2009–10 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball team

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2009–10 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball
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Maui Invitation Champions
WCC Regular Season Champions
NCAA Tournament, Second Round
Conference West Coast Conference
Ranking
Coaches #22
AP #22
2009–10 record 27–7 (12–2 WCC)
Head coach Mark Few (11th year)
Assistant coach Ray Giacoletti
Assistant coach Leon Rice
Assistant coach Tommy Lloyd
Home arena McCarthey Athletic Center
Seasons
« 2008–09 2010–11 »
2009–10 West Coast Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#22 Gonzaga 12 2   .857     27 7   .794
Saint Mary's 11 3   .786     28 6   .824
Portland 10 4   .714     21 11   .656
San Francisco 7 7   .500     12 18   .400
Loyola Marymount 7 7   .500     18 16   .529
San Diego 3 11   .214     11 21   .344
Santa Clara 3 11   .214     11 21   .344
Pepperdine 3 11   .214     7 24   .226
2010 WCC Tournament winner
As of March 27, 2010; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009–10 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball team represented Gonzaga University in the 2009–10 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Bulldogs are members of the West Coast Conference, were led by head coach Mark Few, and played they home games at the McCarthey Athletic Center on the Gonzaga campus in Spokane, Washington. The Zags finished the season 27–7, 12–2 in WCC play to claim the regular season championship. They advanced to the championship game of the 2010 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament before falling to Saint Mary's. They received an at–large bid to the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, earning an 8 seed in the West Region. They defeated 9 seed Florida State in the first round before losing to 1 seed and AP #4 Syracuse in the second round.

Roster[edit]

2009–10 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Home town
C 00 Sacre, RobertRobert Sacre 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 247 lb (112 kg) RS So North Vancouver, BC
F 01 Arop, MangistoMangisto Arop 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr Edmonton, Alberta
G 03 Goodson, DemetriDemetri Goodson 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 164 lb (74 kg) So Spring, Texas
G 04 Pontarolo-Magg, ChrisChris Pontarolo-Magg 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Sr Quincy, Washington
G 05 Vilarino, G.J.G.J. Vilarino 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 177 lb (80 kg) Fr McKinney, Texas
G 10 Gibbs, GrantGrant Gibbs 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 204 lb (93 kg) RS Fr Marion, Iowa
G 11 Stockton, DavidDavid Stockton 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 150 lb (68 kg) RS Fr Spokane, Washington
F 13 Olynyk, KellyKelly Olynyk 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr Kamloops, BC
G 15 Bouldin, MattMatt Bouldin 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 224 lb (102 kg) Sr Highlands Ranch, Colorado
F 20 Harris, EliasElias Harris 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr Speyer, Germany
G 30 Hart, MichaelMichael Hart 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 201 lb (91 kg) RS Fr Portland, Oregon
G 32 Gray, StevenSteven Gray 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 208 lb (94 kg) Jr Bainbridge Island, Washington
G 34 Kong, BolBol Kong 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) RS Fr Vancouver, BC
C 35 Dower, SamSam Dower 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 228 lb (103 kg) RS Fr Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
C 45 Foster, WillWill Foster 7 ft 5 in (2.26 m) 273 lb (124 kg) Sr Bonney Lake, Washington
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: 2010-12-21

2009–10 team recruits[edit]

Sam Dower was the first to sign with Gonzaga for their 2009–10 recruiting schedule on September 6, 2008.[1] He made only two visits to the schools on his recruiting list, but considered signing with the Marquette Golden Eagles, California Golden Bears, Minnesota Golden Gophers, and the George Mason Patriots.[2] While visiting schools on his recruit list, G.J. Vilarino visited Gonzaga during the week of April 23, 2009.[3] He was then officially signed to Gonzaga on April 27, 2009.[4] Before signing to Gonzaga, Vilarino also considered signing with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, Memphis Tigers, Baylor Bears, and the Virginia Commenwealth Rams.[5]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
G.J. Vilarino
PG
McKinney, Texas McKinney (TX) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Apr 27, 2009 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 88
Sam Dower
C
Osseo, Minnesota Osseo (MN) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sep 6, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 89
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Rankings[edit]

Legend
    Improvement in ranking
  Drop in ranking
  Not ranked previous week
RV Received votes but were not ranked in Top 25 of poll
Poll Pre
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Wk 2
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Wk 3
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Wk 4
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Wk 5
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Wk 6
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Wk 7
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Wk 8
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Wk 9
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Wk 10
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Wk 11
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Wk 12
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Wk 13
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Wk 14
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Wk 15
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Wk 16
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Wk 17
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Wk 18
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Wk 19
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AP RV RV RV 17 21 15 25 RV 19 17 15 13 17 16 13 18 18 18 22
Coaches RV RV RV 16 22 15т 24 22 18 14 10 8 13 11 9 15 14 14 18

Season[edit]

Preconference[edit]

Gonzaga opened the season with a 94–53 exhibition victory over Alberta on November 2. Matt Bouldin led the team with 17 points, followed by Sam Dower with 15 points and Robert Sacre with 11 points.[25] Gonzaga led by as many as 26 points in the second half as they earned a 92–74 victory over Mississippi Valley State on November 14. Four Gonzaga players scored in double-figures, including Bouldin with a game-high 22 points, Elias Harris with 18, Steven Gray with 16, and Sacre with 17.[26] On November 17, they played against Michigan State at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center and finished with a 75–71 loss against the second-ranked Spartans.[27] Sacre managed to match his career-high of 17 points, despite playing only 19 minutes in the game.[28] The Zags returned home and finished with a 90–55 victory over IPFW on November 20. Sacre lead Gonzaga with 15 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks.[29]

During Thanksgiving week, Gonzaga participated in the 2009 Maui Invitational Tournament at the Lahaina Civic Center in Lahaina, Hawaii.[30] On November 23, they defeated Colorado 76–72 during the opening round of the tournament. Steven Gray scored a game-high 27 points to help the Zags overcome a bad first half.[31] In the second round of the tournament on November 24, Gonzaga defeated Wisconsin 74–61. Four Gonzaga players scored in double digits, which helped the Zags maintain a double digit lead for most of the second half.[32] On November 25, Gonzaga beat Cincinnati 61–59 to win the Maui Invitational for the first time in school history. Steven Gray lead the Zags with 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists.[33]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Exhibition Event
11/02/2009* 6:00 PM Alberta McCarthey Athletic CenterSpokane, WA KHQ W 94–53  6,000
Regular Season
11/14/2009* 5:00 PM Mississippi Valley State McCarthey Athletic CenterSpokane, WA KHQ/FSN W 92–74  6,000 1–0
11/17/2009* 5:00 PM at #2 Michigan State Breslin CenterEast Lansing, MI ESPN L 75–71  14,759 1–1
11/20/2009* 6:00 PM IPFW McCarthey Athletic CenterSpokane, WA KHQ/FSN W 90–55  6,000 2–1
2009 EA Sports Maui Invitational
11/23/2009* 12:00 PM vs. Colorado Lahaina Civic CenterLahaina, Hawaii
(EA Sports Maui Invitation First Round)
ESPN W 76–72  2,400 3–1
11/24/2009* 7:30 PM vs. Wisconsin Lahaina Civic CenterLahaina, Hawaii
(EA Sports Maui Invitation Semi-Final)
ESPN/ESPN2 W 74–61  2,400 4–1
11/25/2009* 8:00 PM vs. Cincinnati Lahaina Civic CenterLahaina, Hawaii
(EA Sports Maui Invitation Final)
ESPN W 61–59 OT 2,400 5–1
12/02/2009* 6:00 PM Washington State #17 McCarthey Athletic CenterSpokane, Washington KHQ/FSN W 74–69  6,000 6–1
12/05/2009* 2:00 PM Wake Forest #17 McCarthey Athletic CenterSpokane, Washington ESPN2 L 77–75  6,000 6–2
12/09/2009* 6:00 PM Augustana College #21 McCarthey Athletic CenterSpokane, Washington KHQ/FSN W 79–40  6,000 7–2
Battle In Seattle
12/12/2009* 1:00 PM vs. Davidson #21 KeyArenaSeattle, Washington
(Battle in Seattle)
KHQ W 103–91  13,176 8–2
Aeropostle Classic
12/19/2009* 1:00 PM vs. #7 Duke #15 Madison Square GardenNew York, New York CBS L 76–41  14,554 8–3
12/28/2009* 6:00 PM Eastern Washington McCarthey Athletic CenterSpokane, Washington KHQ/FSN W 94–52  6,000 9–3
Ronald McDonald House Charities Classic
12/31/2009* 7:00 PM vs. Oklahoma Spokane ArenaSpokane, Washington ESPN2 W 83–69  11,452 10–3
01/02/2010* 10:00 AM vs. Illinois United CenterChicago, Illinois CBS W 85–83 OT 20,917 11–3
01/09/2010 7:00 PM at Portland #19 Chiles CenterPortland, Oregon ESPNU W 81–78  5,003 12–3 (1–0)
01/14/2010 8:00 PM at Saint Mary's #17 McKeon PavilionMoraga, California ESPN2 W 89–82  3,500 13–3 (2–0)
01/16/2010 6:00 PM at San Diego #17 Jenny Craig PavilionSan Diego, California KHQ/FSN W 68–50  4,158 14–3 (3–0)
01/21/2010 6:00 PM Pepperdine #15 McCarthey Athletic CenterSpokane, Washington KHQ/FSN W 91–84  6,000 15–3 (4–0)
01/23/2010 5:00 PM Loyola Marymount #15 McCarthey Athletic CenterSpokane, Washington KHQ/FSN W 85–69  6,000 16–3 (5–0)
01/28/2010 8:00 PM at Santa Clara #13 Leavey CenterSanta Clara, California ESPN2 W 71–64  4,700 17–3 (6–0)
01/30/2010 6:30 PM at San Francisco #13 War Memorial GymnasiumSan Francisco, California KHQ/FSN L 81–77 OT 4,114 17–4 (6–1)
02/04/2010 8:00 PM Portland #17 McCarthey Athletic CenterSpokane, Washington ESPN2 W 76–49  6,000 18–4 (7–1)
02/06/2010* 2:00 PM at Memphis #17 FedEx ForumMemphis, Tennessee ESPN2 W 66–58  17,037 19–4 (7–1)
02/11/2010 8:00 PM Saint Mary's #16 McCarthey Athletic CenterSpokane, Washington ESPN2 W 80–61  6,000 20–4 (8–1)
02/13/2010 7:00 PM San Diego #16 McCarthey Athletic CenterSpokane, Washington ESPNU W 82–65  6,000 21–4 (9–1)
02/18/2010 6:00 PM at Loyola Marymount #13 Gersten PavilionLos Angeles, California KAYU/FSN L 74–66  3,770 21–5 (9–2)
02/20/2010 6:00 PM at Pepperdine #13 Firestone FieldhouseMalibu, California KAYU/FSN W 72–54  3,021 22–5 (10–2)
02/25/2010 8:00 PM Santa Clara #18 McCarthey Athletic CenterSpokane, Washington ESPN2 W 88–51  6,000 23–5 (11–2)
02/27/2010 5:00 PM San Francisco #18 McCarthey Athletic CenterSpokane, Washington KAYU/FSN W 75–69  6,000 24–5 (12–2)
03/02/2010* 6:00 PM Cal State Bakersfield #18 McCarthey Athletic CenterSpokane, Washington KHQ/FSN W 78–59  6,000 25–5 (12–2)
West Coast Conference Tournament
03/07/2010 5:30 PM vs. Loyola Marymount #18 Orleans ArenaParadise, Nevada
(WCC Tournament Semi-Finals)
ESPN2 W 77–62  7,941 26–5 (12–2)
03/08/2010 6:00 PM vs. Saint Mary's #18 Orleans ArenaParadise, Nevada
(WCC Tournament Final)
ESPN L 81–62  7,726 26–6 (12–2)
2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
03/19/2010* 4:10 PM vs. Florida State #22 HSBC ArenaBuffalo, New York
(First Round)
CBS W 67–60  18,948 27–6 (12–2)
03/21/2010* 9:10 AM vs. #4 Syracuse #22 HSBC ArenaBuffalo, New York
(Second Round)
CBS L 87–65  18,934 27–7 (12–2)
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Pacific Time.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Samuel Dower 2009 Basketball Recruiting Profile". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-12-21. 
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  4. ^ Telep, Dave. "Vilarino Heads West". MSN. Retrieved 2010-12-21. 
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