Bulldogs Face Lewis-Clark State In Post-Finals Test

Dec. 15, 2010

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
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)

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (4-5; 0-0 West Coast)
G -   3 Demetri Goodson, 6-0, 175, Jr., Spring, TX
       (4.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.4 assists, 0.3 steals)
G - 41 Steven Gray, 6-5, 205, Sr., Irondale, WA
      (18.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 5.7 assists, 1.9 steals)
C - 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 260, Jr., North Vancouver, B.C.
       (11.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 0.8 assists, 0.7 steals, 1.7 blocks)
F - 10 Mangisto Arop, 6-6, 208, So., Edmonton, AB
       (6.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 0.4 assists, 0.3 steals)
F -  Elias Harris, 6-7, 245, So., Speyer, Germany
       (10.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.6 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.3 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  295-78 (12th year - 22nd at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

LEWIS-CLARK STATE COLLEGE WARRIORS (7-2; 0-0 Frontier) G - 2 David Johnson, 6-5, 190, Jr., Chicago, IL (13.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.9 assists, 1.8 steals) G - 3 Jared Giammona, 6-0, 175, Sr., Santa Rosa, CA (9.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.8 assists, 1.7 steals) G - 5 Jeray Key, 6-1, 200, Jr., Longview, WA (10.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.8 assists, 1.6 steals) C - 22 Donte Roberts, 6-9, 260, Jr., Birmingham, AL (8.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 0.4 assists, 1.8 blocks) F - 24 Devon Adams, 6-4, 220, Jr., Irvine, CA (8.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.1 assists, 0.8 steals) HEAD COACH: Tim Walker (Rocky Mountain College, 1991) LCSC RECORD: 96-64 (6th year) CAREER RECORD: 164-119 (11th year). GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 11 - Baylor University Bears
Saturday, December 18 - 1:30 p.m. PDT
The Showcase - American Airlines Arena - Dallas, TX
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

No. 9/9 BAYLOR UNIVERSITY BEARS (7-0; 0-0 Big 12)
G -   24 LaceDarius Dunn, 6-4, 220, Sr., Monroe, LA
       (23.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.0 assists, 2.3 steals)
G -  22 A.J. Walton, 6-1, 185, So., Little Rock, AR
       (9.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 6.2 assists, 2.7 steals)
F -    4 Quincy Acy, 6-7, 225, Jr., Mesquite, TX
       (14.7 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 1.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.3 blocks)
F -     5 Perry Jones III, 6-11, 235, Fr. Duncanville, TX
       (13.1 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.1 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.3 blocks)
F -   41 Anthony Jones, 6-10, 190, Jr., Houston, TX
       (8.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.3 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.4 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Scott Drew (Butler, 1993)
BU RECORD:  116-103 (8th year)  CAREER RECORD:  136-114 (9th year).
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  None.
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.

Notre Dame's lead reached 14 at one point in the second half and it looked like the Irish might cruise to a victory. But they clanged some free throws, Gonzaga made some clutch shots and the Bulldogs trailed by only two twice in the final 13 seconds. Ben Hansbrough then cut off the comeback, making four from the line as the 23rd-ranked Irish held on for an 83-79 victory last Saturday at Purcell Pavilion at Joyce Center. The Irish, coming off a loss to Kentucky, got eight straight points from Tim Abromaitis to break a tie early in the second half and staved off the late rally before a boisterous home crowd. Abromaitis finished with 21 points, 12 in the second half. Gonzaga lost to a Top 25 team for the fourth time this season. The Bulldogs have struggled to defend the 3-pointer and did so again as Notre Dame hit 11 of 20 from beyond the arc - the same number Gonzaga made in the same number of attempts. Elias Harris scored 19 and Steven Gray had 18 for the Bulldogs. Notre Dame, which missed 12-of-36 free throw attempts, was up by 10 with 1:18 to go. But after Harris hit two free throws, Gonzaga's press forced a turnover and Gray hit his fifth 3-pointer of the night to cut the lead to 75-70 with a minute left. And after Notre Dame's Eric Atkins missed two from the line, Harris scored from inside to make it a three-point game. Scott then made 1-of-2 from the line with 32.8 seconds left, putting the Irish up four. After Gray missed a 3-point attempt, Atkins came up with a loose ball, was fouled with 19.9 seconds left. He missed the first and sank the second for a five-point lead. Gonzaga's Mangisto Arop made a 3-pointer with 12 seconds remaining to slice it to 79-77. Hansbrough then sank his free throws - the final two with about 3 seconds left- as Notre Dame held on.

Gonzaga University, fresh off semester-ending finals, hosts Lewis-Clark State College Thursday at 6 p.m. in the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Warriors are a member of the NAIA Division II ranks and bring a 7-2 record into the fray after getting back on the winning track last Saturday after having a five-game winning streak snapped.

Following Thursday's game with Lewis-Clark State College, Gonzaga University jumps back into the fire with a game against ninth-ranked Baylor University Saturday in The Showcase at American Airlines Arena in Dallas. The Bears are undefeated in seven outings.

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 18 points at the University of Notre Dame he now has 1,123 points to rank 26th.

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.

It's been nearly twelve years since Gonzaga University and Lewis-Clark State College have tangled on the hardwood - officially. The teams did play an exhibition game in the McCarthey Athletic Center Nov. 14, 2004, the Bulldogs posting an 85-48 victory. The Bulldogs lead the overall series 8-0 and only two of the eight meetings have been relatively close. The average margin of victory for the Bulldogs has been 25.8 points, including a 47-point victory (95-48) Jan. 7, 1981; a 36-point victory (101-65) Dec. 23, 1988, in the last counter between the teams; a 33-point victory (88-55) Dec. 23, 1974 and a 32-point win (97-65) Dec. 30, 1987. All but one of the contests have been played at Gonzaga, the inaugural meeting Dec. 17, 1973 played in Lewiston, Idaho, where the Bulldogs won 87-65.

Gonzaga University has already played four Top 25 teams this season, and a fifth looms on the horizon Saturday when the Bulldogs travel to Dallas to face Baylor University in The Showcase at American Airlines Arena. 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.; fell to No. 20/21 (AP and ESPN/USA Today) University of Illinois 73-61 in the Comcast Battle in Seattle at KeyArena and lost at No. 23 University of Notre Dame in earlier meetings with Top 25 teams. 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. Based on the current rankings, the Bulldogs would have one more game against a ranked opponent when they host the University of Memphis Feb. 5 in the Spokane Arena, the Tigers ranked 18th in AP and 19th by the coaches.

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 295-78, 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.

In addition to becoming the 33rd player in Gonzaga University to hit the 1,000-point plateau, senior guard Steven Gray has cracked a few other career lists. His 115 steals tie him for ninth with current radio analyst Matt Santangelo (1997-00), his 167 3-pointers made are ninth and his 443 3-pointers attempted are 7th. He is closing in on breaking into the Top 10 for assists.

Gonzaga University's current three-game losing streak is the first for the Bulldogs since December, 2008, when the Bulldogs suffered setbacks to the University of Connecticut in The Battle in Seattle at KeyArena, at home to Portland State University and at the University of Utah. It's only the fourth three-game skid in head coach Mark Few's 12 seasons. The Bulldogs dropped four straight - the longest losing streak in Few's tenure - during the 2006-7 season, losing to the University of Georgia at the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl Classic in Duluth, Ga., to Duke University in Madison Square Garden, to the University of Nevada in The Battle in Seattle and at the University of Virginia. The Bulldogs also dropped three straight early in Few's second season (2000-01) at the helm. Gonzaga fell at Boise State University, to the University of Florida in the Orange Bowl Classic in Sunrise, Fla., and at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. But Few's teams have battled back well after adversity. The 2001 team won 21 of its next 24 games following the four-game skid, the 2007 team won 14 of its next 19 after the three-game losing streak and the 2009 team won 20 of its next 22 games after the three-game losing streak.

One needs to look no further than the 3-point line to find many of the woes plaguing Gonzaga University defensively this season. In the last six games the Bulldogs have surrendered 60 3-pointers, including teams reaching double-digits beyond the arc in the last three games and five times overall this season. Opponents are 60-for-135 from "3" in the last six games for 44.4 percent, and for the season are 81-of-202 for 40.1 percent. Conversely, Gonzaga is 38-for-100 for the last six games for 38.0 percent and 61-for-158 for the season for 38.6 percent. Opponents are averaging 9.0 treys per game to Gonzaga's 6.8.

Gonzaga University has extended its string of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 570. 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 sixth on the Gonzaga University career blocked shots list with 88. He needs eight more to pass Josh Heytvelt for fifth. He swatted away 65 shots last season to rank second on the single-season list and has 15 through the first nine 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.

Nine players are averaging double-digit minutes this season for Gonzaga University. Steven Gray leads the way with 34.8 minutes/game, with Robert Sacre (26.8), Elias Harris (25.1) and Demetri Goodson (24.7) also averaging 20-plus minutes/game. David Stockton is close to double digits with 9.5 minutes/game.

Gonzaga University has been out-rebounded just three times this season - 39-29 by San Diego State University, 41-29 by Kansas State University and 28-27 by the University of Notre Dame. Those games have accounted for three of Gonzaga's five losses. The Bulldogs held the rebounding edge against the University of Illinois (40-27) and Washington State University (39-28) in their other two losses.

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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