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Zags beat LMU, move into title game

Waiting for USD-SMC game to end in overtime, I'll post my unedited game story from Gonzaga's 66-48 win over Loyola Marymount on Saturday.

Zags to face LMU in semifinals

It's probably safe to say that Gonzaga, at the beginning of the week, wasn't expecting to see Loyola Marymount in the WCC semifinals. But the ninth-seeded Lions have pulled off three upsets in three nights, the latest a 60-58 win over No. 4 Santa Clara on Friday, to earn a date with the Bulldogs.

More on Gonzaga's motivation in the tournament and the matchup with LMU below in my unedited preview.

Day after Loyola Marymount

LMU, overwhelmed in an 88-43 loss to Gonzaga in Los Angeles on Jan. 31, looked like a different team Saturday. The Lions battled throughout, but GU still claimed a 74-55 win.

The day-after LMU links: S-R gamer, S-R photos, AP and Kitsap Sun.

More below.

Zags stay unbeaten in WCC

Gonzaga won its sixth consecutive game, taking down visiting Loyola Marymount 74-55 on Saturday night, to remain unbeaten in WCC play. The sixth-ranked Zags (23-2, 10-0 WCC) figure to move up at least a couple spots when the rankings come out Monday.

GU remained in first in the WCC entering Thursday's showdown against Saint Mary's in Moraga. The Gaels (21-4, 10-1) handled San Diego 74-64. The Gaels have won nine straight games.

My unedited game story is below. I'll have a day-after post up in the morning.

Zags trying to stay on course

Watching No. 3 Michigan and Wisconsin (Tied at 47 with 9:08 left) and wondering where Gonzaga will end up in Monday's polls if the Wolvervines lose and the Zags take care of business against Loyola Marymount tonight. No. 3, No. 4?

Also wondering where GU would be if it had finished out the Butler game? No. 2 perhaps.

I know, I rarely pay much attention to the polls or projected brackets, but it is getting to be THAT TIME of the season. We'll see, but first some big games will be played today. Here's my GU-LMU preview and a look at Saint Mary's visiting San Diego, which could be interesting given the Toreros' improved play of late..

Day after Loyola Marymount

Coffee consumed, now able to move forward with my day-after Loyola Marymount post, followed by driving a couple of hours and writing a GU-San Diego preview. Had a nice visit with USD coach Billy Grier on Thursday, just before leaving for the LMU game.

Links: My game story and another from AP.  Kelly Olynyk is earning academic honors as well as on-court honors.

Read on for more on GU's 88-43 win over LMU.

Bulldogs pummel LMU 88-43

Back with my game story from Gonzaga's 88-43 victory over LMU tonight. Gary Bell Jr. and Kelly Olynyk each had 15 points and Drew Barham and Sam Dower each had 13 as GU improved to 20-2, 7-0 in the WCC.

My unedited game story is below.

I'll have a day-after post up in the a.m.

Day after Loyola Marymount

Good morning. Kids' stuff today, so I'll post this and hit the road.

GU had perhaps its best 80 minutes of basketball this season, thumping Saint Mary's and LMU at the Kennel. The Bulldogs have had several impressive efforts (Arizona, Notre Dame, Xavier) but probably the one that came closest to SMC/LMU was the home rout of Portland, followed by the road win at Xavier. 

Here are the links: My game story, Jesse Tinsley's fine photo gallery. Elsewhere, Saint Mary's rebounded from the GU loss to defeat Santa Clara — the Broncos' 13-game losing streak is the school's longest since WWII; BYU hit 12 3-pointers to clobber Pepperdine; and San Francisco knocked off San Diego, despite Johnny Dee setting USD's freshman scoring record.

Read on.

Gonzaga crushes LMU, 78-59

Back with my game story from Gonzaga's 78-59 win over LMU on Saturday. The Zags didn't let down after Thursday's big win over Saint Mary's. They dominated the Lions from the opening tip.

Kevin Pangos had 21 points and nine assists. He's probably in line for WCC player of the week honors after pouring in 27 points vs. Saint Mary's. Elias Harris also merits consideration after a pair of double-doubles (10 and 10 vs. SMC, 17 and 15 vs. LMU).

Here's a link to my game story that will run in Sunday's S-R. Check back tomorrow for a day-after post.  

Road-tested Lions visit Gonzaga

Out of town for several hours last night, slept in this morning and woke up with the realization I forgot to post my short advance of the Gonzaga-LMU game. All I can say is: My fault for not getting this post up sooner.

Here's a quick look at the Lions. It'll be interesting to see if GU can summon the emotion and intensity it had for 40 minutes in Thursday's win over Saint Mary's against a confident LMU squad.

In the preview I mention that a $681,000 check from Mark and Marcy Few's Coaches vs. Cancer event last summer will be presented to the American Cancer Society. This will not be the normal check-passing ceremony you've seen dozens of times on the evening news.

The check will be accepted on behalf of the ACS by Jo Lynn Chastain, mother of 11-year-old Brandon Bird, the avid Zags fan who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. GU players and staff visited Bird in the hospital prior to Thanksgiving and he visited practice in mid-December. While the team watched video in the locker room and Brandon took pictures at center court, I spoke to Jo Lynn for a few minutes about Brandon's journey and came away floored by her and her son's courage, and I just about lost it (my daughter had undergone surgery the day before).

I'm told Brandon still communicates with the team and continues to follow the Zags despite his failing health. Below, I posted my short article on Brandon from Dec. 15th. I'm hoping the check-passing ovation is the loudest of the day.

LMU beats Foster-less Broncos

Loyola Marymount did it again, winning its fifth straight WCC road game. The Lions knocked off Santa Clara 74-62 Monday behind Anthony Ireland's 25 points. LMU is 5-0 on the road, 0-2 at home (losses to GU and BYU).

The Broncos' Kevin Foster, who leads the WCC in scoring, didn't play due to a rules violation. Three Broncos who usually start, including guard Evan Roquemore, were held out of the starting five but did play, also for rules violations. Foster is expected to return Thursday.

-In case you missed it in my late post last night, I had a Gonzaga notebook in today's S-R, focusing on Guy Landry Edi.

-This showed up in my inbox this morning and it's an interesting read. An A.P. poll voter explains why he has GU ranked higher than Saint Mary's on his ballot.

Day after Loyola Marymount

Greetings from snowy Sea-Tac Airport. It doesn't snow here often, but you can pretty much count on me being at Sea-Tac when it does.

I put together this day-after LMU post on the first leg of the trip. Here's a link to my game story from last night's game — a GU win 62-58. I know the perception is that Gonzaga rolls to easy wins in Gersten Pavilion, but that hasn't been the case at all the last three years. Those results: LMU 74-66, GU 67-57 and GU 62-58. All were dogfights.

Read on for my day-after post. 

Zags bounce back with win over LMU

Two days after getting thumped by Saint Mary's, Gonzaga dug out a 62-58 road win over Loyola Marymount tonight at Gersten Pavilion. Elias Harris had 19 points and Gary Bell Jr. was outstanding at both ends of the court. He had a season-high 16 points and carried Gonzaga at times.

Here's a link to my game story that will run in Sunday's S-R..Check back tomorrow for a day-after post.

GU holds off Loyola Marymount

Back with my game story from Gonzaga's 67-57 win over LMU on Thursday. The unedited version is below.

Check back tomorrow for a day-after post.

Viney out for GU-LMU game

Loyola Marymount standout junior forward Drew Viney will not play in tonight's game against Gonzaga. Viney, who missed Saturday's game with Saint Mary's with a migraine headache, has been undergoing tests (blood work, etc.) this week and hasn't yet been cleared to play. He's in street clothes as LMU goes through pre-game warmups.

Head coach Max Good hopes Viney will receive medical clearance Friday.

It's a big loss for the Lions. Viney averages 15.5 points and 6.5 rebounds this season. He was first-team All-WCC last year when he averaged 16.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. He scored 18 points against Gonzaga in the Zags' 79-59 win last month in Spokane. He had 15, 20 and 16 against Gonzaga in three games last season.

Without Viney, guard Vernon Teel, one of LMU's top players, returns to the starting lineup. He's been coming off the bench, but he started against the Gaels when VIney wasn't able to play.

For in-game updates, head to

Check back here later for my game story.

More on GU-LMU, GU-Pepperdine

Read on below for some more info on Gonzaga's road trip, stats and a notebook item that will run on the S-R's Four Corners page tomorrow.

Zags topple Lions, 79-59

Back with my game story from Gonzaga's hard-earned 79-59 victory over LMU. Here's the link.

Check back tomorrow for a day-after post.

Gonzaga pulls away from LMU in second half

Gonzaga broke away from a halftime tie with a 19-7 run to open the second half and went on to a 79-59 victory over feisty Loyola Marymount on Saturday.

Gonzaga (13-5, 3-0 WCC) won its ninth straight. LMU dropped to 8-10, 1-3.

Rob Sacre led GU with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Elias Harris added 14 points and 10 boards and Steven Gray, who had six points during GU’s second-half surge, finished with 16 points.

Drew Viney paced the Lions 18 points.

The Bulldogs had a 46-16 advantage in points in the paint.

More in about two hours.

Pre-game update

A couple of notes before tipoff: LMU will be without freshman forward Godwin Okonji (5.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg). He was hit in the nose during Thursday's loss at Portland and won't play tonight.

Also, guard Vernon Teel (14.1 ppg, 7.5 rpg) isn't starting.

Starters for each team haven't been listed on the scoreboard.

Head over to for in-game updates.

GU favored again

Gonzaga is favored to win its 11th consecutive conference title, according to the WCC coaches’ preseason poll released Tuesday. The Bulldogs received six first-place votes and 48 of 49 possible points. 

Loyola Marymount is picked to finish second, followed by Saint Mary’s and Santa Clara. LMU and Saint Mary’s each earned one first-place vote. Coaches are not permitted to vote for their own team.

GU senior Steven Gray and sophomore Elias Harris were selected to the 10-player All-WCC team.  

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