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Gonzaga digs deep to earn the win


I’m not one to say “I told you so” … who am I trying to kid? Of course I am.

It might not have been, overall, their best game of the season, but it was there best defensive game of the season. At least head coach Mark Few thought so.

“It was our best defensive effort of the year,” he said. “I thought we really responded to what we attempted to put in at practice this week and then at shootaround.

“Our guys played with so much energy and effort, they covered all the holes that were exposed down there (in Moraga) a month ago.”

And it might not have been the prettiest game they’ve played this year, but it may have been the one in which they played the hardest. At least fifth-year senior Sean Mallon thought it was.

Just what I kind of thought would happen (see pregame post below).

The eight guys who donned Gonzaga uniforms Saturday night and played decided to, to quote Larry the Cable Guy, “get er done.” Eight guys who all did a little more, played a little longer, dug a little deeper. In the end, it was enough.

But will it be enough over the next four weeks? Hell, will it be enough Monday night?

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Jim Meehan (@srjimm) Jim Meehan's coverage areas include Gonzaga University men's basketball, Spokane Shock football, golf and volleyball. He also contributes to the SportsLink Blog.

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