Bulldogs Return To EA Sports Maui Invitational

Nov. 21, 2009

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
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
G -   3 Demetri Goodson, 5-11, 164, So., Spring, TX
       (6.7 ppg, 1.0 assists, 2.0 assists, 2.7 steals)
G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 224, Sr., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (17.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.7 assists, 2.3 steals)
G - 32 Steven Gray, 6-5, 208, Jr., Bainbridge, WA
       (13.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.3 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.3 blocks)
C - 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 247, So., North Vancouver, B.C.
       (16.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.7 blocks)
F -  20 Elias Harris, 6-8, 215, Fr., Speyer, Germany
       (14.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 0.7 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.3 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  266-67 (11th year - 21st at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BUFFALOES (3-0; 0-0 Big 12) G - 5 Marcus Relphorde, 6-7, 220, Jr., Chicago, 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: 24-42 (3rd year) CAREER RECORD: 99-89 (9th year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

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 its final tune-up prior to the EA Sports Maui Invitational with a 90-55 victory over IPFW Friday night at the sold out McCarthey Athletic Center. The Bulldogs pitched a shutout for the first 8:04 in before the Mastodons got their first basket and Gonzaga already up 13-0. Matt Bouldin and Demteri Goodson combined to score the first nine points for the Bulldogs, Bouldin getting five of them on a game-opening jumper and a 3-pointer. Robert Sacre scored the next four points on a dunk and a pair of free throws to open the 13-0 advantage at the 13:31 mark. IPFW cut the deficit to 20-13, but the Bulldogs went on a 19-8 burst for a 39-21 lead with 2:13 to go in the first half. The lead reached 19 and Gonzaga led at the half 42-24. IPFW tried to make a game of it early in the second half, reeling off the first six points, but following a Bulldog timeout the Zags quickly increased the lead to 20 at 55-35 with 15:20 remaining. Elias Harris, held scoreless the first half, had back-to-back dunks in the run, and Steven Gray's trey ended pushed the lead to 20 and the Bulldogs were never challenged.

Next up for Gonzaga University is their third trip to the EA Sports Maui Invitational beginning Monday. The Bulldogs and the University of Colorado open the tournament at noon Pacific time (10 a.m. in the islands). Those teams won't find out their Tuesday opponent until the final day of action is open, Gonzaga and Colorado facing the winner/loser of the day's late game between the University of Arizona and the University of Wisconsin. Tuesday's winner's bracket game is at 6:30 p.m. Pacific time, with the loser's bracket game at 1 p.m. PT.

Gonzaga University and the University of Colorado will be meeting for the second time Monday, and the teams will have yet to have played in the continental United States. The first meeting between the Bulldogs and the Buffaloes came Dec. 30, 1999, on the final day of the Rainbow Classic in Honolulu. The Buffaloes claimed an 81-77 victory. One of the players to doom the Bulldogs that night was freshman Richard Fox, who scored nine of the Buffs' first 10 points as the Bulldogs had no real answer for Colorado's inside game. Fox finished with 15 points. Ironically, a year later Fox would transfer to Gonzaga, play his final two seasons in a Bulldog uniform and today is the analyst on the bulldog radio broadcasts.

This marks the third trip to the EA Sports Maui Invitational for Gonzaga University. The Bulldogs are 3-3 after their first two appearances. Their last trip came in 2005, Gonzaga defeating 23rd-ranked University of Maryland 88-76, topping 12th-ranked Michigan State University 109-106 in triple overtime and losing in the title game to third-ranked University of Connecticut 65-63. The Bulldogs first trip came in 2002, the 20th-ranked Zags going 1-2. After defeating the University of Utah 71-52 in the opening round, Gonzaga fell to No. 19 Indiana University 76-75 and to No. 15 University of Kentucky 80-72.

A rare weekend off awaits Gonzaga University when the Bulldogs return home from Maui. Gonzaga won't play again until Dec. 2 when Washington State University visits for the first of three straight home games. Gonzaga will host Wake Forest University Dec. 5 and Augustana College Dec. 9. The next road game for the Bulldogs following Maui will be The Battle in Seattle at KeyArena Dec. 12 when Davidson College makes the trek west. Gonzaga won't leave the state of Washington against until playing Duke University Dec. 19 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

The Gonzaga University-Michigan State University in 2005 still goes down in EA Sports Maui Invitational annals as one of the - if not the - best games of all time. Gonzaga's Adam Morrison set a tournament record with 43 points and No. 8 Gonzaga beat No. 12 Michigan State 109-106 in triple overtime in the semifinal matchup. There were 13 lead changes in the final 7:30 of regulation, four in the final 1:14. Maurice Ager of Michigan State tied it at 80 at the final buzzer of regulation with his fifth 3-pointer over the final 7:10. The first overtime ended with Gonzaga having a chance to win, but the Bulldogs missed three shots in the final 9 seconds. The second overtime ended with the officials putting 0.9 seconds back on the clock after a Michigan State turnover just before the buzzer but Gonzaga couldn't take advantage. Then, finally, Morrison made two free throws with 19 seconds left in the third overtime to give Gonzaga the lead for good at 107-106. Michigan State freshman Goran Suton missed a layup with 4.6 seconds left. Derek Raivio made two free throws without time going off the clock for a three-point lead. Shannon Brown of Michigan State tried to get off a 3 to tie but he lost the ball on the way up. Michigan State coach Tom Izzo yelled for a foul on the Zags Jeremy Pargo to no avail and one of the best games in the history of the one of the best in-season tournaments was over. Raivio had 26 points for Gonzaga and J.P. Batista added 22 points and 13 rebounds. Ager finished with a career-high 36 points despite picking up his fourth foul with 18:29 left in the second half. His fifth foul was the one that sent Morrison to the line for what turned out to be the winning points.

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 266-67 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. The native of Highlands Ranch, Colo., 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 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 1,221 points. He is six points shy of moving past Bill Wilson and into 19th, Wilson with 1,226 from 1962-64.

Sophomore guard Demetri Goodson scored a career-high 14 points Friday against IPFW, bettering the 13 points he scored last season at the University of San Francisco. Goodson had just six points through the first two games prior to Friday.

Robert Sacre continues his strong play and shows no ill affects from the foot injury that sidelined him for all but five games a year ago. He scored a career-high 17 points in each of the first two games and grabbed a career-high nine rebounds in the season opener, then came back with 15 points and 8 rebounds Friday agaisnt IPFW. He's 18-for-28 for 664.3 percent from the field thus far in the early going.

Head coach Mark Few played all 14 players available to him Firday against IPFW, including the Gonzaga debut of freshman Bol Kong who had been slowed with an ankle injury. He played 10 minutes, scored 8 points and grabbed two rebounds.

Gonzaga University is waiting to see if they will make their 2009-10 debut in the polls Monday following the disheartening 75-71 loss at second-ranked Michigan State University on Tuesday. The Zags finished 10th in the final Associated Press Top 25 and 13th in the final ESPN/USA Today rankings in 2009, the fifth time since 2002 GU in the Top 10 of the AP rankings. Gonzaga was as high as fourth in both polls a year ago.

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