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The WCC standings speak loud and clear: Gonzaga, at 11-1, is in control, leading by 3½ games over its closest pursuer. But on the court, it’s also clear the Bulldogs have their hands full with just about every conference team.
Portland, picked ninth in the preseason poll, sits in sixth place after last night’s down-to-the-wire 71-66 loss to GU. But the Pilots own wins over Gonzaga (last month) and BYU. I'm still wondering how Portland is in sixth place.
Gonzaga needed Sam Dower Jr.’s buzzer-beater to defeat Santa Clara, tied with LMU for last place. Gonzaga trailed the Lions in the second half before rallying for a win in L.A. The Bulldogs edged visiting San Diego, now in seventh place, 65-63. In general, GU has handled the upper half in the standings, but still faces road rematches with BYU and Saint Mary's.
So, Gonzaga keeps winning but objects in the rear-view mirror are closer than they appear.
Here’s my game story and Colin Mulvany's photo gallery. More from Portland sports information and A.P. Here's a glance at Saturday's opponent Memphis and a notebook item on Dower's not-so-Super Sunday.
More below in my day-after Portland post.
Gonzaga played about 18 minutes of outstanding basketball, followed by about 17 minutes of lackluster basketball.
That left GU in a 56-52 hole, but the Bulldogs rallied behind the trio of David Stockton, Sam Dower Jr. and Kevin Pangos. The three scored Gonzaga's final 20 points as the Bulldogs pulled out a 71-66 win over Portland on Wednesday.
My unedited game story is below. I'll have a day-after post up in the morning.
Gonzaga's lone loss of the WCC season came last month against Portland, 82-73, at the Chiles Center. It wasn't a fluke as the Pilots dominated at both ends of the court, drained eight 3-pointers and snapped a 20-game losing streak in the series.
The rematch is Wednesday night with the first-place Zags trying to maintain a three-game lead in the loss column over their three closest pursuers. Here's my game preview.
—I also checked in with Portland senior forward Ryan Nicholas, the Gonzaga Prep product who has been a model of consistency for the Pilots. More on Nicholas here.
Portland handed Gonzaga its first WCC loss, outplaying the visiting Bulldogs 82-73 Thursday at the Chiles Center.
The Bulldogs never led and trailed by as many as 17. Sam Dower Jr. led Gonzaga with 14 points, despite appearing to be in pain on several occasions. He missed two games recently with a lower back injury.
Read on for an unedited game recap.
Latest addition to the injury list: Me. My annual locked-up back is a bit more severe than usual. I've moved about 70 feet in the last 30 hours and sitting isn't an option. So I'll be monitoring GU-Portland tonight from the couch instead of courtside at the Chiles Center.
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.