Bulldogs Host IPFW Friday Prior To Heading To Maui

Nov. 19, 2009

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
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)
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (1-1; 0-0 West Coast)
G -   3 Demetri Goodson, 5-11, 164, So., Spring, TX
       (3.0 ppg, 0.5 assists, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals)
G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 224, Sr., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (18.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.5 assists, 1.0 steals)
G - 32 Steven Gray, 6-5, 208, Jr., Bainbridge, WA
       (14.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 5.5 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.5 blocks)
C - 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 247, So., North Vancouver, B.C.
       (17.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.5 blocks)
F -  20 Elias Harris, 6-8, 215, Fr., Speyer, Germany
       (17.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.0 steals)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  265-67 (11th year - 21st at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

IPFW MASTODONS (1-1; 0-0 Summit League) G - 3 Nick Daniels, 6-2, 200, Sr., Aurora, IL (8.0 ppg, 0.5 rpg, 2.0 assists, 2.5 steals, 0.5 blocks) G - 10 Zach Plackemeir, 6-3, 190, Jr., St. Louis, MO (5.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.5 assists, 0.5 steals) G - 12 Ben Botts, 6-0, 170, Jr., Muncie, IN (7.0 ppg, 0.5 rpg, 3.0 assists) F - 2 Antwone Snead, 6-5, 220, Jr., Atlantic City, NJ (3.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.0 assists, 0.5 steals F - 31 Deilvez Yearby, 6-6, 215, Sr., Detroit, MI (20.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.0 steals) HEAD COACH: Dana Fife (Indiana, 2002) IPFW RECORD: 49-71 (5th year) CAREER RECORD: Same GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: 11/19 at Washington State.

Game No. 4 - University of Colorado Buffaloes
EA Sports Maui Invitational
Monday, November 23 - Noon PST
Lahaina Civic Center (2,400) - Lahaina, Maui
Radio: Sports Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane); 101.1 KEYF-FM (Spokane)
Network pre-game show 60 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: ESPN
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BUFFALOES (3-0; 0-0 Big 12)
G -   5 Marcus Relphorde, 6-7, 220, Jr., Chicag, IL
      (10.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.0 assists, 1.7 steals)
G - 10 Alec Burks, 6-6, 185, Fr., Grandview, MO
      (18.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.7 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.7)
G - 11 Cory Higgins, 6-5, 190, Jr., Danville, CA
      (23.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.7 assists, 1.7 steals)
G -  12 Dwight Thorne II, 6-3, 185, Sr., Arlington, TX
      (11.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 1.3 assists, 1.3 steals)
F -   33 Austin Dufault, 6-3, 230, So., Killdeer, SD
       (7.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.7 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.3 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Jeff Bzdelik (Illinois-Chicago, 1976)
CU RECORD:  23-42 (3rd year)  CAREER RECORD:  98-89 (9th 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. 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.

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.

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 basketball team got a major test in major college basketball Tuesday night at the Breslin Center. Although they lost the game to second-ranked Michigan State University 75-71, the Bulldogs definitely passed the test with flying colors. On a night when Michigan State's winning streak at home against non-conference teams was in jeopardy, it was the Bulldogs who walked off the court with the respect of the 14,759 fans and a national television audience as part of ESPN's 24-hour Tip-off Marathon. The Spartans took the lead for good with 3:02 to play when Durrell Summers hit a shot from the top of the key for a 68-67 advantage. It was Summers who two minutes earlier hit a fall-down jumper from 16 feet that found the net and pulled MSU to within 63-61 and helped keep the Spartan hopes of a comeback alive. Down 73-70 in the final 40 seconds. Steven Gray had a good look from the top of the key, Demetri Goodson grabbed the rebound and got it back to Gray for another shot that was rebounded by the Spartans. The Bulldogs were forced to foul but Draymond Green missed both free throws. Gray grabbed the rebound and Goodson drove the right baseline but was fouled, made one of the two free throws and Summers wrapped up the victory with two free throws as Gonzaga fouled in hopes of getting the ball back with a chance for the win or tie. The Spartans (2-0) won their 41st straight game at home against a non-conference team. Robert Sacre matched a career high with 17 points for the Bulldogs (1-1) despite playing just 19 minutes. Gonzaga freshman Elias Harris scored 17 and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds, Matt Bouldin had 15 points and Gray added 13. Michigan State scored first, then trailed Gonzaga for much of the game AS THE Bulldogs led by 13 midway through the first half. They built another double-digit lead early in the second half, but were hurt by the 7-foot Sacre getting called for a third foul and 7-5 reserve Will Foster getting a fourth foul shortly after halftime. Michigan State freshman Derrick Nix made a putback with 11:52 left in the game to put the home team ahead for the first time since the opening minute.

A home contest against IPFW is next up for Gonzaga University Friday at 6 p.m. in the McCarthey Athletic Center. It's the final tuneup for the Bulldogs prior to departing for Maui and the EA Sports Maui Invitational which runs Monday-Wednesday. The Bulldogs and the University of Colorado play the tournament's first game at noon Pacific time. The second-day match-ups will pit the Gonzaga-Colorado winner/loser against the winner/loser of the University of Arizona and University of Wisconsin contest.

IPFW stands for Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. However, for athletic purposes they prefer to go by the initials IPFW. But what's a Mastodon? The mastodons roamed the southern Great Lakes region of North America about 10,000 years ago. These stocky versions of modern elephants reached heights of about 10 feet at the shoulder. In the spring of 1970, school newspaper began a drive to come up with a mascot for IPFW. Some of the suggested choices included the Boiler-Hoosiers, Warhawks, Marauders, Frontiersmen, Pioneers, Elfs, and Hobbits. Those names and others came from student suggestions. The original plan was that students would vote on ballots published in The Communicator. At the same time the newspaper was running sample ballots, Steve Pettyjohn, who served as the student body president in 1968-69, wrote a letter to the editor about the school mascot. In his letter, Pettyjohn extolled the virtues of choosing the mastodon as IPFW's mascot. The majority of the committee members favored the mastodon. After some discussion on the subject, a vote was taken by the committee and the mastodon came out the winner.

Gonzaga University and IPFW have never played. In fact, Gonzaga has played just one member of The Summit League of which IPFW is a member. The Bulldogs and Southern Utah University played a home-and-home series in 1996 and 1997. The Bulldogs won the first meeting in the Martin Centre 77-60, but the Thunderbirds exacted revenge the next season in claiming the season opener 71-47 in Cedar City, Utah. Originally formed in 1982 as the Association of Mid-Continent Universities and later known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League is in its third year of a rebranding.

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 265-67 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 Violette (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 is 20th on the all-time Gonzaga University scoring charts with 1,206 points. He is 21 points shy of moving past Bill Wilson and into 19th, Wilson with 1,226 from 1962-64.

Freshman Elias Harris of Speyer, Germany, continues to impress just two games into his career. He had 18 points and seven rebounds in the season opener, then followed that up with a 17-point, 9-rebound effort at Michigan State University. He's shooting 12-of-24 from the field for 50.0 percent.

Robert Sacre seesm to be showing no ill affects from the foot injury that sidelined him for all but five games a year ago. He has scored a career-high 17 points in each of the first two games and grabbed a career-high nine rebounds in the season opener. He's 13-for-21 for 61.9 percent from the field through two games.

Gonzaga University's biggest of big men - 7-5 Will Foster - came off the bench and turned in a strong performance at Michigan State University. Displaying a renewed confidence, Foster played 12 minutes, grabbed three rebounds and dished out an assist after Robert Sacre and Elias Harris got into foul trouble. Fouls also plagued Foster as he was saddled with four.

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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