Bulldogs Look To Continue Domination Of Eastern Washington

Nov. 29, 2010

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 6 - Eastern Washington University Eagles
Tuesday, November 30 - 6 p.m. PDT
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: KHQ-TV (Spokane); FSN (check local listing)
No. 22/18 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (3-2; 0-0 West Coast)
G -   3 Demetri Goodson, 6-0, 175, Jr., Spring, TX
       (5.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.2 assists)
G - 41 Steven Gray, 6-5, 205, Sr., Irondale, WA
      (22.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 5.6 assists, 3.0 steals)
C - 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 260, Jr., North Vancouver, B.C.
       (11.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.0 n assists, 0.8 steals, 1.4 blocks)
F - 22 Mathis Mönninghoff, 6-7, 189, Fr., Ibbenbüren, Germany
       (6.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg)
F -  20 Elias Harris, 6-7, 245, So., Speyer, Germany
       (9.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.2 assists, 0.6 steals)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  294-75 (12th year - 22nd at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY EAGLES (1-4; 0-0 Big Sky) G - 22 Jeffrey Forbes, 5-10, 170, So., Federal Way, WA (11.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.2 assists, 1.0 steals) G - 23 Kevin Winford, 5-11, 170, So., Anchorage, AK (11.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.6 assists) C - 15 Laron Griffin, 6-8, 220, Jr., Los Angeles, CA (9.6 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.4 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.2 blocks) F - 20 Tremayne Johnson, 6-7, 200, Jr., Los Angeles, CA (12.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 0.8 steals, 1.8 blocks) F - 42 Cliff Ederaine, 6-7, 205, Jr., Moreno Valley, CA (9.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.4 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.6 blocks HEAD COACH: Kirk Earlywine (Campbell, 1987) EWU RECORD: 24-41 (3rd year) CAREER RECORD: 45-49 (4th year). GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 7 - University of Illinois Fighting Illini
Saturday, December 4 - 2:15 p.m. PDT
Comcast Battle in Seattle - KeyArena - Seattle, 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: ESPN
No. 19/19 UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI  (6-1; 0-0 Big Ten)
G -     1 D.J. Richardson, 6-3, 195, So., Peoria, IL
       (10.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.9 assists, 0.4  steals, 0.3 blocks)
G -    3 Brandon Paul, 6-4, 200, So., Gurnee, IL
       (11.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.6 assists, 2.3 steals)
G -  32 Demteri McCamey, 6-3, 200, Sr., Bellwood, IL
       (15.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 7.7 assists, 1.0 steals)
F -   54 Mike Tisdale, 7-1, 250, Sr., Riverton, IL
       (10.1 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.3 steals, 0.7 steals, 2.0 blocks)
F -   24 Mike Davis, 6-9, 225, Sr., Alexandria, VA
       (10.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.3 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.9 blocks
HEAD COACH:  Bruce Weber (Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1978)
IU RECORD:  179-73 (8th year)  CAREER RECORD:  282-127 (13th year).
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  11/30 vs. North Carolina.

NOTE: Ranking is Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today.

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.

Gonzaga stopped a rare two-game losing streak by getting in a zone - a 2-3 zone. Steven Gray scored 20 points and the 22nd-ranked Bulldogs beat Marquette 66-63 in the third-place game of the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic Nov. 23 in their last outing. The Bulldogs had lost to then-No. 25 San Diego State 79-76 and to No. 4 Kansas State 81-64 in a rare losing blowout in its last two outings. The zone made the difference as the Bulldogs held Marquette well below the 50 percent shooting mark they allowed in the losses. "We've always played a lot of zone especially early in our seasons and sometimes late in our seasons," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. "I've been kicking myself on getting away from it a little bit. Today I was telling myself that I had to have more of a conviction to stay in it a little bit. We strung some stops together. Our guys were more comfortable in it. We talked in timeouts and they wanted to stay in our 2-3." Elias Harris had 19 points and reserve Mangisto Arop had 15, 10 in the second half when he kept the Bulldogs in front as Marquette kept chipping away at an 11-point second-half deficit. Jimmy Butler, who finished with 22 points, had a chance to tie the game but his long 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded was well off the mark and the Golden Eagles had their second straight loss after losing 82-77 to No. 1 Duke in the semifinals. The Golden Eagles finished 21 of 54 from the field (38.9 percent), including going 6 of 21 from 3-point range (28.6 percent). But what even more than the poor shooting was that Gonzaga finished with a 44-28 advantage on the boards, including 17-8 on the offensive end. Gray scored 15 first-half points on 5-of-8 shooting, including 5 of 7 on 3s, without a turnover. Gonzaga led 42-33 at halftime but Gray wasn't going to be the man in the second half. It would be Arop who had 10 points - all in a 4:40 span - and all of them were big. Three times Marquette scored to get within seven points and each time Arop scored on an offensive rebound to build the lead. Gonzaga had a 3-minute scoreless drought late in the game and Marquette was able to get within 65-63 on a 3-pointer by Butler with 43 seconds to go. Gray was dribbling the ball near midcourt running off some time when he was double-teamed and it looked like it would be at least a jump ball - Gonzaga had the possession arrow - but a foul was called on Darius Johnson-Odom. Gray made one free throw with 12.6 seconds left for the three-point lead.

Gonzaga University returns home Tuesday to face nearby rival Eastern Washington University at 6 p.m. The game will be the final home game for the Bulldogs until Dec. 16.

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 20 points against Marquette University, he now has 1,070 points to rank 29th, two shy of moving into 28th.

Gonzaga University has won 22 straight games and 29 of the last 30 games against Eastern Washington University and holds a 51-7 edge in the series in Gonzaga's NCAA Division I history. The Bulldogs are 19-2 at home, 19-5 at EWU and 13-0 in neutral-court matchups in the series. The last time the Bulldogs lost to the Eagles was Jan. 8, 1989, by a 70-55 count in the Martin Centre. EWU won three straight games in the series with a victory in the second meeting in the 1985 season and sweeping both matchups the following year, the only time EWU has won back-to-back games in the series. After four straight games at the Spokane Arena this will be the third straight year the teams have played in the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Bulldogs last ventured to Cheney Nov. 17, 2000, in the season opener.

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 294-75, 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 last 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 new polls are due out Monday. 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 Saturday 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 last Monday's loss to Kansas State University, Gonzaga University 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 566. 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 tied for eighth on the career blocked shots list for Gonzaga University with 80, knotting him with Mark Spink. 78. He swatted away 65 shots last season to rank second on the single-season list. 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.

Sophomore Mangisto Arop scored a career-high 15 points against Marquette University, going for 7-for-8 from the field, including 1-for-2 from 3-point range. And he did it all in 22 minutes, two minutes shy of his career high 24 last season against Wake Forest University.

Sophomore guard Demetri Goodson grabbed nine rebounds against Marquette University for a career high, surpassing his previous best of five set twice.

 

 

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