Bulldogs Get Early-Season Test Tuesday At Michigan State

Nov. 15, 2009

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 2 - Michigan State University Spartans
Tuesday, November 17 - 5 p.m. PST
Breslin Center (14,759) - East Lansing, MI
Radio: Sports Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane); 101.1 KEYF-FM (Spokane)
Network pre-game show 60 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: ESPN Tip-Off Marathon
G -   3 Demetri Goodson, 5-11, 164, So., Spring, TX
       (5.0 ppg, 3.0 assists, 3.0 steals)
G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 224, Sr., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (22.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 5.0 assists, 1.0 steals)
G - 32 Steven Gray, 6-5, 208, Jr., Bainbridge, WA
       (16.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals)
C - 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 247, So., North Vancouver, B.C.
       (17.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 3.0 blocks)
F -  20 Elias Harris, 6-8, 215, Fr., Speyer, Germany
       (18.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.0 steals)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  265-66 (11th year - 21st at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

No. 2/2 MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY SPARTANS (1-0; 0-0 Big Ten) G - 1 Kalin Lucas, 6-1, 190, Jr., Detroit, MI (21.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 1.0 assists, 3.0 steals) F - 3 Chris Allen, 6-3, 205, Jr., Lawrenceville, Ga. (10.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 5.0 assists) G - 15 Durrell Summers, 6-4, 205, Jr., Detroit, MI (17.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.0 assists) C - 41 Garrick Sherman, 6-10, 235, Fr., Kenton, OH (4.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg) F - 23 Draymond Green, 6-6, 235, So., Saginaw, MI (11.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks) HEAD COACH: Tom Izzo (Northern Michigan, 1977) MSU RECORD: 336-137 (15th year) CAREER RECORD: Same GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 3 - IPFW
Friday, November 20 - 6 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: KHQ-TV (Spokane); FSN (check local listings)
IPFW MASTODONS (0-1; 0-0 Summit League)
G -    3 Nick Daniels, 6-2, 200, Sr., Aurora, IL
      (7.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals)
G - 10 Zach Plackemeir, 6-3, 190, Jr., St. Louis, MO
      (6.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg)
G - 12 Ben Botts, 6-0, 170, Jr., Muncie, IN
      (4.0 ppg, 1.0 assists)
F -    2 Antwone Snead, 6-5, 220, Jr., Atlantic City, NJ
      (5.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.0 assists)
F -   44 Trey McCorkle, 6-10, 235, So., Danville, IL
       (3.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg)
HEAD COACH:  Dana Fife (Indiana, 2002)
IPFW RECORD:  48-71 (5th year)  CAREER RECORD:  Same
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  11/17 vs. Madonna; 11/19 at Washington State.
NOTE: Ranking is Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN.

ON THE AIR: 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.

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 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.

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 will also air on 1510 KGA every Tuesday from 7-8 p.m. with the exception of Nov. 17 and Nov. 24.

Gonzaga University's men's basketball team opened the 2010 season with an impressive 92-74 victory over Mississippi Valley State University Saturday evening at the sold out McCarthey Athletic Center. Matt Bouldin scored a game-high 22 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead four Bulldogs in double figures. Freshman newcomer Elias Harris scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds, going 6-for-8 from the field and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line in his collegiate debut. Veteran Robert Sacre, back in the lineup after playing in just five games a year ago before being sidelined with a broken foot, scored a career-high 17 points and hauled in a career-high nine rebounds. Gonzaga built a quick 10-point lead at 15-5 as Steven Gray scored the last five points of an 8-0 run early in the opening half and Bouldin had his first trey of the night in the run. By the 8:00 mark of the second half Gonzaga had a 71-45 lead, Gray hitting all three free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempt, then following with a trey and Bouldin capping the 15-4 run with a layup for a 71-45 lead with 8:00 remaining. Gonzaga had as much as a 27-point lead with 3:46 to play.

The competition takes a giant step up Tuesday when Gonzaga University travels to East Lansing, Mich., to meet second-ranked Michigan State University. Tipoff is 5 p.m. The Spartans were ranked second in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN pre-season polls. The Spartans advanced to the NCAA title game a year ago, losing to the University of North Carolina 89-72.

Michigan State University returns 12 letterwinners and three starters from last year's team. The veteran starters are guard Kalin Lucas who averaged 14.7 ppg a year ago, forward Raymar Morgan who averaged 10.2 ppg and forward Delvon Roe, who averaged 5.6 ppg. Only Lucas was in the starting lineup last Friday when the Spartans opened the regular season against the University of Florida Gulf Coast. The Spartans won 97-58.

Tuesday will be the fourth meeting between Gonzaga University and Michigan State University and the first since 2006. The Bulldogs participated in the 1997 Coca Cola Classic hosted by MSU, downing the University of Arkansas-Little Rock 75-70 and falling to the Spartans 70-68 in the title game. The teams met in the 2001 NCAA Sweet 16 at the South Regional in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, the Spartans prevailing 77-62 on their way to the NCAA semifinals. In 2005 the teams squared off in what many consider the best matchup in the history of the prestigious EA Sports Maui Invitational, the Bulldogs claiming a 109-106 triple overtime victory in the semifinals.

The EA Sports Maui Invitational meeting between Gonzaga University and Michigan State University saw Adam Morrison set a Maui Invitational record with 43 points on his way to winning the NCAA scoring title that season. There were 13 lead changes in the final 7:30 of regulation, four in the final 1:14 and Maurice Ager's fifth trey in the final 7:10 at the regulation buzzer sent the game to OT. Gonzaga missed three shots in the final nine seconds of the first overtime. The Bulldogs also had the ball with 0.9 seconds to go in the second overtime following a Spartan turnover but couldn't capitalize. Morrison put the Bulldogs ahead for good at 107-106 with a pair of free throws in the third OT. Michigan State missed a layin with 4.6 seconds left, Derek Raivio was fouled and made two free throws for the 3-point lead and the final margin of victory.

Current Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few was an assistant coach the first time the Bulldogs faced Michigan State University in 1997, and was the head coach of the Bulldogs for the 2001 and 2005 meetings, making him 1-1 against the Spartans and head coach Tom Izzo.

Perhaps the youngest and least experienced Gonzaga University men's basketball team to ever take the floor greeted head coach Mark Few this season. There are seven newcomers and three redshirts that had never played a minute of NCAA Division I basketball entering this season. Of the newcomers, six are freshmen and one is a redshirt sophomore. The three returning redshirts were all true freshmen last season.

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 64-3 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's other losses were during the 2008 season to Washington State University and last year's setback to Portland State University.

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 265-66 and moved ahead of Dan Fitzgerald (252-171 in 15 years). Hank Anderson (290-275 in 21 seasons) is the all-time leader. Few is the active winningest coach in West Coast Conference games at 127-13, 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.

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 Basketball Canada's National Elite Development Academy (NEDA).

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.

Gonzaga University senior guard Matt Bouldin has been named to the 2009-10 preseason candidates for the John R. Wooden Award All-American Team and Player of the Year trophy announced by Richard "Duke" Llewellyn, Wooden Award Chairman and founder. 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. Bouldin becomes the eighth Bulldog to be nominated for 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) and Jeremy Pargo (2008-09) are the other Bulldogs to receive nominations. Bouldin started 33 of 34 games a year ago, his only non-start coming on Senior Night. He averaged 13.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.4 assists/game and shot 49.1 percent from the field, going 156-for-318. He also shot 42.3 percent from 3-point range, connecting on 55-of-130 from long range. The native of Highlands Ranch, Colo., has 1,169 career points to rank 22nd on the all-time Gonzaga list. His 312 career assists 124 career steals both rank eighth on the GU charts. He has started 85 of his 100 career appearances. Bouldin was named to the All-West Coast Conference and National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 9 first-team.

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.

Senior Matt Bouldin moved into 20th on the all-time Gonzaga University scoring charts with 1,191 points after scoring 22 points in Saturday's season opener, moving ahead of Matt Stanford and 2009 teammate Josh Heytvelt.

Gonzaga University ranked in the top five in three NCAA categories last season. The Bulldogs were third in scoring margin at +15.9, fourth in field goal percentage defense at 37.8 percent and fifth in field goal percentage, shooting at a 48.8 percent clip. Individually, returning senior Matt Bouldin ranked in the top 100 in assist/turnover ratio at 1.98 for 69th.

Eight teams that dot this year's Gonzaga University schedule played in the NCAA Tournament last year. Michigan State University, which Gonzaga visits next Tuesday in East Lansing, advanced to the national championship game, losing to the University of North Carolina. The Tar Heels eliminated Gonzaga in the Sweet 16 in Memphis. Three others - Duke University, University of Oklahoma and the University of Memphis - advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. Other NCAA Tournament teams on the Bulldog schedule are Wake Forest University, the University of Arizona, the University of Maryland and the University of Wisconsin. Arizona, Maryland and Wisconsin are potential opponents in the EA Sports Maui Invitational.

Gonzaga University finished 10th in the final Associated Press Top 25 and 13th in the final ESPN/USA Today rankings last season. It's the fifth time since 2002 the Bulldogs have finished in the Top 10 of the AP rankings. Gonzaga was as high as fourth in both polls last season.



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