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Some final thoughts from WSU’s win over Portland State

The Cougars picked up a much-needed win in style on Saturday night, treating the 30,874 fans in attendance to a 59-21 blowout. It's easy to say that not much can be learned from a big win over an FCS opponent, but I don't buy that.

This game could have been close if the Cougars didn't put together their most complete game of the season to date, at least that's what I think. I've got a few other thoughts from this game, and I'll share them after the jump.


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Hironaka headed to Portland State


Jeff Hironaka is leaving Washington State to become an assistant coach again.

Hironaka, who was reassigned prior to last season from an assistant coaching position to the role of director of player development, is headed to Portland State to work as an assistant coach, the Spokesman-Review has confirmed.

Neither WSU or PSU have officially announced the move, though Hironaka tweeted earlier Monday that he will miss WSU, and others — including former WSU basketball operations coordinator Tim Marrion — have congratulated him on his new position with Portland State.

Hironaka spent three years as an assistant under coach Ken Bone at WSU before his reassignment last season. Prior to his stint in Pullman, Hironaka was the head coach of Seattle Pacific from 2002-2009, and was an assistant there from 1991-2002.

Gonzaga women roll again

Gonzaga's senior leaders, Kayla Standish and Katelan Redmon lit up Portland State but the Bulldogs had a different supporting cast in a 99-69 win over Portland State Sunday afternoon.

Vikings end EWU’s playoff hopes

Visiting Portland State used a strong running game to knock of Eastern Washington 43-26 and spoil the Eagles' Senior Day at Roos Field on Saturday.

You can eventually check out the game story that will appear in Sunday's S-R here

Eags trail after crazy first half

Portland State's Connor Kavanaugh connected with Justin Monahan on an eight-yard scoring pass from eight yards out with only two second left in the second quarter to give visiting Portland State a 22-20 halftime lead over Eastern Washington in Saturday's Big Sky Conference matchup at Roos Field.

The opening 30 minutes of Senior Day was filled with odd plays and big plays that resulted in the two teams combining for 571 yards of total offensethree lost fumbles and a PSU touchdown that deflected off the hands of at least two Eastern defenders and ended up in the hands of Monahan after Eagles defensive backs Jeff Minnerly and T.J. Lee collided in the end zone while trying to interception a Kavanaugh pass originally intended for Kalua Noa.

EWU quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell was sacked on five of his first seven pass attempts, but ended up throwing for 292 first-half yards and three touchdowns.  Nick Edwards caught two of Mitchell's scoring pass,and Greg Herd hauled in the other.

Eastern's first-half rushing total was a minus-12 yards, while PSU picked up 187 yards on the ground.


Local duo come up big in win; GU faces No. 16 Irish in Seattle

Due to a breakdown in communications in the communications business, the women's basketball notebook didn't get posted. But in addition to adding that link, we've got a few others for you.

The focus of the notebook is Portland State's two seniors from Spokane, who open Big Sky Conference play next weekend at Eastern Washington. Kelli Valentine (No. 22, Mead) had a memorable night and Lexi Bishop (No. 33, Shadle Park) a clutch game as the Vikings rallied past Portland and Tara Cronin (G-Prep), who had 14 points, by two last night. More notes follow.

Looking back EWU’s big win in Seattle

Eastern Washington’s 47-10 win over Big Sky Conference rival Portland State at Qwest Field in Seattle on Saturday seemed to work in a lot of ways.

Not only did the Eagles (6-3 overall, 5-2 in the Big Sky) keep their postseason playoff hopes alive by climbing into a second-place tie with Weber State (5-4, 5-2), but they sent 17 seniors out in style on a “Senior Day” away from home and reconnected with a whole bunch of almuni who reside in the Seattle-Tacoma area.

Read on for more post-game comments on Saturday’s big win, along with links to related stories.

Eastern runs over Portland State in Seattle

Eastern Washington used Matt Johnson’s four interceptions and another ultra-productive performace by quarterback Matt Nichols to trash Portland state 47-10 at Qwest Field in Seattle on Saturday.

I’ve attached an unedited version of the game story that will appear in Sunday morning’s S-R below. And don’t forget to check back later tomorrow for some additional post-game comments and links to related stories.

Eags waste big first half, lose to PSU

Just thought I would leave a few belated links to stories about Eastern’s lopsided loss to Portland State on Saturday night.

Try this one to see what was reported in Sunday morning’s S-R; check out what Eastern’s sports information department had on the game here, and read the game story that ran in Sunday morning’s Oregonian here.

And while we’re at it, feel free to leave you opinions on EWU’s fast-fading chances of qualifying for the six-team Big Sky Conference Tournament on this post, as well.


Day after Portland State

Where to begin the day after Portland State post? By giving proper credit to the visiting Vikings, who overcame travel issues and were the hungrier team in knocking off No. 7 Gonzaga 77-70 on Tuesday at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

Portland State hopped off a charter bus, which arrived in Spokane about 3 hours and 30 minutes before tip off, and managed to play with more energy, effort and intensity than the Zags, who flew back on their charter plane from Seattle on Saturday night after losing to UConn in overtime.

Much more below.


No. 7 Bulldogs stunned at home by PSU

Back with the game story from Portland State’s 77-70 upset over No. 7 Gonzaga at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

Gonzaga couldn’t contain 5-foot-6 guard Jeremiah Dominguez, who had 25 points, made seven 3-pointers, and grabbed six rebounds. He added five assists.

Read on for the unedited game story.

Vikings pull stunner

The Portland State Vikings had trouble just getting to Spokane — arriving via a charter bus trip that was split over two days after their flight was canceled Monday — but that didn’t stop them from pulling off one of the biggest upsets in college basketball this season.

Jeremiah Dominguez, a 5-foot-6 guard, poured in seven 3-pointers and scored 25 points to lift PSU (9-3) to a 77-70 win over No. 7 Gonzaga (8-3) on Tuesday. The Vikings became just the third visiting team to win at the McCarthey Athletic Center, joining Washington State last year and Santa Clara two seasons ago. GU is now 55-3 at the MAC, which opened for the 2004-05 season.

Matt Bouldin led the Zags with 18 points, but the Bulldogs were outboarded 39-30, which led to PSU’s 27-5 edge in second chance points.

Check back for the game story in about 90 minutes.



Zags, Vikings hook up at the MAC

Like many who went to the Battle in Seattle, I returned home on four wheels instead of an airplane. Got back early evening Monday. Gonzaga’s opponent tonight, Portland State, is taking a similar path. Their flight was a snow-related cancel Monday, so they’ve opted to bus.

The game will go on as scheduled at 5 p.m., good roads willing. The Vikings were expected to stay in Bellevue on Monday night and should be en route to Spokane right now. Snoqualmie Pass was in pretty good shape Monday at about noon, and the update from the Washington State Dept. of Transportation Web site this morning showed no restrictions traveling East or West. PSU is expected to arrive in Spokane at about 2 p.m.



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