51 Matt Gastel
51 Matt Gastel
Height: 6-11
Weight: 230
Year: So.
Hometown: Tulsa, Okla.
Position: C
Previous School: Jenks HS
Sport: RS



One of five seniors on the squad ... ORU's tallest player

(along with like-sized newcomer Mickey Michalec) ... When healthy he has proven

to be a talented big man ... Can run the floor, score and rebound ... Has a nice

touch away from the basket ... Capable of knocking down 3-pointers ... Needs

just eight blocks to move into school's career Top 10 ... Ranked seventh in the

Mid-Con in blocked shot average (0.67).

2003-04 Highlights (Junior)

Played in 24 games and made 15 starts, including 12 times in

the last 15 games ... Had arguably the best game of his career in the 87-81

overtime win over Valparaiso at the Mabee Center, scoring a season-high 14

points and grabbing a career-best 13 rebounds against the eventual conference

champs. His offensive rebound and put-back with four seconds left forced the

extra stanza ... Missed two games early in the season due to a flu-like illness

but returned to help ORU defeat cross-town rival Tulsa ... Had five

double-figure scoring games, including back-to-back efforts at Oakland (12

points, 6 rebounds) and at IUPUI (14 points, 11 rebounds, third career

double-double) ... Missed the Chicago State game (2/19/04) after having back

spasms in pre-game warm-ups ... Came off the bench the next two games before

returning to the starting line-up against UMKC in the first-round of the Mid-Con

Tournament in Kansas City.

2002-03 Highlights (Sophomore)

Played his best over the last month of the season, averaging

6.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and shooting 62.5 percent (25-of-40) from the field in

that span ... Began February with a 14-point (7-of-10 FG) effort in a road win

over Western Illinois. Also had four rebounds and a block against the

Leathernecks on Fox SportsNet ... Followed with a career-high tying

18-point (7-of-9 FG, 4-of-5 FT), six-rebound performance in the home win over

Chicago State, playing 18 minutes ... Solid in the Mid-Con Tournament loss to

UMKC, scoring eight points (4-of-7 FG), and grabbing five rebounds ... Scored

seven points, hitting his first career 3-pointer, and grabbed two rebounds in 18

minutes of action in the win over Arkansas ... Also played well at Tulsa,

hitting both of his field goal attempts (one a 3-pointer) to finish with six

points, two rebounds and a blocked shot in 17 minutes off the bench ... Played a

season-high 23 minutes against Maryland-Baltimore County in the College of

Charleston Tournament.

2001-2002 Highlights (Redshirt Season)

Limited to just 37 total minutes through five games due to

severe asthma condition ... Season-highs of 13 minutes, three points, two

steals, and a block in ORU's 115-63 win over UT-Arlington on Dec. 17 ... Coaches

announced intentions to seek a medical redshirt over Christmas break.

2000-2001 (Freshman)

Outside of two games he played with the flu, Gastel ended his

true freshman campaign as one of ORU's hottest players ... Had just three

double-figure scoring nights in his first 16 games before reeling off six

consecutive games in double-figures from Feb. 1 - Feb. 17 ... Averaged 14.2

points and 8.0 rebounds, while shooting 62.7 percent (32-51) from the field in

that span ... After playing an average of just 15 minutes (due to the flu) and

scoring just two points in a pair of late-season conference losses at UMKC and

Southern Utah, he scored nine points in the regular-season finale against

Binghamton and added 10 points (5-6 FG) in the semi-final loss to Southern Utah

at the Mid-Con Tournament ... Posted a career-high 18 points and added six

rebounds against Western Illinois on Feb. 15... Followed that with a 17-point,

career-high 12-rebound effort to notch his first "double-double" in win over

Chicago State two nights later ... Helped ORU knock off Big 12 foe Nebraska in

the season-opener, scoring 11 points and contributing career-high three blocks

... Missed consecutive home conference games against Oakland and Valparaiso due

to a concussion ... Led the team with a .555 field goal percentage.

High School

Played for head coach Scott Padek at nearby Jenks High School

... Averaged 12.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game during his high

school career ... Named to the Jenks and Putnam City Invitational all-tournament

teams ... Was chosen as a Jim Thorpe and Faith 7 All-Star ... Named All-State,

as well as second team All-Metro and All-Conference ... An excellent student ...

Principal's Honor Roll all four years.