Bulldogs Host Cowboys To Bring Curtain Down On 2010

Dec. 30, 2010

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
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
G -   3 Demetri Goodson, 6-0, 175, Jr., Spring, TX
       (5.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.3 assists, 0.6 steals)
G - 41 Steven Gray, 6-5, 205, Sr., Irondale, WA
      (14.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.6 assists, 1.7 steals)
C - 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 260, Jr., North Vancouver, B.C.
       (12.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.1 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.7 blocks)
F - 22 Mathis Mönninghoff, 6-7, 189, Fr., Ibbenbüren, Germany
       (6.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 0.4 assists)
F -  Elias Harris, 6-7, 245, So., Speyer, Germany
       (11.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.4 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.3 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  299-78 (12th year - 22nd at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same

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.

Game No. 15 - Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Sunday, January 2 - 10 a.m. PDT
Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum - Winston-Salem, NC
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: FSN (check local listings)
G -    2 Gary Clark, 6-4, 200, Sr., Sarasota, FL
       (11.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.5 assists, 0.8 steals)
G -  11 C.J. Harris, 6-3, 185, So., Winston-Salem, NC
       (10.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.2 assists, 0.8 steals)
C -  40 Ty Walker, 7-0, 230, Jr., Wilmington, NC
       (4.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 0.6 assists, 0.8 steals, 3.8 blocks)
F -   20 Ari Stewart, 6-7, 205, So., Marietta, GA
       (12.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.5 assists, 0.8 steals)
F -   30 Travis McKie, 6-7, 205, Fr., Richmond, VA
       (13.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.2 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.0 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Jeff Bzdelik (Illinois-Chicago, 1976)
WFU RECORD:  6-6 (1st year)  CAREER RECORD:  121-111 (8th year)
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.

It was unusually quiet in Gonzaga's McCarthey Athletic Center on Wednesday with the students gone for winter break and a raging snowstorm outside. Demetri Goodson fired the place up by pushing the Bulldogs' offense with 13 points and six assists as Gonzaga beat Lafayette 83-55. Kelly Olynyk scored 15 points and Elias Harris 14 for Gonzaga, which won its fourth straight game after an early December slump knocked it from the Top 25. Harris added nine rebounds as Gonzaga dominated inside, outscoring Lafayette 40-12 in the paint and winning the rebound battle 48-31. The Leopards, from the Patriot League, could not contain Gonzaga's front line of Olynyk, Harris and Robert Sacre. Lafayette led 13-11 before Olynyk hit three unanswered baskets to spark an 18-6 run that put the Bulldogs ahead 29-19 with 5:33 left. Harris had seven points during a 9-0 run that put Gonzaga up 38-22. Gonzaga shot 60 percent in the first half for a 42-27 lead. Their shooting woes continued in the second half, and Mathis Mönninghoff's 3-pointer gave Gonzaga a 67-45 lead with 8 minutes left. Gonzaga leading scorer Steven Gray, who has been slowed by a back injury, played but did not shoot the ball. This was the first meeting between the teams.

Gonzaga University concludes its three-game homestand New Year's Eve when Oklahoma State University visits the McCarthey Athletic Center for a 7 p.m. start. The Bulldogs will be looking for a fifth straight win, and if they get it head coach Mark Few will have his 300th career victory. With a win Few would move into a tie r sixth on the "Fastest To 300 Wins" list with Harold Anderson who coached at Bowling Green University and Toledo University. He picked up his 300th victory in his 378th game in 1949, his 14th year as head coach. Few would be 300-78 in his 12th season as head coach.

Gonzaga University and Oklahoma State University are both receiving votes in this week's Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls. The Bulldogs have not been ranked for four weeks while the Cowboys are still looking to crack the Top 25 for the first time this season.

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 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 299-78, 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 81-5 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.

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 statistics will show it as Moenninghoff as the umlaut is not recognized.

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. 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. 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 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.

Gonzaga University and Oklahoma State University have played some close match-ups over the years, the most memorable of which was the 2005 Battle In Seattle when the Bulldogs Adam Morrison made his infamous called bank trey to give the Bulldogs a 64-62 victory over legendary OSU coach Eddie Sutton.. The teams had met the previous season in the All-College Classic in Oklahoma City, Okla., with the bulldogs edging the Cowboys 78-75. The last time the teams met was Nov. 27, 2008, in the Old Spice Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Bulldogs captured the first-round contest 83-7. The win over OSU in propelled the Bulldogs to the tournament title as they defeated the University of Maryland and the University of Tennessee the next two games, respectively, to claim the title. Oklahoma State enters Friday's game with an 11-1 record, the lone loss to Virginia Tech.

Demetri Goodson had perhaps his best outing of the season Wednesday against Lafayette College. He scored a season-high 13 points (11 in the first half to jump start Gonzaga), dished out 6 assists to match his season high and hauled in 5 rebounds. He went 4-for-8 from the field after having gone 3-for-12 over the five previous games. He also connected on 5-of-6 free throws to make him 13-for-14 from the charity stripe in the last three games.

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 23-for-28 from the charity stripe over the last four games. Sacre is the Bulldogs top free throw shooter among the regulars this year at 81.1 percent on 60-of-74.

Sophomore Elias Harris continues to show signs of returning to form since recovering from an Achilles strain that sidelined him for one game in late November. After scoring 13 points and grabbing 11 rebounds against Xavier University for his first double-double of the season, he came back with 14 points and nine rebounds against Lafayette College. In his last five games he has scored 73 points (14.6 ppg) and hauled in 39 rebounds (7.8 rpg) in the 5-game stretch. He has raised his rebound average by better than 1.0 rpg in that stretch and is now averaging 5.7 rpg.

Gonzaga University has extended its string of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 574. 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 tied for fifth with Josh Heytvelt on the Gonzaga University career blocked shots list with 95. He swatted away 65 shots last season to rank second on the single-season list and has 22 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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