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Zags’ second-half defense turns tide on Waves

Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski (24) looks to the basket as Pepperdine center Ryan Keenan (44) defends during the first half of a NCAA college basketball game, Thurs., Dec. 29, 2016, in the McCarthey Athletic Center. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski (24) looks to the basket as Pepperdine center Ryan Keenan (44) defends during the first half of a NCAA college basketball game, Thurs., Dec. 29, 2016, in the McCarthey Athletic Center. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

in the closing half.

Gonzaga’s defense provided a fair amount of the offense and energy inside a fairly quiet McCarthey Athletic Center as the seventh-ranked Zags pulled away in the second half Thursday for a 92-62 victory.

The Zags made a few adjustments with ball-screen coverage, but mostly they just dialed up their effort and attention span.

“We actually tipped balls and got deflections,” coach Mark Few said. “We probably had two or three of those in the first half and we were very unalert. More here. Jim Meehan/SR




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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.