THURSDAY, FEB. 28, 2013

Gonzaga hangs on, defeats BYU 

Read on for my unedited game story from GU's 70-65 win over BYU on Thursday. And check back tomorrow for a day-after BYU post and a feature on GU's three seniors as they prepare for their final home game against Portland on Saturday.

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Gonzaga nips Pilots, heads to postseason

Few people expected Portland to give Gonzaga a big scare in the Bulldogs' final West Coast Conference game of the season on Thursday night. But Gonzaga needed some key free throws and a crucial steal in the final seconds to hold off the Pilots and...

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Idaho falls apart in second half

If Idaho's season wasn't slipping away before tonight, it certainly is now. The Vandals were poleaxed by Texas-San Antonio in the final 20 minutes of a 74-56 loss. It was another unsightly loss for UI -- its fifth in six games -- and suddenly the...

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Gonzaga holds off pesky Pilots

Gonzaga's offense wasn't at its sharpest Thursday night as the Bulldogs completed their regular season with a 59-56 win over Portland in West Coast Conference play at McCarthey Athletic Center. Jazmine Redmon preserved the win with two late free throws. The Bulldogs finished the regular...

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Cold-shooting Gonzaga holds slim halftime lead

Gonzaga's quest to increase its winning streak to 13 games and close out the regular season with a win is getting a stiff challenge from Portland. Gonzaga leads the West Coast Conference game at McCarthey Athletic Center 27-24 at halftime. The Bulldogs have shot 9...

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GU holds off BYU 

By Jim Meehan jimm@spokesman.com, (208) 765-7131 PROVO, Utah – The Gonzaga Bulldogs stated their case for the No. 1 ranking in college basketball by doing what they’ve done for most of the season. The Bulldogs defended, took care of the ball and repeatedly came up...

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Gonzaga women will cap regular season

Gonzaga (24-5, 14-1) has already clinched its ninth consecutive West Coast Conference title and the No. 1 seed to next weekend's WCC tournament in Las Vegas. The Bulldogs will attempt to add to their 12-game winning streak when they complete the regular season tonight at...

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Last set of EWU basketball tickets up for grabs

Enter the final drawing for Eastern Washington's men's basketball tickets. Just take the news quiz and you will be automatically entered into the drawing for four tickets to the EWU vs. North Dakota game on Saturday. In addition, you could also win movie tickets and...

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An early start to a big day 

A GRIP ON SPORTS It's only 5:30 in the morning and I've already spent an hour or so reading stories and prepping links for today's post. Is it because today is the first day of the Washington State basketball tournaments? Ya, that's what it is....

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Pac-12 race gets muddier

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- Rare is a Wednesday night this season when we can just sit in front of the television and watch some other Pac-12 basketball games. But last night was different. It was also entertaining. Read on for links to words.

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27, 2013

Stanford, Cal come to Northwest with title dreams

Washington State and Washington are the last hurdles for Stanford and California as the Bay Area schools attempt to win the Pac-12 Conference title when they travel to the Northwest. Winning conference titles is nothing new for Stanford, but Cal is looking for its first....

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Chiefs move closer to Tri-City

The Spokane Chiefs defeated host Everett 4-1 on Wednesday night to close within one point of the Tri-City Americans for fourth place in the Western Hockey League's Western Conference. Spokane's gap on fifth-place Victoria grew to seven points, so it's looking more and more as...

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Zags make No. 1 pitch

The door to the No. 1 ranking is open and second-ranked Gonzaga can state its case with a victory over BYU on Thursday in Provo No. 1 Indiana lost to Minnesota on Tuesday, which leaves a couple of viable contenders for the top spot: Gonzaga,...

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Gonzaga is trending up 

A GRIP ON SPORTS There is sort of an eclectic mix of stories available today, though they follow three main trends. If Gonzaga wins both games this week, will it be ranked No. 1? Are the Mariners really improved? And, who will win the prep...

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Wednesday brings WSU links

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- A slower-than-usual week begins to kick into gear for Washington State, which practiced Tuesday after doing some lighter work on Monday. We have some links to get you through your Wednesday morning. Read on.

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TUESDAY, FEB. 26, 2013

Vandals begin final stretch

The Vandals' final stretch of the regular season begins Thursday night in San Antonio, where they'll try to complete a season sweep of Texas-San Antonio. Idaho (10-16) has three regular-season WAC games remaining -- and as disappointing as the season has been for the Vandals,...

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Ams beat Portland, solidify hold on fourth

The Tri-City Americans defeated the high-powered Portland Winterhawks on Tuesday night to give them an extra cushion on fourth place in the Western Hockey League's Western Conference. The Americans, with 77 points, lead the fifth-place Spokane Chiefs by three points. Both teams have 10 games...

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Patience pays off for Idaho's Graham

Idaho senior post Jessica Graham is as healthy as she's been during a difficult college career that included multiple injuries to her left knee. Her Vandals, too, are having a healthy season in the Western Athletic Conference. Read story

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Fans see Gonzaga’s unity on the court in Elias Harris, Kevin Pangos and Kyle Dranginis, but the team is close outside basketball as well. (Colin Mulvany)

No. 2 GU passing chemistry test

A bit of a rough start to senior week for two GU seniors who will play in their final home game Saturday against Portland. Elias Harris took a shot to the nose and Guy Landry Edi a blow to the chin about 10 minutes apart...

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Senior Riley Moreen has helped lead LC to Idaho 5A tournament. (Kathy Plonka)

Lake City boys poised for state

This is the first of a handful of state high school basketball previews we will publish each day leading up to the state tournaments. Today we feature the Lake City boys basketball team and its quest for a state championship. Pictured above is one of...

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Hey, it could happen 

A GRIP ON SPORTS SPOKANE – Downtown Spokane shut down today as amazed Gonzaga University fans took to the streets in celebration of the schools first NCAA mens' basketball national championship. A crowd estimated at more than a million, all of whom said they have...

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Slim pickings on Tuesday 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- We'll have more for you on the blog later. Promise. Ken Bone meets with the media later this morning. But for now, you'll have to settle for the following links. There aren't many. Read on.

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