Bulldogs Tip Off Basketball Season Friday Against Southern

Nov. 12, 2010

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 1 - Southern University Jaguars
Friday, November 12 - 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)
Network pre-game show 60 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KHQ (Spokane); FSN (check local listing)
No. 12/12 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (27-7; 12-2 West Coast in 2010)
G -   3 Demetri Goodson, 6-0, 175, Jr., Spring, TX
       (6.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.8 assists, 0.9 steals)
G - 41 Steven Gray, 6-5, 205, Sr., Irondale, WA
      (13.6 pg, 4.0 rpg, 2.9 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.4 blocks)
C - 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 260, Jr., North Vancouver, B.C.
       (10.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 0.6 assists, 0.7 steals, 1.9 blocks)
F - 13 Kelly Olynyk, 7-0, 238, So., Kamloops, B.C.
       (3.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 0.8 assists, 0.5 steals)
F -  20 Elias Harris, 6-7, 245, So., Speyer, Germany
       (14.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.5 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  291-73 (12th year - 22nd at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY JAGUARS (5-25; 3-15 Southwestern Athletic in 2010) G - 2 Brandon White, 6-3, 185, Jr., Baton Rouge, LA (3.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.4 steals) G - 5 Jameel Grace, 6-0, 185, So., Newark, NJ (3.2 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 3.6 assists, 0.8 steals) G - 33 Blake Sanford, 6-4, 195, Jr., Lexington, KY (4.1 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 0.3 steals) F - 23 Quinton Doggett, 6-8, 220, Jr., Richmond, VA (4.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 0.5 steals, 1.2 blocks) F - 30 Julius Ingram, 6-6, 210, Sr., Sickerville, NJ (5.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 0.3 assists, 0.4 blocks) HEAD COACH: Rob Spivery (Ashland, 1972) SU RECORD: 53-100 (5th year) CAREER RECORD: 357-380 (24th year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 2 - IUPUI Jaguars
Sunday, November 14 - 1 p.m. PDT
O'Reilly's Auto Parts CBE Classic Regional Round
McCarthey Athletic Center - Spokane, WA
Radio: Sports Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane); 101.1 KEYF-FM (Spokane); ESPN 1410 (Walla Walla, WA)
Network pre-game show 60 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: KHQ (Spokane); FSN (check local listing)

IUPUI JAGUARS (25-11; 15-3 The Summit League in 2010)
G -    1 Leroy Nobles, 6-5, 195, Sr., Louisville, KY
       (13.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.5 assists, 0.9 steals)
G -   2 Stephen Thomas, 6-1, 170, Jr., Indianapolis, IN
      (Did not play in 2010)
G - 42 John Ashworth, 6-3, 195, Sr., Indianapolis, IN
      (4.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 4.6 assists, 1.5 steals)
F -    5 Alex Young, 6-6, 200, Jr., Indianapolis, IN
      (18.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.2 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.6 blocks)
F -   55 Christian Siakam, 6-7, 245, Jr., Cincinnati, OH
       (1.6 ppg, 1.2 rpg)
HEAD COACH:  Ron Hunter (Miami, Ohio, 1986)
IUPUI RECORD:  245-205 (17th year)  CAREER RECORD:  Same.

ON THE AIR: Gonzaga University men's basketball can be heard on Sports Radio 1510 KGA and KEYF-FM 101.1 in Spokane, and on ESPN Radio 1410 KTEL in Walla Walla, 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.

Gonzaga University opens the season with three games in five days beginning with Friday's matchup with Southern University of Baton Rouge, La. The Jaguars were 5-25 a year ago under 6th-year head coach Rob Spivery, going 3-15 and finishing ninth in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

Don't be confused by the first two teams on the Gonzaga University schedule. They are both Jaguars. The Bulldogs face the Southern University variety Friday, then host the IUPUI Jaguars Sunday at 1 p.m. in the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic Regional Round opener.

The Southwestern Athletic Conference is no stranger to Gonzaga University, the Bulldogs 5-0 all-time against the SWAC. Last season the Bulldogs opened the regular season with Mississippi Valley State University, taking a 92-74 victory in the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Zags are also 1-0 against the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Prairie View A&M, Texas Southern University and Alcorn State University. This will be the third straight season Gonzaga has played a SWAC school, downing Texas Southern 84-42 during the 2009 season.

Gonzaga University junior Robert Sacre's father, Greg LaFleur, will be in the stands for Friday's season opener against Southern University, but don't be surprised if you see him cheering for the Jaguars. LaFleur is the athletic director at Southern. He played football for LSU and played in the NFL from 1981-86. Sacre, who has never played organized football, took after his mother, Leslie Sacre, who lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia. Leslie played basketball at LSU from 1981-84 and still ranks seventh on the all-time rebounding list for freshmen with 207 for a 6.5 rpg average in 1981. Her senior season the Tigers went 23-7, made their inaugural trip to the then 32-field NCAA Tournament and posted a first-round victory.

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 (27-7) hit the 20-win plateau for the 13th straight season in 2010 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.

Six International players dot the Gonzaga University roster this season. Three Canadians lead the way - Robert Sacre, Kelly Olynyk and Mangisto Arop (born in Sudan), with Germany's Elias Harris and Mathis Mönninghoff, and France's Mathis Keita rounding out the international slate.

Gonzaga University will host the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic Regional Round game Sunday against IUPUI at 1 p.m. and Tuesday against 25th-ranbked San Diego State University at 8 p.m. The Bulldogs are one of four teams guaranteed to be in the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Championship Round Nov. 22-23 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. The Zags will face third-ranked Kansas State University in the semifinals, then top-ranked Duke University or Marquette University the following day.

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 75-4 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.

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 Gonzaga University statistics will show it as Moenninghoff as the statistical software used to generate the stats does not recognize the umlaut.

Steven Gray is the lone senior on this year's Gonzaga University men's basketball team, and there are a couple of new things involving Gray on the roster. He has changed his number to 41 instead of the 32 he wore his first three years. And his hometown is now listed as Irondale, Wash., rather than Bainbridge, Wash.

Steven Gray and Kelly Olynyk both worked in a little theatre this past fall, both appearing in the Gonzaga University student production of "Romeo and Juliet." Gray played Tybalt, Romeo's rival, while Olynyk played Abraham, who is Romeo's friend and a servant in the Montague House. At the end of the play Olynyk also played a watchman who worked under the Prince. For Gray it was his second go-round of a theatre production, although this one is drastically different than his lead role a year ago in the reader's play "Take Me Out". For Olynyk, he kind of tagged along at the urging of Gray to find out if he would like it or not and landed a role.

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 291-73, 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 139-15, 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.

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.

Steven Gray scored nine of his 17 points in the first eight minutes, helping Gonzaga University roll to a 90-58 exhibition victory over Southern Oregon University in the lone exhibition game for the Bulldogs heading into the regular season opener. Redshirt freshman forward Sam Dower also scored 17 points for the Bulldogs, who had five players finish in double figures. Gray, the lone senior for the Bulldogs this year, went 7-for-12 from the field, dished out four assists and had five steals and a block. Others scoring in double digits were Kelly Olynyk and Demetri Goodson with 12 each, and Robert Sacre with 11. Sacre also pulled in 10 rebounds and blocked three shots.

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 and scored a career-high 55 points versus Auburn-Riverside. Bell shot 46.2 percent from the field, including 41.8 percent from beyond the 3-point arc, and hit 75.3 percent of his free throws. 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. As a sophomore, his layin 28 seconds left in overtime proved to be the winning points in Skyview's 59-58 overtime victory over Pocatello for the Idaho State 4A title. 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.

Gonzaga University is ranked 12th in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Top 25 preseason polls. The Bulldogs garnered 889 points in the AP balloting to finish well ahead of 13th-ranked University of Illinois, who the Bulldogs will meet Dec. 4 in The Comcast Battle in Seattle at KeyArena. The University of Kentucky is ranked ahead of the Bulldogs in 11th with 917 points. The Zags received 423 points in the ESPN/USA Today balloting of coaches to edge Syracuse University by one point. The Bulldogs were just one point behind the University of Florida in 11th. Defending NCAA champion Duke University received 55 of 65 possible first-place votes in the AP poll to sit atop the preseason rankings ahead of No. 2 Michigan State University. The Blue Devils received 29 of 31 votes in the ESPN/USA Today poll for 772 points to out-distance Michigan State with the other two first-place votes and 737 points. The Bulldogs were the highest-ranked school on the West Coast. Gonzaga finished last season ranked 22nd by AP and 23rd by ESPN/UDA Today.

Gonzaga University has extended its string of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 561. 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.

Junior Robert Sacre enters the season 10th on the career blocked shots list for Gonzaga University with 73. He swatted away 65 shots last season to rank second on the single-season list. He is five shy of passing Abdullahi Kuso for ninth all-time. Casey Calvary (1998-01) sits atop the career chart with 207, while Austin Daye (2009) is the single-season leader with 70.

Gonzaga University men's basketball players Steven Gray and Elias Harris are on The John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list announced by The Los Angeles Athletic Club. The list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who, based on last year's individual performance and team records, are the early frontrunners for college basketball's most prestigious honor. The Women's Preseason list will be released later this week. Gray, a senior from Irondale, Wash., and Harris, a sophomore from Speyer, Germany, give the Bulldogs ten nominees in the history of the award. The Bulldogs have had two John R. Wooden Award Top Five recipients, Adam Morrison in 2006 and Dan Dickau in 2002. Blake Stepp was a Top 10 All-American in 2004 and Casey Calvary received the same recognition in 2001. Matt Santangelo (2000), Cory Violete (2003-04), Ronny Turiaf (2004-05), Jeremy Pargo (2008-09) and Matt Bouldin (2010) are the other Bulldogs to receive nominations. Gray and Harris each started all 34 games for the Bulldogs last season. They are the top two returning scorers for the Bulldogs, Harris averaging 14.9 ppg and Gray 13.6 ppg last season. Harris was the top field goal shooter last year, shooting 54.7 percent from the field (180-for-329), and also paced the Bulldogs in rebounds at 7.1 rpg. Gray was fourth on the team in rebounding with 4.0 rpg, second in assists with 2.9/game and second in steals with 1.2/game. Both Bulldogs were named to the All-West Coast Conference first team, and Harris was tabbed the WCC Newcomer of the Year by the conference coaches. Harris was also named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 9 team first team.

With a season-ending home sweep to put the finishing touches on a 7-0 home season in West Coast Conference play, Gonzaga University will take a 22-game WCC home winning streak into 2011. The Bulldogs have gone undefeated at home three straight WCC seasons and won their final home game of 2007 after losing to Santa Clara University 84-73. The Zags are 104-6 in WCC home games since the last time they lost two WCC home games in the same season. The Bulldogs dropped back-to-back games in their conference home openers in 1995, falling to Santa Clara University 73-68 in overtime Jan. 19 and 68-63 to Saint Mary's Jan. 21. The Bulldogs downed Loyola Marymount University and Pepperdine University in their next homestand and went on to win their last five WCC home games that year to begin their current home dominance.



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