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Zags down Dons, advance to semis

Gonzaga's top-seeded women withstood a spirited effort from No. 8 San Francisco, posting a 81-68 victory that moves the Bulldogs into Monday's semifinals against No. 4 Saint Mary's, which rallied from 17 down to edge No. 5 San Diego.

Here's my game story and John Blanchette's column on Sunny Greinacher, who led GU with 22 points.

Four men's games today at Orleans Arena, beginning with No. 6 San Diego vs.. No. 3 San Francisco (upset alert) at noon. Gonzaga takes on Santa Clara at 6 — updates on twitter @SRjimm.


Day after San Francisco

The Leavey Center in Santa Clara and War Memorial Gym in San Francisco haven’t been easy on the Gonzaga Bulldogs in recent years, but they found a way to win in both venues this week without their best fastball.

GU blew a 10-point lead Wednesday before Sam Dower Jr. drained a 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left to spark a 54-52 victory. The Bulldogs downed USF 75-65 on Saturday with Dower scoring a team-high 24 points and the defense more than doing its share of the work. That was the trend of the week.

Here’s my game storyA.P. and the S.F. Chronicle. Read on for my day-after post.


Zags ride defense past USF again

Gonzaga capped a 2-0 trip to the Bay Area with a 75-65 victory over San Francisco on Saturday night. This one, much like the 69-41 rout over USF in Spokane a month ago, came courtesy of Gonzaga's defense, which limited the Dons to 34.5-percent shooting.

The road sweep puts Gonzaga (20-3, 10-1) three games ahead of USF and BYU. Those two share second place with 7-4 WCC records.

My unedited game story is below. Check back tomorrow, hopefully in the morning, for a day-after post.

Day after San Francisco

The Zags' injury list continues to grow, as does the list of players who have stepped up to replace the walking wounded.

Drew Barham led Gonzaga with 15 points and nine boards and Gerard Coleman chipped in 10 points in a 69-41 rout of San Francisco on Monday night.

Here's my game story and a short update on Gary Bell's broken hand. Jesse Tinsley has the picture story.

More below in my day-after post.


Short-handed Bulldogs rout USF

Gonzaga was down another starter — Gary Bell Jr. is out 4-6 weeks with a broken right hand — but the Bulldogs didn't miss a beat in thumping San Francisco 69-41 on Monday. Sam Dower Jr. (back) didn't play for the second straight game.

Drew Barham had 15 points and nine rebounds as Gonzaga improved to 12-2, 2-0 in the WCC. USF dropped to 8-6, 1-1.

My unedited game story is below. I've also posted a short update on Bell below.

Banged-up Zags face USF

It's probably a good thing I don't predict WCC games because I would have gone 1-3 on opening night. I would have correctly predicted Gonzaga to defeat Santa Clara, but I would have taken BYU over LMU, Portland over USF and San Diego over Pepperdine.

Now it's on to Monday's games and Gonzaga, which hasn't lost to San Francisco in Spokane since 1989, entertains the Dons at 6 p.m. It's anybody's guess who will be in Gonzaga's starting lineup, though it's probably a safe bet Kevin Pangos, David Stockton and Przemek Karnowski will be with the first unit. After that, it depends on the health of Sam Dower Jr. (lower back) and Gary Bell Jr. (right hand).

My game preview here.


Day after San Francisco

Feels strange to wake up in my own bed on a Sunday morning after a Saturday road game. With Gonzaga's 1:30 Saturday matinee against San Francisco, I was able to catch a flight to Seattle — where I filed my game story around 8ish — and then on to Spokane about midnight.

Interesting game at USF's War Memorial Gym as Gonzaga put on a clinic early, endured a Dons' rally and put the game away with a solid final 7 minutes. The result, a 71-61 victory at a building where Gonzaga had dropped its last three games vs. USF.

We'll begin my day-after post with links: My game story, San Francisco Chronicle and AP.

More below.

Zags pull away for 71-61 win over USF

Gonzaga built a big early lead, watched USF pull even in the second half, then regrouped to claim a 71-61 victory at War Memorial Gym on Saturday. Kelly Olynyk poured in 26 points and Elias Harris added 17 points and 13 boards.

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

Zags turn page to USF

Gonzaga didn't have much time to celebrate its big win over Saint Mary's. The Bulldogs left McKeon Pavilion around 11 p.m. Thursday and will be back on the floor against San Francisco at 1:30 Saturday for a rare afternoon game, roughly a 38-hour turnaround.

The fifth-ranked Zags are the highest ranked team to play at San Francisco since No. 3 Santa Clara visited the Hilltop on Feb. 15, 1969. GU has lost its last three games to USF at War Memorial Gym, two in overtime.

Read on for my unedited game preview.

Day after USF

Good morning. We'll get right to it because I get to be a fan of my kid's games today!

The links: My game story, John Blanchette column, Tyler Tjomsland's photos and AP here and here.

Read on for my day-after San Francisco post. 

GU’s quick start buries another WCC foe

Gonzaga got off to another quick start, endured another somewhat sloppy second half and won another WCC home game. The Bulldogs knocked off San Francisco 66-52 on Saturday, following a similar pattern to their two previous conference home games.

GU outscored Saint Mary's, BYU and USF 129-70 in the first half. The Bulldogs have been outscored 123-103 in the second half of those three games — Saint Mary's by 13, USF by 8, after scoring the game's final 9 points in the last 1:45. The Dons never seriously threatened the Zags, whose lead never dropped below 15.

My unedited game story is below. Day-after post coming Sunday morning.

GU beats San Francisco 66-52

S-R photojournalist Tyler Tjomsland covered GU's win over San Francisco.  Check out a big picture gallery of his photos.

The game that was, CBI edition: WSU 89, San Francisco 75


FROM PULLMAN — We're back at the apartment after spending the last two-plus hours at Applebee's, where we watched the Cougars beat San Francisco, 89-75, in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational. And just because we're not on the road with the team doesn't mean we can't pass along our postgame review. Read on.

Cougs will travel to San Francisco for CBI game


FROM PULLMAN — The Washington State men's basketball team will continue its season with a first-round game in the College Basketball Invitational on Tuesday at San Francisco. We've posted a short story below.

Day after San Francisco

I wrote nearly all of this before 10 a.m, but tight connections kept me from posting it until now.

Entertaining game last night with a closing stretch that pretty much went opposite of the first 36 minutes.

Gonzaga and San Francisco weren’t any trouble scoring – outside of the Bulldogs’ season-high 22 turnovers obviously – as GU took a 65-64 lead with 3:45 left. Both teams were shooting in the mid-50 percent range before defenses took over late, with the exception of Rashad Green’s game-deciding 7-footer in the lane with 3.3 seconds left.

You know the day-after drill.

The links: My game story, San Francisco Chronicle and A.P. Elsewhere, Saint Mary’s lost again in a non-conference matchup with Murray State, but GU’s loss leaves the Gaels alone in first place and two wins from ending the Zags’ run of WCC titles at 11. BYU joined Gonzaga in second place at 11-3 with a road win over Santa Clara.

Read on.   

GU-USF tipoff coming up in 40 minutes

The commute from my doorstep to the McCarthey Athletic Center took exactly an hour, essentially double what it usually takes. Unofficial count of rigs in the ditches: six, three on I-90, rest on side streets. We'll see how the storm impacts attendance, but the Kennel Club is close to full while the rest of the sections are sloowwlllyyyy filling up.

Follow me on for in-game updates. I'll post my game story here (and there) at about 10:30.

Gonzaga advances to title game

Back with my game story from Gonzaga's hard-fought 71-67 victory over San Francisco. Crazy game, wild conclusion. The unedited version is below.

Check back in the morning for John Blanchette's column and Chris Anderson's photo gallery.

Zags, Dons battle for second place

Here's my short preview of the GU-USF game that will run in Saturday's S-R.

Game story from GU-USF

Back with my game story from GU's 96-91 loss to San Francisco — one of the wildest games I've ever covered. You can read it below.

I'll be back tomorrow with a day-after post.

Dons down GU in overtime.

Cody Doolin's three-point play with 4.1 seconds gave USF a 96-91 victory over Gonzaga on Saturday night.

Doolin was fouled by Mathis Monninghoff while hitting a left-handed runner on the left side of the lane. He made the free throw to give USF a 94-91 lead. Steven Gray missed two free throws, the second intentionally, and Doolin sealed it with two free throws.

Gonzaga lost back-to-back WCC games for the first time since the 1999-2000 season when it fell to Pepperdine and San Diego.

Demetri Goodson and Gray each had 20 points. Elias Harris had 15 points and Robert Sacre 14 points and nine boards.

Gonzaga was stung by errant free-throw shooting near the end of regulation and in overtime. Manny Arop made just 1 of 4 late in regulation and he also missed a pair in overtime.

Doolin led USF with 23 points. All five USF starters scored in double figures. It was the second straight year San Francisco has defeated GU in overtime at War Memorial Gymnasium.

More in about two hours.

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