Bulldogs Host ACC Foe Wake Forest In Big Match-up

Dec. 5, 2009

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
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
TV: ESPN2
No. 17/16 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (6-1; 0-0 West Coast)
G -   3 Demetri Goodson, 5-11, 164, So., Spring, TX
       (6.4 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 1.4 assists, 1.7 steals)
G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 224, Sr., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (17.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 3.9 assists, 2.1 steals)
G - 32 Steven Gray, 6-5, 208, Jr., Bainbridge, WA
       (14.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.1 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.7 blocks)
C - 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 247, So., North Vancouver, B.C.
       (13.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 0.3 steals, 1.6 blocks)
F -  20 Elias Harris, 6-8, 215, Fr., Speyer, Germany
       (14.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 0.7 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.3 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  270-67 (11th year - 21st at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY DEMON DEACONS 4-2; 0-0 Atlantic Coast) G - 10 Ishmael Smith, 6-0, 175, Sr., Concord, NC (12.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 5.0 assists, 1.7 steals) G - 42 L.D. Williams, 6-4, 210, Sr., Yadkinville, NC (8.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.8 assists, 2.0 steals) C - 13 Chas McFarland, 7-0, 245, Se., Lovington, IL (6.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.7 blocks) F - 1 Al-Farouq Amin, 6-9, 215, So., Norcross, GA (17.7 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 2.3 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.7 blocks) F - 55 Tony Woods, 6-11, 245, So., Rome, GA (4.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 0.3 steals, 1.5 blocks) HEAD COACH: Dino Gaudio (Ohio University, 1981) WFU RECORD: 45-22 (3rd year) CAREER RECORD: 113-146 (9th year) GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 9 - Augustana College
Wednesday, December 9 - 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)
AUGUSTANA COLLEGE VIKINGS (5-0; 0-0 College Conference of Wisconsin & Illinois
G - 20 Brian DeSimone, 6-2, 190, So., Wheeling, IL
      (7.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.4 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.4 blocks)
G - 30 Matt Pelton, 6-3, 205, Sr., Bloomington, IL
      (14.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.4 assists, 1.6 steals)
F - 25 Chris Anderson, 6-4, 188, So., Mount Carroll, IL
      (9.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 0.5 assists, 1.0 steals)
F -  40 Kyle Nelson, 6-9, 222, Jr., Deerfield, IL
      (10.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals)
F -  42 George Dexter, 6-7, 194, Fr., Bettendorf, IA
      (5.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 0.8 steals, 0.8 steals)
HEAD COACH:  Grey Giovanine (Central Missouri, 1981)
AC RECORD:  188-79 (11th year)  CAREER RECORD:  268-154 (17th year)
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  None.
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.

Senior Matt Bouldin scored a career-high 28 points and Gonzaga University pulled off a big comeback for a 74-69 victory over Washington State University on Wednesday. Elias Harris scored 21 of his 24 points in the second half and added 12 rebounds for gritty Gonzaga which held the Cougars without a field goal for 10 minutes in the late going to overcome a 13-point second-half deficit. Bouldin said his choice for most valuable player would be Steven Gray, who scored just four points but expended most of his effort guarding WSU's Klay Thompson, the nation's leading scorer. Thompson scored 15 points, 13 below his average, on just 6 of 21 shooting. He had 43 points in his previous outing against San Diego as Washington State won the championship game at the Great Alaska Shootout. Washington State led by as many as 15 points in the first and 39-27 at halftime. Reggie Moore scored five straight points for a 48-35 WSU lead with 15 minutes left. But Moore's basket that gave the Cougars a 58-46 lead with just over 10 minutes left was the last field goal the Cougars made until the closing seconds. Gonzaga fought back, shooting nearly 63 percent in the second half. Bouldin hit a pair of 3-pointers during a 10-2 run that pulled the Bulldogs within 60-56 with 8:43 left. Consecutive steals by Gonzaga led to a layup and 3-pointer by Bouldin that cut WSU's lead to 62-61 with 4:18 left. Thompson and Moore each made one free throw for the Cougars. Harris' inside basket tied it at 63 and his dunk gave the Zags a 65-64 lead, their first since the early going, with 3:14 left. Kelly Olynyk's dunk made it 67-64. Harris and Olynyk each added a pair of free throws, and the Cougars were harassed into turnovers and misses.

Gonzaga University senior Matt Bouldin scored a career-high 28 points Wednesday in the Bulldogs 74-69 win over Washington State University. Bouldin's previous high was 26 points on two occasions last season - the first at the University of Tennessee as the Bulldogs snapped the Volunteers 37-game home winning street. Bouldin went 8-for-15 from the field, 7-for-12 from 3-point range and 5-for-6 from the line against the Cougars. His seven treys were also a career high, hitting six twice his sophomore season.

Elias Harris continued his strong play against Washington State University as the Gonzaga University freshman helped lead the second-half comeback with 21 points and nine rebounds in the final 20 minutes after scoring just 3 points and grabbing an equal number of rebounds in the opening half. The 24 points and 12 rebounds Wednesday for the native of Speyer, Germany, were season and, obviously, career highs.

The comeback from 15 points for the victory Wednesday tied the biggest deficit Gonzaga University has overcome to claim victory in their six years in the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Bulldogs trailed Loyola Marymount University by 15 points with 13:40 to play in the title game of the 2006 West Coast Conference Tournament hosted by GU, but the Bulldogs battled back for a 68-67 win as the Lions missed a game-winning layin in the waning seconds.

Wake Forest University visits the McCarthey Athletic Center Saturday for a 2:30 p.m. matinee against Gonzaga University in a game to be televised by ESPN2 as part of Jimmy V Week in honor of former North Carolina State head coach Jim Valvano whose life and career were cut short in a battle with cancer. The Demon Deacons (4-2) bring a two-game losing streak into the fray after falling to William & Mary at home last Saturday 78-68 then suffering a 69-58 setback at Purdue University this past Tuesday.

Gonzaga University has experienced outstanding success on the basketball court against the ACC, and Gonzaga will look to keep it going Saturday when Wake Forest University visits the McCarthey Athletic Center. Bulldog men's basketball is 10-4 all-time against the ACC, but Gonzaga and the Demon Deacons will be meeting for the first time on the hardwood. The last meeting with an ACC school came in last year's NCAA Sweet Sixteen as the University of North Carolina took a 98-77 victory over the Bulldogs in Memphis on the Tar Heels way to the national title. The Bulldogs played ACC foe University of Maryland in the Old Spice Classic semifinals last season, Gonzaga running its record to 3-1 against the Terrapins on their way to the Old Spice Classic title. The four meetings with Maryland is the most for Gonzaga against any ACC school. The only other ACC school to play on the Bulldogs home court is the University of Virginia, Gonzaga taking an 80-69 win Dec. 17, 2005. Gonzaga will have another meeting against an ACC power in two weeks when the Bulldogs face Duke University Dec. 19 at Madison Square Garden in the Aeropostale Classic.

Saturday's game against Wake Forest University is the middle game of three straight home games for Gonzaga University. The Bulldogs will face Augustana College of Rock Island, Ill., next Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the McCarthey Athletic Center to conclude the three-game homestand that began this past Wednesday against Washington State University. The Bulldogs won't have to go far for their next game following Augustana, Gonzaga heading for Seattle Dec. 12 to meet Davidson College in the 7th annual Battle in Seattle at KeyArena.

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 270-67 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 65-3 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 1,294 points and has moved past 2009 teammate Jeremy Pargo and into 18th on the all-time Gonzaga University scoring charts. Bouldin needs 47 points to move past John Stockton (1,340 from 1981-84) and into 17th. Bouldin is also moving up the career lists for assists and steals. His 339 assists rank sixth and his 139 steals tie Geoff Goss for fifth.

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 was 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.

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 seven games the Bulldogs have been to the free throw line 207 times compared to 134 times last season through the first seven congtests. Robert Sacre is 26-for-38 from the stripe, Elias Harris is 28-for-38 and Kelly Olynyk 10-for-14. That's a combined 87 trips to the line for the main three inside players. Last season big men Josh Heytvelt was 17-for-26, Austin Daye 11-for-15 and Sacre, who played in just four of the first six outings, was 5-for-8 from the line for a combined 49 free throws from the primary bigs.

Senior Matt Bouldin is moving up the Gonzaga University 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-9 from the field, appearing in four games thus far.

Demetri Goodson had two assists against Washington State University after going the previous two outings without an assist. He has 10 assists through the first seven games, and also has 12 steals, the latter second on the team. He's averaging 28.1 minutes/game while sharing time with freshman G.J. Vilarino who is averaging 10.4 minutes/game off the bench. Vilarino had his first collegiate assist Wednesday against WSU.

The youth movement is on at Gonzaga University as seven newcomers and a total of 10 players on the roster had never played a minute of Division I basketball entering this season. But Wednesday's comeback against Washington State University was sparked when there were four freshmen and senior Matt Bouldin on the court. Guard Grant Gibbs was joined by fellow freshmen forward Mangisto Arop, Kelly Olynyk and Elias Harris. They were on the court for 3:40 as the Bulldogs cut a 56-45 WSU lead to 62-56 with 7:01 to play. Olynyk played a season-high 22 minutes against the Cougars, while Gibbs played 9 minutes and Arop 8.

Junior Steven Gray continues to be a defensive stalwart for Gonzaga University. After an outstanding defensive effort in the EA Sports Maui Invitational. He shut down Washington State University sharp shooter Klay Thompson on Wednesday. Thompson, leading the NCAA Division I ranks in scoring at 28.3 ppg entering the contest and coming off a 43-point effort in the title game of the Great Alaska Shootout, went 6-for-21 from the field and scored just 15 points. Gray was largely responsible as he was matched against Thompson most of the night. Gray also had three steals, including two crucial thefts in the final 1:24 with the Bulldogs nursing a 71-64 lead.

 

 

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