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THURSDAY, JAN. 8, 2009

WSU struggles down the stretch 

COUGARS Well, if it's any consolation for Coug fans, this one came down to the wire. Not many of the Cougars six losses have. Usually, the problem stretch occurs a lot earlier than it did Thursday night. But once again WSU was unable to make...

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Vandals post biggest win of WAC era 13 

Idaho continued to impress in the early stages of the WAC season, bolting past Hawaii 67-47 at the Kibbie Dome on Thursday night. There were only 652 folks on hand, but I get the feeling more people will start showing up to the Dome.Keep reading...

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Stanojevic leads Eastern past ISU 

Eastern Washington used the 20-point outburst of Milan Stanojevic and some near-perfect work at the foul line to turn back visiting Idaho State 71-65 on Thursday night.I've attached an unedited version of the game story that will appear in Friday morning's S-R below.

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Cal pulls away late to stop WSU 

COUGARS There was just too much Patrick Christopher. The reigning Pac-10 player of the week looked like he wants to win the award two consecutive times Thursday. Not only did he finish with 22 points, but he stuck dagger after dagger into the Cougar second-half...

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Cal leads by two at half 

COUGARS The tweaks WSU has instituted in its offense – more on-ball screens, moving Daven Harmeling back to the 4, giving Abe Lodwick some time – have certainly helped the Cougars stay close, trailing 28-26 at the half. But maybe Taylor Rochestie had it right...

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Day after Tennessee 15 

Just arrived home (small leak in the basement not exactly the welcome back I was hoping for), so we'll get the day-after Tennessee post up. A lot to cover from Gonzaga’s 89-79 overtime victory. Read on.

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Nice having eastern WIAA presence 

It's nice having John Miller at the WIAA. The former Mead and Mt. Spokane teacher, coach and athletic director understands eastern Washington concerns and is always available to lend and ear and a voice. I talked with him this week about a number of things,...

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Idaho preps

The Coeur d'Alene girls and Post Falls boys basketball teams come into the new year playing the best ball. Click the link here to read more.

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WSU tries to end streak 15 

COUGARS Remember last season when WSU lost three consecutive home games? The Cougars avoided losing a fourth by thundering O.J. Mayo and USC, 74-50. Which means WSU hasn't lost four in-a-row at home since 2004, Dick Bennett's first year. But that is a possibility tonight...

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Gross AWOL as Eags prepare for ISU

Good afternoon.I have links to several items concerning EWU's men's basketball team, which entertains Big Sky Conference rival Idaho State at 7:05 tonight at Reese Court.The Eagles will be without Trey Gross, whose whereabouts are still a mystery to EWU coach Kirk Earlywine after the...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 7, 2009

GU-Tennessee game story 

As promised, read on below for my unedited game story on Gonzaga's 89-79 overtime win against Tennessee on Wednesday.We'll be back with a day-after post tomorrow, probably from Sea-Tac in the afternoon.

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Zags work overtime to end skid 

Gonzaga had its chances in regulation, but finally finished off Tennessee in overtime, ending a three-game losing streak with an 89-79 victory in front of 22,326 at Thompson-Boling Arena on Wednesday.The Bulldogs, who missed free throw after free throw in regulation, hit 9 of 10...

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Tatum shoots Vols to lead at half

Tennessee's Cameron Tatum scorched Gonzaga with four 3-pointers and a career-high tying 19 points in the first half to stake the Volunteers to a 40-33 halftime lead. Tatum's deep 3-pointer gave the Vols their biggest lead 31-16 before GU battled back. The Bulldogs actually led...

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A sea of orange and some Gray

About 10 minutes from tip off and it's a nothing but orange in Thompson-Boling Arena, an impressive facility with seating capacity of 21,678 (it was more than 24,000 before a remodel two years ago added luxury boxes at the expense of a few thousand seats).One...

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Idaho preps

If the weather cooperates - the roofs don't collapse and the gyms don't flood - there might be some high school basketball in North Idaho soon! Click the extended entry tab below to continue reading.

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Who can stop the Bullpups? 

Is Greater Spokane League basketball as good as last year, better or down a bit? It's tempting to say the latter given that every team, but two have three or more losses already. But maybe we were so focused on Ferris last year that we...

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FSN and the Holt hire - plus hoops 23 

COUGARS It was, seemingly, a huge day yesterday for Husky fans. The hiring of former Idaho head coach Nick Holt as defensive coordinator was such a big deal that Fox Sports Northwest televised the press conference – twice. Read on for more on that and...

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Blanchette on Zags' slide 

A couple of items for your consumption on a blustery morning in Knoxville. First, John Blanchette checks the Zags' temperature here. Also, a preview of the GU-Tennessee matchup from the Knoxville newspaper.

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TUESDAY, JAN. 6, 2009

Gonzaga, Tennessee ready for round three

For the third time in just over a year, Gonzaga and Tennessee will square off. Tennessee won last season in Seattle, Gonzaga won five weeks ago in Orlando. The third meeting is Wednesday night at 6 PST at Tennessee's Thompson-Boling Arena, which hasn't been too...

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Cal, Stanford headed for Pullman 

COUGARS The Bay Area teams come into Pullman this weekend, starting with the Cal Bears on Thursday night. Cal and Stanford are two of the surprising teams in the Pac-10 this season, so we thought we would take a look at their success. Read on...

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WSU links drizzle out on a Tuesday 33 

COUGARS Not a lot in the way of links this morning. Now rain, that we've got a lot of. Piles of snow one morning, ice all afternoon and rain the next day. How fun. Anyhow, read on for the few links we do have and...

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MONDAY, JAN. 5, 2009

Randa recalls playing days at Eastern

As promised, I've attached an unedited version of the Then & Now yarn on former EWU center John Randa that will appear in Tuesday morning's S-R below.From his painful on-court encounter with Kevin Duckworth to his wedding on The Rock of Gibraltor, Randa has some...

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