Bulldogs Head To Pullman To Face Cougars Wednesday

Dec. 7, 2010

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 8 - Washington State University Cougars
Wednesday, December 8 - 8 p.m. PDT
Friel Court - Pullman, 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: FOX Sports (national telecast)
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (4-3; 0-0 West Coast)
G -   3 Demetri Goodson, 6-0, 175, Jr., Spring, TX
       (5.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.7 assists)
G - 41 Steven Gray, 6-5, 205, Sr., Irondale, WA
      (20.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 5.1 assists, 2.4 steals, 0.3 blocks)
C - 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 260, Jr., North Vancouver, B.C.
       (12.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 0.9 assists, 0.7 steals, 1.6 blocks)
F - 10 Mangisto Arop, 6-6, 208, So., Edmonton, AB
       (5.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 0.4 assists, 0.4 steals)
F -  13 Kelly Olynyk, 7-0, 238, So., Kamloops, B.C.
       (7.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 0.7 assists, 0.3 steals)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  295-76 (12th year - 22nd at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY COUGARS (5-1; 0-0 Pacific-10) G - 0 Marcus Capers, 6-4, 185, Jr., Winter Haven, FL (7.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 3.7 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.7 blocks) G - 1 Klay Thompson, 6-6, 202, Jr., Ladera Ranch, CA (21.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.8 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.5 blocks) G - 11 Faisal Aden, 6-4, 185, Jr., San Diego, CA (18.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.5 assists, 2.2 steals) F - 23 DeAngelo Casto, 6-8, 225, Jr., Spokane, WA (8.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 0.8 assists, 0.8 steals, 2.8 blocks) F - 31 Abe Lodwick, 6-7, 208, Jr., Bend, OR (2.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.3 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.3 blocks HEAD COACH: Ken Bone (Seattle Pacific, 1983) WSU RECORD: 21-16 (2nd year) CAREER RECORD: 356-183 (19th year). GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 9 - University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Saturday, December 11 - 5:30 pm. PDT
Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center - Notre Dame, IN
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: FOX Sports
No. 23/23 UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH (8-0; 0-0 BIG EAST)
G -   14 Scott Martin, 6-8, 219, Sr., Valparaiso, IN
       (9.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.5 assists)
G -  23 Ben Hansbrough, 6-3, 206, Sr., Poplar Bluff, MO
       (15.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 4.0 assists, 0.8 steals)
F -     1 Tyrone Nash, 6-8, 232, Sr., Queens, NY
       (12.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 3.3 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.4 blocks)
F -   21 Tim Abromaitis, 6-8, 235, Sr., Unionville, CT
       (15.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.3 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.5 blocks)
F -   34 Carleton Scott, 6-8, 218, Sr., San Antonio, TX
       (11.0 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 2.0 assists)
HEAD COACH:  Mike Brey (George WAshington, 1982)
ND RECORD:  219-113 (11th year)  CAREER RECORD:  318-165 (16th year).
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  12/8 at No. 17/16 Kentucky.

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.

No. 20 University of Illinois used a big second-half run fueled by 3-pointers to blow past Gonzaga 73-61 in the Comcast Battle in Seattle at KeyArena Saturday. D.J. Richardson and Mike Tisdale each scored 15 points, and Demetri McCamey had 11 points and seven assists for the Illini. Tisdale started the surge with a pair of 3-pointers that broke open a 34-28 game, and the Illini proceeded to use a 14-3 run to take a 62-44 advantage. Illinois finished 52 percent from beyond the arc for the game. The Illini defense also was able to frustrate the Gonzaga offense, holding Steven Gray to just two points until midway through the second half. A year ago, Gray had 20 points in an 85-85 overtime victory over Illinois in Chicago. Robert Sacre provided the only scoring threat for the Bulldogs during the Illini's big second-half run. He scored nine straight points to help Gonzaga stay in the game, and finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs. Mike Davis scored in the lane to break a streak of six straight 3-pointers and give the Illini a 67-47 edge. Gonzaga answered with a 10-0 run, but Richardson scored on a floater in the lane and Illinois was able to grind out the remaining minutes for the victory. Elias Harris checked into the game at the 15:25 mark of the first half after missing a game against Eastern Washington with an Achilles' injury. He immediately made an impact, driving the lane and getting a quick basket to knot the game at 10-10. Harris finished with 12 points, all coming in the first half.

Gonzaga University heads 75 miles to the south Wednesday to face Washington State University in a game to be nationally televised on Fox Sports beginning at 8 pm. PDT. The Cougars are off to a 5-1 start, the lone setback a 63-58 decision last Friday to No. 4 Kansas State University at Friel Court. The Bulldogs also lost to KSU earlier this year. The teams have one other opponent in common, Gonzaga downing Southern University in the season opener and the Cougars taking the Jaguars one night later.

Robert Sacre picked up his second career double-double against the University of Illinois with a season-high 15 points and career-high equaling 11 rebounds. He had scored 13 points twice this season and pulled down 11 rebounds earlier this season against San Diego State University in his first career double-double night.

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 10 points against the University of Illinois he now has 1,098 points to rank 27th.

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.

Although Gonzaga University trails the all-time series against Washington State University by a wide margin, recent years in the series has belonged to the Bulldogs. Gonzaga brings a two-game winning streak into Wednesday's games, having won last season at the McCarthey Athletic Center 74-69 and taking the previous year's game in Pullman 74-52. Gonzaga has won nine of the last 11 meetings, and had captured five straight games until the Cougars broke through for back-to-back wins during the 2007 and 2008 seasons. WSU's 51-47 victory over the Bulldogs Dec. 5, 2007, was just the third loss overall for the Bulldogs in their fourth season in the new McCarthey Athletic Center where Gonzaga still enjoys a 78-5 record.

Gonzaga University has already played three Top 25 teams this season, and a fourth looms on the horizon Saturday when the Bulldogs travel to the University of Notre Dame for the inaugural meeting with the Fighting Irish. Gonzaga lost to No. 25 (Associated Press) San Diego State University in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Regional Round at the McCarthey Athletic Center 79-76, lost to No. 4 (AP and ESPN/USA Today) Kansas State University 81-64 in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Championship Round semifinals at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., and fell to No. 20/21 (AP and ESPN/USA Today) University of Illinois 73-61 in the Comcast Battle in Seattle at KeyArena in earlier meetings with Top 25 teams. Gonzaga was also ranked in one or both polls at the time of those games. The most ranked opponents Gonzaga has played in a season is seven during the 2006-07 campaign - defeating No. 2 University of North Carolina, No. 25 University of Texas, No. 8 University of Washington and No. 23 Stanford University, while losing to No. 6 Duke University, No. 18 University of Nevada in the Battle in Seattle and No. 8 University of Memphis.

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 78-5 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 295-76, 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.

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 is receiving votes in both major basketball polls this week, the Bulldogs unranked in at least one poll for the first week this season. The Bulldogs were ranked 24th in last week's ESPN/USA Today poll of coaches, but received five votes this week. Gonzaga, which fell out of the Associated Press rankings last week, received nine votes this week. The Zags defeated Eastern Washington University at home and then dropped the Comcast Battle In Seattle at KeyArena to nationally-ranked University of Illinois, which moved from 20th to 16th in the AP balloting and from 21st to 17th in this week's voting by the coaches. The Bulldogs have three ranked opponents remaining in one or both polls beginning with this Saturday's game at the University of Notre Dame, which moved up two spots to 23rd in the AP poll and entered the ESPN/USA Today rankings at No. 23. The Zags face Baylor University, 10th in the AP poll and 11th in the ESPN/USA Today rankings, Dec. 18 in Dallas at the American Airlines Arena, and face the University of Memphis Feb. 5 at the Spokane Arena, the Tigers 13th in AP and 14th by the coaches. Defending NCAA champion Duke University was a unanimous pick for No. 1 in both polls.

The three ball has been Gonzaga University's friend and foe of late. In the last four games the Bulldogs have connected on 23-of-62 from long range, including 11-of-16 against Eastern Washington University. But the Bulldogs also went just 3-of-13 in a loss to Kansas State University and 3-of-16 in last Saturday's setback to the University of Illinois. Conversely, opponents have connected on 38-of-94 treys the last four games, including 12-of-26 to KSU and 13-of-23 by Illinois.

Gonzaga University has extended its string of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 568. 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 eighth on the career blocked shots list for Gonzaga University with 84, trailing Cory Violette by one for seventh. He swatted away 65 shots last season to rank second on the single-season list and has 11 through the first seven games this season. Casey Calvary (1998-01) sits atop the career chart with 207, while Austin Daye (2009) is the single-season leader with 70.

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 Violette (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 made his first career start in 37 appearances last week against Eastern Washington University, and was in the starting lineup against last Saturday against the University of Illinois, playing a career-high 30 minutes against the Illini.

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.

 

 

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