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Broncos snap GU’s nine-game winning streak

Back with the game story from Gonzaga's 85-71 loss to Santa Clara on Thursday. The unedited version is below.

I'll be back in the morning with a day-after post.

Broncos upset Gonzaga, 85-71


Kevin Foster hit four 3-pointers in the last 5:12 and finished with 36 points as Santa Clara upset Gonzaga 85-71 on Thursday at the Leavey Center.

The Broncos (11-9, 2-2) hadn’t beaten GU on their home floor since Feb., 2001. The victory ended GU’s nine-game winning streak in the series.

Foster made 11 of 20 shots, 6 of 14 3s and 8 of 10 free throws en route to his career high. Steven Gray led GU with 17 points (he made 3 of 9 FGs) and Robert Sacre had 16.

More in about two hours.


WSU’s win over Santa Clara, next-day look


Let’s see. The Cougar men’s basketball team will be taking the long flight to Hawaii today, where it will be somewhere in the neighborhood of 80 degrees when they disembark. Here in Eastern Washington, more snow fell over night, which will mean more shoveling and more slogging through to get the Christmas shopping done. Read on.

WSU overcomes Santa Clara in OT


We’ve put together a report out of the Cougars’ come-from-behind 85-79 win at Santa Clara tonight in the first contest on a 14-day, six-game road trip. Read on for more.

WSU trails 35-29 at half


Foul trouble. Turnovers. Average shooting. It all adds up to Santa Clara building a 35-29 lead at halftime. The Broncos have hit the offensive glass hard, with a 7-2 lead in second-chance points. But the biggest Santa Clara edge in the first half? The Broncos hit 12 of 12 free throw attempts. The Cougars have just three attempts and have hit one. DeAngelo Casto has three fouls, Klay Thompson two, both coming in the first 3 minutes. He did play the final 10:46, though, without picking up a third. He leads WSU with seven points. Kevin Foster has 14 for the Broncos, who have a 20-16 edge on the glass. More at the end of the game.

WSU set to face Santa Clara


We’re going to be monitoring the Washington State game tonight from Spokane and, like a lot of you, I’ll be listening to Bud Nameck and following gametracker. Then I’ll be putting together a writeup for tomorrow’s paper. We have some thoughts, so read on.

WSU’s Capers comes into his own


Washington State’s basketball team left a snowy Eastern Washington today, headed for California and a date with Santa Clara tomorrow night in the Bay Area. Lucky sons of guns. After facing the Broncos, it’s off to Hawaii and the Diamond Head Classic in the islands. Lucky sons of guns. To get you Cougar fans ready, we have a story on the unsung hero in WSU’s 7-1 start. Read on.

Day after Santa Clara

Back with the day-after post from Gonzaga’s 88-51 trampling of Santa Clara.

Same drill as always. First, the links: S-R gamer, John Blanchette’s column on GU’s decade of WCC rule, photos, A.P., WCC recaps can be found here, and here’s an Oregonian article on San Francisco, GU’s opponent Saturday, losing at Portland (Dior Lowhorn scores seven points in the first three minutes, then shutout the rest of the way?) While we’re at it, here’s an S-I article on foreign players making an impact at U.S. schools (much of it centers on GU’s Elias Harris).

Read on for more.

Zags clinch at least a share of WCC crown

Back with the expanded game story from Gonzaga’s 88-51 drubbing of Santa Clara on Thursday. The unedited version is below. Check back tomorrow morning for a day-after post.

Gonzaga down 38-33 at half

Gonzaga sputtered at both ends of the court, falling behind Santa Clara 38-33 at half.

The turnover-prone Bulldogs trailed by as many as 10, but closed within 36-33 on Steven Gray’s 3-pointer with 55.6 seconds left. Robert Smith made a tough 10-footer over Elias Harris with 27 seconds left to give SCU a 38-33 lead at the break.

Gonzaga had 12 turnovers in the first half, which essentially offset its 12-of-24 shooting (50 precent) from the field. GU only had 11 turnovers against Loyola Marymount and 10 versus Pepperdine during last week’s home stand.

The Bulldogs’ offense again relied on Matt Bouldin (12 points), Harris (10) and Gray (7). Outside of those three, the only other Zags to score were Will Foster and Robert Sacre, both with two points.

Santa Clara, which made 12 of 25 shots, was led by reserve forward Niyi Harrison’s nine points.

Check back just after the buzzer for another update.


Zags, Broncos await tip

I have about 10 minutes before I board my flight from SeaTac to Oakland on my way to Gonzaga’s game against Santa Clara tonight. Love those 8 p.m. starts!

On the S-R’s Four Corners page, there’s a couple of brief, Zag-related notes on Steven Gray and Matt Bouldin here and find a short preview of GU-SCU here. Sorry, my connection isn’t quick enough to surf the visiting media outlets for their previews. 

Bulldogs leave no doubt

Gonzaga’s semifinal date with Santa Clara in the WCC Tournament turned into more of a tuneup.

The Bulldogs dominated from the outset, leading by 21 at half and by as many as 40 in the second half en route to a 94-59 victory over the Broncos on Sunday at the Orleans Arena.

Austin Daye poured in a career-high 28 points. Jeremy Pargo had 16 points, Micah Downs 13, Steven Gray 12 and Matt Bouldin 11 as the Bulldogs shot 56 percent from the field.

Game story in about two hours. 


Zags, Broncos part III

Back with an expanded look at the Gonzaga-Santa Clara matchup in the semifinals of the WCC Tournament and more on John Bryant’s record-smashing performance against San Diego on Saturday.

More below. (You’ll note near the bottom of the unedited version below that Portland will face Saint Mary’s in the other semifinal. As I type this, the Pilots are up 54-24 with 10 minutes left).

Broncos advance to semifinals vs. GU

No. 1-seeded Gonzaga will take on No. 4 Santa Clara, which eliminated San Diego 80-69 on Saturday night at the Orleans Arena, in the semifinals of the WCC Tournament on Sunday night. Tip-off is at 6:30.

No. 2 Saint Mary’s awaits the winner of Saturday night’s No. 3 Portland-No. 6 Pepperdine contest, which starts in about 30 minutes, in the other semi.

The Broncos (16-16) opened up a 38-23 halftime lead on the fifth-seeded Toreros. John Bryant had 11 points and 17 rebounds in the first half. Kevin Foster chipped in three 3-pointers and 12 points.

San Diego (16-16) closed within seven early in the second half, but Marc Trasolini’s three-point play restored a 10-point edge. The Broncos eventually led by as many as 20 as the Toreros sputtered on offense.

Bryant finished with 24 points and 27 rebounds. Foster added 21 points.

The top-seeded Gonzaga women’s team will meet No. 4 Loyola Marymount in the semifinals at noon Sunday. Renahy Young scored 23 points and Cassady Moore added 15 points and eight rebounds to help the Lions past No. 8 Santa Clara 71-60.

More later.


Bulldogs move to 13-0 in WCC

Back with an expanded game story from Gonzaga’s 81-73 victory over Santa Clara on Thursday. The unedited version is below. Check back Friday for a day-after post, as well as a preview of the San Diego game.


Zags up 36-35 at half

Gonzaga is shooting the lights out again against Santa Clara, but this time so are the Broncos.

Gonzaga made its first five shots and 9 of its first 12. The Bulldogs built an early nine-point lead only to see Santa Clara respond with a 16-6 surge to take a 24-23 lead on John Bryant’s layup with 7:18 left.

The Bulldogs rattled off eight unanswered points (six by Josh Heytvelt) to move in front 36-30 with 4 minutes left, but they had three late turnovers and didn’t score again. Meanwhile, Santa Clara closed within 36-35 at the break on James Rahon’s bank shot and a pair of Bryant free throws.

Gonzaga, which shot 55.4 percent in a 95-43 win over the Broncos in Spokane, made 14 of 25 shots (56 percent). SCU was in the mid 50s for much of the half before finishing 14 of 29 (48.3 percent).

Heytvelt has 13 points and two steals. Matt Bouldin added nine points and Jeremy Pargo chipped in six points and three assists. Kevin Foster leads Santa Clara with 13 points. Bryant picked up two fouls and played just 10 minutes. He has eight points and five rebounds.

More at the final buzzer.


Zags breeze past Broncos

Back with the game story. Read on for the unedited article that will run in Friday’s S-R, and check back tomorrow for a day-after post.


Game day, and more

I just have a bunch of stuff leftover from interviews with Kerry Keating, Matt Bouldin, Josh Heytvelt, etc. Read on.

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