The WAC men's and women's basketball tournaments will again be held at one site — Orleans Arena in Las Vegas — over the next four days. The top-seeded Idaho women (22-8) get things started Wednesday at noon with a quarterfinal matchup with Chicago State. The Vandals are looking to get back to the NCAA tournament for the second straight year, but the situation is different this time. We wrote about this in our preview.
The Idaho men take on UMKC on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. The Vandals are just 1-7 in the WAC tournament since joining the conference in 2005-06, and Don Verlin is 0-5. We'll have more on this tomorrow. Idaho star Stephen Madison was named to the US Basketball Writers Assocaition's All-District VIII team on Tuesday, two days after being named a first-team all-WAC player. Meanwhile, guard Connor Hill was selected as the WAC player of the week on Monday — the seventh such honor for a Vandal this year.
Connor Chartier scored again Tuesday night, giving the Spokane Chiefs' right wing 13 goals for the season, more than double what he tallied last season. Read story
Spokane had lost all seven games against Seattle this season, but the Chiefs took care of that Tuesday night by toppling the Thunderbirds 6-4 during a rough-and-tumble road game. Read story
As junior guard Gary Bell Jr. put it afterward, “No more bubble talk.”
Gonzaga secured the WCC Tournament title with a 75-64 victory over BYU on Tuesday, earning its 16th straight NCAA Tournament berth. Sam Dower, with 20 points and 13 boards, was named MVP. David Stockton had seven assists, five rebounds, four points and three steals to join Dower, BYU's Tyler Haws and Kyle Collinsworth and USF's Cole Dickerson on the All-Tournament team.
My unedited game story is below. Check back tomorrow for my day-after post.
S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered the GU men's 75-64 win against BYU in the WCC finals. Check out this big picture gallery of game photos.
From Las Vegas — Washington State cornerback DaQuawn Brown was arrested Friday and booked into the Whitman County Jail on charges of felony second-degree assault and misdemeanor assault.
The rising sophomore was released on Monday. Police logs indicate he was also arrested earlier this month for driving without valid identification.
More after the jump.
Gonzaga rode its defense to another WCC title.
The Bulldogs limited BYU to 14 first-half points and cruised to a 71-57 victory Tuesday in the championship game at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
Keani Albanez led the way with 20 points, Sunny Greinacher added 16 and Lindsay Sherbert had 15.
My unedited game story is below.
S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered the GU women's game against BYU in the WCC finals. Check out this big picture gallery of game photos.
Another busy day ahead in Las Vegas with the Gonzaga men and women playing for titles at Orleans Arena — GU-BYU women at 1, GU-BYU men at 6 — so we'll move on to our day-after Saint Mary's post.
It'll be shorter than usual. Heading to the arena soon and Gonzaga players had exited the locker room by the time the Bulldogs' press conference ended.
GU roughed up the Gaels again Monday night, 70-54, to advance to the championship game. Here's my game story, John Blanchette's column, Colin Mulvany's photos (many of these pictures show the physical nature of the contest), and recaps in the San Francisco Chronicle and Contra Costa Times.
BYU's men went cold for the last 6 minutes of regulation but managed to advance to the title game by edging San Francisco in overtime. More on that game here, here, here and here. BYU's women pulled away in the second half against Pacific.
A GRIP ON SPORTS
There is a ritual this time of year as dependable as the first robin of spring or the swallows returning to Capistrano. People won't be happy with all-conference selections. Read on.
From Pullman — Had my first flight out of the Pullman airport canceled so I don't have long before making the familiar journey up to Spokane. The final destination will be Sin City, the Land of Lost Wages. We'll be covering not only the Washington State men in the Pac-12 tournament — featured in our blog post here — but both Idaho teams in the Western Athletic Conference tournament … The Pac-12 announced its All-Conference teams today and there wasn't much crimson or gray to be found … Nor was there much purple and gold, on the first team at least, and Lorenzo Romar found the omission of his best player confounding … Arizona, however, had no shortage of honors … Ted Miller takes a look at the conference kickers …
Gonzaga took apart Saint Mary's for the third time this season, the latest a 70-54 rout Monday that sends the Bulldogs into the WCC Tournament title game for the 17th straight year.
GU beat the Gaels by 21, 28 and 16 in three meetings.
David Stockton, building a strong case for MVP through two games, equaled his career high with 21 points. GU (27-6) will face No. 2 BYU or No. 3 San Francisco in Tuesday's title game.
My unedited game story is below.
S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany is in Las Vegas for the GU men 70-54 win over Saint Mary's WCC semifinal game. Check out this big picture gallery of game photos.
Haiden Palmer scored 16 points, Lindsay Sherbert had 14 in the first half and Shelby Cheslek added 11 points and 14 rebounds Gonzaga defeated Saint Mary's 68-60 on Monday.
The victory moves the top-seeded Bulldogs (28-4) into Tuesday's championship game against No. 2 BYU, a 77-64 winner over No. 3 Pacific.
The Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament begins on Wednesday. Follow the jump for a schedule of all the games.
Big Sky Conference scoring leader Tyler Harvey of Eastern Washington has been named a first-team all-star selection, the league announced Monday.
Harvey, a sophomore from Torrance, Calif., led the league in scoring and free-throw shooting while finishing among the nation's top 3-point shooters.
Harvey averaged 21.8 points, 89.7 percent at the free-throw line and made 109 3-point shots - second most in Big Sky history.
Eagle forward Venky Jois earned honorable mention honors.
Weber State guard/forward Davion Berry was named the conference's Most Valuable Player.
S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany is in Las Vegas for the GU women vs. Saint Mary's WCC semifinal game. Check out this big picture gallery of game photos.
From Pullman — The Pac-12 released its All-Conference teams today and there was nary a Washington State player to be found. DaVonte Lacy likely would have made the First or Second Team, but will settle for being named Honorable Mention after missing seven games with a rib injury. The 6-foot-4 guard scored 19.1 points per game this season, second most in the conference. Lacy played in 73.3 percent of WSU's games, falling short of the 75 percent threshold that would allow him to be ranked among the conference's top scorers.
All-Conference Teams after the jump.
The brackets for the men and women at the WCC tournaments look similar, at least from Gonzaga's perspective. The top four seeds in both tourneys advanced to the semifinals.
That means No. 1 Gonzaga will take on No. 4 Saint Mary's twice today. The women collide at noon, the men at 6. No. 2 BYU and No. 3 Pacific tangle at 2 in the second women's semifinal. No. 2 BYU and No. 3 USF meet in the men's late-night semi.
A GRIP ON SPORTS
If you are a basketball fan, the place to be this week in this part of the country is Las Vegas. The WCC tournament. The Pac-12 tournament. The WAC tournament. Heck, even the Mountain West tournament. A lot of basketball. Or, like me, you can just watch in the privacy of your own home. Not nearly as fun but a heck of a lot cheaper. Read on.