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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.
This could end up being the toughest three-game stretch of the season for Gonzaga, which faces a tough, guard-oriented opponent in Dayton tonight and the possibility of two ranked teams, including No. 9 Syracuse, the next two games. The Zags have road dates ahead against West Virginia, Kansas State (in Wichita) and No. 11 Memphis, but the sequence of games before and after probably won't match up with Maui, provided the Zags stay in the winner's bracket.
In-game updates tonight on twitter @srjimm.
By the way, in Sunday's article on Adam Morrison looking back at that magical 43-point night against Michigan State I mentioned ESPN had put together the five greatest moments in the tournament's history. Here's a link that shows the variety of ways Morrison put the ball in the basket (pull-ups, 3s, mid-range, power move, foul-drawing leaner from the baseline, transition and a nifty jump-hook from just inside the free-throw line). Sports Nation is polling readers on their favorite Maui moment.
Good morning. Got a wee bit of traveling to do today, so we'll get right to it.
First, news-side did a story on Gonzaga's growth over the last 15 years fueled by the rise of the basketball program.
GU opens against Dayton on Monday night.
Second attempt at the day after post, hoping this one goes smoother than the first.
Here's the rundown of our coverage of GU's 90-74 victory over WSU last night: My game story, John Blanchette's column and Jesse Tinsley's photos (great snap of Barham wrestling with Jordan Railey for rebounding position).
Kevin Pangos made five 3-pointers and scored 27 points and the Zags had several other scoring options in a 90-74 victory over visiting WSU on Thursday night. The Cougars scored the last seven points to make the final margin 16.
Pangos has scored 60 points in two home wins over the Cougars and made the game-winning basket last year in Pullman in a 71-69 victory.
My unedited game story is below. Back in the morning with a day-after post.
The paths of Gonzaga's Gary Bell Jr. and Washington State's DaVonte Lacy's have crossed numerous times before. They've been foes, teammates and roommates, and along the way they've become friends.
That friendship will take a couple hours off Thursday night when GU entertains WSU at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Here's a feature I put together on Bell and Lacy that run in Thursday's S-R.
It's been one of the hot-button topics of the young college basketball season — how games are being officiated with the mandate to clean up hand-checking, arm bars, etc., to encourage more freedom of movement at the offensive end.
In Gonzaga's three games, coach Mark Few hasn't seen much of a change in overall foul totals from previous seasons, but he is puzzled by the number of whistles on center Przemek Karnowski. That's the main topic in my GU notebook that will run in Wednesday's S-R.
You can find the unedited article below.
Back with my day-after post from Gonzaga’s 82-67 win over Oakland on Sunday. Find my game story here and Dan Pelle's photos here. Gonzaga has moved up two spots to No. 13 in the AP poll and three spots to No. 12 in USA Today's top 25. Rankings here.
FYI: With no media day this week, some of the items below may appear in a Gonzaga notebook that will run later this week in the S-R.
Interesting game tonight at the MAC as Gonzaga dealt with its first true speed bumps of the young season. Oakland shot well from long distance and battled throughout, but the Bulldogs made plenty of shots of their own and pulled away for an 82-67 victory Sunday.
My unedited game story is below. I'll have a day-after post up Monday morning.
I've had articles about each of these three when they verbally committed to Gonzaga. On Wednesday, Josh Perkins, Silas Melson and Bryan Alberts made it official, signing their letters-of-intent. The last letter was received by Gonzaga earlier this evening.
I put together a short article that will run in Thursday's S-R. The unedited version is below.
Here is GU's release on the trio.
Between my game story, John Blanchette's column on Gerard Coleman and Dan Pelle's photo gallery, most of what needed to be written or pictured following Gonzaga's 93-61 dismantling of Colorado State was in today's S-R.
But we have a few more items below in the day-after post.
Let's see, Gary Bell Jr. made eight 3-pointers and the team hit 14 3s. Gerard Coleman slashed into the lane and finished on the break. The bigs of Przemek Karnowski and Sam Dower Jr. didn't miss a shot attempt and controlled the boards.
That would seem to be a winning formula, and it was for Gonzaga, which blasted Colorado State 93-71 on Monday night.
My unedited game story is below. Check back tomorrow for a day-after post.
Gonzaga seemed to wait forever for the season to start with the new rules stretching out preseason drills. When the games began to count, the first two came in a hurry.
GU, which opened with a 100-76 victory over Bryant, is back at it 48 hours later against Colorado State, which has made the last two NCAA Tournament fields but must replace all five starters from last year's 26-9 team. The Rams, under second-year coach Larry Eustachy, are 1-0 after an easy win over Division II University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.
I've known Eustachy for nearly 25 years, first covering his Idaho teams in the early 1990s. I caught up with him a couple years ago when his Southern Miss squad was at the same NCAA regional as Gonzaga in Pittsburgh. Here's that article.
Back with a day-after post from Gonzaga's 100-76 victory over Bryant University. Perhaps lost a little bit in GU's easy win was that it came against a pretty decent ball club. Bryant has experience, played in the post season last year and has two nice offensive weapons in Alex Francis and Dyami Starks, who went on a scoring binge late and finished with 35 points, 29 in the second half (you can be sure that was mentioned to GU players by the staff after the game).
“At times, I don’t think we defended quite the way we needed to,” coach Mark Few said, “but they run nice schemes to get two really good players the ball. When we needed to, I thought we did a nice job on the glass and on the defense.”
Sam Dower started his senior season off in style, racking up 21 points and a career-high 17 rebounds in 15th-ranked Gonzaga's 100-76 rout of Bryant University in the season opener for both squads Saturday at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
Dower's previous high for rebounds was 10. He had 12 boards in an exhibition win over Simon Fraser on Oct. 25. Dower's career high for points is 26 and he probably would have eclipsed that if the game had been competitive in the second half.
The Bulldogs made 53.7 percent of their shots and put five players in double figures. Przemek Karnowski battled early foul trouble and rolled his ankle late but he seemed optimistic about playing Monday against Colorado State.
My unedited game story is below.
Short preview of Gonzaga's opener that will run in Saturday's S-R….
The 15th-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs entertain Bryant University in the men’s basketball season opener for both teams Saturday at 4 at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
Gonzaga will be without freshman center Ryan Edwards, who had his tonsils removed earlier this week, for the first two games. Senior forward Drew Barham, who tweaked his knee in practice last week, has returned to practice.
Bryant, a member of the Northeast Conference, went from two wins in 2012 to 19 last season in its first full season with Division I eligibility. Bryant advanced to the College Basketball Invitational, losing its opening game to Richmond.
The visitors from Smithfield, Rhode Island, return junior guard Dyami Starks (17.7 ppg last year) and 6-foot-6 senior forward Alex Francis (17.4 ppg, 8.6 rebounds). Both made the All-NEC preseason team.
Gonzaga's season opener is just two days away, but the S-R got a head start on all the teams in our region with the College Basketball special section.
Several GU-related articles to link to: Mark Few is entering his 25th season at Gonzaga, the last 15 as head coach. Here's a look back and ahead with the Zags coach. Here's GU's roster, fast facts and five keys to success.
John Blanchette shares area coaches' ideas for improving the game.
Gonzaga's bench is a little more crowded this season with the addition of three more walk-ons — Connor Griffin, Leo Roese and Dustin Triano — joining holdovers Rem Bakamus and Brian Bhaskar.
The popular Bakamus, who played 22 minutes last year, summed up the role of the walk-ons.
“They kind of knew what they were getting in to, the first week you realize the sacrifices you have to make,” Bakamus said. “We hold each other accountable to keep guys' heads up, bring a lot of energy. We bleed, sweat just like them. We just have to make sure we bring a little extra to the table as far as bringing energy.”
More on the walk-ons in my article that will run in Wednesday's S-R.
I put together a short feature earlier on Gonzaga freshman center Ryan Edwards, who is making the adjustment from high school to NCAA basketball.
You can my article, which will run in Tuesday's S-R, here.
I spent most of the evening gathering information on 2014 guard Bryan Alberts, who committed to the Bulldogs today. I spoke with Bryan and his father Rob for a few minutes. My article will run in Tuesday's S-R, but you can read an unedited version below.
A few tidbits on Alberts: He said he's a 3.4-3.5 student. He received widespread recruiting interest, including Boston College, Wisconsin (which was calling Rob on the other line during our conversation!), Oregon State, Creighton and Arizona State, but his finalists were Gonzaga and Stanford.
Alberts is anxious for the beginning of his senior season at Village Christian, a private school in the San Fernando Valley.
“I’m always still hungry to play,” he said. “I’m very still hungry to improve myself.”
The Gonzaga Bulldogs got an easy win in their exhibition opener and Mark Few picked up some nice reading material.
All in all, a good opening night for the Zags, who routed Simon Fraser 103-68.
My unedited game story is below.