Top 25 Matchup On Tap When Zags Host Aztecs Tuesday

Nov. 15, 2010

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 3 - San Diego State University Aztecs
Tuesday, November 16 - 8 p.m. PDT
O'Reilly 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: ESPN2 (24-Hour College Hoops Marathon)
No. 11/12 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (2-0; 0-0 West Coast)
G -   3 Demetri Goodson, 6-0, 175, Jr., Spring, TX
       (5.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 4.0 assists)
G - 41 Steven Gray, 6-5, 205, Sr., Irondale, WA
      (21.0 pg, 7.5 rpg, 8.5 assists, 3.5 steals, 0.5 blocks)
C - 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 260, Jr., North Vancouver, B.C.
       (9.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.5 blocks)
F - 13 Kelly Olynyk, 7-0, 238, So., Kamloops, B.C.
       (11.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.0 assists)
F -  20 Elias Harris, 6-7, 245, So., Speyer, Germany
       (9.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.5 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  293-73 (12th year - 22nd at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

No. 25/NR SAN DIEGO STATE AZTECS (1-0; 0-0 Mountain West) G - 22 Chase Tapley, 6-2, 200, So., Sacramento, CA (11.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.0 assists) G - 23 D.J. Gay, 6-0, 170, Sr., Sun Valley, CA (20.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.0 assists) F - 4 Malcolm Thomas, 6-9, 220, Sr., San Diego, CA (9.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 6.0 assists, 1.0 blocks) F - 15 Kawhi Leonard, 6-7, 225, So., Riverside, CA (21.0 ppg, 12.0 rpg, 3.0 assists, 2.0 steals, 1.0 blocks) F - 32 Billy White, 6-8, 235, Sr., Las Vegas, NV (6.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.0 assists, 2.0 steals, 1.0 blocks) HEAD COACH: Steve Fisher (Illinois State, 1967) SDSU RECORD: 199-149 (12th year) CAREER RECORD: 383-231 (20th year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 4 - Kansas State University Wildcats
Monday, November 22 - 6:30 p.m. PDT
O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic Championship Round
Sprint Center - Kansas City, MO
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: ESPN2
No. 3/3 KANSAS STATE WILDCATS (1-0; 0-0 Big 12)
G -     0 Jacob Pullen, 6-1, 200, Sr., Maywood, IL
       (20.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 5.0 assists)
G -  12 Nick Russell, 6-4, 200, So., Duncanville, TX
       (19.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 4.0 assists)
F -   22 Rodney McGruder, 6-5, 205, So., Washington, D.C.
       (9.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 3.0 assists)
F -   15 Freddy Asprilla, 6-10, 275, Jr., Villavicencio, Columbia
       (0.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg)
F -    33 Wally Judge, 6-9, 250, So., Washington, D.C.
       (2.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg)
HEAD COACH:  Frank Martin (Florida International, 1993)
KSU RECORD:  74-32 (4th year)  CAREER RECORD:  Same.
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  11/16/10 vs. Virginia Tech.
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.

Steven Gray scored 17 points and reached the 1,000-point plateau and No. 12 Gonzaga cruised to an 86-56 victory over IUPUI in the regional round of the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic on Sunday. Gray`s final basket of the night with 6:37 to play came when he stole the ball from IUPUI's Greg Rice for a lay-in and his 17th and final point of the night to land him exactly at 1,000 points in his career. He became the 33rd Bulldog to achieve the milestone. Kelly Olynyk tied a career high with 13 points for Gonzaga, which is off to a 2-0 start. Sacre and Sam Dower scored 11 apiece and Mathis Mönninghoff added 10 for the Bulldogs. The game got off to a sluggish start with Gonzaga leading just 8-2 five minute into the contest. IUPUI turned the ball over six times in the first six minutes and missed their first 13 shots from the field. But after being tied 2-2 the Bulldogs scored the next 14 points to open a 16-2 lead with 11:17 to play in the first half. Gray had a 3-pointer, Sacre a dunk and a free throw to complete the 3-point play and a back-to-back baskets by Olynyk - the second one a 3-pointer - to open the 14-point advantage. The Zags led by as many as 21 in the first half and took a 37-18 halftime lead. Gonzaga shot an even 50 percent from the field in the opening half, connecting on 15-of-30 from the field while IUPUI was a dismal 4-for-23 for 17.4 percent. The Jaguars, who got two free throws at the 18:11 mark to draw even at 2-2, didn't get their first field goal until 10:36 to go in the half. Gonzaga maintained a 14-17 point lead through the first seven minutes of the second half, but a 15-2 Zag spurt expanded the lead to 64-36 with 8:03 to play, a steal and dunk by Harris capping the run. Mönninghoff had half of his 10 points in that run. Gonzaga led by as many as 32 points with just over a minute to play.

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.

Tuesday's game between Gonzaga University and San Diego State University is part of ESPN's 24-hour College Hoops Marathon. The festivities began at Midnight ET (Monday night) with the University of Miami at the University of Memphis and continued with 17 more games leading up to the Zags and Aztecs.

Gonzaga University went 13-for-22 from 3-point range in the season opener, the most 3-pointers since hitting 13 against Santa Clara University in the McCarthey Athletic Center March 8, 2009. The Bulldogs came back with a 5-for-18 afternoon from long range Sunday against IUPUI.

Gonzaga University will host its second O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic Regional Round game Tuesday against 25th-ranked 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 next Monday, 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 77-4 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 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 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 293-73, 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.

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.

Steven Gray became the 33rd member of Gonzaga University's 1,000-point club when he scored 17 points Nov. 14, 2010, against IUPUI in the McCarthey Athletic Center. Gray scored 17 points against IUPUI to leave him with exactly 1,000 points heading into Tuesday's game with San Diego State University. Frank Burgess is the all-time leading scorer for the Bulldogs with 2,196 points from 1959-61, including leading the nation in scoring at 32.4 ppg during the 1960-61 campaign.

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 moved up one spot to 11th in this week's Associated Press Top 25, and stayed pat at No. 12 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 as both polls released the first regular-season poll of the season. The Bulldogs garnered 911 points in the AP balloting to finish well ahead of 12th-ranked University of Kentucky, who leap-frogged the University of Illinois which fell to 13th. The Bulldogs and Fighting Illini meet Dec. 4 in the Comcast Battle in Seattle at KeyArena. Syracuse University, which defeated Gonzaga in last year's NCAA Tournament Second Round, is 10th with 967 points. The Zags received 434 points in the ESPN/USA Today balloting of coaches to edge the University of Kentucky in 13th with 433. The Bulldogs were seven points behind Syracuse which was at 441. Defending NCAA champion Duke University received 58 of 65 possible first-place votes in the AP poll to sit atop the preseason rankings ahead of No. 2 Michigan State University, which received the other seven first-place votes. The Blue Devils received 29 of 31 votes in the ESPN/USA Today poll for 773 points to out-distance Michigan State with the other two first-place votes and 743 points. The Bulldogs were the highest-ranked school on the West Coast. Gonzaga finished last season ranked 22nd by AP and 23rd by ESPN/USA Today.

Gonzaga University has extended its string of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 563. 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 is 10th on the career blocked shots list for Gonzaga University with 74. He swatted away 65 shots last season to rank second on the single-season list. He is four 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 10 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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