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Memorable Games Gonzaga 83, Tennessee 74 Nov. 30, 2008

Lake Buena Vista, FL

While the teams already had a regular-season battle scheduled for January, as fate would have it the two teams advanced through their brackets to meet in the title game of the Old Spice Classic at The Milk Bottle at Disney World. Steven Gray scored 19 points, Matt Bouldin added 17 and the ninth-ranked Bulldogs beat No. 12 Tennessee 83-74 to claim the title. Gonzaga raced to an 18-point lead only to see Tennessee rally to close to 77-71. But senior Micah Downs hit 5-of-6 six free throws and fellow senior Jeremy Pargo had a fast-break dunk to help the Bulldogs hold on and remain undefeated through five games in the early season. Gray, who had struggled from long range through the first four games of the season, found his shooting touch and unleashed a 4-for-6 night from beyond the arc on his way to 6-for-10 from the field. The Gonzaga defense held Tennessee to 36 percent from the field and forced the Volunteers into 21 turnovers. Pargo was named the tournament MVP and Josh Heytvelt, who had 15 points in the title game, earned all-tournament accolades. Gonzaga 70, Indiana 54 Dec, 6, 2008

Indianapolis, IN

Gonzaga University ventured into basketballcrazed Hoosier country to face Indiana University in the first collegiate basketball game in Lucas Oil Stadium, the new home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts. But it was the Bulldogs who made the state sit up and take notice on this cold, snowy day outside the dome. The veteran-laden and fifth-ranked Bulldogs taught a young Indiana squad a thing or two about patience, discipline and composure in taking a 70-54 victory. It was the third time the teams had met in the last four years, the other two meetings coming in the 2006 NCAA Tournament – a Bulldog victory – and the 2007 March Madness – a day of Hoosier revenge. The Bulldogs started slowly, but eventually their experience was too much as senior Josh Heytvelt poured in 17 points and senior Jeremy Pargo added 13. Heytvelt went 6-for-12 from the field and grabbed six rebounds on his way to Player of the Game honors. Connecticut 88 Gonzaga 83 (OT) Dec. 20, 2008

Seattle, WA

The Battle in Seattle was just that as Gonzaga and the University of Connecticut, who played a memorable NCAA Elite Eight contest in 1999 to start the Bulldogs decade of NCAA success, went at each other in a meeting of Top 10 teams. In the end it was the

second-ranked Huskies who prevailed over the eighth-ranked Bulldogs 88-83. But it took an extra session for the Huskies to pull out what seemed an improbable victory. UConn’s A.J. Price scored 24 points, including a nearly impossible 3-pointer with Gonzaga’s Jeremy Pargo in his face with 7.8 seconds to play to send the game to overtime, as the Huskies rallied from an 11-point deficit with 12 minutes to play to take the wild, albeit stunning, victory in front of a sold out throng of primarily Bulldog fans at KeyArena in Seattle. Price then stripped the ball from the Bulldogs in the lane to prevent Gonzaga from getting off a potential game-winning shot in regulation. Steven Gray scored a career-high 23 points for the Bulldogs. Gonzaga 89, Tennessee 79 (OT) Jan. 7, 2009 Knoxville, TN Gonzaga headed into the sea of orange of Thompson-Boling Arena on the University of Tennessee campus for the much anticipated re-match following the Bulldogs earlier victory over the Volunteers in the Old Spice Classic title game in December. But it was no neutral court for the Bulldogs this time, the Volunteers having won 37 straight in front of the more than 21,000-fans who cram the arena for every Vols contest. Tennessee was ranked 15th heading into the contest, while Gonzaga had dropped from the polls following a threegame losing streak. But with Matt Bouldin matching his career high with 26 points, the Bulldogs dominated the overtime session to run away with an 89-79 verdict. But it wasn’t as easy as the final score would indicate. The Vols tied the contest with 26 seconds remaining in regulation and Bouldin missed what would have been the game winning shot. In the overtime, sophomore Austin Daye hit a 3-pointer and four free throws for seven of his 20 points. Gonzaga scored the first seven points of OT and Tennessee never got closer than five the rest of the extra session. Josh Heytvelt added 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Bulldogs. Memphis 68, Gonzaga 50 Feb. 7, 2009

Spokane, WA

The story of this day was the return of ESPN’s College Game Day to the Gonzaga campus and the city of Spokane. The morning show aired from the McCarthey Athletic Center for the second time since 2006 as Rece Davis, Digger Phelps, Hubert Davis, Jay Bilas and Bob Knight were center stage in the collegiate basketball world from the floor of the McCarthey Athletic Center and the Lilac City. Unlike 2006 when the Bulldogs played Stanford on their home floor, this year’s game was played at the downtown Spokane Arena, announcers Dan Shulman, Bilas, Knight and

sideline reporter Erin Andrews showcasing college basketball across the nation during Saturday prime time. Memphis prevailed 6850 in a game that featured two of the nation’s best defenses as both teams were held well below their season averages. Gonzaga 83, Saint Mary’s 58 Mar. 9, 2009 Las Vegas, NV The West Coast Conference Tournament moved to a neutral site for the first time in the 23 years of the conference’s showcase event, The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The Bulldogs rolled to their 11th straight NCAA Tournament and won their ninth WCC tournament crown in 11 years with an 83-58 victory over regular-season runner-up Saint Mary’s in the title game. The Bulldogs, 14-0 in the WCC regular season, got 17 points from Josh Heytvelt and 12 points and 12 rebounds from tournament MVP Micah Downs in winning their 18th game in 19 starts down the stretch. Senior Jeremy Pargo and junior Matt Bouldin also earned all-tournament nods for Gonzaga. The Zags held a 1-0 lead before a second had even ticked off the clock to start the championship game when the Gaels were called for a dunk in the pre-game warm-up and Bouldin hit one of the two free throws on the technical. It didn’t have much of an impact on the final outcome, however, as Gonzaga built an 8-0 lead as Saint Mary’s missed its first eight shots. Gonzaga 83, Western Kentucky 81 Mar. 21, 2009 Portland, OR The shot heard around the collegiate basketball world on this late Saturday afternoon came from, of all people, a Gonzaga freshman. Demetri Goodson had just one field goal through the first 39:59.1 of the Bulldogs NCAA Tournament second-round game against Western Kentucky University. But his second field goal put a frenzied, pro-Gonzaga crowd in the Rose Garden in nearby Portland, Ore., into an all-out celebration as the freshman out of Spring, Texas, streaked down the court and hit a running bank shot with 0.9 seconds remaining for the 83-81 victory to put Gonzaga into the Sweet Sixteen. It’s the fourth Sweet Sixteen appearance in head coach Mark Few’s 10 years at the helm, and the Bulldogs fifth appearance in school history, Few an assistant coach that time. The Hilltoppers tied the contest on a tip-in with 7.2 seconds remaining, and Goodson took the inbounds pass and headed straight for the other end of the court, hitting the runner from the left side. The 5-11 Goodson was buried in the swarm of celebratory teammates.



2009-10 Gonzaga Men's Basketball Media Guide  
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2009-10 Gonzaga Men's Basketball Media Guide