2009–10 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball team

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2009–10 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball
Gonzaga Bulldogs wordmark.svg
Maui Invitation Champions
WCC Regular Season Champions
NCAA Tournament, Round of 32
Conference West Coast Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 22
AP No. 22
2009–10 record 27–7 (12–2 WCC)
Head coach Mark Few (11th year)
Assistant coach Leon Rice (11th year)
Assistant coach Tommy Lloyd (9th year)
Assistant coach Ray Giacoletti (3rd year)
Home arena McCarthey Athletic Center
Seasons
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.

Preseason[edit]

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Reason for Departure
Heytvelt, JoshJosh Heytvelt 42 F 6'11" 260 Senior (Redshirt) Clarkston, WA Graduated
Sorenson, AndrewAndrew Sorenson 11 G 6'2" 172 Senior (Redshirt) Olympia, WA Graduated
Downs, MicahMicah Downs 22 G 6'8" 194 Senior Kirkland, WA Graduated
Pargo, JeremyJeremy Pargo 2 G 6'2" 220 Senior Chicago, IL Graduated
Brown, IraIra Brown 50 F 6'4" 235 Senior Conroe, TX Graduated
Daye, AustinAustin Daye 5 F 6'11" 200 Sophomore Irvine, CA Entered the 2009 NBA Draft

Incoming Transfers[edit]

Name Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous
School
Years
Remaining
Date
Eligible
Kong, BolBol Kong G 6'6" 220 Sophomore (redshirt) Vancouver, BC Douglas College 3 Oct. 1, 2009[1]

2009 Recruiting Class[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Mangisto Arop[1]
SF
Edmonton, AB St. Mary (ON) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 208 lb (94 kg) May 7, 2008 
Scout: N/A   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 88
Sam Dower[2]
C
Brooklyn Park, MN Osseo 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 228 lb (103 kg) Sep 6, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 89
Elias Harris[3]
PF
Speyer, Germany Friedrich-Magnus-Schwerd-Gymnasium
BIS Speyer
6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Dec 16, 2008 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: NR
Kelly Olynyk[4]
PF
Kamloops, BC South Kamloops 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jan 26, 2009 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 90
G.J. Vilarino[5]
PG
McKinney, TX McKinney 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 177 lb (80 kg) Apr 27, 2009 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 88
David Stockton[6]
PG
Spokane, WA Gonzaga Prep 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 150 lb (68 kg)  
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: NR
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: NR   Rivals: NR  247Sports: NR  ESPN: NR
  • 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:

Roster[edit]

2009–10 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
C 45 Foster, WillWill Foster 7 ft 5 in (2.26 m) 273 lb (124 kg) Sr White River Bonney Lake, WA
G 15 Bouldin, MattMatt Bouldin 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 224 lb (102 kg) Sr ThunderRidge Highlands Ranch, CO
G 4 Pontarolo-Magg, ChrisChris Pontarolo-Magg (W) 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Sr Quincy Quincy, WA
G 32 Gray, StevenSteven Gray 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 208 lb (94 kg) Jr Bainbridge Bainbridge Island, WA
G 34 Kong, BolBol Kong 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) RS So St. George's
Douglas College
Vancouver, BC
C 00 Sacre, RobertRobert Sacre 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 247 lb (112 kg) RS So Handsworth North Vancouver, BC
G 3 Goodson, DemetriDemetri Goodson 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 164 lb (74 kg) So Klein Collins Spring, TX
F 14 Poling, AndyAndy Poling 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 232 lb (105 kg) RS Fr Westview Portland, OR
G 10 Gibbs, GrantGrant Gibbs 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 204 lb (93 kg) RS Fr Linn-Mar Marion, IA
G 30 Hart, MichaelMichael Hart (W) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 201 lb (91 kg) RS Fr Jesuit Portland, OR
F 1 Arop, MangistoMangisto Arop 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 208 lb (94 kg) Fr St. Mary (ON) Edmonton, AB
F 20 Harris, EliasElias Harris 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr Friedrich-Magnus-Schwerd-Gymnasium
BIS Speyer
Speyer, Germany
F 13 Olynyk, KellyKelly Olynyk 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr South Kamloops Kamloops, BC
G 5 Vilarino, G.J.G.J. Vilarino 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 177 lb (80 kg) Fr McKinney McKinney, TX
C 35 Dower, SamSam Dower Current redshirt 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 228 lb (103 kg) Fr Osseo Brooklyn Park, MN
G 11 Stockton, DavidDavid Stockton (W) Current redshirt 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 150 lb (68 kg) Fr Gonzaga Prep Spokane, WA
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster

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
[7]
Wk 2
[8]
Wk 3
[9]
Wk 4
[10]
Wk 5
[11]
Wk 6
[12]
Wk 7
[13]
Wk 8
[14]
Wk 9
[15]
Wk 10
[16]
Wk 11
[17]
Wk 12
[18]
Wk 13
[19]
Wk 14
[20]
Wk 15
[21]
Wk 16
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Wk 17
[23]
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.[26] 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.[27] 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.[28] Sacre managed to match his career-high of 17 points, despite playing only 19 minutes in the game.[29] 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.[30]

During Thanksgiving week, Gonzaga participated in the 2009 Maui Invitational Tournament at the Lahaina Civic Center in Lahaina, Hawaii.[31] 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.[32] 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.[33] 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.[34]

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 No. 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
No. 17 Washington State W 74–69  6–1
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, Washington
12/05/2009*
2:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 17 Wake Forest L 77–75  6–2
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, Washington
12/09/2009*
6:00 PM, KHQ/FSN
No. 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
No. 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
No. 15 vs. No. 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
No. 19 at Portland W 81–78  12–3 (1–0)
Chiles Center (5,003)
Portland, Oregon
01/14/2010
8:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 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
No. 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
No. 15 Pepperdine W 91–84  15–3 (4–0)
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, Washington
01/23/2010
5:00 PM, KHQ/FSN
No. 15 Loyola Marymount W 85–69  16–3 (5–0)
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, Washington
01/28/2010
8:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 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
No. 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
No. 17 Portland W 76–49  18–4 (7–1)
McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
Spokane, Washington
02/06/2010*
2:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 17 at Memphis W 66–58  19–4 (7–1)
FedEx Forum (17,037)
Memphis, Tennessee
02/11/2010
8:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 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
No. 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
No. 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
No. 13 at Pepperdine W 72–54  22–5 (10–2)
Firestone Fieldhouse (3,021)
Malibu, California
02/25/2010
8:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 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
No. 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
No. 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
No. 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
No. 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
No. 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
No. 22 vs. No. 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.

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