baskets. San Francisco had one player finish in double figures, as Michael Williams had 13 points. The Dons made just 20-of 53-shots. USF was 1-of-6 from 3-point range in the second half, after making 5-of- 11 in the first. Gonzaga made its first eight shots of the second half, including five 3-pointers, extending its two-point halftime lead to 55-39. The Bulldogs' first miss came at the 13:59 mark, when Gray couldn't get his baseline jumper to fall. Carter made 3-of-3 shots from behind the arc during the 21-7 run. Leading 59-47, Gonzaga went on a 9-0 run to take its biggest lead of the game at 21 with 4:25 left. The Bulldogs only made one basket in the final four minutes, but the Dons couldn't capitalize. San Francisco freshman guard Cody Doolin scored a career-high 23 points in the previous meeting but was held to only five points. His first basket, a 3-pointer, came with 17:34 remaining. The game was knotted at 15 before Gonzaga went on an 8-0 run, highlighted by a Harris alley-oop layup. San Francisco made two consecutive 3-pointers during an 8-0 run to tie the game at 32. Gonzaga held a 34-32 lead at halftime, as neither team shot better than 36 percent.

Gonzaga University controls its destiny as the West Coast Conference regular season heads into the final weekend. Win two and the Bulldogs gain no worse than a tie for first and a bye into the WCC Tournament semifinals which goes to the top two finishers. One of the biggest games on the final weekend in the history of the WCC takes place Thursday in Moraga, Calif., when 10-2 Saint Mary's College hosts the 9-3 Bulldogs. A Bulldog wins knots the two for first with the Zags heading to the University of San Diego for the WCC finale Saturday while SMC hosts Portland. A Gonzaga loss ends any chances the Bulldogs have for an 11th straight WCC regular-season title and could also jeopardize Gonzaga's chances of a top two finish depending what happens with the University of San Francisco in their final two games.

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.

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 310-82, 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 148-18, 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 88-6 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.

Steven Gray became the 33rd member of the 1,000-point club Nov. 14, 2010, against IUPUI. With his 19 points against the University of San Francisco, he now has 1,355 to move into 18th ahead of John Stockton (1,340).

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 144 steals rank sixth, his 199 3-pointers made are sixth and his 535 3-pointers attempted are fifth. He is ninth in assists with 308.

Gonzaga University junior guard Marquise Carter was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week. Against Santa Clara University he scored a season/career high 20 points, going 6-for-9 from the field in a season/career high 38 minutes of action. He came back Saturday in the showdown for second with the University of San Francisco and scored 18 points on a 7-for-10 night from the floor. For the week he averaged 19.0 ppg, went 13-for-19 from the field for 68.4 percent, 5-for-8 from 3-point range for 62.5 percent and 7-for-8 from the free throw line.

Gonzaga University has already played six Top 25 teams this season. San Diego State University is the highest ranked opponent on the Zags schedule this season, the Aztecs fourth in this week's ESPN/USA Today poll and sixth in Associated Press. The University of Notre Dame is ninth in both polls this week, while Xavier University is 25th in AP and also receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today rankings. Saint Mary's College is receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today poll this week, falling out of the rankings after a pair of losses last week. Marquette University, Baylor University, and Kansas State University, the latter fourth in both polls when they beat Gonzaga in November, have 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 has lost two straight meetings to Saint Mary's College since winning five straight in the series, but the Bulldogs have dominated the series since 1999, taking 27-of-32 meetings since. The Bulldogs ran off 17 straight victories over the Gaels from the 1999 through 2004 seasons. The Gaels snapped the five-game skid with a victory in last year's West Coast Conference Tournament title game, then won the first meeting in Spokane this season. This year's SMC victory was its first in Spokane since 1995 which was also the last time the Gaels swept the season series. It was also the last time until the current two-game winning streak the Gaels had won two straight from the Bulldogs. Gonzaga leads the overall series 51-25.

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 47-2 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 53-2 in WCC regular-season play at home.

When Gonzaga University went just 6-for-8 from the free throw line Saturday against the University of San Francisco it marked the first time this season - and the first time since going 6-for-7 at Washington State University Dec. 10, 2008, the Bulldogs didn't get double-digit free throw attempts. The fewest attempts the Bulldogs had this season until Saturday was 12 - against Pepperdine in a 12-for-12 night and at Notre Dame in a 10-for-12 effort.

Kelly Olynyk suffered a minor cut near his right eye when he knocked heads with a Santa Clara University player last Thursday. He was stitched up, back on the bench and available for duty down the stretch but did not re-enter the game. He was back in action Saturday against the University of San Francisco.

David Stockton has committed just one turnover in the last three games. His assist-to-turnover ratio in that stretch is 8.0. He's played 70 minutes over the last three games and has eight assists, a block and two steals.

Steven Gray's team-leading 19 points in last Saturday's big win over the University of San Francisco was the most for the senior guard since scoring 20 at USF nine games ago. Since going 5-for-9 from the field at the University of Portland Feb. 3, he is 21-for-64 for 32.8 percent over the last five games, including 9-for-32 for 28.1 percent from 3-point range. Gray is a career 45.1 percent shooter from the field and 37.2 percent from 3-point range.

Robert Sacre had one block against the University of San Francisco Saturday. He has 128 career blocks, the fourth person in GU history to block 100 or more career shots, to rank third on the all-time Gonzaga career charts ahead of Austin Daye (124 from 2008-09). He swatted away 65 shots last season to rank second on the single-season list and has 55 this season to pass Daye for fifth. Sacre had five blocks last Thursday against Santa Clara University, his fourth five-block game of the season and the third in the last five games. Casey Calvary (1998-01) heads the career charts with 207 while Daye leads the single-season list with 70.

Gonzaga University has extended its string of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 589. 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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