2009–10 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball team

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2009–10 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball
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 (W) 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 (W) Current redshirt 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 150 lb (68 kg) 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 (W) 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 So Vancouver, BC
C 35 Dower, SamSam Dower Current redshirt 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 228 lb (103 kg) 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 Home town 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, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Exhibition Event
11/02/2009*
6:00 PM, KHQ
Alberta W 94–53 
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
Regular Season
11/14/2009*
5:00 PM, KHQ/FSN
Mississippi Valley State W 92–74  1–0
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
11/17/2009*
5:00 PM, ESPN
at #2 Michigan State L 75–71  1–1
Breslin Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
11/20/2009*
6:00 PM, KHQ/FSN
IPFW W 90–55  2–1
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, WA
2009 EA Sports Maui Invitational
11/23/2009*
12:00 PM, ESPN
vs. Colorado
EA Sports Maui Invitation First Round
W 76–72  3–1
Lahaina Civic Center (2,400)
Lahaina, Hawaii
11/24/2009*
7:30 PM, ESPN/ESPN2
vs. Wisconsin
EA Sports Maui Invitation Semi-Final
W 74–61  4–1
Lahaina Civic Center (2,400)
Lahaina, Hawaii
11/25/2009*
8:00 PM, ESPN
vs. Cincinnati
EA Sports Maui Invitation Final
W 61–59 OT 5–1
Lahaina Civic Center (2,400)
Lahaina, Hawaii
12/02/2009*
6:00 PM, KHQ/FSN
#17 Washington State W 74–69  6–1
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, Washington
12/05/2009*
2:00 PM, ESPN2
#17 Wake Forest L 77–75  6–2
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, Washington
12/09/2009*
6:00 PM, KHQ/FSN
#21 Augustana College W 79–40  7–2
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, Washington
Battle In Seattle
12/12/2009*
1:00 PM, KHQ
#21 vs. Davidson
Battle in Seattle
W 103–91  8–2
KeyArena (13,176)
Seattle, Washington
Aeropostle Classic
12/19/2009*
1:00 PM, CBS
#15 vs. #7 Duke L 76–41  8–3
Madison Square Garden (14,554)
New York, New York
12/28/2009*
6:00 PM, KHQ/FSN
Eastern Washington W 94–52  9–3
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, Washington
Ronald McDonald House Charities Classic
12/31/2009*
7:00 PM, ESPN2
vs. Oklahoma W 83–69  10–3
Spokane Arena (11,452)
Spokane, Washington
01/02/2010*
10:00 AM, CBS
vs. Illinois W 85–83 OT 11–3
United Center (20,917)
Chicago, Illinois
01/09/2010
7:00 PM, ESPNU
#19 at Portland W 81–78  12–3 (1–0)
Chiles Center (5,003)
Portland, Oregon
01/14/2010
8:00 PM, ESPN2
#17 at Saint Mary's W 89–82  13–3 (2–0)
McKeon Pavilion (3,500)
Moraga, California
01/16/2010
6:00 PM, KHQ/FSN
#17 at San Diego W 68–50  14–3 (3–0)
Jenny Craig Pavilion (4,158)
San Diego, California
01/21/2010
6:00 PM, KHQ/FSN
#15 Pepperdine W 91–84  15–3 (4–0)
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, Washington
01/23/2010
5:00 PM, KHQ/FSN
#15 Loyola Marymount W 85–69  16–3 (5–0)
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, Washington
01/28/2010
8:00 PM, ESPN2
#13 at Santa Clara W 71–64  17–3 (6–0)
Leavey Center (4,700)
Santa Clara, California
01/30/2010
6:30 PM, KHQ/FSN
#13 at San Francisco L 81–77 OT 17–4 (6–1)
War Memorial Gymnasium (4,114)
San Francisco, California
02/04/2010
8:00 PM, ESPN2
#17 Portland W 76–49  18–4 (7–1)
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, Washington
02/06/2010*
2:00 PM, ESPN2
#17 at Memphis W 66–58  19–4 (7–1)
FedEx Forum (17,037)
Memphis, Tennessee
02/11/2010
8:00 PM, ESPN2
#16 Saint Mary's W 80–61  20–4 (8–1)
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, Washington
02/13/2010
7:00 PM, ESPNU
#16 San Diego W 82–65  21–4 (9–1)
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, Washington
02/18/2010
6:00 PM, KAYU/FSN
#13 at Loyola Marymount L 74–66  21–5 (9–2)
Gersten Pavilion (3,770)
Los Angeles, California
02/20/2010
6:00 PM, KAYU/FSN
#13 at Pepperdine W 72–54  22–5 (10–2)
Firestone Fieldhouse (3,021)
Malibu, California
02/25/2010
8:00 PM, ESPN2
#18 Santa Clara W 88–51  23–5 (11–2)
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, Washington
02/27/2010
5:00 PM, KAYU/FSN
#18 San Francisco W 75–69  24–5 (12–2)
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, Washington
03/02/2010*
6:00 PM, KHQ/FSN
#18 Cal State Bakersfield W 78–59  25–5 (12–2)
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, Washington
West Coast Conference Tournament
03/07/2010
5:30 PM, ESPN2
#18 vs. Loyola Marymount
WCC Tournament Semi-Finals
W 77–62  26–5 (12–2)
Orleans Arena (7,941)
Paradise, Nevada
03/08/2010
6:00 PM, ESPN
#18 vs. Saint Mary's
WCC Tournament Final
L 81–62  26–6 (12–2)
Orleans Arena (7,726)
Paradise, Nevada
2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
03/19/2010*
4:10 PM, CBS
#22 vs. Florida State
First Round
W 67–60  27–6 (12–2)
HSBC Arena (18,948)
Buffalo, New York
03/21/2010*
9:10 AM, CBS
#22 vs. #4 Syracuse
Second Round
L 87–65  27–7 (12–2)
HSBC Arena (18,934)
Buffalo, New York
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Pacific Time.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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