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Dec. 27, 2010

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
Game No. 13 - Lafayette College Leopards
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)
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (7-5; 0-0 West Coast)
G -   3 Demetri Goodson, 6-0, 175, Jr., Spring, TX
       (4.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.1 assists, 0.7 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.
       (13.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.2 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.6 blocks)
F - 22 Mathis Mönninghoff, 6-7, 189, Fr., Ibbenbüren, Germany
       (5.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 0.4 assists)
F -  Elias Harris, 6-7, 245, So., Speyer, Germany
       (11.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.5 assists, 0.6 steals)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  298-78 (12th year - 22nd at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

LAFAYETTE COLLEGE LEOPARDS (4-8; 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: None.

Game No. 14 - Oklahoma State University Cowboys
Friday, December 31 - 7 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: ESPN2
OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY COWBOYS (11-1; 0-0 Big 12)
G -   12 Keiton Page, 5-9, 160, Jr., Pawnee, OK
       (15.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.3 assists, 0.8 steals)
G -  14 Ray Penn, 5-9, 165, So., Houston, TX
       (8.9 ppg, 0.9 rpg, 2.9 assists, 0.5 steals)
G -  15 Nick Sidorakis, 6-4, 195, Sr., Jenks, OK
       (4.6 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.7 steals)
F -   31 Matt Pilgrim, 6-8, 255, Sr., Cincinnati, OH
       (4.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 0.9 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.7 blocks)
F -   33 Marshall Moses, 6-5, 255, Sr., Aiken, SC
       (17.3 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.7 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Travis Ford (Kentucky, 1994)
OSU RECORD:  56-24 (3rd year)  CAREER RECORD:  246-170 (14th year)
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  None.

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.

Robert Sacre scored a season-high 22 points to lead Gonzaga past Xavier 64-54 in the Bulldogs final outing prior to Christmas. Elias Harris, the only other player with more than six points for the Bulldogs, added 13 points and 11 rebounds. The increased Gonzaga's winning streak to three straight since suffering three straight losses. Gonzaga led 34-23 at the end of a sloppy first half. The Musketeers scored the first 10 points of the second half and held a 37-36 lead before falling behind for good. Xavier shot 33.3 percent from the field and had season highs of 27 fouls and 18 turnovers. The Bulldogs shot 38.1 percent from the field, but made 30 of 34 free-throw attempts. Gonzaga played without leading scorer Steven Gray, the team's lone senior who sat out with back spasms. Gonzaga went on a 13-5 run to erase the Xavier lead and go ahead 49-42 with 8:34 to go in the contest as four different Bulldogs scored during eh run. The Musketeers never got closer than four points the rest of the night. The Bulldogs got the lead to double-digits with just a little more than four minutes to play on a pair of free throws by Harris.

Gonzaga University continues its three-game homestand Wednesday when Lafayette College visits the McCarthey Athletic Center for a 5:30 p.m. start (please note the start time). The Bulldogs and Musketeers will be meeting for the first time on the hardwood. Gonzaga will bring the curtain down on 2010 Friday at 7 p.m. when Oklahoma State University visits for a 7 p.m. contest. It will be the last collegiate basketball game aired live on ESPN2 in 2010. Following Friday's game the Bulldogs depart early Saturday morning for Winston-Salem, N.C., and a Sunday afternoon game against Wake Forest University.

The weather which hammered the East Coast Sunday and Monday forced Lafayette College to revamp its travel plans. Originally scheduled to depart Philadelphia Monday morning at 6:35, the Leopards took a bus to Pittsburgh, Pa., on Sunday and flew fly out of Pittsburgh Monday morning, arriving in Spokane Monday afternoon on schedule.

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 Baylor University prior to leaving the game with an injury 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 Lafayette College have never met on the hardwood. Lafayette College was founded in 1826 by citizens of Easton, Pa., as an all-male liberal arts institution. In 1838, it became one of the first colleges to implement a teacher-training program, thus recognizing the connections within education at all levels. In 1854, the College formed a mutually supportive association with the Presbyterian Church. In 1866, as industrialism was changing the Western world, it established courses in engineering, chemistry, and mining. At a local level, it acknowledged the educational needs of the Easton area by introducing a part-time evening degree program in 1953. More recently, as the role of women in society underwent redefinition, in 1970 the College began coeducation to prepare both women and men to lead the nation into a new century. Today, Lafayette is an independent, coeducational, residential, undergraduate institution with a faculty of distinction and 2,400 full-time men and women students of high intellectual promise and diverse backgrounds. The student body is 53 percent men and 47 percent women.

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 298-78, 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 80-5 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 21st by Associated Press and 22nd in the ESPN/USA Today rankings. 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 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 went 30-for-34 from the free throw line against Xavier University, the second time this season the Bulldogs have been to the line at least 30 times. The Zags were 26-of-33 against Southern University in the season opener. Gonzaga had 11 games of 30 or more attempts last season, including a 41-of-54 effort against Davidson College in the Comcast Battle in Seattle. 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 and is connecting on 76.2 percent (202-for-265) thus far this season.

Gonzaga University shot a season-high 60.7 percent from the field against Lewis-Clark State College, going 37-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.

Robert Sacre went a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line against Xavier University, tying the school record for free throw percentage based on a minimum of 10 attempts. He became the 20th person to meet the criteria, with Geoff Goss (1993) and Frank Burgess (1961) sitting atop the list with a perfect 15-for-15. After not getting to the line in GU's loss at the University of Notre Dame, Sacre has come back to go 22-for-25 from the charity stripe over the last three games. Sacre is the Bulldogs top free throw shooter among the regulars this year at 83.1 percent on 59-of-71.

True freshman Mathis Keita gave Gonzaga University a boost off the bench against Xavier University with Steven Gray sidelined. Keita played a season-high 22 minutes, went 2-for-4 from the floor including 1-for-3 from 3-point range, scored five points, grabbed three rebounds and had a pair of steals. Keita had played just 42 minutes in seven previous appearances off the bench prior to the Xavier game. His last two games he is 5-for-10 from the field and has 12 points.

Sophomore Elias Harris has pulled down 25 rebounds in his last three games, including a season-high 11 against Xavier University. He has raised his rebound average by better than 1.0 rpg in that stretch and is now averaging 5.4 rpg.

Mathis Mönninghoff, another of the true freshmen for Gonzaga University, has played 20-plus minutes in each of the last three games with a season-high 27 against Xavier University. He's responded by going 8-for-14 from the field, 7-for-12 from 3-point range and scored 24 points in that stretch.

Junior college transfer Marquise Carter picked an opportune time to record his first double-digit scoring game as a Bulldog with 13 in Gonzaga University'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.

Gonzaga University has extended its string of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 573. 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 92. He needs four more to pass Josh Heytvelt for fifth. He swatted away 65 shots last season to rank second on the single-season list and has 19 through the first 12 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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