Bulldogs, Sooners In New Year's Eve Tilt At Spokane Arena

Dec. 30, 2009

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Men's Basketball Game Facts
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
No. NR/22 GONZAGA UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS (9-3; 0-0 West Coast)
G -   3 Demetri Goodson, 5-11, 164, So., Spring, TX
       (7.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.3 assists, 1.5 steals)
G - 15 Matt Bouldin, 6-5, 224, Sr., Highlands Ranch, CO
       (15.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.5 assists, 2.0 steals)
G - 32 Steven Gray, 6-5, 208, Jr., Bainbridge, WA
       (12.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.3 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.5 blocks)
C - 00 Robert Sacre, 7-0, 247, So., North Vancouver, B.C.
       (11.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 0.3 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.3 blocks)
F -  20 Elias Harris, 6-8, 215, Fr., Speyer, Germany
       (13.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 0.8 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.5 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Mark Few (University of Oregon, 1987)
GONZAGA RECORD:  273-69 (11th year - 21st at GU)  CAREER RECORD:  Same
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.
ame No. 14 - University of Illinois
Saturday, January 2 - 10 a.m. PST
United Center (21,711) - Chicago, IL
Radio: Sports Talk 1510 KGA (Spokane); 101.1 KEYF-FM (Spokane)
Network pre-game show 60 minutes prior to tipoff
TV: CBS

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI (8-4; 0-0 Big Ten Conference)
G -   1 D.J. Richardson, 6-3, 185, Fr., Peoria, IL
       (10.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.9 assists, 0.8 steals)
G -   3 Paul Brandon, 6-4, 195, Fr., Gurnee, IL
       (10.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.3 blocks)
G -  32 Demetri McCamey, 6-3, 200, Jr., Bellwood, IL
       (14.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 5.4 assists, 1.7 steals)
C -  54 Mike Tisdale, 7-1, 235, Jr., Riverton, IL
       (11.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 0.9 assists, 0.3 steals, 2.0 blocks)
F -   24 Mike Davis, 6-9, 220, Jr., Alexandria, VA
       (12.3 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 1.1 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.8 blocks)
HEAD COACH:  Bruce Weber (UW-Milwaukee, 1978)
UI RECORD:  160-61 (7th year)  CAREER RECORD:  263-115 (12th year)
GAMES PRIOR TO GONZAGA:  12/30 vs. Northwestern.
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.

Freshman Elias Harris scored 22 points as Gonzaga University pounded Eastern Washington University 94-52 Monday, rebounding from a 35-point loss to No. 7 Duke that was their worst since 1990. Four other players scored in double figures for Gonzaga (9-3), which fell out of the Top 25 this week despite not playing a game. They lost to Duke 76-41 on Dec. 19 at Madison Square Garden. Eastern Washington has lost 22 straight to its Spokane County neighbor, dating to 1990 and 30 of the last 31. It was the most lop-sided GU victory in the series since Dec. 11, 1993, when the Zags posted a 99-54 home win. The Eagles haven't won in the series since Jan. 8, 1990. EWU shot just 28 percent in the game and were outrebounded 56-35. This game was close for the first five minutes. The Zags broke away, scoring 13 unanswered points for a 21-8 lead with 11:46 left, and poured it on as the Eagles buried themselves with turnovers. After scoring just 41 against Duke, the Zags led 53-25 at halftime. They made 59 percent of their shots, including 7-of-12 3-pointers, in the first half. Eastern Washington made just 30 percent and committed 16 turnovers in the first half. It was more of the same in the second half as Gonzaga held a 75-36 lead with 10 minutes left despite mostly playing its reserves. Harris made 9-of-11 shots and added seven rebounds. The Bulldogs had five players in double figures after not having anybody hit double-digits against Duke.

Gonzaga University makes its annual trek to the downtown Spokane Arena to face the University of Oklahoma New Year's Eve in the fourth annual Ronald McDonald House Charities Classic. Tipoff is a rare 7 p.m. start for the Bulldogs with the game to be televised on ESPN2. Gonzaga is 1-2 in the RMHC games played in the Spokane Arena. The Bulldogs lost 78-77 in overtime to the University of Memphis in the inaugural event Feb. 17, 2007, defeated the University of Georgia 75-67 Jan. 5, 2007, and lost last year's contest to Memphis Feb. 7, 2009, in a game which was also a part of ESPN's College Game Day.

Gonzaga University and the University of Oklahoma have met just once previously, the Sooners taking a 72-68 victory Dec. 20, 2007, in the All-College Classic in Oklahoma City.

A busy week of three games in six days ends Saturday for Gonzaga University when the Bulldogs face the University of Illinois in the United Center in Chicago. Gametime is 10 a.m. PST and the game will be televised on CBS. It will be the second regular-season game on CBS this season for the Bulldogs, who met Duke Dec. 19 at Madison Square Garden.

By the time Gonzaga University gets back from Chicago Saturday night the Bulldogs will have traveled 16,184 miles in the non-conference season. That's more than the 15,865 air miles the Bulldogs logged from Nov. 21, 2006-Jan. 3, 2007, when the Bulldogs went to New York, Phoenix, Atlanta/New York, Seattle and Charlottesville, Va. This season Gonzaga has been to East Lansing, Mich.; Maui; Seattle, and New York with the Chicago trip this weekend. The Bulldogs have a Feb. 6 game scheduled in Memphis that will add another 3,320 to the non-conference total.

Matt Bouldin, Robert Sacre and Steven Gray of Gonzaga University and the University of Oklahoma's Tony Crocker all played in the last meeting between the Bulldogs and the Sooners. Bouldin was a sophomore starter while Sacre and Gray came off the bench as freshmen. Crocker was a starter for Oklahoma. Bouldin played 27 minutes and scored 5 points on a 2-for-7 night from the field. He also contributed three assists and a steal. Gray played 13 minutes and hit his only shot, a 3-pointer, and Sacre played five minutes and grabbed a pair of rebounds and had a steal. Crocker, a sophomore, played 34 minutes and scored 15 points on a 6-for-14 night from the field, including 3-for-5 from three.

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 273-69 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 67-4 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 1,335 points and has moved past 2009 teammate Jeremy Pargo and into 18th on the all-time Gonzaga University scoring charts. Bouldin needs 6 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 350 assists rank sixth and his 146 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 jumped two spots to No. 22 in the ESPN/USA Today men's basketball rankings released Monday, but the Bulldogs fell out of the Associated Press Top 25 after holding the 25th spot a week ago. The Bulldogs had been idle since losing to Duke on Dec. 19 at Madison Square Garden, nonetheless went from No. 24 to No. 22 in the voting of coaches. But the Bulldogs tumbled from the AP rankings after a four-week presence and were the first team in the others receiving votes category. Duke remained seventh in both polls. One other team in the Top 25 that dots the Gonzaga schedule is Michigan State University, 11th in both polls. The Univesity of Memphis, Wake Forest University, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Illinois, Saint Mary's College, 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 five straight weeks.

Gonzaga University has extended its string of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 538. 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 bounced back from its loss to Duke with one of its most efficient games of the season Monday against Eastern Washington University. The Bulldogs had five players in double figures, got some solid performances off the bench and dominated almost every category against the Eagles. The Bulldogs shot 50.0 percent from the field, the Bulldogs 34-for-68 from the field season highs for both makes and attempts. Gonzaga also went 11-for-24 from 3-point range, both numbers also season highs. The Bulldogs won the boards by a season-high 21 (56-35), dished out a season-high 19 assists and matched the season best with 14 steals.

The only area Gonzaga University was deficient in Monday against Eastern Washington University was at the free throw line where the Bulldogs went 15-for-29 for 51.7 percent. It marked the second straight game the Bulldogs shot poorly from the line, connecting on just 10o-f21 for 47.6 percent against Duke University. Gonzaga has been under 60 percent from the free throw line in four games this season. For the year Gonzaga is shooting 66.4 percent (249-for-375) from the stripe.

Elias Harris has the only double-double of the season for Gonzaga University, scoring 24 points and grabbing 12 rebounds against Washington State University.

Since going 6-for-6 from the field against Davidson College in the Battle in Seattle, Gonzaga University center Rob Sacre is just 3-for-14 from the field in the last two games for 21.4 percent. For the season Sacre is shooting 53.3 percent from the field.

Mangisto Arop had his most productive night of his short Gonzaga University career Monday against Eastern Washington University. He went 3-for-4 from the field - all from 3-point range - while scoring a season-high 10 points, grabbing 7 rebounds and dishing out a season-high 6 assists.

Freshman Kelly Olynyk and senior Matt Bouldin broke out of shooting slumps against Eastern Washington University. Olynyk entered the game 0-for-7 over the last three games and responded with a 4-for-9 effort against the Eagles and matched his season high with 10 points. Bouldin had been 1-for-10 his last two games - he sat out against Davidson College with a concussion - and also went 4-for-9 against EWU.

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.

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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