Ranked Bulldogs Host Undefeated Cougars Wednesday

Dec. 1, 2009

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 7 - Washington State University
Wednesday, December 2 - 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)
No. 17/16 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (5-1; 0-0 West Coast)
G -   3 Demetri Goodson, 5-11, 164, So., Spring, TX
       (7.2 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 1.3 assists, 2.0 steals)
G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 224, Sr., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (16.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 4.0 assists, 2.2 steals)
G - 32 Steven Gray, 6-5, 208, Jr., Bainbridge, WA
       (15.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.2 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.7 blocks)
C - 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 247, So., North Vancouver, B.C.
       (14.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.5 blocks)
F -  20 Elias Harris, 6-8, 215, Fr., Speyer, Germany
       (12.7 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 0.7 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.3 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  269-67 (11th year - 21st at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY COUGARS (6-0; 0-0 Pacific-10) G - 00 Marcus Capers, 6-4, 180, So., Winter Haven, FL (6.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.7 assists, 0.8 blocks) G - 1 Klay Thompson, 6-6, 200, So., Ladera Ranch, CA (28.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.5 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.7 blocks) G - 3 Reggie Moore, 6-1, 178, Fr., Seattle, WA (13.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.8 assists, 2.2 steals) G - 33 Abe Lodwick, 6-7, 200, So., Bend, OR (3.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.0 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.3 blocks) F - 23 DeAngelo Casto, 6-8, 231, So., Spokane, WA (13.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.5 assists, 0.3 steals, 1.8 blocks) HEAD COACH: Ken Bone (Seattle Pacific, 1983) WSU RECORD: 6-0 (1st year) CAREER RECORD: 341-167 (18th year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 8 - Wake Forest University
Saturday, December 5 - 2:30 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
G - 10 Ishmael Smith, 6-0, 175, Sr., Concord, NC
      (11.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 5.4 assists, 2.0 steals)
G - 42 L.D. Williams, 6-4, 210, Sr., Yadkinville, NC
      (7.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.2 assists, 2.2 steals)
C - 13 Chas McFarland, 7-0, 245, Se., Lovington, IL
      (6.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.4 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.8 blocks)
F -    1 Al-Farouq Amin, 6-9, 215, So., Norcross, GA
      (18.8 ppg, 11.2 rpg, 2.2 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.6 blocks)
F -   55 Tony Woods, 6-11, 245, So., Rome, GA
       (5.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 0.4 steals, 1.6 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Dino Gaudio (Ohio University, 1981)
WFU RECORD:  45-21 (3rd year)  CAREER RECORD:  113-145 (9th year)
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  12/1 at Purdue.

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

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.

The third time was a charm for Gonzaga University in the EA Sports Maui Invitational as the Bulldogs captured their inaugural title with a 61-59 overtime victory over the University of Cincinnati. There were only two second-chance points in the first half, those by Cincinnati as the teams combined for just five offensive rebounds, one by the Zags. There were seven lead changes - five in the first five minutes - as Cincinnati had its biggest lead of the half at 23-16 with 1:22 to go in the half on a 3-pointer by Deonta Vaughn. But Steven Gray drilled a 22-foot 3-pointer from the top of the key at the halftime buzzer to pull Gonzaga to within 23-19 at the half. The Bearcats built a 10-point lead with just less than 13 minutes to play in the game, but the Bulldogs cut the deficit to one at 46-45 with a 15-6 spurt. Elias Harris, held scoreless in the first half, scored 10 of his 13 second-half points in the first eight minutes. It was his rebound basket of a missed Gray 3-pointer that got the Bulldogs rolling after Cincinnati had taken a 40-30 lead. Harris followed with a muscle layin from the left baseline and Gray hit a three from the top of the key to cut the Cincy lead to 40-37. Cincy extended the lead to 43-37 on a 3-point play. Gray made two free throws, Lance Stephenson responded with a jumper from in the lane and then the Bulldogs went to work. Robert Sacre, who led Gonzaga with 14 points, made a pair of free throws, Demetri Goodson got a steal and a drive for a layin, was fouled and finished the 3-point play to pull Gonzaga to within 46-43. Yancy Gates, who had 11 points and seven rebounds for Cincinnati, made 1-of-2 free throws and Goodson followed with a jumper from the left side in front of the Gonzaga bench to make it 46-45. With Cincinnati ahead 50-47 with under six minutes to play, Sacre connected on a 10-footer from inside the lane and Bouldin drilled a 3-pointer from the right side to even the game at 50. Cashmere Wright put the Bearcats up by three with his trey and Gray knotted things at 53 with his 3-pointer from the top of the circle with 2:48 remaining. Stephenson's layin pushed Cincinnati in front 55-53 at the 1:51 mark, but Sacre's hook shot from 6 feet evened it at 55. Gates had a chance to win it for Cincinnati but his shot was blocked by Sacre, Bouldin grabbed the rebound and heaved the ball the length of the court but off the mark and the first overtime championship game in the 26 years of the tournament was about to unfold. The see-saw contest resumed in the OT, Gates hitting 1-of-2 from the line and Harris giving the Bulldogs their first lead since 9-7 with a pair of free throws. The teams missed their next six shots - four of them by Cincinnati - before Gray slipped a pass down the lane to Sacre who slammed home a dunk for a 59-57 Bulldog lead with 2:45 to play. Harris was fouled with 1:35 to go but converted just one of the two free throws to put Gonzaga ahead 60-57. Vaughn missed a chance to tie, Gonzaga was awarded the ball out of bounds then the Bulldogs turned it over with 38 ticks left. Wright missed a layin with 14 seconds to go and Gates snared the rebound for the put-back slam to make it 60-59. Following a Cincinnati timeout the Bearcats fouled Sacre on the inbounds and he made the first and missed the second as the Bearcats had one more chance after Gates grabbed the rebound. But Wright missed an 8-foot runner that banged off the side of the rim and the Bulldogs began the celebration.

Gonzaga University had the Co-MVP's of the tournament in guards Matt Bouldin and Steven Gray. Bouldin, just 1-for-7 from the field in the title game, grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds, had three assists and a steal while playing 42 minutes. Gray had 13 points, grabbed seven boards and had four assists. For the tournament Gray averaged a team-leading 18.3 ppg and 5.3 rpg, while Bouldin averaged 15.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg and 4.3 assists/game.

Gonzaga University's 19 points at halftime of the championship game of the EA Sports Maui Invitational was the fewest halftime points for the Bulldogs since Dec. 5, 2007, when Gonzaga trailed Washington State University 28-19 at the half in the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Bulldogs scored a season-low 23 first-half points last season in falling behind the University of Memphis 40-23 in the Spokane Arena.

The first of three straight home games is on tap for Gonzaga University when Washington State University visits Wednesday for a 6 p.m. contest. That will be followed by a visit from Wake Forest University Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and conclude with a Dec. 9 game against Augustana College.

Gonzaga University isn't the only team entering Wednesday's game fresh from a Thanksgiving tournament victory. Washington State University captured the Great Alaska Shootout with victories over host University of Alaska-Anchorage, Nicholls State University of Thibodaux, La., and the University of San Diego and former Bulldog assistant coach Bill Grier in the title game.

The series between Gonzaga University and Washington State University returned to the college campuses Dec. 15, 2001, when the Bulldogs took a 67-44 victory in the old Kennel next door to the McCarthey Athletic Center. After a 7-year hiatus in the series from, the teams resumed playing during the 1995-96 season but the series rotated between the Spokane Arena and the WSU campus for the next five years. The teams didn't meet during the 2000-01 season after two straight years in the Spokane Arena. Gonzaga has won six of the eight meetings since the series returned to the campuses.

Gonzaga University has won eight of the last 10 meetings in the series against Washington State University since a four-game losing streak to the Cougars. All 10 of those games have come undedr the watch of Mark Few, making him 8-2 against WSU in his 11 years as head coach. The two WSU wins were back-to-back victories, a 77-67 verdict in Pullman Dec. 5, 2006, and a 51-47 decision in the McCarthey Athletic Center exactly one year later. WSU became just the second team to defeat the Bulldogs in the McCarthey Athletic Center. WSU still leads the overall series 97-47.

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 269-67 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. 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.

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.

Senior Matt Bouldin has 1,266 points and has moved past 2009 teammate Jeremy Pargo and into 18th on the all-time Gonzaga University scoring charts. Bouldin needs 75 points to move past John Stockton (1,340 from 1981-84) and into 17th.

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 junior Steven Gray is the West Coast Conference Co-Player of the Week, sharing the award with the University of Portland's TJ Campbell. Gray was named the Co-MVP of the EA Sports Maui Invitational. He scored a career-high 27 points in the tournament opener against the University of Colorado, helping the Bulldogs erase a 15-point first-half deficit. He scored 15 against the University of Wisconsin and 13 in the title game against the University of Cincinnati. He went 17-for-32 from the field for 53.1 percent, 7-for-15 from 3-point range for 46.7 pe3rcent and 14-for-18 from the free throw line for 77.8 percent. He also grabbed 16 rebounds for 5.3 rpg, dished out 6 assist and had one steal. He played 38 of the forty minutes in each of the first two games and 43 of the 45 minutes in the overtime win over Cincinnati in the championship game, the first OT title game in the 26-year history of the event.

Gonzaga University entered both national polls this week for the first time this season, the Bulldogs checking into the ESPN/USA Today rankings at No. 16 and into the Associated Press Top 25 at No. 17. The Bulldogs ended last season 10th in the AP poll and 13th in the ESPN/USA Today balloting. Several schools on the Bulldogs schedule both polls. Duke University is sxith in AP's voting while the Blue Devils received one first-place vote and are fifth in the ESPN/USA Today rankings. Gonzaga and Duke will play Dec. 19 in Madison Square Garden. Michigan State University, which defeated Gonzaga 75-71 in East Lansing in the second game of the season, is ninth after being ranked second when they played the Bulldogs. Cincinnati is 24th in the ESPN/USA Today rankings, the Bearcats moving into the poll after finishing second in the EA Sports Maui Invitational, losing to Gonzaga 61-59 in the title game. West Coast Conference foe University of Portland is 25th in the AP rankings, the Pilots first appearance in the poll in 50 years. The University of Memphis, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Illinois, Washington State University and Sant Mary's College also received votes in either one or both of the polls this week.

Gonzaga University is taking advantage of its inside bulk this year. Through the first six games the Bulldogs have been to the free throw line 178 times as opposed to 124 times last season through the first six congtests. Robert Sacre is 26-for-38 from the stripe, Elias Harris is 20-for-29 and Kelly Olynyk 4-for-6. That's a combined 73 trips to the line for the main three inside players. Last season big men Josh Heytvelt was 16-for-25, Austin Daye 9-for-13 and Sacre, who played in just four of the first six outings, was 5-for-8 from the line for a combined 46 free throws from the primary bigs.

Junior Steven Gray is 20-for-37 from the field for 54.1 percent over the last four games after having gone 3-for-14 at Michigan State Univesity. Included in that strtch is a 6-for-12 effort against the University of Colorado, a 7-for-12 night against the University of Wisconsin and a 4-for-8 night against the University of Cincinnati in the EA Sports Maui Invitational.

Sophomore Bol Kong made his first appearance in a Gonzaga University with 10 minutes against IPFW in the Bulldogs last home game prior to the EA Sports Maui Invitational, then played 10 minutes against the University of Wisconsin in the Maui semifinals and two minutes against the University of Cincinnati in the title game. He's 4-for-8 from the field in his brief stints thus far.

G.J. Vilarino is getting minutes in his freshman campaign in spelling point guard Demetri Goodson. Vilarino has played double-digit minutes off the bench in four of Gonzaga University's first six games, including a season-high 16 minutes against IPFW in Gonzaga's last home game. He's averaging 11.2 minutes/game. He scored a season-high 6 points against both Mississippi Valley State University and IPFW. He has yet to dish out his first collegiate assist, however. He has just one turnover in 67 minutes of action.

Kelly Olynyk has been one of the stalwarts off the bench among Gonzaga University's newcomers this season, averaging 13.0 minutes/game. Only starter Elias Harris (29.0 minutes/game) is averaging more minutes among the newcomers. He played a season-high 19 minutes at Michigan State University as Robert Sacre, Elias Harris and Will Foster all got into foul trouble. He's still looking to fine tune his shot, hitting just 7-of-20 from the field for 35.0 percent through the early going.

Point guard Demetri Goodson has become more of a scoring threat for Gonzaga University, getting 9 points against the University of Wisconsin and 12 against the University of Cincinnati in the final two games of the EA Sports Maui Invitational. He scored a career-high 14 points against IPFW earlier this season.

Senior Matt Bouldin is averaging a team-high 4.0 assists/game, leading the Bulldogs with 13 assists in the three games in the EA Sports Maui Invitational. He's had a season-high 5 assists in three games.

Freshman Elias Harris grabbed 25 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs with 8.3 rpg at the EA Sports Maui Invitational. For the season he's averaging a team-high 7.7 rpg. Robert Sacre is second on the team in rebounding at 6.5 rpg and Matt Bouldin, with a career-high 11 rebounds in the title game in Maui, is third at 6.0 rpg.



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