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Gonzaga drubs Gaels again

Gonzaga took apart Saint Mary's for the third time this season, the latest a 70-54 rout Monday that sends the Bulldogs into the WCC Tournament title game for the 17th straight year.

GU beat the Gaels by 21, 28 and 16 in three meetings.

David Stockton, building a strong case for MVP through two games, equaled his career high with 21 points. GU (27-6) will face No. 2 BYU or No. 3 San Francisco in Tuesday's title game.

My unedited game story is below.

Day after Santa Clara

Back with a day-after post from Gonzaga's 77-75 survive-and-advance special over No. 9 Santa Clara.

David Stockton hit the game-winner, a mad dash down the lane finished off by a right-handed layup from the left side of the rim. Sam Dower Jr. provided the foundation for the victory with 23 points, including a 15-of-15 night at the free-throw line.

Here's my game story and John Blanchette's column. Here's a game story from the San Francisco Chronicle and another on Saint Mary's win over Pepperdine. GU takes on the Gaels on Monday in the semifinals.

More below.

Zags humble Saint Mary’s, 75-47

Didn't see that coming. Doubt Saint Mary's did either.

Gonzaga blasted the Gaels 75-47 on Saturday to wrap up the regular season. The victory no doubt boosted GU's NCAA Tournament resume if the Zags don't win next week's WCC Tournament.

My unedited game story is below. Check back tomorrow for a day-after post.

Zags, Gaels close regular season

If recent history is any indication, Gonzaga and Saint Mary's, who close the regular season tonight in Moraga, will see each other again fairly soon.

The Zags and Gaels have played for the last five WCC Tournament titles, with GU winning three. Tonight, Gonzaga tries to enhance its NCAA credentials against the Gaels, who probably need to win the WCC Tournament to reach the NCAAs. GU has won four of the last five at McKeon Pavilion.

My game preview is below (S-R version was trimmed). It's Senior Night for Saint Mary's, which was the topic of this article in the San Francisco Chronicle. More on Gaels' senior Stephen Holt here.

 

Day after Saint Mary’s

In a twitter hurry last night, I had a typo that Gonzaga was leading Saint Mary's 238-20 late in the first half. (Well done by Gabe Ayers' swift re-tweet: “That really escalated quickly.”)

Turns out I wasn't too far off. It was a mind-boggling night at the McCarthey as GU rolled 73-51, the Gaels needing an 11-3 closing run to make the final margin 22. Saint Mary's went 36-plus minutes before its first assist and first 3-pointer. Przemek Karnowski swatted seven shots. Brad Waldow, a quality center and career 64-percent shooter, went 1 of 8.

Here's the rundown: My game story and Jesse Tinsley's photo gallery. The holiday break reduced the Kennel Club to about 50 students, so John Blanchette volunteered to fill the void in his column. Here's a gamer from the Contra Costa Times.

More below in my day-after post.

 

Karnowski, Zags thump Gaels

Przemek Karnowski's parents have been in Spokane for nearly two weeks over the holidays and they will see four of Przemek's games before leaving after Saturday's GU-Pacific contest.

They've witnessed two of their son's best games as a Zag. Karnowski had 11 points and eight rebounds in a win over San Francisco on Monday and he followed that up with 15 points, nine boards and seven blocked shots in a 73-51 rout of Saint Mary's on Thursday.

More in my unedited game story below. Check back tomorrow morning for a day-after post.

 

Zags gear up for Saint Mary’s

Gonzaga-Saint Mary's has been the WCC's best matchup for the better part of the last decade and early on in the 2013-14 conference season it appears nothing has changed.

The rivals collide Thursday at the MAC with the winner remaining unbeaten in WCC play (LMU and Pepperdine are both 2-0). Sam Dower Jr. (lower back) will be a game-day decision. He wasn't able to do much at Wednesday's practice.

More below.

Day after Saint Mary’s

After seeing the sites in Las Vegas for a few days, I get to see the sites up and down the West Coast on my way home (Las Vegas to LAX to Phoenix to Spokane). Hardly alone, with numerous Zag fans on the same schedule. Thanks Southwest!

I’m actually glad to be on board. My cab driver missed the airport exit. We were chatting away and he zipped right on by. He caught the next exit and must have seen me eyeing the meter as it climbed into the mid $30s. He adjusted it accordingly.

So on to the day-after Saint Mary’s post. Here are the links for the GU men’s win over Saint Mary’s: S-R gamer, Blanchette column, Mulvany photos. Here are the links for the GU women’s victory over San Diego: S-R gamer, Mulvany photos. It was an impressive showing by the GU women, in particular Taelor Karr. She was fighting an ailing lower back and watching her walk gingerly on the sidelines during Sunday's practice brought back bad memories of my lower-back issues years ago. I thought she might try to play, but wouldn't have imagined she could have the impact she did with 14 points and six assists against USD. As coach Kelly Graves said, “Tough kid.”

More on GU men below.

Gonzaga thumps Saint Mary’s, 65-51

It's a formula that has served Gonzaga well throughout this memorable season.

Gonzaga worked the ball inside to Elias Harris and Kelly Olynyk — the duo combining for 40 points — and its defense did the rest as the Bulldogs handled Saint Mary's 65-51 in the WCC Tournament title game Monday at the Orleans Arena.

My unedited game story is below.

Day after Saint Mary’s

The two best teams and the two best players in the WCC went at it last night in an ear-splitting atmosphere.

Gonzaga created some separation between itself and Saint Mary's with a 77-60 victory at packed McKeon Pavilion, fueled by a dominating second half. And Kelly Olynyk put some separation between himself and Gaels guard Matthew Dellavedova in the WCC player of the year race.

GU is two games up on the Gaels in the loss column with five to play. SMC has four WCC games remaining.

Here's my game story, and others from S.F. Chronicle, Contra Costa and AP.

Read on for my day-after post. Check back later for my GU-USF advance.

Gonzaga handles Saint Mary’s, 77-60

Gonzaga lost its grip on a comfortable lead in the first half. The Zags weren't about to do it again in the second half.

The Bulldogs blitzed the Gaels with a 20-4 spurt to open the second half, then turned away a spirited SMC comeback to post a 77-60 victory that gave Gonzaga some breathing room at the top of the WCC standings.

Gonzaga got contributions from numerous players, but were led by Gary Bell Jr.'s 20 points — tying his career high. Kevin Pangos delivered 18 points, Kelly Olynyk 17 points and seven boards and Elias Harris added seven points and nine rebounds. Mike Hart chipped in five points, six boards and a pair of assists.

My unedited game story is below. Back tomorrow with a day-after post. 

Zags, Gaels await showdown

Four radio interviews this week, must be a big game coming up.

It'll be a battle for first place tomorrow night in Moraga. A win would give Gonzaga a sweep over Saint Mary's a two-game lead in the loss column. A win by Saint Mary's would leave both teams with one conference loss as the Gaels try to win their third consecutive WCC title.

More on the matchup below.

Day after Saint Mary’s

Good morning. A lot of items to link to and get to in my day-after Saint Mary's post. Gonzaga relinquished nearly all of a 20-point lead before holding off the Gaels 83-78 last night.

Links: My game story, John Blanchette's column and Colin Mulvany's photo gallery. More coverage from the Seattle Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma News Tribune and A.P.

Can't argue with Andy Katz pointing out that Kelly Olynyk should be on the Wooden Award midseason Top 25. For that matter, Matthew Dellavedova should be among the Cousy Award's 20 finalists (he was top 5 last year and his stats are better this season). The WCC player of the year race is going to be a close one between Olynyk, Dellavedova and BYU's Brandon Davies.

Read on.

Zags hold off Saint Mary’s, 83-78

It was a tale of two halves. Gonzaga got the better half — barely.

The Bulldogs built an 18-point halftime cushion and led by 20 early in the second before Saint Mary's stormed back. The Gaels got within three points twice and then closed within 79-78 with 15 seconds remaining. Kelly Olynyk, who finished with 31 points, his second straight game in the 30s, made a pair of free throws and the Gaels' Matthew Dellavedova missed an open 3-point look.

Kevin Pangos, who had 22 points, made two free throws to close out GU's 83-78 win, the Zags' seventh straight victory. Saint Mary's dropped to 12-4, 1-1. 

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

Game day for Zags, Gaels

Good morning. The WCC title will be decided over the next eight weeks and the two Gonzaga-Saint Mary's contests always play a large part in the outcome. The first one is tonight at 8 at the MAC. The Zags will have eight 8 p.m. tipoffs the rest of the season, seven of them on ESPN's family of networks.

Here's my preview. And from our weekly Four Corners page, here are a few notes and a GU-SMC glance. More previews in the San Francisco Chronicle and Contra Costa Times. (Oops, I short-changed San Diego in my preview. Toreros are 1-0 in WCC play).

Read up on Zags, Gaels

Good morning. Crews were peeling the Zappos WCC men's basketball tournament sticker from the lobby floor of the Orleans Hotel when I checked out this morning. Wonder if it was the same crew that yanked the slippery sticker from center court at the Orleans Arena the day before?

Tons of reading material from last night's WCC men's championship game, won by Saint Mary's 78-74. I'm guessing the Gaels are a six seed, GU a 7 or 8. Here's my game story, John Blanchette's column and Chris Anderson's photos (of course he got Hart tying up Dellavedova, Harris' 3-pointer and the Gaels' celebration at the final buzzer). Elsewhere, there were articles by the Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Contra Costa Times, Las Vegas Review-Journal and A.P.The WCC Website has both tournaments covered here.

The All-Tournament team consisted of Matthew Dellavedova (Saint Mary's, MVP), Elias Harris (GU), Kevin Pangos (GU), Cody Doolin (USF) and Rob Jones (Saint Mary's).

We knew that Gonzaga was heading to the 2013 Maui Invitational. Now we know the other teams that will be in Maui.

I also covered the GU women's team, which was outplayed by BYU 78-66 in the title game. Here's my game story, and Anderson's photos. And here are articles from the Salt Lake TribuneDeseret News, Daily Herald, Seattle Times, News Tribune,

Gaels work overtime to defeat Zags

In perhaps the most memorable game in a Gonzaga-Saint Mary's rivalry that seems to get better every year, the Gaels got the better of GU with a 78-74 overtime victory Monday night in the WCC men's basketball tournament championship at the Orleans Arena.

Tourney MVP Matthew Dellavedova scored 22 points, including four free throws in the final 39.3 seconds. The Gaels and Zags have played for the last four titles, each winning two.

Elias Harris led Gonzaga with 22 points and 13 rebounds. His 3-pointer from 23 feet sent the game into overtime.

My unedited game story is below.

GU women back in title game

Entertaining game here at the Orleans Arena today with Gonzaga overtaking Saint Mary's in the final 10 minutes en route to an 83-78 victory in WCC women's tournament semifinals.

The Gaels led 49-47 at the break. Saint Mary's made 19 of 29 shots (65.5 percent) and Gonzaga made 19 of 33 (57.6 percent). The Gaels couldn't keep up that pace, particularly in the closing 10 minutes and Gonzaga used a couple of 7-0 spurts to claim the victory.

My unedited game story is below. Chris Anderson's photos can be found here.

GU women to face Saint Mary’s

The BYU-USD men's game just tipped off (Noah Hartsock is suited up, went through warmups but he isn't starting).

Earlier I put together a short preview of the Gonzaga women's matchup with Saint Mary's in the semifinals and here's a look at Saint Mary's quarterfinal victory over Pepperdine.

LMU defeats Saint Mary’s

Loyola Marymount went into McKeon Pavilion on Wednesday night and handed the Saint Mary's Gaels a rare home loss.

LMU pulled away for a 75-60 victory over Saint Mary's, which was 16-0 at home, 7-0 in WCC games. The loss leaves SMC (23-4, 12-2 WCC) and Gonzaga (20-4, 10-2) even in the loss column. GU faces Santa Clara tomorrow and San Francisco on Saturday while Saint Mary's visits Murray State in a BracketBusters game Saturday.

Loyola Marymount (17-10, 10-4) is 7-1 on the road in conference games, the lone loss a 78-59 setback against Gonzaga last Saturday.The Gaels have dropped two of their last three.

LMU's Drew Viney, Anthony Ireland and Jarred DuBois combined for 48 points. Rob Jones led the Gaels with 25 point and 15 rebounds. Find the box score here.

UPDATE: SMC coach Randy Bennett says lineup changes may be coming and the Gaels could be without guard Stephen Holt (knee) for a while. Game stories here and here.

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