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Game No. 31 - Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners
Monday, February 28 - 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); FSN (check local listings)
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (21-9; 11-3 West Coast)
G -    3 Demetri Goodson, 6-0, 175, Jr., Spring, TX
       (5.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.7 assists, 0.8 steals)
G -   2 Marquise Carter, 6-4, 178, Jr., San Diego, CA
       (5.4 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 1.8 assists, 0.9 steals)
G - 41 Steven Gray, 6-5, 205, Sr., Irondale, WA
       (14.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.0 assists, 1.8 steals)
C - 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 260, Jr., North Vancouver, B.C.
       (12.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.3 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.9 blocks)
F -  20 Elias Harris, 6-7, 245, So., Speyer, Germany
       (12.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.4 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.4 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  312-82 (12th year - 22nd at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD ROADRUNNERS (9-17; Independent) G - 3 Alex Johnson, 5-10, 170, Jr., Toronto, Ontario (13.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.4 assists, 1.2 steals) G - 11 Donavan Bragg, 6-3, 196, Sr., Inglewood, CA (14.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.4 assists, 0.8 steals) G - 44 Stephon Carter, 6-3, 180, So., Bakersfield, CA (14.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.3 assists, 2.4 steals, 0.4 blocks) C - 52 Cory Brown, 6-10, 223, Sr., Lakeside, CA (2.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 0.3 steals, 0.8 blocks) F - 33 Rashad Savage, 6-6, 220, Jr., Philadelphia, PA (7.7 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 0.7 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.4 blocks) HEAD COACH: Keith Brown (University of the Pacific, 1978) CSUB RECORD: 68-103 (6th year) CAREER RECORD: 109-211 (11th year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

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 68, San Diego 31: SAN DIEGO, CA - Gonzaga University turned in a record-setting defensive performance to defeat the University of San Diego 68-31 and claim a share of the West Coast Conference Tournament Saturday. The 31 points are the fewest a Bulldog team has surrendered since joining the NCAA Division I ranks for the 1958-59 season. The previous best was 35 in a 58-35 win over Carroll College Nov. 27, 1981. Elias Harris scored 17 points - 15 in the first half - and grabbed nine rebounds while Robert Sacre added 16 points. The Toreros scored the first basket of the contest, but the Bulldogs would run off the next 17 points to all but decide the contest. After leading 37-19 at the half, USD got a free throw to start the second-half scoring, but as they did in the first half the Zags took over with a 17-2 run. The only time USD scored back-to-back field goals came with 8:04 to play, and the Toreros did not pass the 30-point mark until 1:41 remained.

Gonzaga University has one more regular-season game remaining prior to the start of West Coast Conference Tournament play this weekend in Las Vegas, Nev. Cal State Bakersfield visits the McCarthey Athletic Center Monday for Senior Night as the Bulldogs honor Steven Gray, the lone senior on this year's squad, in pre-game ceremonies.

Gonzaga University wrapped up its 11th straight West Coast Conference regular-season title this year, the longest current active streak in the nation and the second-best streak all-time in the NCAA Division I ranks. The Bulldogs were knotted with 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.

The West Coast Conference coaches did a decent job of predicting the final standings in the pre-season poll. The coaches had Gonzaga University winning the title, but had co-champ Saint Mary's College pegged for third. Loyola Marymount was the No. 2 pick but finished tied for seventh. The coaches were right on with Santa Clara University and the University of Portland fourth and fifth, respectively. The University of San Francisco was third while the coaches predicted sixth, Pepperdine University finished sixth, one spot better than the coaches voted. The University of San Diego tied for seventh, one spot better than the coaches predicted.

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 312-82, 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 150-18, 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 8 points against the University of San Diego, he now has 1,367 to move into 16th.

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 150 steals rank sixth, his 199 3-pointers made are sixth and his 539 3-pointers attempted are fifth. His 318 assists are eighth.

Cal State Bakersfield will be playing its fifth game against West Coast Conference competition when the Roadrunners visit Gonzaga University Monday. CSUB has split four previous outings with WCC squads. The Roadrunners opened the season with an 82-77 loss at Santa Clara University, won at Pepperdine University 66-64 three games later, won at the University of San Francisco 77-69 in early December and lost at the University of San Diego 76-65 the middle of January. Cal State Bakersfield is an independent completing its transition to NCAA Division I this season.

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 last week's ESPN/USA Today poll and sixth in Associated Press. The new rankings are due out Monday. The University of Notre Dame was ninth in both polls last week, while Xavier University was 25th in AP and also received votes in the ESPN/USA Today rankings. Saint Mary's College was receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today poll last week, falling out of the rankings after a pair of losses. 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 and Cal State Bakersfield will be playing for just the second time. The Roadrunners began their transition to NCAA Division I in 2006 and played the Bulldogs for the first time last March in the McCarthey Athletic Center, a game which was also Senior Night as is the case Monday for the Bulldogs. Gonzaga won last year's tilt 78-59. CSUB comes to Spokane following a 73-54 loss at Seattle University Saturday. The Roadrunners have lost six straight and 12 of their last 13 games, while Gonzaga has won eight of its last nine, all eight wins coming in WCC play while the loss was a non-conference tilt to the University of Memphis.

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.

The 31 points the University of San Diego scored Saturday marked the lowest point total against the Bulldogs in their NCAA Division I history which began with the 1958-59 season. The previous low was 35 by Carroll College in a 58-35 Bulldog win Nov. 27, 2001. The 31 points scored by USD was the lowest total in their history.

When Gonzaga University held the University of San Diego to 25.5 percent from the field - 12-for-47 - it was the third time this season the Bulldogs held a team to under 30 percent. Loyola Marymount University shot 27.3 percent at Gonzaga this season and Pepperdine University hit just 27.4 percent of its shots in Malibu, Calif. Gonzaga has held its last 11 opponents under 50 percent since Santa Clara University shot 51.0 percent in its win over the Bulldogs.

Gonzaga University had five players score in double figures last Thursday for the fourth time this season and for the first time since Dec. 16 against Lewis-Clark State College. Sam Dower had 21 points, Elias Harris 18, Robert Sacre 13 and Marquise Carter and Demetri Goodson with 11 each at Saint Mary's. The Bulldogs had a season-high six players in double digits against Southern University. Four Bulldogs averaged double-digits for this past weekend - Harris 17.5 ppg, Sacre 14.5, Dower 12.5 and Carter 10.0.

Marquise Carter continues to take care of the basketball. Carter committed just one turnover in the two games at Saint Mary's College and the University of San Diego. In his last 141 minutes of action over four games he has committed just four miscues.

Gonzaga University had a season-high equaling 14 steals against the University of San Diego, and 21 USD turnovers led to 34 Bulldog points. The Zags had 14 steals against Eastern Washington University.

Since being out-rebounded by double-digits in back-to-back games by San Diego State University and Kansas State University, the Bulldogs have been out-rebounded just five other times this season and none of those games by more than three rebounds. The +14 margin the Zags had Saturday was their third-highest margin this season.

Robert Sacre blocked two shots Saturday at the University of San Diego to raise his career total to 128. He is 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 57 this season to move into a tie with Casey Calvary for fourth - Calvary blocking 57 shots in both 1999 and 2000. Sacre has had four five-block games this season. 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 591. 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.

Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 31 - Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners
Monday, February 28 - 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); FSN (check local listings)
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (21-9; 11-3 West Coast)

 

 

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