Posts tagged: Gonzaga basketball
Media day Tuesday and the primary topic was the addition of forward Angel Nunez, who transferred roughly a year ago from Louisville.
Naturally, I put together a notebook on Kevin Pangos' toe, Przemek Karnowski's parents, Finals Week and Christmas wishes. You can read it here.
OK, I also checked in with Nunez, who adds to GU's thin frontcourt. He's the subject of my article for Thursday's S-R. I'll probably post it tonight.
Gonzaga attempted to schedule Ohio State in its annual game at KeyArena but the matchup didn’t materialize. Turns out South Alabama of the Sun Belt was a tougher challenge than most expected.
Read on for my day-after post.
Gonzaga dominated the first 10 minutes and squirmed for the better part of the last 30, holding on for a 68-59 win over South Alabama on Saturday at KeyArena.
Gary Bell Jr., from nearby Kent, had 20 points.
My unedited game story is below. More tomorrow in my day-after post.
Gonzaga, with a win over South Alabama on Saturday night in the Battle in Seattle, would match last year's 10-1 start.
A short preview of the matchup here.
The big man has made some big and small steps forward.
Przemek Karnowski is coming off his best game as a Zag — 19 points and 13 rebounds — and seems to be improving on several other fronts. More on PK below, also an update on the health of Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell Jr. as well as Elias Harris' next move.
There was one constant throughout the many ups and downs Gonzaga experienced before rallying for an 80-76 road win over West Virginia: Przemek Karnowski.
With Sam Dower Jr. in foul trouble and the Bulldogs' offense sputtering, the 7-foot-1 center provided scoring, rebounding, a defensive presence and stability. He also didn't commit a foul until 2:07 left in the second half.
More below in my day-after post.
Gonzaga trailed by 10 four minutes into the second half, by eight with 8:23 left and by five with 7 minutes left.
Less than five minutes later, the Bulldogs led by 8. A 13-0 run, which included three 3s by Kevin Pangos, brought Gonzaga back and the Bulldogs went on to claim an 80-76 road win over West Virginia on Tuesday night.
This is the only road game we won't be at this season. We put together a game story, with the help of quotes supplied by Gonzaga SID Oliver Pierce. Read on for more on GU's fifth straight win.
The season is just over a month old but Gonzaga is about to face its first true road game. The Bulldogs are in Morgantown to take on West Virginia, which will be out to avenge two lopsided losses to GU in the last 20 months. It'll be a tough test, made tougher by the likelihood that Kevin Pangos (toe) and Gary Bell Jr. (hip) probably won't be at full strength. Both are expected to play
Business is about to pick up for Gonzaga, which faces its first true road game Tuesday at West Virginia, then takes on South Alabama in Seattle and Kansas State in Wichita.
The Bulldogs enter that stretch following an 80-68 victory New Mexico State on Saturday, but they now have some injury issues with guards Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell Jr.
More below in my day-after post (warning: it's a long one!).
Gonzaga's usual formula of 3-point shooting and a guard-driven, efficient offense needed some help Saturday.
It came in the form of Sam Dower Jr. (22 points), Gerard Coleman (21 points), rebounding (45-30 edge) and tenacious defense (keeping New Mexico State to a shooting percentage in the 30s until the latter stages of the game). It all added up to an 80-68 Gonzaga victory over the Aggies.
GU dealt with injury before the game (Kevin Pangos was a game-time decision because of a sprained toe) and during the game (Gary Bell Jr. exited early in the second half with a right hip injury). Bell said he hopes to be able to play Tuesday at West Virginia.
My unedited game story is below. I'll have a day-after post in the morning.
There aren't many college teams with frontcourts taller and bigger than GU's 7-1, 296-pound Przemek Karnowski and 6-9, 243-pound Sam Dower Jr., but one is visiting the McCarthey Athletic Center tonight. New Mexico State, with 7-5, 355-pound Sim Bhullar and 6-10, 265 Tshilidzi Nephawe, takes on GU at 8 p.m.
Bhullar is one of four NMSU players from Toronto, including guard Daniel Mullings, who was teammates with Gonzaga's Kevin Pangos for Canada at the World University Games last summer. According to northpolehoops.com, there are 104 Canadians playing D-I basketball.
The Aggies haven't defeated a ranked opponent since knocking off Nevada in Jan., 2007.
The Zags have had a day or two off since Sunday's rout over Coppin State and they're preparing for New Mexico State's visit Saturday.
You can be sure rebounding drills will be fairly high on the coaching staff's practice script. This isn't a surprise. The list of preseason worries for Gonzaga centered on three things: Interior depth, defense and rebounding, and that list remains intact through the season's first eight games.
A deeper look into GU's rebounding here.
Gonzaga senior Drew Barham has been nominated for the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Allstate Insurance Company's ”Good Works Team”, which recognizes collegiate student-athletes who have made significant contributions to the greater good of their communities through volunteerism and civic service.
Barham is one of 201 nominees.
Gonzaga returned from Maui with a shorter-than-usual turnaround than previous trips but it had the ideal opponent on the schedule. After playing three games in three days in Lahaina, GU was barely tested by the Eagles and led by 25 at half.
The rest of December is filled with tougher challenges — New Mexico State on Saturday, at West Virginia, South Alabama in Seattle, Kansas State in Wichita and the beginning of the WCC slate with Santa Clara and San Francisco.
Gonzaga (7-1) dropped five spots in the USA Today rankings, from 10th to 15th, after the loss to the Dayton Flyers, who are receiving votes. Saint Mary's and Boise State, coached by ex-Zag assistant Leon Rice, are receiving votes. GU and Memphis, which entertains the Zags on Feb. 8, are tied for 15th.
Kevin Pangos, who surpassed 1,000 career points in Maui, was named the WCC player of the week for the second straight time.
My day-after Coppin State is below.
Gonzaga improved to 7-1 with an easy 86-51 win over Coppin State on Sunday night.
My unedited game story is below. Back in the morning with a day-after post.
First, Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Gotta fly today so we'll get right to it. Here's my gamer from GU's 91-81 win over Arkansas.
Read on for my day-after post.
Gonzaga handled Arkansas' pressure defense and junior guard Kevin Pangos poured in 34 points as the Bulldogs cruised to a 91-81 victory Wednesday, closing the EA Sports Maui Invitational with a 2-1 mark.
My unedited game story is below.
Gonzaga got back on the winning track Tuesday, thumping D-II Chaminade 113-81. The outcome was hardly a surprise but the Zags did avoid letting Monday's disappointing loss to Dayton linger with a fairly clean performance.
My unedited game story is below. Day-after post in the a.m.
My boss suggested I bring a sleeping bag to the gym with the quick turnaround from GU's 84-79 loss to Dayton and its morning (here)/early afternoon (home) tip vs. NCAA Division II Chaminade today. Good idea, but I would have missed that morning symphony of birds outside the window that tends to make one forget their home address for a while.
It was all going so smoothly for Gonzaga, leading 34-18 late in the first half. Sam Dower Jr. was dominating inside, Przemek Karnowski was doing his part and GU's zone slowed Dayton's offense to a crawl. The Flyers missed 3 after 3 until Jordan Sibert connected with 32 seconds remaining in the half.
From that point on, Dayton took it to the Zags, The Flyers put up 56 points in the second half, holding off a late Gonzaga comeback to upset the Bulldogs 84-79 on Monday night at the Maui Invitational.
Here's my game story. I'll have a day-after post in the a.m. but it'll be an abbreviated one. Tight deadline on this game, leaving just a few minutes for post-game interviews.