Bulldogs Head To Notre Dame For Inaugural Hoops Meeting

Dec. 10, 2010

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
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: ESPN2
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (4-4; 0-0 West Coast)
G -   3 Demetri Goodson, 6-0, 175, Jr., Spring, TX
       (5.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.4 assists)
G - 41 Steven Gray, 6-5, 205, Sr., Irondale, WA
      (18.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 5.4 assists, 2.1 steals, 0.3 blocks)
C - 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 260, Jr., North Vancouver, B.C.
       (11.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 0.8 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.6 blocks)
F - 10 Mangisto Arop, 6-6, 208, So., Edmonton, AB
       (5.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 0.5 assists, 0.4 steals)
F -  20 Elias Harris, 6-7, 245, So., Speyer, Germany
       (9.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.3 assists, 0.6 steals)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  295-77 (12th year - 22nd at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

No. 23/23 UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH (8-1; 0-0 BIG EAST) G - 14 Scott Martin, 6-8, 219, Sr., Valparaiso, IN (9.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.6 assists, 0.3 blocks) G - 23 Ben Hansbrough, 6-3, 206, Sr., Poplar Bluff, MO (16.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.8 assists, 0.8 steals) F - 1 Tyrone Nash, 6-8, 232, Sr., Queens, NY (12.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 3.0 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.3 blocks) F - 21 Tim Abromaitis, 6-8, 235, Sr., Unionville, CT (14.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.2 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.6 blocks) F - 34 Carleton Scott, 6-8, 218, Sr., San Antonio, TX (10.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.9 assists, 0.6 steals, 2.1 blocks) HEAD COACH: Mike Brey (George Washington, 1982) ND RECORD: 219-114 (10th year) CAREER RECORD: 318-66 (16th year). GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 10 - Lewis-Clark State College Warriors
Thursday, December 16 - 6 pm. 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)
LEWIS-CLARK STATE COLLEGE WARRIORS (6-2; 0-0 Frontier)
G -    2 David Johnson, 6-5, 190, Jr., Chicago, IL
       (13.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.1 assists, 2.0 steals)
G -   3 Jared Giammona, 6-0, 175, Sr., Santa Rosa, CA
       (10.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.6 assists, 1.8 steals)
G -    5 Jeray Key, 6-1, 200, Jr., Longview, WA
       (10.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 4.8 assists, 1.6 steals)
C -   22 Donte Roberts, 6-9, 260, Jr., Birmingham, AL
       (8.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 0.5 assists, 0.3 steals, 1.4 blocks)
F -   24 Devon Adams, 6-4, 220, Jr., Irvine, CA
       (9.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.0 assists, 0.9 steals)
HEAD COACH:  Tim Walker (Rocky Mountain College, 1991)
LCSC RECORD:  95-64 (6th year)  CAREER RECORD:  163-119 (11th year).
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  12/11 vs. Menlo College.
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.

Klay Thompson scored 24 points and had six assists as Washington State beat cold-shooting Gonzaga 81-59 on Wednesday night in the annual battle of eastern Washington rivals. Gonzaga once again was victimized by 3-point shooting, giving up 11-of-21. Thompson scored 21 of his points in the second half for WSU. The Cougars connected on 11-of-21 treys, 6-of-11 in the first half and 5-of-10 in the second half. Thompson finished 8-for-14 from the field, including a 4-for-7 night from long range. Opponents have connected on 49 3-pointers in the last five games with Illinois (12-for-23) and WSU hitting double-digits from beyond the arc. The Bulldogs couldn't get the offense generated, shooting a chilly 7-for-22 for 31.8 percent in the opening half, although the Zags did improve to go 12-for-26 for 46.2 percent in the second half. It looked like WSU was going to make it a blowout earlier, taking a 25-6 lead with 7:19 to go in the first half, and still led 30-13 just 5:30 from halftime. But Gonzaga went on an 11-0 run to end the half to make it a respectable 30-24 and it seemed as though the second half would be a close-fought battle. Robert Sacre scored four of his six points in the game at the free throw line to start the late first-half comeback for the Zags, also grabbing a game-high 10 boards. Mathis Mönninghoff hit from the right corner in front of the Zags bench to make it 30-20, and Demetri Goodson and Elias Harris got lay-ins to cut the margin to the 30-24 halftime count. But the second half started with Sacre missing an easy dunk on Gonzaga's first possession that would have made it a 4-point game, Steven Gray, who had 7 points on a 2-for-10 night from the field, missed a good-look three and Elias Harris picked up his third foul - all that happening in the first 1:03 of the half. WSU opened the second half with a 12-4 run to go up by 16 with 15:29 and the Bulldogs didn't have many answers the rest of the night.

The schedule doesn't get any easier as Gonzaga University heads to 23rd-ranked University of Notre Dame for the inaugural meeting between the two teams Saturday at Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center. Gonzaga heads into the contest riding a two-game losing streak while ND fell to No. 17/16 University of Kentucky Wednesday in Louisville, Ky., for its first loss of the season.

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 7 points against Washington State University he now has 1,105 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.

There is quite a connection between Gonzaga University and the University of Notre Dame, albeit of the gridiron variety. The name of Gus Dorais became legendary about the same time he first threw a forward pass to ND teammate Knute Rockne. On a storied occasion in 1913, All-American quarterback Dorais, described by the New York Times as a "fragile youth of 145 pounds," used football's newest weapon for a 35-13 rout of Army. After graduation, Gus lost a coin flip to Rockne for the Notre Dame coaching job. A coaching stint at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, and World War I service followed. He came to Gonzaga in 1920 to coach all major sports. In five seasons Dorais' football teams rose to national prominence. Gonzaga earned entry into the Northwest Conference in 1923, lost narrowly to West Virginia in a holiday game and then won the conference title in an undefeated 1924 season. Gus was coach/AD at the University of Detroit from 1925 to 1942, then coached the pro Detroit Lions until his retirement in 1947.

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. GU 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 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 295-77, 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 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 five games the Bulldogs have connected on 27-of-80 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, 3-of-16 in last Saturday's setback to the University of Illinois and 4-for-18 Wednesday in the loss at Washington State University. Conversely, opponents have connected on 49-of-115 treys the last five games, including 12-of-26 by KSU , 13-of-23 by Illinois and 11-of-21 by WSU.

Gonzaga University has extended its string of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 569. 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 sixth on the Gonzaga University career blocked shots list with Zach Gourde with 86. He needs 10 more to pass Josh Heytvelt for fifth. He swatted away 65 shots last season to rank second on the single-season list and has 13 through the first eight 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 has stayed there the past three games, 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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