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12-05-2009, 05:08 PM
ESPN Highlight Video here (http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=4717475&categoryid=2459792).

AP Story on CBSSports.com (http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/gamecenter/recap/NCAAB_20091205_WF@GONZAG/key-ejections-paves-way-for-wake-forests-upset-of-gonzaga)

Key ejection paves way for Wake Forest's upset of Gonzaga

Dec. 5, 2009
CBSSports.com wire reports

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Gonzaga forward Elias Harris is not sure why he was ejected late in the first half against Wake Forest.

What is sure is that No. 17 Gonzaga could not recover from the game-changing loss of its second-leading scorer and top rebounder, and fell 77-75 to Wake Forest on Saturday.

"My feeling is I did nothing wrong," said Harris, who came in averaging 14 points and 8 rebounds a game.

Harris said he and Wake Forest's Chas McFarland were struggling for rebound position on C.J. Harris' missed 3-pointer.

"I put one hand on his chest and went for the rebound and he fell," Elias Harris said. "I didn't know what happened."

Wake Forest coach Dino Gaudio said he didn't see the play.

"It was a big momentum swing for us," Gaudio said. "I don't feel good for the young man [Harris]. He's a terrific kid."

12-05-2009, 05:48 PM
Okay, it's getting ridiculous what a great job the guys at KREM 2 are doing with their coverage of the Zags! Some more great video (http://www.krem.com/sports/college/gonzagavswakeforest-78612162.html), and I'm betting we'll see more posted wthin the next 24 hrs.

12-05-2009, 07:32 PM
Updated AP story in USA Today (http://content.usatoday.net/dist/custom/gci/InsidePage.aspx?cId=jconline&sParam=36968330.story):
"I would love three more years of this," said C.J. Harris. "I love playing in places like this and getting a W."

Stewart said winning was special.

"It feels great to come and beat Gonzaga, especially when only three other teams have won in this building."

The physical game featured 42 fouls and two technicals on Gonzaga.

Gonzaga coach Mark Few pointed to Wake Forest's 42-36 rebound advantage, including 16 offensive rebounds.

"They are a phenomenal offensive rebounding team," Few said. "They got extra shots."

Gonzaga was also hurt by making just 21 of 34 free throws, while the Deacons were sinking 21 of 28.

Matt Bouldin (FSY) led Gonzaga with 22 points while reserve Bol Kong added 12, making all four of his three-point attempts. Mangisto Arop had 9 points and 9 rebounds for Gonzaga.

This is only Wake Forest's second game in the state of Washington. They beat Washington in 1977.

Gonzaga is 10-5 versus ACC teams.

"Not too many ACC teams are going to come and play these guys," Gaudio said. "They are one of the best teams in the country and it took us seven hours to get here."

12-05-2009, 08:21 PM
Nice job with the quick story, Bulletin (http://www.gonzagabulletin.com/sports/deacons-deliver-zags-first-home-loss-in-nail-biter-1.978525) guys!
"We just need to take a day off and then spend some time on rebounding," Few said. "We knew they were a terrific rebounding team."

Wake Forest contained Steven Gray and Rob Sacre in the first half, but Gonzaga got a much-needed lift from the bench all game. Freshman Mangisto Arop scored seven points during a 15-0 first-half run and Bol Kong hit four second-half 3-pointers to help bring Gonzaga back from a double-digit deficit. Arop finished with nine points and nine boards while Kong amassed a career-best 12 points.

"We have a lot of [players that can penetrate], so I fit the roll of coming off the bench and hitting shots," Kong said.

"That was just courageous and gritty," Few said of Kong. "That’s what Bol can do."

12-05-2009, 08:34 PM
From the Spokesman-Review (http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/sportslink/2009/dec/05/zags-lose-harris-game/):
Harris, Gonzaga’s leading rebounder and second-leading scorer, watched the second half on television in the locker room. It appeared McFarland caught Harris earlier with an elbow.

“I saw the replay on TV, too, and I didn’t even recognize that he clipped me with the elbow,” Harris said. “I just stepped back and just normal underarm on his chest and went for the rebound. He just fell.”

McFarland said Harris’ elbow struck him in the Adam’s apple.

“That was huge,” McFarland said of the momentum shift. “He’s a great player and that took him out the rest of the game.”
“I tried to stay focused and ready and I knew at some point my time would come,” Kong said. “You almost felt like you had an extra player on the team when the crowd gets into it.”
“We have to change a few things, come out stronger and if we build a lead not lose it so quickly,” said freshman wing Manny Arop, who contributed nine points, nine rebounds and four assists. “There was a point where the lead just shifted and we have to keep our composure, even when one of our best players gets ejected. That was a turning point and then we were fighting back the whole time.”

Gonzaga displayed plenty of fight, but couldn’t duplicate its come-from-behind wins against Colorado, Cincinnati and WSU from the last two weeks.Read the rest of Jim's blog here (http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/sportslink/2009/dec/05/zags-lose-harris-game/).

12-06-2009, 05:41 AM
Check out some great photos in SI's Photo Album (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/basketball/ncaa/men/teams/gonzaga-bulldogs/gallery/index.html) (at the top of the Zags' team page). The photos are not in game order, but I love them because they are bigger than they are shown on other sites, and you can see beautiful detail. I like this one of Manny going up for a rebound against L.D. Williams and Ari Stewart. Those are just some beautiful athletes.


12-06-2009, 06:22 AM
Since I hadn't actually looked at the box score, amid all the bedlam here, from gozags.com (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-baskbl/stats/2009-2010/gonmb08.html):


12-06-2009, 06:33 AM
Since I hadn't actually looked at the box score, amid all the bedlam here, from gozags.com (http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-baskbl/stats/2009-2010/gonmb08.html):


What a game for Mangisto Arop. Maybe the most impressive thing about his and Bol Kong's game is that they act like they are seasoned vets. They always seem to be in control on offense and appear to have ice water in their veins. I'm most impressed by Manny's four assists. His ability to distribute the ball in limited action has been such a pleasant surprise. We knew he could score, we definitely knew he could board but his passing has been outstanding.

I love how against WSU, Grant Gibbs had a breakout type game with his passing and poise and then Manny Arop comes back with a statsheet filling game against Wake. I imagine they are battling like crazy in practice.