Bulldogs Face Marquette Looking To End Mini Skid

Nov. 23, 2010

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 5 - Marquette University Golden Eagles
Tuesday, November 23 - 4:45 p.m. PDT
O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic Championship Round - Consolation Game
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: ESPNU
No. 22/18 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (2-2; 0-0 West Coast)
G -   3 Demetri Goodson, 6-0, 175, Jr., Spring, TX
       (6.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 3.0 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.3 blocks)
G - 41 Steven Gray, 6-5, 205, Sr., Irondale, WA
      (23.0 pg, 5.3 rpg, 6.5 assists, 3.5 steals, 0.3 blocks)
C - 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 260, Jr., North Vancouver, B.C.
       (13.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.3 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.3 blocks)
F - 22 Mathis Mönninghoff, 6-7, 189, Fr., Ibbenbüren, Germany
       (7.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 0.3 assists, 0.3 blocks)
F -  20 Elias Harris, 6-7, 245, So., Speyer, Germany
       (6.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 0.8 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.3 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  293-75 (12th year - 22nd at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY GOLDEN EAGLES (4-1; 0-0 BIG EAST) G - 1 Darius Johnson-Odom, 6-2, 215, Jr., Raleigh, NC (11.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.2 assists, 0.8 steals) G - 2 Vander Blue, 6-4, 190, Fr., Madison, WI (8.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.2 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.6 blocks) G - 23 Dwight Buycks, 6-3, 190, Sr., Milwaukee, WI (10.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.0 assists, 0.8 steals) C - 42 Chris Otule, 6-11, 260, So., Richmond, TX (5.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 0.4 steals, 1.6 blocks) F - 33 Jimmy Butler, 6-7, 220, Sr., Tomball, TX (16.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.5 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.6 blocks HEAD COACH: Buzz Williams (Oklahoma City, 1994) MU RECORD: 51-23 (3rd year) CAREER RECORD: 65-40 (4th 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 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.

Jacob Pullen scored 18 points and No. 4 Kansas State pulled away in the second half for an 81-64 victory over No. 22 Gonzaga on Monday night in the semifinals of the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic. Will Spradling added 13 points for the Wildcats, who will play No. 1 Duke in the championship game Tuesday night about a 2-hour drive from campus. Kansas State seemed to be in control in the first half against Gonzaga, taking a 49-32 lead on a 3-pointer by Victor Ojeleye with 2:20 to go. The Bulldogs scored the last six points of the half to get within 11 and then opened the second half on 9-4 run to get within 53-47 on two free throws by Robert Sacre with 16:45 to play. Pullen hit a 3 to start an 8-0 run that was part of a 12-3 run that made it 65-50 with 12:22 to go and the Wildcats went on to lead by as many as 20, the last time at 76-56 on a basket by Freddy Asprilla with 5:22 to go. "We knew it was going to be a tough task and it certainly was," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. "Kansas State has got a great team. They are a load to prepare for. It's tough to get the ball into a good offensive position and get good shots against their half-court defense. They were terrific in transition. We never really did solve the transition defensive aspect of it. They can hurt you in a lot of different ways." Kansas State finished 29 of 57 from the field (50.9 percent). Sacre led the Bulldogs with 17 points, while Steven Gray added 15 on 6-for-15 shooting. Gray, the lone senior on the Gonzaga roster, came in averaging 25.7 points. "Steve had some chances tonight," Few said. "He missed a breakaway layin. I actually need to give him a blow, but he's in such good shape he doesn't show he's tired. He missed a couple of bunnies he normally doesn't miss or he would have been up in the 20s." Gonzaga was 19 for 57 from the field, including 3 of 13 on 3-pointers (23.1 percent). The loss was the second in this tournament for Gonzaga. "This was a tough venue," Few said. "You walk out in a neutral-court situation and the whole arena is in purple. I can't say I like that as much. We knew this was going to be kind of a home court situation (for Kansas State). ... It's a great experience for us. We've just got to take the positive out of it."

Gonzaga University will face Marquette University in the consolation game of the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic Tuesday night at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. Gametime is 4:45 p.m. PDT and the game will be televised on ESPNU. Top-ranked Duke University and No. 4 Kansas State University will meet for the title at 7 p.m. PDT on ESPN2.

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.

Steven Gray became the 33rd member of the 1,000-point club Nov. 14, 2010, against IUPUI. With his 15 points Monday against Kansas State University, he now has 1,050 points to rank 31st, five shy of moving into 30th.

Gonzaga University and Marquette University will be meeting for the third time when they tangle Tuesday in the consolation game of the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. The last time the clubs met was Nov. 24, 2001, in the title game of the Great Alaska Shootout won by the Golden Eagles 72-63. Dwayne Wade scored 10 of his 13 points in the first half and the 6-4 sophomore guard was named the MVP of the Great Alaska Shootout. Wade, the No. 5 pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, rallied the Golden Eagles after a slow start that saw Gonzaga take a 9-2 lead just five minutes into the contest. But his two quick baskets on a tip-in and a 3-pointer righted Marquette and the Golden Eagles battled back from the early seven-point deficit for the victory. The Bulldogs won the inaugural meeting between the teams Dec. 29, 1984, with a 60-54 victory in the title game of the Milwaukee Classic.

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 77-5 in the new facility following San Diego State's 79-76 victory this season. The Bulldogs won their 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 293-75, 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.

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 dropped in both polls this week following a 79-76 loss to San Diego State in the McCarthey Athletic Center in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Regional Round. The Bulldogs fell from 11th to 22nd in the Associated Press Top 25, and from 12th to 18th in the ESPN/USA Today rankings. The Bulldogs garnered 355 points in the AP balloting to finish eight points ahead of Brigham Young University, which will join the West Coast Conference next season. Gonzaga was seven points behind No. 21 Temple University. The Zags received 215 points in the ESPN/USA Today balloting of coaches to edge the University of Illinois in 19th with 211. The Bulldogs and Fighting Illini meet Dec. 4 at the Comcast Battle in Seattle. Gonzaga was four points behind the University of Minnesota in 17th. 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 six 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 741 points. Gonzaga finished last season ranked 22nd by AP and 23rd by ESPN/USA Today.

With Monday's loss to Kansas State University, Gonzaga University has lost two straight games for the first time since dropping three in a row from Dec. 20-31, 2008. The Bulldogs lost to the University of Connecticut in The Battle in Seattle, to Portland State University at home and at the University of Utah. Gonzaga downed the University of Tennessee on the road to snap the skid.

Gonzaga University has extended its string of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 565. 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 78. He swatted away 65 shots last season to rank second on the single-season list. He tied Abdullahi Kuso for ninth all-time with this three blocks Monday against Kansas State University. Casey Calvary (1998-01) sits atop the career chart with 207, while Austin Daye (2009) is the single-season leader with 70. HE also recorded his first career double-double against San Diego State University this season when he scored 13 points and grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds.

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.

Freshman Mathis Mönninghoff got his first collegiate start Monday against Kansas State University. He played 23 minutes, scored 2 points and had an assist.

Redshirt freshman David Stockton played a career-high 17 minutes in his young collegiate career Monday against Kansas State University. He scored 5 points, grabbed a rebound and had two assists.

 

 

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