Bulldogs Battle Badgers For Spot In Maui Invitational Final

Nov. 24, 2009

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 5 - University of Wisconsin Badgers
EA Sports Maui Invitational
Tuesday, November 24 - 6:30 p.m. 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
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (3-1; 0-0 West Coast)
G -   3 Demetri Goodson, 5-11, 164, So., Spring, TX
       (5.5 ppg, 0.8 rpg, 2.0 assists, 2.5 steals)
G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 224, Sr., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (18.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.0 assists, 2.5 steals)
G - 32 Steven Gray, 6-5, 208, Jr., Bainbridge, WA
       (16.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.3 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks)
C - 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 247, So., North Vancouver, B.C.
       (14.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.3 blocks)
F -  20 Elias Harris, 6-8, 215, Fr., Speyer, Germany
       (12.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 0.5 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.5 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  267-67 (11th year - 21st at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN BADGERS (3-0; 0-0 Big Ten) G - 3 Trevon Hughes, 6-0, 195, Sr., Queens, NY (15.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.0 assists, 2.7 steals, 1.0 blocks) G - 12 Jason Bohannon, 6-2, 195, Ar., Marion, IA (9.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.3 assists, 0.7 steals, 1.0 blocks) G - 24 Tim Jarmusz, 6-6, 208, Jr., Oshkosh, WI (4.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 0.7 assists, 0.3 steals) F - 30 Jon Leuer, 6-10, 230, Jr., Long Lake, MN (11.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 0.7 assists, 1.3 steals, 2.0 blocks) F - 52 Keaton Nankivil, 6-8, 245, Jr., Madison, WI (10.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 0.7 assists, 1.0 steals, 2.3 blocks) HEAD COACH: Bo Ryan (Wilkes College, 1969) UW RECORD: 196-73 (9th year) CAREER RECORD: 579-176 (26th 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.

Nail biting games involving Gonzaga University in the EA Sports Maui Invitational seems to be the rule rather than the exception. The Bulldogs proved it again Monday morning in the opening game of this year's collegiate basketball showcase event with a come-from-behind 76-72 win over the University of Colorado. Gonzaga's last three games in this tournament - the final two games of the 2005 tourney and Monday's contest - have been decided by a total of nine points. Gonzaga beat Michigan State University 109-106 in triple overtime in the '05 semifinals prior to losing to the University of Connecticut 65-63 in the title game. Matt Bouldin, a senior, and Steven Gray, a junior, combined to score the final 17 Gonzaga points, 15 of them from the free throw line as Bouldin went 8-for-8 from the line and Gray 7-for-8 in the final 6:31. Bouldin, who finished with 21 points after scoring just five in the opening half, had the only two field goals for the Zags in the final 6:50, one of them on a baseline drive with 3:01 to play to give Gonzaga a 69-67 lead and the other a huge 14-foot bank shot from the left wing with :39 left for a 72-69 advantage. One of the biggest possessions for the Zags in the comeback came with 6:50 to go when Mangisto Arop hit his only attempt of the game from the left corner in front of the Bulldog bench as the shot clock expired to pull Gonzaga into a 59-59 tie. That play came after Elias Harris went across the lane for a right-handed hook from close range, was fouled and sank the free throw to pull Gonzaga into a 57-57 tie. Tomlinson came back with a pair of free throws and Arop's big shot followed. Bouldin's two free throws with 4:35 remaining put Gonzaga head 67-65, its first lead since 18-15. Alec Burks answered from the left corner for CU, then Bouldin followed with his baseline drive and Gray hit 1-of-2 free throws for a 70-67 lead. Burks connected again on a jumper from the left side of the lane to pull CU within one and McClain called timeout following the basket with 1:02 remaining. Bouldin hit his bank shot out of the timeout and the Bulldogs had some breathing room, although this one was far from over. Robert Sacre, held to a season-low 10 points, was called for a foul on the ensuing CU possession but Marcus Relphorde could only connect on 1-of-2 free throws, Elias Harris grabbed the rebound and Colorado had to foul as the Bulldogs clung to a 72-70 lead with 28 ticks left and the shot clock turned off. Gray made 1-of-2 throws for a 73-70 lead and Nate Tomlinson turned the ball over with 11 seconds left. Gray again stepped to the line and made the second of the two-shot bonus for a 74-70 lead. The Bulldogs let Higgins drive to the hoop for a layin to cut the GU lead to 74-72, and Bouldin was fouled on the ensuing inbounds, made both free throws and the Zags had the victory. The Buffaloes led by as many as 15 points in the first half, coming from an 18-15 deficit to go on a 21-3 run and a 36-21 advantage with 5:33 to go and CU led 40-29 at the half.

Gonzaga University and the University of Wisconsin will square off Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. PST on ESPN in the semifinals of the EA Sports Maui Invitational with a spot in Wednesday's title game at stake. Wisconsin advanced with a 65-61 win over the University of Arizona in Monday's late game, the Badgers racing to a 13-0 lead and then hanging on down the stretch for the victory.

This marks the third trip to the EA Sports Maui Invitational for Gonzaga University. The Bulldogs are 4-3 after Monday's win. 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.

The second and fifth active winningest coaches in the NCAA Division I ranks square off Tuesday qwhen Gonzaga University's Mark Few faces the University of Wisconsin's Bo Ryan. Few is 267-66 for a winning percentage of 80.1 to rank second while Ryan is 579-176 for 76.7 and fifth on the list.

Gonzaga University has shot at least 34 free throws in three of their first four games. The Bulldogs went 25-for-38 from the line in the seaosn opener against Mississippi Valley State University, 18-for-34 against IPFW and 27-for-37 against the University of Colorado in Monday's win. The Bulldogs were 17-for-21 from the line at Michigan State University for their lowest output of the 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 267-67 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.

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 University of Wisconsin has won both meetings with Gonzaga University, but it's been 20 years since they last met. UW took a 63-58 win in the first round of the Marquette Classic Dec. 1, 1989. The Badgers won the first meeting Dec. 17, 1963, by a 115-71 count in Madison, Wisc.

Senior Matt Bouldin moved into 19th on the all-time Gonzaga University scoring charts with his 21 points Monday, giving him 1,242 to move past Bill Wilson who had 1,226 from 1962-64. Bouldin needs four points to move past last year's teammate Jeremy Pargo who finished with 1,245.

Junior guard Steven Gray scored a career-high 27 points Monday against the University of Colorado, surpassing the 23 points he scored on two occasions, the most recent last season at home against Loyola Marymount University. He also scored 23 last season against the University of Connecticut in an 88-83 setback in the Battle in Seattle.

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.

Gonzaga University just missed moving into the Top 25 this week. The Bulldogs are the first team also receiving votes with 90 points in this week's Associated Press Top 25, while the Bulldogs are the third team also receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today voting with 107 points. Oklahoma is 25th in the AP poll with 107 points, while Georgia Tech University is 25th in the ESPN/USA Today balloting with 56 points. The two teams ahead of the Zags in the receiving votes category are the University of Oklahoma with 53 and Wake Forest University with 40. Wake Forest visits Gonzaga Dec. 5. Michigan State University, who defeated Gonzaga last week 75-71 in Lansing, Mich., remained second in both polls behind No. 1 University of Kansas.

 

 

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