Bulldogs Host Augustana College In First Meeting
Dec. 9, 2009
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)
No. 21/22 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (6-2; 0-0 West Coast) G - 3 Demetri Goodson, 5-11, 164, So., Spring, TX (6.6 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 1.4 assists, 1.8 steals) G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 224, Sr., Highlands Ranch, CO (18.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 4.0 assists, 2.0 steals) G - 32 Steven Gray, 6-5, 208, Jr., Bainbridge, WA (13.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.8 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.6 blocks) C - 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 247, So., North Vancouver, B.C. (12.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 0.3 steals, 1.6 blocks) F - 20 Elias Harris, 6-8, 215, Fr., Speyer, Germany (12.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 0.8 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.4 blocks) HEAD COACH: Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987) GONZAGA RECORD: 270-68 (11th year - 21st at GU) CAREER RECORD: Same
Saturday, December 12 - 4 p.m. PST
Comcast Battle in Seattle - KeyArena (17,098) - Seattle, 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)
DAVIDSON COLLEGE (2-6; 0-0 Southern Conference) G - 1 Brendan McKillop, 6-1, 180, Jr., Davidson, NC (6.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.5 assists, 0.5 steals) G - 5 JP Kuhlman, 6-4, 184, Fr., Ponte Vedra Beach, FL (10.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.1 assists, 0.6 steals) C - 15 Jake Cohen, 6-10, 220, Fr., Berwyn, PA (13.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 0.4 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.5 blocks) F - 22 Will Archambault, 6-6, 220, Sr., Montreal, Quebec (12.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.6 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.4 blocks) F - 23 Steve Rossiter, 6-7, 234, Sr., Staten Island, NY (5.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.5 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.4 steals, 0.6 blocks) HEAD COACH: Bob McKillop (Hofstra, 1972) DC RECORD: 342-231 (20th year) CAREER RECORD: Same. 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.
Gonzaga University could not recover from the game-changing loss of its second-leading scorer and top rebounder in Elias Harris and fell 77-75 to Wake Forest University last Saturday. The referees whistled Elias Harris for a flagrant foul and ejected him from the game with Gonzaga leading 31-22 with just over two minutes left in the half. C.J. Harris was awarded five free throws - three for the foul on his shot and two for the technical on Harris - and he sank four. Wake Forest also got the ball back, and Ari Stewart made a 3-pointer to cut Gonzaga's lead to 33-31. The Demon Deacons took a 34-33 lead at halftime on Stewart's long 3-pointer at the buzzer. Wake Forest, which shot just 31 percent in the first half, started making its shots. A 19-3 run early in the second, including consecutive 3-pointers by Stewart, gave the Demon Deacons a 55-41 lead. Stewart came off the bench to score 17, making all four of his 3-pointers. But Gonzaga chipped back. McFarland, Wake's 7-foot center, fouled out with 5:35 left and Wake Forest leading 68-61. After a 3-pointer, Matt Bouldin sank two free throws to cut Gonzaga's deficit to 68-66 with 4:03 left. The teams traded baskets until Al-Farouq Aminu's dunk gave Wake Forest a 76-73 lead with just over a minute left. Gonzaga's Steven Gray missed a 3-pointer to tie it, and Aminu was fouled on the other end. But he missed both free throws and Gonzaga rebounded with 30 seconds left. Gray was fouled as he launched a 3-pointer with 8 seconds left. Gray sank his first but missed the next two. Stewart rebounded and was fouled with 5.8 seconds left. He sank one for a 77-74 lead, but missed the second. Bouldin rebounded for Gonzaga but was immediately fouled to avoid a 3-point basket that would have tied the game. Bouldin made one with 3.7 seconds left and deliberately missed the second in an attempt to have the Bulldogs grab the rebound for a final game-equaling shot. But his free throw did not hit the rim which automatically gave possession to WFU. The Demon Deacons inbounded the ball the length of the court and time expired as Gray tried to intercept the pass and then tried to save it from going out of bounds. The Bulldogs got off to a quick start, going on a 15-0 run midway through the first half to go from a 9-7 deficit to a 22-9 lead with 9:58 to play in the half. Arop tied the game at 9 with a jumper, hit a trey for the lead and Bouldin followed with another trey following a Demon Deacons turnover. Arop scored on a layin, Demetri Goodson made a layup and a free throw for a 3-point play and Robert Sacre drilled a jumper to cap the run. The only second-half lead for the Bulldogs was 38-36 with 17:11 to play when Bouldin drove for a layin after Goodson had knotted the game at 36 as Gonzaga scored the first five points of the half. But WFU took the lead for good at 39-38 on a 3-pointer by C.J. Harris and the Demon Deacons maintained at least a 7-point lead until the final Bulldog charge in the last five minutes. The Bulldogs had battled from double-digit deficits in three of their last four games to win, including last Wednesday's 74-69 win over Washington State in a game the Bulldogs trailed by as many as 15 points.
Augustana College, a NCAA Division III program from Rock Island, Ill., visits the McCarthey Athletic Center Wednesday for a 6 p.m. contest. It will be the inaugural meeting between the Bulldogs and the Vikings. Tipoff is 6 p.m.
Although at different levels, there will be two ranked teams on the court of the McCarthey Athletic Center Wednesday. Gonzaga University is ranked 21st by the Associated Press and 22nd by ESPN/USA Today this week, while Augustana moved up six spots to 15th in the NCAA Division III poll. The Vikings are 5-0 but have not played since Nov. 30 when they won at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., 73-56. Augustana is a member of the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin.
Augustana College, founded by Swedish Lutheran settlers in Chicago in 1860, has grown from a small school educating Swedish immigrants into a highly selective college of the liberal arts and sciences. The College honors its roots and its affiliation with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
There's one member of Augustana College's travel party who won't be unfamiliar with Gonzaga University of the city of Spokane. Viking athletic director Michael Zapolski served at Pepperdine University for 20 years as assistant AD/sports information director and for the last two years on the Malibu campus was an associate athletic director. He left Pepperdine in the summer of 2003 for Anderson University in Indiana as the athletic director prior to accepting his current job at Augustana 18 months ago.
Gonzaga University senior guard Matt Bouldin is the West Coast Conference men's basketball Co-Player of the Week for his efforts in the Bulldogs split with Washington State University and Wake Forest University. Omar Samhan of Saint Mary's College was the other co-recipient. Bouldin scored a career-high 28 points against WSU as the Bulldogs battled from a 15-point deficit to come back for a 74-69 victory. He went 8-for-15 from the field against the Cougars, including 7-for-12 from 3-point range. The seven 3-pointers were also a career high. Against Wake Forest, the native of Highlands Ranch, Colo., scored 22 points, going 6-for-12 from the field, as the Bulldogs almost overcame a double-digit deficit for the fourth time in five games before the Demon Deacons prevailed 77-75. For the week Bouldin scored 50 points for a 25.0 ppg average, went 14-for-27 from the field for 51.9 percent, 9-for-18 from 3-point range for 50.0 percent and 13-for-16 from the free throw line for 81.3 percent. He also grabbed 9 rebounds, had 6 assists a block and 3 steals.
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 270-68 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 65-4 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 suffered its first loss at home this year Dec. 5 when Wake Forest University escaped with a 77-75 decision. Gonzaga's other losses were during the 2008 season to Washington State University and last year to Portland State University.
Senior Matt Bouldin has 1,316 points and has moved past 2009 teammate Jeremy Pargo and into 18th on the all-time Gonzaga University scoring charts. Bouldin needs 25 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 344 assists rank sixth and his 140 steals are 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 shot a season-low 61.8 percent from the free throw line in Saturday's 77-75 loss to Wake Forest University, the Bulldogs converting on just 21-of-34 free throw attempts. The 21 makes marked the fifth time in eight outings the Bulldogs have made at least 21 free throws in a game, including a season-high 27 against the University of Colorado.
After winning the rebounding battle in five of the first six games this season, Gonzaga University has been out- rebounded in each of the last two games. Washington State University held a 36-35 edge last Wednesday and Wake Forest a 42-36 advantage last Saturday.
Gonzaga University remained in both national polls this week, but dropped in both following last week's split against Washington State University and Wake Forest University. The Zags dropped from 17th to 21st in the Associated Press Top 25 and fell from 17th to 22nd in the ESPN/USA Today balloting after coming from 15 points down to defeat WSU and then having another comeback fall just short in losing to Wake Forest. Several schools on the Bulldogs schedule dot both polls. Duke University is eighth in both polls, Gonzaga meeting the Blue Devils 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 12th in AP and 14th in ESPN/USA Today voting after being ranked second when they played the Bulldogs. The University of Cincinnati is 19th in both polls, the Bearcats moving into the polls a week ago after finishing second in the EA Sports Maui Invitational, losing to Gonzaga 61-59 in the title game. The University of Wisconsin, which lost to Gonzaga in the Maui semifinals, is 20th in AP and 23rd in the ESPN/USA Today poll after downing then-No. 5 Duke last week. West Coast Conference foe University of Portland fell out of the rankings after suffering a pair of setbacks after moving into 25th in the AP rankings last week, the Pilots first appearance in the poll in 50 years.
The 7th annual Battle in Seattle at KeyArena is on tap for Gonzaga University this Saturday, the Bulldogs facing Davidson College in a re-match of the 2008 NCAA First Round in Raleigh, N.C. The Wildcats, with sharpshooter Stephen Curry leading the way, upset the Bulldogs 82-76 in the only previous meeting between the two teams. Gamtime Saturday is 4 p.m. Gonzaga is 3-3 in the Battle in Seattle, losing the last three contests including last season's 88-83 thriller as second-ranked University of Connecticut down the eighth-ranked Bulldogs.
Sophomore forward Robert Sacre matched his season and career high with nine rebounds against Wake Forest University. He opened the season with nine boards against Mississippi Valley State University. The native of North Vancouver, B.C., had grabbed just seven rebounds in the previous two games. He's second on the team in rebounding with 6.3 rpg.
Mangisto Arop came off the bench to give Gonzaga University a lift against Wake Forest University. The freshman from Edmonton, Alberta, went 4-for-8 from the field, made his only 3-point attempt, scored 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. His previous season high points was 2 twice and he had a season-high 6 rebounds prior to Saturday's outburst. He also had a season-high 4 assists. He played a season-high 24 minutes after having played 44 minutes through the first seven games.
Sophomore Bol Kong provided some instant offense for Gonzaga University against Wake Forest University, going 4-for-5 from the field and connecting on a perfect 4-for-4 from 3-point range on his way to a season-high 12 points. It was his first double-digit scoring output of his career. He did it all while playing a season-high 12 minutes.
Steven Gray has struggled from the field in the last two games for Gonzaga University, connecting on 3-of-12 shots from the field and going 0-for-5 from 3-point range. Gray was 20-for-37 over the previous four games prior to his min-slump against Washington State University and Wake Forest University.
Elias Harris has the only double-double of the season for Gonzaga University, scoring 24 points and grabbing 12 rebounds against Washington State University. Harris was ejected from last Saturday's game against Wake Forest University when he was called for a flagrant technical foul for what the officials deemed a flagrant elbow while jockeying for position on a rebound. Harris had just 2 points and 2 rebounds at the time of the ejection with 2:04 to go in the opening half. He's averaging 12.8 ppg and a team-leading 7.5 rpg.
Gonzaga University had a five-game winning streak snapped with the 77-75 loss to Wake Forest University, the Bulldogs only other loss of the season to then-second-ranked Michigan State University 75-71 in East Lansing, Mich.
The real tests of the basketball season come next week when Gonzaga University has finals. The Bulldogs only game next week will be Saturday in New York to face Duke University in Madison Square Garden.
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