Posts tagged: day after Saint Mary's
Another busy day ahead in Las Vegas with the Gonzaga men and women playing for titles at Orleans Arena — GU-BYU women at 1, GU-BYU men at 6 — so we'll move on to our day-after Saint Mary's post.
It'll be shorter than usual. Heading to the arena soon and Gonzaga players had exited the locker room by the time the Bulldogs' press conference ended.
GU roughed up the Gaels again Monday night, 70-54, to advance to the championship game. Here's my game story, John Blanchette's column, Colin Mulvany's photos (many of these pictures show the physical nature of the contest), and recaps in the San Francisco Chronicle and Contra Costa Times.
BYU's men went cold for the last 6 minutes of regulation but managed to advance to the title game by edging San Francisco in overtime. More on that game here, here, here and here. BYU's women pulled away in the second half against Pacific.
Coming off an 0-2 road trip, there was concern in Zagland earlier this week. Gonzaga faced the prospect of dropping four straight, failing to win the WCC outright, losing the No. 1 seed in the WCC Tournament and drifting onto the NCAA Tournament bubble.
GU erased those concerns with an impressive road trip, thumping Pacific 70-53 on Thursday and Saint Mary’s 75-47 on Saturday. The Zags will enter the postseason with a two-game winning streak. They won the conference by two games over BYU and San Francisco. They’ll be the top seed in Las Vegas. They appear to have distanced themselves from the NCAA bubble.
Here’s my game story that ran in Sunday’s S-R, and others by A.P., San Francisco Chronicle and Contra Costa Times. In case you missed it, former San Francisco players and assistants are questioning Rex Walters’ coaching tactics.
Read on for my day-after Saint Mary’s post.
Good morning from San Diego. We'll get right to it after one of the more memorable Gonzaga games in years. It might have cost me a couple years off my lifespan (8 p.m. start, deadline, overtime, deadline, building 138 degrees, deadline), but it was worth it.
I doubled checked with the conference office and re-confirmed that the victory clinched at least a second seed for Gonzaga and a bye into the WCC Tournament semifinals. There is no scenario if GU and Saint Mary's finished tied (11-3 or 10-4, or in a three-way tie with San Francisco at 10-4) that Gonzaga takes the top seed. SMC wins that if it comes down to a tiebreaker.
San Francisco is locked in at No. 3, even if the Dons finish in a three-way tie for first. Pepperdine is locked in at No. 6. The rest will be decided Saturday.
Good morning. I watched a replay of the first half when I got home (bedtime, 2!), got up for a phone interview with KJR in Seattle and then watched the second half. Entertaining game full of big plays, drama and questionable calls both ways that ended with Mickey McConnell draining a tough, leaning 15-footer to win it (pictured above in photo by S-R's Dan Pelle).
Can't say I'm a big fan of those 8 p.m. starts (that almost always become 8:10-8:15). I typically file a 6-8 inch game story for first edition right after the game, then make a mad dash to get a couple of interviews and a quick rewrite for final.
Much more below in my day-after post.
We got an early start flying out of Las Vegas and a late start on the day-after post. But we’re home, welcomed by some wind and snow, and here’s a recap of Saint Mary’s 81-62 win over the Zags in the WCC title game.
Links: S-R gamer, John Blanchette column, Chris Anderson photos, San Francisco Chronicle gamer, Contra Costa Times here and here, A.P. gamer, Seattle Times column, Tacoma News Tribune gamer and Las Vegas Review-Journal gamer.
I watched the GU-SMC replay into the early hours and was sleeping soundly when the phone rang this morning with a radio interview request. So, the Z’s will come later and the day-after post sooner.
Here are the links: S-R gamer, John Blanchette column on Omar Samhan, S-R photos, A.P., Seattle Times and Contra Costa Times (authored by S-R’s Dave Trimmer). San Diego, Gonzaga’s opponent Saturday, played without Brandon Johnson (groin injury) and lost to Portland. The Pilots, meanwhile, might not get Nik Raivio back this season.
Read on for more from Gonzaga’s 80-61 win over Saint Mary’s.
Back with the day-after post from Gonzaga’s 72-70 win over Saint Mary’s on Thursday, played out before a loud and packed McKeon Pavilion.
“It was nuts,” GU reserve center Will Foster said. “It was nuts.”
Yes it was. More below. I’ll post my GU-San Francisco advance later today.