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Harris grows up on, off court

Gonzaga’s Elias Harris shoots against San Francisco’s Cole Dickerson in second half. (Associated Press)
Gonzaga’s Elias Harris shoots against San Francisco’s Cole Dickerson in second half. (Associated Press)

The Zags have a key game with visiting BYU tomorrow and I've put together some information on that matchup and a feature on GU junior forward Elias Harris for Thursday's S-R.

Here's the link to the Harris article. Below is a glance at tomorrow's contest.


RECORD: 21-5, 11-3 WCC

COMING UP: Tonight vs. BYU, 8, ESPN2; Saturday at San Diego, 4, (KHQ/Root)

OUTLOOK: The Cougars have had Gonzaga’s number with a 10-point win in Provo last month and a 22-point drubbing last March at the NCAA Tournament. BYU has won five straight WCC games and seems to have regained its stride offensively after sputtering for a couple weeks in January. The Cougars rank 10th nationally in scoring (79.7) and fifth in assists (17.8). They like to play fast – they’ve attempted 1,740 field goals in 29 games, compared to GU’s 1,363 in 26 games – and often take the first good look. Forwards Brandon Davies and Noah Hartsock, who is battling a knee injury, combined for 39 points, 19 rebounds, four assists and three blocks in the first meeting. San Diego, locked into the sixth seed, has won three of its last four conference games. Freshman guard Johnny Dee, who leads the WCC in 3-pointers made per game (2.6), averages a team-high 13.7 points per game.




The conference office confirmed that there was an inadvertent whistle near the end of the Gonzaga-San Francisco game. It came with just over a minute left as both teams scrambled for possession of a loose ball near the free-throw line and Gonzaga attempted to call a timeout. Officials determined a USF player had possession when the whistle sounded and awarded possession to the Dons.

Head coaches Rex Walters (USF) and Mark Few (Gonzaga) weren’t sure what call was made immediately after the game.

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Jim Meehan
Jim Meehan joined The Spokesman-Review in 1990. Jim is currently a reporter for the Sports Desk and covers Gonzaga University basketball, Spokane Empire football, college volleyball and golf.

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