Bulldogs Return To Action Monday Against EWU

Dec. 26, 2009

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 12 - Eastern Washington University
Monday, December 28 - 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. 25/24 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (8-3; 0-0 West Coast)
G -   3 Demetri Goodson, 5-11, 164, So., Spring, TX
       (7.5 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.3 assists, 1.4 steals)
G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 224, Sr., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (15.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.5 assists, 1.8 steals)
G - 32 Steven Gray, 6-5, 208, Jr., Bainbridge, WA
       (13.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.4 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.6 blocks)
C - 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 247, So., North Vancouver, B.C.
       (12.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 0.3 steals, 1.4 blocks)
F -  20 Elias Harris, 6-8, 215, Fr., Speyer, Germany
       (12.5 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 0.8 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.5 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  272-69 (11th year - 21st at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY EAGLES (4-9; 0-1 Big Sky Conference) G - 1 Glen Dean, 5-10, 170, Fr., Seattle, Wash. (9.8 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 3.8 assists, 1.0 steals) G - 2 Jeffrey Forbes, 5-10, 170, Fr., Federal Way, WA (8.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.8 assists, 1.6 steals) G - 10 Alden Gibbs, 6-3, 185, Jr., Brooklyn, NY (3.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 0.6 assists, 1.8 steals) F - 32 Matthew Brunell, 6-8, 230, Sr., Cheney, WA (3.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 0.5 assists) F - 42 Mark Dunn, 6-8, 260, Sr., Trafalgar, IN (11.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 0.8 assists) HEAD COACH: Kirk Earlywine (Campbell, 1987) EWU RECORD: 27-46 (3rd year) CAREER RECORD: 48-54 (4th year). GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA: None.

Game No. 13 - University of Oklahoma
Thursday, December 31 - 7 p.m. PST
Ronald McDonald House Charities Classic - Spokane Arena (12,210) - Spokane, WA
Radio: Sports Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane); 101.1 KEYF-FM (Spokane)
Network pre-game show 60 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: ESPN2
OKLAHOMA UNIVERSITY SOONERS (8-4; 0-0 Big 12 Conference)
G - 11 Tommy Mason-Griffin, 5-11, 206, Sr., San Antonio, TX
      (10.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.6 assists, 0.8 steals)
G - 13 Willie Warren, 6-4, 203, So., Fort Worth, TX
      (18.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.9 assists, 1.1 steals)
C -   5 Tony Crocker, 6-6, 209, Sr., San Antonio, TX
      (14.1 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.5 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.8 blocks)
G -  34 Cade Davis, 6-5, 199, Jr., Elk City, OK
      (8.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 0.7 assists, 1.7 steals)
F -  24 Tiny Gallon, 6-9, 296, Fr., Vallejo, CA
       (11.8 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 0.9 assists, 0.4 steals, 1.1 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Jeff Capel (Duke, 1997)
OU RECORD:  77-37 (4th year)  CAREER RECORD:  156-78 (8th year).
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 is known as GU - Guard University. But it was the Duke University guards who stole the spotlight in this cross-country showdown. It wasn't an official point guard reunion for Duke at Madison Square Garden, but the man who currently runs the offense must have made the old-timers proud. So did their alma mater's defense. Nolan Smith scored 24 points, point guard Jon Scheyer added 20 points and eight assists and No. 7 Duke held No. 15 Gonzaga to its lowest point total in 25 years in a 76-41 victory in the Aeropostale Classic. Among those in the crowd of 14,554 on a snowy day were Jay Williams, Chris Duhon, Greg Paulus and current assistant Steve Wojciechowski, all players who ran the point successfully at Duke for coach Mike Krzyzewski. This wasn't a perfect game for either team for most of the first half. Duke missed 12 of its first 15 shots from the field and it was only that the Bulldogs were struggling as well, making only two of their first 10 shots, that the game was close for the first 15 minutes. The Blue Devils were able to straighten things out enough to take a 31-17 halftime lead, but they missed all six of their 3-point attempts. Smith then hit two 3s and Scheyer added another in a 9-1 run to open the second half and the rout was on. Robert Sacre led the Bulldogs with nine points on 2-of-11 shooting. The Bulldogs came into the game averaging 79.5 points and were shooting 49.3 percent from the field and 37.5 from 3-point range. Their numbers weren't even close. Gonzaga shot 27.8 percent (15 of 54) and made one of 10 3-point attempts while committing 18 turnovers. Duke has an all-time record of 26-14 at the Garden, 21-6 under Krzyzewski. Gonzaga fell to 1-4 all-time at Madison Square Garden with the last two losses to Duke after a loss to Saint Joseph's and a win over North Carolina.

Gonzaga University, which hasn't played at home since Dec. 9, returns to the friendly confines of the McCarthey Athletic Center Monday to face nearby rival Eastern Washington University at 6 p.m. It will be the Bulldogs first action since Dec. 19 when they faced Duke University at Madison Square Garden. The players dispersed for Christmas break following that game and returned Christmas night to begin preparations for the Eagles.

The 76-41 setback to Duke University marked the fewest points for the Bulldogs since a 62-40 loss Nov. 26, 1984 at the University of Iowa. The 35-point margin of defeat was the worst by a Bulldog squad since a 37-point loss in a 121-84 setback to Loyola Marymount University March 3, 1990, in the first round of the West Coast Conference Tournament hosted by LMU. That Lions team featured the late Hank Gathers who passed away the next day after collapsing on the court in a game against the University of Portland.

Although it didn't come until 10 seconds remained against Duke University, Gonzaga University extended its string of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 537 against the Blue Devils. Bol Kong hit a trey from the top of the key against the Blue Devils. 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.

Gonzaga University faces two more games this week. New Year's Eve the Bulldogs will host Oklahoma University in the Ronald McDonald House Charities Classic in the Spokane Arena at 7 p.m. PST on ESPN2, then Saturday Gonzaga will face the University of Illinois at the United Center in Chicago in a game to be televised on CBS at 10 a.m. PST.

Matt Bouldin of Gonzaga University and Brandon Moore of Eastern Washington University are the only two players who saw action the last time the Bulldogs and the Eagles met Nov. 10, 2006, in the season opener in the McCarthey Athletic Center. Bouldin made his collegiate debut a memorable one, coming off the bench to go a perfect 5-for-5 from the field, including 2-for-2 from 3-point range, to score 12 points in the 90-75 Gonzaga win. He played 23 minutes. Moore came off the bench for the Eagles, going 2-for-2 from the field for 4 points while matching Bouldin's 23 minutes of action.

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 272-69 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 1,324 points and has moved past 2009 teammate Jeremy Pargo and into 18th on the all-time Gonzaga University scoring charts. Bouldin needs 17 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 347 assists rank sixth and his 142 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 slippeed in both polls last week following their loss to Duke University in a battle of the then-No. 15 Bulldogs and No. 7 Blue Devils. Gonzaga dropped to 24th in the ESPN/USA Today voting by the coaches and to 25th in the Associated Press balloting of sportswriters. Duke remained seventh in both polls. One other team in the Top 25 that dots the Gonzaga schedule is Michigan State University, 9th in both polls. The Univesity of Wisconsin, Saint Mary's College, the University of Memphis, the University of Cincinnati, Wake Forest University, the University of Illinois and Washington State University are also on the Bulldog schedule and received votes in at least one of the polls. The Bulldogs have been in the rankings four straight weeks. The new rankings are due out Monday prior to the Bulldogs game with Eastern Washington University.

Bol Kong, who played just 27 minutes in his first four appearances in a Gonzaga University uniform, has seen his minutes increase over the last four games. Kong, a sophomore from Edmonton, Alberta, has averaged 15.8 minutes/game in that stretch. And he's found his shooting touch. He went 4-for-9 from the field in his first four appearances, and has gone 13-for-19 for 68.4 percent over the last four. For the season he is 17-for-28 for 60.7 percent from the field, including 10-for-16 from 3-point range for 62.5 percent. He's also 5-for-6 from the free throw line for 83.3 percent.

After seeming having had their free throw woes solved with a 41-for-54 performance against Davidson College, Gonzaga University went just 10-for-21 for 47.6 percent against Duke University. For the season the Bulldogs are shooting just 67.6 percent from the line. The 54 free throws attempted against Davidson in the Comcast Battle in Seattle set a school record, eclipsing by the previous mark of 53 set against Loyola Marymount University February 24, 1984. Gonzaga has one other 50-plus free throw game in its history, going to the line 51 times against Fairfield University Dec. 11, 1990.

Gonzaga University's starters shot a combined 9-for-37 for 24.3 percent from the field against Duke University. The Bulldog bench faired a little better, going 6-for-17 for 35.3 percent. For the game the Bulldogs were 15-for-54 for 27.8 percent, obviously the worst shooting game of the season for the Bulldogs. It was the poorest shooting night since Dec. 5, 2007, when the Zags went 15-for-58 for 25.9 percent in a 51-47 home loss to Washington State University.

Gonzaga University has won 21 straight games and 29 of the last 30 games against Eastern Washington University and holds a 51-7 edge in the series in Gonzaga's NCAA Division I history. The Bulldogs are 18-2 at home, 18-5 at EWU and 13-0 in neutral-court matchups in the series. The last time the Bulldogs lost to the Eagles was Jan. 8, 1889, by a 70-55 count in the Martin Centre. EWU won three straight games in the series with a victory in the second meeting in the 1985 season and sweeping both matchups the following year, the only time EWU has won back-to-back games in the series.

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's game with the University of Illinois Jan. 2 at the United Center in Chicago will be the final tune-up for the Bulldogs prior to the start of West Coast Conference play. The Bulldogs will begin their quest for a 10th straight WCC regular-season title Jan. 9 at the University of Portland. The Pilots were picked second behind the Bulldogs in the pre-season balloting of WCC coaches. Portland received the two first-place votes that didn't go to the Bulldogs.

The 103 points Gonzaga University put up against Davidson College was the first time the Bulldogs had cracked the century mark since defeating Pepperdine University 101-59 Feb. 9, 2008, and was the most points for the Bulldogs since a 109-106 triple overtime win over Michigan State University in the 2005 EA Sports Maui Invitational and the most in regulation since a 105-45 waltz over Eastern Oregon State College Dec. 21, 2001.

 

 

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