Gonzaga Gets One More Test Prior To Christmas Break
Dec. 21, 2010
Game No. 12 - Xavier University Musketeers
Wednesday, December 22 - 8 p.m. 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
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (6-5; 0-0 West Coast) G - 3 Demetri Goodson, 6-0, 175, Jr., Spring, TX (4.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.3 assists, 0.6 steals) G - 41 Steven Gray, 6-5, 205, Sr., Irondale, WA (15.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.9 assists, 1.8 steals) C - 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 260, Jr., North Vancouver, B.C. (12.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.7 steals, 1.6 blocks) F - 22 Mathis Mönninghoff, 6-7, 189, Fr., Ibbenbüren, Germany (6.5 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 0.5 assists) F - Elias Harris, 6-7, 245, So., Speyer, Germany (11.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.5 assists, 0.5 steals) HEAD COACH: Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987) GONZAGA RECORD: 297-78 (12th year - 22nd at GU) CAREER RECORD: Same
Wednesday, December 29 - 5:30 p.m. 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)
LAFAYETTE COLLEGE LEOPARDS (4-7; 0-0 Patriot League) G - 21 Jim Mower, 6-3, 184, Jr., Harleysville, PA (12.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.5 assists, 0.8 steals) G - 32 Rob Delaney, 6-4, 198, Jr.,, Westfield, NJ (6.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 2.0 assists, 0.6 steals) F - 34 Jared Mintz, 6-9, 243, Sr., Toronto, Ontario (16.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.6 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.3 blocks) F - 13 Ryan Willen, 6-8, 212, Jr., Cape Girardeau, MO (11.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.5 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.5 blocks) F - 20 Darion Benbow, 6-7, 179, Sr., New York, NY (4.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 0.6 assists, 0.4 blocks) HEAD COACH: Fran O'Hanlon (Villanova, 1970) LC RECORD: 220-230 (11th year) CAREER RECORD: Same. GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: 12/22 at Rhode Island.
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.
The fifth time was a charm for Gonzaga University this season. After losing four previous outings to nationally-ranked opponents, the Bulldogs finally got on the plus side with a 68-64 win over ninth-ranked Baylor University last Saturday at American Airlines Center in Dallas. And the Bulldogs did it without one of their big guns as leading scorer Steven Gray was sidelined with back spasms with five minutes to go in the first and did not return. Kelly Olynyk put Gonzaga ahead to stay with a 3-pointer right after No. 9 Baylor scored four points on one possession and the Bulldogs. Olynyk made his go-ahead basket with 1:46 left, the last of 12 lead changes after halftime, and Gonzaga made 7 of 9 free throws after that. Robert Sacre led Gonzaga with 17 points, while Marquise Carter had 13 and Sam Dower had 10. Perry Jones III hit a jumper from near the free throw line to get the Bears within a point with 2 minutes left. When the ball was in the air, a foul was called under the basket and Quincy Acy made two free throws for a 59-58 lead. Olynyk followed with his only 3-pointer of the game. Jones then came up short on a jumper, and Baylor had two quick fouls. Demetri Goodson made two free throws after being fouled by Dunn in the backcourt for a 63-59 lead - matching the biggest point differential after halftime. After Goodson lost the ball out of bounds on the sideline in a crowd of Bears and then fouled Dunn, Baylor's senior made only one of the two free throws. Carter made two free throws with 47 seconds left to make it 65-60, then Goodson had a steal on a turnover by Dunn. Baylor had won 21 consecutive December games since 2006.
Gonzaga University will have one more outing prior to Christmas when the Bulldogs host Xavier University Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the McCarthey Athletic Center. Xavier is 7-2 overall and coming off an 83-75 verdict against Wake Forest University last Saturday. The Bulldogs travel to Wake Forest to start the New Year Jan. 2.
Steven Gray's status for Gonzaga University's game Wednesday against Xavier University is day-to-day. Gray left last Saturday's game against Baylor University with back spasms and did not return. He reported Monday he is sore.
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 2 points against Lewis-Clark State College last Saturday he now has 1,128 to edge past Dan Dickau (1,225) and into 25th on the career charts. He needs 18 to move past Zach Gourde (1,245) for 24th.
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.
Gonzaga University and Xavier University have split two previous meetings in their series. The first time the t4eams clashed on the hardwood was almost 50 years to the date - Dec. 23, 1960 - when the Musketeers took an 87-82 victory to wrap up a four-game road trip that saw Gonzaga visit the University of Detroit, Providence University, St. John's University and Xavier with four games in five days. The second meetings was March 16, 2006, in the NCAA Tournament First Round at the Huntsman Center on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City. Gonzaga captured that contest 79-75. The Bulldogs went on to defeat Indiana University in the second round and then lost a Sweet Sixteen game to UCLA in the NCAA Oakland Regional. Mark Few was the head coach of the Bulldogs for the NCAA meeting, while Xavier at the time was coached by Sean Miller who was replaced by current head coach Chris Mack when Miller accepted the head job at the University of Arizona last season.
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 297-78, 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.
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 79-5 in the new facility. San Diego State University handed the Bulldogs their lone home defeat this season with a 79-76 victory in the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic Regional round. 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.
Gonzaga University has already played five Top 25 teams this season, and according to this week's polls a sixth is yet to be played when the University of Memphis comes to town to face the Bulldogs in the Spokane Arena Feb. 5. Memphis is ranked 16th by AP and 17th by the coaches this week. 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.
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.
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 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.
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 116 steals tie him for eighth with Jeff Condill (1983-86), his 168 3-pointers made are ninth and his 445 3-pointers attempted are 7th. He is closing in on breaking into the Top 10 for assists.
Gonzaga University shot a season-high 60.7 percent from the field last Thursday against Lewis-Clark State College, going 327-for-61. It's the second time this season the Bulldogs have eclipsed the 60 percent plateau, shooting 60.3 percent against IUPUI on a 35-for-58 effort in the second game of the season.
Junior College transfer Marquise Carter picked an opportune time to record his first double-digit scoring game as a Bulldog with 13 in Saturday's win over then-ninth-ranked Baylor University. With Steven Gray in the lockerroom with back spasms, the junior from San Diego, Calif., knocked down 7-of-8 free throws, including 5-of-6 in the final 43 seconds as the Bulldogs persevered for the victory. Carter's previous high this season was 7 points against Eastern Washington University.
After shooting a less-than-characteristic 66.4 percent from the free throw line last season, Gonzaga University has been vastly improved from the line this season. The Bulldogs connected on 20-of-24 from the line against Baylor University. It was the fourth time this season the Bulldogs have connected on 20 or more free throws in a game and was the sixth time they had attempted 20 or more in a contest this season. Gonzaga has had only one hiccup from the line this season, making 11-of-19 for a season-low 57.9 percent in the second game of the season against IUPUI. Of players with 10 or more attempts this season Robert Sacre is the top free throw shooter at 80.3 percent on 49-of-61.
Gonzaga University snapped a three-game losing streak with last Thursday's convincing victory over Lewis-Clark State College and the Bulldogs bring a two-game winning streak into Wednesday's home game with Xavier University. The three-game skid was 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 was 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.
Gonzaga University has extended its string of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 572. 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 91. He needs five more to pass Josh Heytvelt for fifth. He swatted away 65 shots last season to rank second on the single-season list and has 18 through the first 11 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.
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