Bulldogs Meet Davidson In 7th Annual Battle In Seattle

Dec. 11, 2009

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 10 - Davidson College
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)

No. 21/22 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (7-2; 0-0 West Coast) G - 3 Demetri Goodson, 5-11, 164, So., Spring, TX (6.6 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 1.2 assists, 1.7 steals) G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 224, Sr., Highlands Ranch, CO (16.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.7 assists, 1.9 steals) G - 32 Steven Gray, 6-5, 208, Jr., Bainbridge, WA (13.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.7 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.6 blocks) C - 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 247, So., North Vancouver, B.C. (11.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 0.3 steals, 1.6 blocks) F - 20 Elias Harris, 6-8, 215, Fr., Speyer, Germany (11.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 0.7 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.3 blocks) HEAD COACH: Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987) GONZAGA RECORD: 271-68 (11th year - 21st at GU) CAREER RECORD: Same

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.

Game No. 11 - Duke University
Saturday, December 19 - 1 p.m. PST
Aeropostale Classic - Madison Square Garden (19,763) - New York, NY
Radio: Sports Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane); 101.1 KEYF-FM (Spokane)
Network pre-game show 60 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: CBS
No. 8/8 DUKE UNIVERSITY (7-1; 0-0 Atlantic Coast Conference)
G -  2 Nolan Smith, 6-2, 185, Jr., Upper Marlboro, MD
      (17.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.2 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.3 blocks)
G - 30 Jon Scheyer, 6-5, 190, Sr., Northbrook, IL
      (15.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 5.3 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.5 blocks)
C - 21 Miles Plumlee, 6-10, 240, So., Warsaw, IN
      (7.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 0.5 assists, 0.6 steals, 1.5 blocks)
F -    5 Mason Plumlee, 6-10, 230, Fr., Warsaw, IN
      (1.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 0.5 assists)
F -  12 Kyle Singler, 6-8, 230, Jr., Medford, OR
      (17.1 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mike Krzyzewski (Army, 1969)
DU RECORD:  767-216 (30th year)  CAREER RECORD:  840-275 (35th year).
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  12/15 vs. Gardner-Webb.
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. 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.

Steven Gray scored 12 points and Gonzaga University overwhelmed Augustana College 79-40, rebounding from last Saturday's tough loss to Wake Forest University. Bol Kong and G.J. Vilarino each added 10 points as 12 different players scored for the Bulldogs. Augustana shot just 27 percent for the game, including 1 of 21 on 3-point attempts. They made just 5 of 13 from the free throw line and committed 20 turnovers. Kyle Nelson and Matt Pelton led them with eight points each. Troy Rorer had nine rebounds as the Vikings were outrebounded 45-41. The Vikings could do little right against the Zags, starting with the warmup. The Vikings dunked during the warmup, and were assessed a technical. Matt Bouldin made both free throws and the game began with the Vikings already trailing 2-0. This one was over early, the Zags taking a 20-7 lead on Gray's 3-pointer midway through the first. The Zags went on a 20-3 run in the final 6 minutes of the first half to take a 40-14 lead at halftime. The Vikings shot just 24 percent in the opening half, missing all 10 of their 3-point attempts. The Zags were not challenged in the second half, building a 60-25 lead with 9:25 left. Gonzaga shot 50 percent from the floor, but struggled at the free throw line for the second consecutive game. They made 17 of 30 from the line, but that didn't cost them dearly as it did in the 77-75 loss to Wake Forest.

Gonzaga University senior guard Matt Bouldin is expected to be in the starting lineup Saturday when the Bulldogs meet Davidson College at KeyArena in the Comcast Battle in Seattle. Bouldin left Wednesday's 79-40 win over Augustana College with 6:56 to go in the first half after a head-knocking collision under the basket. He did not return to action. "We expect Matt to be in the lineup," Gonzaga head coach Mark Few said. "We will take it easy with him in practice today (Thursday), but all indications are he is fine." Men's basketball trainer Jennifer Nyland said "Matt is feeling much better than he was Wednesday night. We will continue to evaluate him daily, but every indication is he will be able to play Saturday." The native of Highlands Ranch, Colo., is the Bulldogs leading scoring at 16.8 ppg and top assists man at 3.8/game.

A re-match of the 2008 NCAA First Round is next up for Gonzaga University when the Bulldogs face Davidson College in the 7th annual Comcast Battle in Seattle Saturday in KeyArena. Tipoff is 4 p.m. Davidson, behind sharpshooter Stephen Curry, upset the Bulldogs 82-76 in the only previous matchup between the teams.

Davidson College is located in The Town of Davidson, NC, 22 miles north of Charlotte, NC, home of the Charlotte Bobcats of the NBA which drafted former Gonzaga University standout Adam Morrison as the third pick in 2006. Davidson, population 9,110, is 163 miles west of Raleigh on Highway 85 which splits Chapel Hill (home of the University of North Carolina) and Durham (home of Duke University) on the way to Raleigh. The town was founded in 1837 with the establishment of the Presbyterian Davidson College, named for Brigadier General William Lee Davidson, a local Revolutionary War hero in Mecklenburg County. The land for Davidson College came from Davidson's estate, a large portion of which was donated by his son.

Davidson College will be the second of three North Carolina based teams Gonzaga University will play this season. The Bulldogs played Wake Forest University of Winston-Salem last Saturday, face Davidson this Saturday and play Duke University located in Durham next Saturday in Madison Square Garden.

Gonzaga University and Davidson College each have three players who saw action in the 2008 NCAA First Round meeting. The three Bulldogs were starters in 2008 and are still in the starting lineup today - Matt Bouldin, Steven Gray and Robert Sacre. Davidson's three players all came off the bench in 2008 - Will Archambault, Steve Rossiter and Bryant Barr. Archambault and Rossiter are expected to be in the starting lineup Saturday, and Barr has started six of the Wildcats eight games this season.

Steven Gray of Gonzaga University and Davidson College's Stephen Curry engaged in a shootout when the teams met in 2008. Gray paced the Bulldogs with 21 points, going 7-for-12 from the field in the game - all from 3-point range. Curry went 14-for-22 from the field, including 8-for-10 from 3-point range on his way to 40 points. Gray had 15 of his points in the first half as the Bulldogs held a 41-36 lead, but Curry got hot in the second half and scored 30 points.

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 271-68 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.

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 66-4 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.

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 NEDA, Basketball Canada's National Elite Development Academy.

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.

Senior Matt Bouldin has 1,320 points and has moved past 2009 teammate Jeremy Pargo and into 18th on the all-time Gonzaga University scoring charts. Bouldin needs 21 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 345 assists rank sixth and his 141 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 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. Bouldin becomes the eighth Bulldog to be nominated for the award.

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.

Davidson College is a member of the Southern Conference which is comprised of Davidson, Appalachian State, Chattanooga, UNC Greensboro, Elon, Western Carolina, Georgia Southern, Charleston, Wofford, Furman and Citadel. Davidson is the only school from that conference Gonzaga University has played.

Saturday is the seventh Comcast Battle in Seattle, Gonzaga University bringing a 3-3 record in the event into Saturday's game. The Bulldogs opened with three straight victories over the University of Missouri, the University of Massachusetts and Oklahoma State University. But the University of Nevada, the University of Tennessee and the University of Connecticut have won the last three battles against the Zags. Last year's contest might go down as one of the most entertaining as second-ranked UConn took an 88-83 overtime victory over the 8th-ranked Bulldogs. A.J. Price made a 3-pointer to send the game into OT for the Huskies and Jerome Dyson scored six of his 21 points in the extra session. The Bulldogs held an 11-point second-half lead before the Huskies staged their rally to send the game to overtime.

The most memorable shot in Comcast Battle in Seattle history is the banked 3-pointer Gonzaga University's Adam Morrison hit with 2.5 seconds remaining to give the Bulldogs a 64-62 win over Oklahoma State University in 2005. As he began his shot Morrison saw it would be blocked, stepped back from two defenders and launched his shot high off the backboard to give the ninth-ranked Bulldogs the victory. Morrison later claimed he called "bank" on his money shot. "I had the angle," he said.

G.J. Vilarino, Grant Gibbs, Andy Poling and Michael Hart all logged some personal achievements in Wednesday's win over Augustana College. Vilarino, a freshman from McKinney, Texas, scored 10 points to hit double-digits in his career for the first time. Gibbs, a redshirt freshman from Marion, Iowa, scored a season/career high 8 points. Poling, a freshman redshirt who hails from Portland, Ore., scored a season/career high 5 points. Hart, a walk-on freshman redshirt from Portland, Ore., scored his first career point when he went 1-for-2 from the free throw line.

Elias Harris has the only double-double of the season for Gonzaga University, scoring 24 points and grabbing 12 rebounds against Washington State University.

Gonzaga University has struggled from the free throw line most of the season, but especially the last two games. The Bulldogs went 21-for-34 from the stripe in the 77-75 loss to Wake Forest University and 17-for-30 in Wednesday's victory over Augustana College. That makes the Bulldogs 38-for-64 for 59.4 percent over the last two games. The Bulldogs are shooting just 67.5 percent from the line for the season, connecting on 183-of-271 trips to the line.

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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