SATURDAY, FEB. 28, 2009

Hats off to Bullpups and Tigers 

They took the hard road, but both Gonzaga Prep boys and Lewis and Clark girls are headed to state. That means the GSL won't suffer the ignominy of not have a boys team there for the first time in memory and the Tigers have kept...

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Vandals earn road split 11 

Nothing on the road seems to come easily for Idaho. The Vandals nearly gave up an 11-point lead but held on for a 71-68 win at Fresno State on Saturday night. Idaho moves to 14-14 overall, 7-7 in the WAC.Senior guard Trevor Morris was a...

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PSU puts end to Eastern's season

Portland State put an end to Eastern Washington's Big Sky Tournament hopes and season Saturday night by posting a 66-62 overtime win over the Eaglesa at Reese Court.You can read an unedited version of the game story that will appear in Sunday's S-R below.

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Bulldogs ride defense past USD

It looked a lot like the last game between Gonzaga and San Diego. Gonzaga led this one 26-18 at half; GU led the January contest 27-18. Gonzaga won this one 58-47; the previous outcome was 64-47.Gonzaga shot 44.4 percent, compared to 42.9 in Spokane. USD...

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Washington State guard Taylor Rochestie shoots over Arizona State guard Derek Glasser during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game today at Jack Friel Court in Pullman. (The Spokesman-Review)

Rochestie's shot lifts WSU 17 

COUGARS I ran into one of the Cougar coaches in the Beasley Coliseum halls after the game. He was smiling. Mostly because WSU is playing the type of basketball the staff envisioned before the season. Three freshmen contributing and combining with the senior group to...

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Zags wrap up unbeaten WCC campaign 

Gonzaga joined some select company -- including the 2004 and 2006 Zags -- as it put the finishing touches on an unblemished WCC season with a 58-47 win over San Diego at the Jenny Craig Pavilion on Saturday. Only three others (Pepperdine in 1982 and...

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Zags up 8 at half

Gonzaga scored 16 of the last 19 points to take a 26-18 lead over San Diego at halftime.Josh Heytvelt hit his first three shots in the first 2:45 to give Gonzaga an 8-3 lead. The first non-Heytvelt field goal came with 7:49 left in the...

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WSU holds off No. 14 ASU in OT 13 

COUGARS Taylor Rochestie's 28-footer. That's what you'll remember from the Cougars' 51-49 victory. But there was more. Any defensive-minded coach preaches offense comes and goes. Your defense has to hold you in close games. You know you've heard Tony Bennett say it more than once....

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ASU leads by three at half

COUGARS So what did you expect from the two teams that sit atop the Pac-10 shooting percentage defense statistic? An offensive shootout? Well, you would have been sorely disappointed. And not too smart. These are teams that play the same type of defense, just one...

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WSU trying to survive

COUGARS I don't know if this will be as shocking as Darwin's theory of evolution, but the next two WSU games are going to be a survival of the fittest. And, in the basketball sense, I'm not sure the Cougars can survive. Read on.

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Senior Day at WSU 

COUGARS As Taylor Rochestie and Aron Baynes and Caleb Forrest and Daven Harmeling prepare to play their final game on Friel Court in an attempt to win the 79th game in the past four years, we prepare to put up our 347th post of the...

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Milan Stanojevic’s parents are here from Serbia.  (File / The Spokesman-Review)

Senior Night at EWU important in many ways

Eastern Washington's men's basketball team closes regular-season play at home tonight against Big Sky rival Portland State, needing a win to keep its slim post-season hopes alive.Tonight's game also marks the final appearance at home for four seniors on EWU's roster.You can read the S-R...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 27, 2009

All this for GSL rematches 17 

Greetings from Kennewick. Just got done with Gonzaga Prep-Wenatchee at 11 p.m. - LC vs. Walla Walla got over about half an hour earlier. And what do we get? A rematch between the Tigers and Bullpups at 1 p.m. Winner then plays at 7 for...

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UCLA guard Darren Collison drives to the basket as Washington State's Aron Baynes , Caleb Forrest, center, and Taylor Rochestie. (Dean Hare / Associated Press)

WSU seniors will say goodbye 

COUGARS Arizona State will enter Beasley Coliseum tomorrow coming off a tough loss in Seattle, a loss that possibly cost the Sun Devils a shot at the Pac-10 title. So how will they respond? And how will the Cougars deal with the emotions of senior...

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Santa Clara A.D. issues apology  

Santa Clara just posted an open letter from athletic director Dan Coonan addressing the behavior of a couple of students who threw objects on the floor during the GU-SCU game Thursday. Here's the letter.

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GU assistant Leon Rice, second from right, here with assistant Bill Grier, far left, head coach Mark Few and  director of basketball operations Jerry Krause, right, has been contacted by Idaho. 
 (File / The Spokesman-Review)

Krause honored, WCC seeding scenarios

Gonzaga director of basketball operations Jerry Krause caught an early flight Friday morning to be on hand for Hall of Fame induction ceremonies at Northern Colorado on Friday night. Krause (pictured on the right with GU's staff from several years ago -- that's USD coach...

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Arizona win, the morning after 13 

COUGARS Good morning. A little celebrating by the neighbors last night around the apartment complex, or was it just a typical Thursday night in Pullman? Whatever, the noise didn't die down until late, or early, depending on your perspective. Mine is in the shut-the-heck-up-and-go-to-bed-it's-after-midnight category....

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GU’s Josh Heytvelt powers his way toward 29 points.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Day after Santa Clara 

Strange things happen when Gonzaga and Santa Clara meet at the Leavey Center. Last year Brody Angley fouled GU's Steven Gray 65 feet from the basket with less than a second remaining. Gray made two free throws and sent the game to overtime where Gonzaga...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 26, 2009

Bulldogs move to 13-0 in WCC 

Back with an expanded game story from Gonzaga's 81-73 victory over Santa Clara on Thursday. The unedited version is below. Check back Friday for a day-after post, as well as a preview of the San Diego game.

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WSU's Klay Thompson struggles to pass through the defense of Arizona's Zane Johnson, on floor, and Nic Wise. (Associated Press)

WSU explodes in second half 11 

COUGARS Sorry this took so long, but ... OK, I have no excuse. I just took a long time to write it. It's ready now, so click the link. You'll find the unedited story along with some web-only notes.

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Road woes continue for Vandals 

Bty now, it's more than a trend. The Idaho men have been surprisingly steady at home and woefully inconsistent on the road. Such was the case Thursday night, when the Vandals let a double-digit first-half lead slip away in a 72-64 loss at San Jose...

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Zags up 36-35 at half

Gonzaga is shooting the lights out again against Santa Clara, but this time so are the Broncos.Gonzaga made its first five shots and 9 of its first 12. The Bulldogs built an early nine-point lead only to see Santa Clara respond with a 16-6 surge...

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WSU defeats UA, 69-53 

COUGARS The looks were there in the first half, the ball just didn't go in. Call it the curse of the east basket. The Cougars made them in the second – on the west side. And, because they shot the lights out (68 percent in...

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