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Another Senior Day is over (more on that below) and now Gonzaga sits and waits for the polls to be released Monday to see if the Zags have a No. 1 by their name for the first time in school history. Most think it'll happen, but final word won't come until Monday morning.
Read on for more.
Gonzaga completed a 16-0 WCC campaign by routing Portland 81-52 on Saturday at the MAC.
The Bulldogs sent seniors Elias Harris, Guy Landry Edi and Mike Hart out in style with an easy win in front of an appreciative crowd of 6,000.
My unedited game story is below.
Check back tomorrow morning for a day-after post.
It's usually Senior Night, but with tipoff at 2 to accommodate the WCC Game of the Week telecast, Gonzaga will celebrate Senior Day against Portland at the MAC.
In addition to honoring Elias Harris, Mike Hart and Guy Landry Edi, the Bulldogs will try to conclude an unbeaten march through the WCC and stay on course for the program's first ever No. 1 ranking when the polls are released Monday.
Here's a look at the careers of Gonzaga's three seniors.
In-game updates from GU-Portland on twitter @srjimm.
Better late than never.
I was actually at the Portland airport even earlier than I anticipated this morning. That’s what happens when the person in the hotel room above yours for some reason decides to walk a marathon all night. Not sure of their official time, but it seemed like 4 hours and change.
I started this day-after post at the Portland airport, finished 90 percent of it in the air, but wasn't able to post it with a tight connection in Chicago.
Read on for more. Check back later for my GU-Butler preview.
Gonzaga dominated Portland 71-49 at the Chiles Center on Thursday for one of the easier wins in its current eight-game streak.
The Bulldogs led by 14 in the first seven minutes. They were up 10 at half and then held the Pilots scoreless over the final seven minutes.
Kelly Olynyk scored 21 points in 19 minutes of playing time and Kevin Pangos added 14.
My unedited game story is below.
Ah, the things you learn at Gonzaga media day. Classes for spring semester started Tuesday and Kevin Pangos offered a glimpse at his courses.
“I've got yoga, again,” Pangos said. “I'm a phys ed major so I've got some tough ones — anatomy, physiology.”
Beyond that, we concentrated on Gonzaga's rare break in the conference season, going a week between games and enjoying a game-free weekend. That ends quickly with another road trip, at Portland on Thursday and Butler on Saturday.
Here's my notebook that ran in today's S-R. I'm working on a Kelly Olynyk feature that will run in Thursday's S-R.
A plane to catch, a day-after post to prepare.
You know the drill. Here's a link to my game story and the Oregonian's recap, Elsewhere, Saint Mary's remained unbeaten in conference with a 71-64 road win over Loyola Marymount. The Gaels visit BYU on Saturday.
Good evening from the Chiles Center. Compared to the 4,852 inside here earlier, there's six of us in the building right now, five people on the maintenance crew and myself. I can tell they want me out of here so they can break down the media tables so I'll get a move on.
Strange game, and not just because they used a women's-sized ball for the first 90 seconds or so before one of the players brought it to the attention of the officials. Portland outworked, outplayed and outcoached Gonzaga in the first half — Mark Few's assessment — before the Zags roared back with a 49-point second half to win 74-62. The final score was a bit deceiving. GU was pressed to the closing minutes.
Read on below for my game story and check back tomorrow for a day-after post.
Good morning. I'm about to hop on the plane for Portland for tonight's game so here' s a quick update.
Here's my GU-Portland preview (wth a few notes on the bottom), a little more on the contest and a preview from the Oregonian. We'll be back tonight where you can get in-game updates at twitter.com/srjimm.
Gonzaga took care of business last night, drubbing cold-shooting Portland (that seems strange to write) 90-51 at the MAC. The Pilots, who have had multiple perimeter threats and solid interior play the last 4-5 years under coach Eric Reveno, have struggled this season with a young roster. Knowing Reveno's track record, the team will develop throughout the season and be a formidable outfit in the future as the roster matures.
Back to the Zags, who have interest in another Canadian, former Pitt Panther Khem Birch, a 6-9 forward who is friends with GU point guard Kevin Pangos. More on GU's rout of Portland below, but here are the links: S-R game story, Chris Anderson's photos, John Blanchette's column and Oregonian gamer.
Back with my game story from GU's 90-51 rout over Portland tonight. It was by far the Bulldogs' easiest win over the season. GU had a pair of 20-point wins over Notre Dame and Western Michigan.
Read on below for my unedited game story and check back tomorrow for a day-after post.
Gonzaga enters WCC play against the visiting Portland Pilots on Wednesday night. The Pilots have won 60 games the last three seasons, but they haven't beaten Gonzaga under sixth-year coach Eric Reveno (0-10). Gonzaga is 23-1 against the Pilots under 13th-year coach Mark Few.
Here's a look at my game preview that will run in tomorrow's S-R.
Back with the game story from Gonzaga's 96-71 victory over Portland in the WCC women's tournament semifinals.
I waited to post the link until the other semifinal was over (No. 2 Saint Mary's outlasted No. 7 San Diego 71-68).
Gonzaga hammered Saint Mary's twice in the regular season, surpassing 100 points in each victory. GU won earlier meetings 106-77 and 102-66.
It was a long afternoon for Portland coach Jim Sollars.
“Well we got beat and there's nothing good about getting beat,” he said. “We didn't come out and play with the maturity we needed to. We looked intimidated. Finally, when we relaxed a little bit, we played better. We didn't do the things we needed to do. We knew going in we needed to stop their transition and keep them off the offensive boards and we didn't do either of those things.
“Frankly, I'm sick of talking about Gonzaga if you want to know the truth. If I could kick the crap out of that fan who sat right behind me I'd feel better.”
Gonzaga pounded Portland 96-71 on Sunday to advance to the WCC women's basketball tournament championship. Read the game story here.
Gonzaga will face No. 2 Saint Mary's in the title game. Saint Mary's beat No. 7 San Diego, 71-68.
Good morning from Las Vegas. About 15 minutes from tipoff of the Gonzaga-Portland semifinal at the WCC women's tournament at the Orleans Arena. Zag fans probably 2,000-2,500 strong on hand and a small cluster of Pilots backers.
GU starters, for the 30th time in 31 games, Bekkering, Vandersloot, Standish, Redmon and Bowen. That group is 25-4 as starters.
Switch over to twitter.com/srjimm for in-game updates.
Third-seeded San Francisco pulled away from No. 6 Pepperdine 76-59 late Saturday night to earn a semifinal date with No. 2 Gonzaga in the WCC men's tournament. GU and USF split during the season.
The top-seeded Gonzaga women will face No. 4 Portland, which ended Santa Clara's season.
More on the semifinal matchups here.
No. 4 Portland defeated No. 5 Santa Clara 75-64 in the women's quarterfinals of the WCC Tournament. Portland's Tara Cronin (Gonzaga Prep) followed her own miss with 20 seconds left and Amy Pupa added a layup before the buzzer as Portland boosted its lead to 11 at half. Cronin made four free throws in the final minute as the Pilots maintained a comfortable lead.
Cronin scored 12 points (she needed seven) to reach 1,000 in her career. Junior guard ReZina TecleMariam led Portland with 28 points and four assists.Natalie Day added 17 points and 11 rebounds.
The Pilots (16-14) will face No. 1 seed Gonzaga at 11 a.m. Sunday.
Elsewhere, Loyola Marymount's men, winners over San Diego last night, will be without senior guard Vernon Teel the rest of the season. Teel has been booted off the team, the school announced Saturday morning.
“This was an internal decision that we felt was best for our team and our program,” coach Max Good said in a statement. “This was strictly based on internal issues and was not attributed to behavior in or around the WCC tournament.”
Teel apparently wasn't happy with being removed late in Friday's win.
Gonzaga rallied from a 13-point deficit in the second half, but Memphis scored 9 of the game's last 11 points and won 62-58 at the Spokane Arena.
Antonio Barton's two free throws with 1.9 seconds clinched the Tigers' win. He also hit an elbow jumper that gave Memphis a 62-60 lead with 35.2 seconds left. Elias Harris missed a mid-range jumper and Robert Sacre had the ball poked away in the closing seconds as Gonzaga, down two, tried for the tying or potential game-winning basket.
Steven Gray led GU with 12 points. Kelly Olynyk added 10.
Barton topped Memphis with 17 points.
More in about two hours.
Back with the game story from Gonzaga's 67-64 victory over Portland at the Chiles Center on Thursday.
Here's a link, and check back tomorrow for a day-after post.
Here's a link to my recap of GU's victory tonight.
Expanded game story in about an hour.