Posts tagged: Gonzaga basketball
Gonzaga took all the guesswork – other than seeding, opponent and location — out of Selection Sunday by winning the WCC Tournament title over BYU on Tuesday. Had the Zags lost, most pundits still had them in the NCAA field as an at-large team but it would have been an uncomfortable few days waiting for Sunday’s announcement. (I’m guessing an 8 or 9 seed, I’m pulling for a trip to San Diego).
GU did it with a near flawless first half, leading by as many as 21 before settling for a 17-point edge at the break. The cushion helped the Zags withstand BYU’s second-half rally for a 75-64 victory.
Here’s my game story, John Blanchette’s column and Colin Mulvany’s photos. The view from Utah here, here, here, here and here. The Zags doubled up on championships as Gonzaga's women thumped BYU. My game story here and Colin's photos.
Onward for my day-after BYU post.
As junior guard Gary Bell Jr. put it afterward, “No more bubble talk.”
Gonzaga secured the WCC Tournament title with a 75-64 victory over BYU on Tuesday, earning its 16th straight NCAA Tournament berth. Sam Dower, with 20 points and 13 boards, was named MVP. David Stockton had seven assists, five rebounds, four points and three steals to join Dower, BYU's Tyler Haws and Kyle Collinsworth and USF's Cole Dickerson on the All-Tournament team.
My unedited game story is below. Check back tomorrow for my day-after post.
Gonzaga rode its defense to another WCC title.
The Bulldogs limited BYU to 14 first-half points and cruised to a 71-57 victory Tuesday in the championship game at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
Keani Albanez led the way with 20 points, Sunny Greinacher added 16 and Lindsay Sherbert had 15.
My unedited game story is below.
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.
Gonzaga took apart Saint Mary's for the third time this season, the latest a 70-54 rout Monday that sends the Bulldogs into the WCC Tournament title game for the 17th straight year.
GU beat the Gaels by 21, 28 and 16 in three meetings.
David Stockton, building a strong case for MVP through two games, equaled his career high with 21 points. GU (27-6) will face No. 2 BYU or No. 3 San Francisco in Tuesday's title game.
My unedited game story is below.
Haiden Palmer scored 16 points, Lindsay Sherbert had 14 in the first half and Shelby Cheslek added 11 points and 14 rebounds Gonzaga defeated Saint Mary's 68-60 on Monday.
The victory moves the top-seeded Bulldogs (28-4) into Tuesday's championship game against No. 2 BYU, a 77-64 winner over No. 3 Pacific.
The brackets for the men and women at the WCC tournaments look similar, at least from Gonzaga's perspective. The top four seeds in both tourneys advanced to the semifinals.
That means No. 1 Gonzaga will take on No. 4 Saint Mary's twice today. The women collide at noon, the men at 6. No. 2 BYU and No. 3 Pacific tangle at 2 in the second women's semifinal. No. 2 BYU and No. 3 USF meet in the men's late-night semi.
Back with a day-after post from Gonzaga's 77-75 survive-and-advance special over No. 9 Santa Clara.
David Stockton hit the game-winner, a mad dash down the lane finished off by a right-handed layup from the left side of the rim. Sam Dower Jr. provided the foundation for the victory with 23 points, including a 15-of-15 night at the free-throw line.
Here's my game story and John Blanchette's column. Here's a game story from the San Francisco Chronicle and another on Saint Mary's win over Pepperdine. GU takes on the Gaels on Monday in the semifinals.
David Stockton's twisting layup with 1.4 seconds left lifted Gonzaga past Santa Clara 77-75 at the WCC Tournament on Saturday. The victory sends GU (26-6) into a semifinal matchup Monday at 6 against No. 4 Saint Mary's, which defeated No. 5 Pepperdine late Saturday night.
The Bulldogs trailed most of the game before catching the Broncos in the final 5 minutes. Sam Dower Jr. made 15 of 15 free throws and scored 23 points. Przemek Karnowski added 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Santa Clara's Jared Brownridge put on a shooting clinic in the first half, using his quick-trigger release to score 18 of his 24 points. His jumper tied it at 75 before Stockton's game-winner.
My unedited game story is below.
Gonzaga's top-seeded women withstood a spirited effort from No. 8 San Francisco, posting a 81-68 victory that moves the Bulldogs into Monday's semifinals against No. 4 Saint Mary's, which rallied from 17 down to edge No. 5 San Diego.
Four men's games today at Orleans Arena, beginning with No. 6 San Diego vs.. No. 3 San Francisco (upset alert) at noon. Gonzaga takes on Santa Clara at 6 — updates on twitter @SRjimm.
The top-seeded Gonzaga men's basketball team will face No. 9 Santa Clara in the quarterfinals Saturday at 6 at Orleans Arena.
The Broncos (14-18) thumped No. 8 Pacific 81-64 late Thursday night. Guards Jared Brownridge (20 points), Evan Roquemore (17) and Brandon Clark (15) led the way with a combined 52 points. Gonzaga swept Santa Clara during the regular season, winning 54-52 on Sam Dower Jr.'s 3-pointer in the closing seconds in Santa Clara and 74-60 in Spokane.
The No. 1-seeded GU women will take on San Francisco on Friday at 6 p.m. The eighth-seeded Dons (12-18) upended No. 9 Loyola Marymount 63-62 on Thursday on Taj Winston's layup with one second remaining. Gonzaga swept USF during the regular season.
I believe it was Bill Murray who best described post-season basketball: “OK, I guess we're playing for keeps now.”
OK, I might be taking his line a tad out of context, but it's too late to type another intro. Gonzaga's men and women — I take on double duty at the WCC tournaments — move into their respective tournaments as the top seeds, awaiting Thursday's outcomes before learning their first-round assignments. Gonzaga's women open Friday, the men Saturday.
Kevin Pangos and Sam Dower Jr. made the All-WCC first-team but regular-season champion Gonzaga was blanked on the four major individual awards. Przemek Karnowski was honorable mention.
Here's my article.
Gonzaga's best chances individually were Mark Few for coach of the year and Karnowski for defensive player of the year. WCC coaches opted for San Francisco's Rex Walters for the coaching honor over Few, who kept GU on track despite injuries to its top three scorers early in the conference season. Walters guided USF to a tie for second place (the Dons were picked fourth in the preseason poll), but his methods have been called into question in a Contra Costa Times article.
Karnowski anchored a defense that ranked first in WCC play in scoring defense (61.6). Lane led the WCC in blocked shots. The Waves rank sixth in scoring defense (72.8).
“He’s a real problem solver when you can put him in there and not require any help,” Few said of Karnowski. “He's protected the rim as good as we've had in a long time. Our guards turned a lot of guys loose at the rim and he was able to master staying vertical and affecting shots by the guards. And through long sections of the league he stayed out of foul trouble.”
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.
Didn't see that coming. Doubt Saint Mary's did either.
Gonzaga blasted the Gaels 75-47 on Saturday to wrap up the regular season. The victory no doubt boosted GU's NCAA Tournament resume if the Zags don't win next week's WCC Tournament.
My unedited game story is below. Check back tomorrow for a day-after post.
If recent history is any indication, Gonzaga and Saint Mary's, who close the regular season tonight in Moraga, will see each other again fairly soon.
The Zags and Gaels have played for the last five WCC Tournament titles, with GU winning three. Tonight, Gonzaga tries to enhance its NCAA credentials against the Gaels, who probably need to win the WCC Tournament to reach the NCAAs. GU has won four of the last five at McKeon Pavilion.
It’s been an interesting ride for the Gonzaga Bulldogs, who throttled Pacific 70-53 on Thursday to claim an outright WCC championship. That’s 13 titles in 14 years. That’s 13 titles (11 outright) in Mark Few’s 15 seasons as head coach.
That’s particularly impressive given that this season was, as one GU staffer put it back in October, something of a bridge year, one that fell between last year’s loaded squad, arguably the best in school history, and what figures to be another talented crew next year.
It's about to get more interesting. GU faces a huge game with rival Saint Mary's on Saturday that will factor into their NCAA resume. Here's one national writer on Gonzaga in the NCAA picture.
More below in my day-after post.
Gonzaga shook off last week's 0-2 road trip by handling Pacific 70-53 in Stockton on Thursday to secure an outright WCC championship.
The Bulldogs were effective at both ends of the court. Kevin Pangos had 18 points and Drew Barham added 17. The Zags limited Pacific to 31-percent shooting.
My unedited game story is below. Back tomorrow with a day-after post.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs haven't been here before — the Spanos Center in Stockton — but they've been here before — trying to wrap up an outright WCC championship on the road.
Gonzaga, which dropped a pair of road contests last week against BYU and San Diego, takes its third shot at securing the championship tonight against Pacific. GU last visited Pacific in 1976 but the game was played in the Stockton Civic Auditorium. Here's my game preview, a game glance and another from the Stockton newspaper (which calls Gonzaga a “lock” for the NCAA Tournament).
In-game updates on twitter @srjimm..
Gonzaga went 0-2 on the road last week for a variety of reasons. We explore them from the team and individual aspect here.