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Rivalry returning for GU, UW

The Gonzaga-Washington men's basketball rivalry will return in the 2016-17 season, the schools announced Monday. It's a four-year, home-and-home agreement. The teams last met in Dec., 2006, with Gonzaga winning 97-77 (Matt Bouldin and UW's Ryan Appleby pictured above in the '06 meeting).

It sounds like GU coach Mark Few and UW counterpart Lorenzo Romar ironed out most of the details over the weekend in Las Vegas. Gonzaga has three Pac-12 foes on this year's schedule (UCLA, Arizona and Washington State).

More below.



By Jim Meehan

Staff writer

After a 10-year break, Gonzaga and Washington will renew their men’s basketball rivalry in the 2016-17 season, the schools announced Monday.

The teams are expected to meet four straight seasons, alternating between their respective home courts. No decision has been made on the site of the first game.

“I’ve been telling people we were going to work it out,” Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth said. “Mark (Few, Gonzaga coach) and Lorenzo (Romar, Washington coach) were together at USA Basketball this weekend and had a chance to visit and got it agreed upon.”

GU and UW have met 43 times (the Zags list the series record as 13-30 while the Huskies have it 29-14). The Huskies declined to continue the series after the Zags won eight of 10 meetings from 1999-2007.

“Certainly when we did play Washington the games were very high intensity, great crowds and great passion,” Few said in a release. “We hope to have that same feeling with the next four years of the series.”

In 2009, Washington proposed a three-game series, all of the games to be played at KeyArena in Seattle. Gonzaga had no objection to facing the Huskies but preferred home-and-home matchups. GU has played the Battle in Seattle annually at KeyArena since the 2003-04 season.

“This series is great for the fans of our state,” Romar said. “The fans have shown that they really appreciate the game with Washington and Gonzaga. I mean, every one of them since we’ve been here has been a sellout, or close to it. There’s a lot of enthusiasm and hype centered around the game.”

The Bulldogs won the most recent meeting 97-77 on Dec. 9, 2006, at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Derek Raivio scored 25 points and freshman Matt Bouldin, in his first collegiate start, added 21. Washington won a 99-95 thriller in Dec., 2005, as Justin Dentmon scored all 13 of his points in the final 13 minutes. Adam Morrison poured in 43 points for the visiting Zags.

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