Posts tagged: San Diego
Had a little time on my hands Saturday night, a new computer to mess around with and I'll be in a gym most of Sunday so I put together my day-after San Diego post.
Gonzaga rolled to its 10th straight win, hammering San Diego 81-50 at the MAC on Saturday. The victory secures at least a co-WCC title and the No. 1 seed in the WCC Tournament in Las Vegas.
The third-ranked Bulldogs (27-2, 14-0 WCC) will probably move up to No. 2 when the polls are released Monday. No. 2 Miami lost to Wake Forest.
Gonzaga continues to put opponents away with dominating first halves. GU led USD by 18 late in the half before settling for a 37-23 halftime edge. The Bulldogs led by as many as 37 in the second half.
My unedited game story is below. Check back tomorrow for a day-after post.
Gonzaga entertains San Diego at 4 today, one win away from at least a co-WCC championship. The third-ranked Bulldogs (26-2, 13-0 WCC) defeated USD 65-63 on Feb. 2.
Here's my game preview that ran in today's S-R.
The race is on to get home before the Super Bowl kicks off, so we'll get right to my day-after post following Gonzaga’s 65-63 win over
The Toreros did three things extremely well. 1). They seemed to be the more energetic team. 2). They seemed to be the more physical team. And Nos. 1 and 2 were reflected in 3). USD’s dominance of the offensive rebounding in the second half. Combined, those three things made this one a nailbiter after it appeared GU would open up a double-figures lead with 13 minutes remaining.
Gonzaga had its hands full with San Diego, but held on for a 65-63 victory on Saturday.
Elias Harris had 18 points and Kelly Olynyk 15. David Stockton delivered in crunch time with two assists and tear-drop from about 6 feet to help the Bulldogs stay unbeaten in WCC play at 8-0.
My unedited game story is below.
Good evening from San Diego.
Hard to believe it's Bill Grier's sixth year as San Diego's head coach after 16 seasons on Gonzaga's bench. Grier's team is battling to stay above .500 overall (11-11) and in the WCC (4-3) heading into tomorrow night's contest with the 7th-ranked Zags (20-2, 7-0).
My unedited preview is below.
I've posted my unedited game story below from Gonzaga's win over San Diego.
UPDATE: Saint Mary's defeated San Francisco 67-60 at War Memorial Gym, giving the Gaels an outright WCC title and ending Gonzaga's streak of consecutive titles at 11. Gonzaga was likely chartering back to Spokane when the SMC-USF game went final.
Gonzaga had its hands full with Bill Grier's improving San Diego squad. The Zags scored the last eight points for a 65-57 victory Saturday.
—Below, at the very bottom, I've put together a list of the WCC seeds and pairings for the tournament.
Any later and this would have been the first day after day-after post, or something like that. But we're back with a day-after BYU post and a quick look at Saturday's game against surprising San Diego.
It's a shorter-than-usual day-after post following Gonzaga’s 74-63 win over BYU last night, the main reason being there's a vast amount of information contained in the numerous articles from the game. The links: S-R game story, Blanchette column,
Read on below for more.
I'm on the road with kid duties and I've finally found a cooperative wireless network (signal strength low) so I'll put this day-after San Diego post up as quickly as I can. Wrote it about six hours ago, but haven't been able to post it. Here are the links: Game stories in S-R, San Diego Union-Tribune and S-R photos.
Gonzaga rode the 48 combined points of 'bigs' Robert Sacre, Elias Harris and Sam Dower to a 77-60 win over San Diego on Saturday.
You can read my game story for Sunday's S-R below. I'll have a day-after post up in the morning.
Back at the hotel, rental car gas tank has been re-filled and ready for an early call tomorrow. Here's my game story from GU's 68-31 drubbing of San Diego. Saint Mary's defeated Portland so the Zags and Gaels are co-champs. Saint Mary's will be the No. 1 seed and Gonzaga the No. 2 in the WCC Tournament.
Check back tomorrow for a day-after post.
(Third attempt at posting this, first two thwarted by miserable hotel wireless….)
Good morning from rainy San Diego. The game is drawing widespread attention, including four stories alone in the San Diego Union-Tribune and the arrival of CBSsports.com's Gary Parrish, Foxsports.com's Jeff Goodman, Sportingnews.com's Mike DeCourcy and ESPN.com's Andy Katz in town.
Oh wait, that's the San Diego State-BYU game, which tips at 11 a.m. (yikes). Gonzaga-San Diego might get some added attention, if only because it tips at 6, long after the Mountain West showdown is over.
A Gonzaga win or Saint Mary's loss to Portland would clinch GU's 11th consecutive WCC crown. Here's my game preview.
This is a huge mismatch on paper. Of 17 NCAA statistical categories ranking 336 D-I teams, San Diego ranks in the upper half (top 168) in just one: 3-point percentage defense (33.4). Gonzaga is in the upper half in 13 of 17. The exceptions: 3-point percentage defense, No. 284 (36.7), turnovers per game, No. 190 (13.8), 3-pointers made per game, No. 190 (6), and personal fouls, No. 182 (19).
But the Jenny Craig Pavilion has never been an easy place to play for the Zags, much like Santa Clara's Leavey Center. GU has won three of its last four here (including a loss to USD in the 2008 WCC Tournament title game), but the Zags scored just 59, 62, 58 and 68 points in those four games.
Saint Mary's had a chance to clinch at least a share of the WCC title with a win over last-place San Diego. Instead, the Toreros snagged just their second conference win and sixth overall with a huge upset of the Gaels. Mt. Spokane and CCS product Matt Dorr had 15 points for San Diego.
In 40 minutes, Saint Mary's seemingly went from a probable lock for the NCAAs to a team that has some work to do. The Gaels entertain Utah State in a BracketBusters game Saturday and remain home to face Gonzaga and Portland next week.
Back with my game story from GU's 86-53 win over San Diego on Saturday. Here's a link and check back Sunday morning for my day-after post.
Redshirt freshman forward Sam Dower scored a career-high 27 points as Gonzaga thumped San Diego 86-53 on Saturday at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
The victory ended a three-game losing streak for Gonzaga (14-8, 4-3). Elsewhere, Portland defeated Saint Mary's, so the Gaels (18-4, 6-1) are two games up on GU midway through the conference season. USF (4-1 WCC) faces Pepperdine at 7. Santa Clara (4-2) is leading LMU by 10 with about four minutes left.
Dower was 6 of 6 and had 12 points as Gonzaga took a 40-24 halftime lead. The Toreros (4-18, 0-7) trailed 50-33 early in the second half when Gonzaga rattled off 11 unanswered points.Steven Gray hit a pair of 3s and Dower added three free throws in the run.
Gray finished with 12 points. Marquise Carter added 10 points and four assists, Elias Harris nine points and nine rebounds and David Stockton, who started the second half in place of Demetri Goodson, chipped in nine points and four assists.
Complete game story in about two hours.
About 10 minutes before tipoff between Gonzaga and San Diego. Join me at twitter.com/SRjimm for in-game updates.
Starting lineups: GU — Sacre, Goodson, Harris, Monninghoff, Gray. USD: Norris, Ginty, Dorrr, Rancifer and Gabriel.
Check back here later for the game story.
Gonzaga will try to end its three-game losing streak when San Diego visits Saturday at 5 p.m.
Here's a link to my game preview that will run in Saturday's S-R.
Back with the expanded game story from Gonzaga’s 82-65 victory over San Diego on Saturday. Read on for the unedited version and check back tomorrow for a day-after post.
Gonzaga scored the first 19 points and led by 24 midway through the first half, but
The Bulldogs saw their lead dwindle to 10 in the first half and 12 in the second before Gonzaga finished off an 82-65 victory Saturday at the
Steven Gray scored 19 points, Matt Bouldin 16 and Manny Arop 13 for the 16th-ranked Bulldogs (21-4, 9-1). Gonzaga leads Saint Mary’s and Portland by two games in the loss column. The Gaels (21-5, 8-3) lost to
Brandon Johnson led USD (9-18, 2-9) with 21 points and eight rebounds.
Back with a game story in about 90 minutes.
I talked with San Diego coach Billy Grier for a few minutes about an hour ago. The former GU assistant said senior guard Brandon Johnson’s status for Saturday’s game against the Bulldogs won’t be known until tomorrow. Johnson (groin injury) didn’t play in Thursday’s loss to Portland.
Read on for a short preview of the contest that will run in Saturday’s S-R.