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GU thumps Red Storm, face BYU Saturday

Back with my game story from GU's impressive 86-71 victory over St. John's. Added treats for late-night readers: John Blanchette's column and Dan Pelle's photos.

Zags handle St. John’s

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No. 11-seeded Gonzaga took command early with a 12-0 run, built an 11-point halftime lead and cruised to an 86-71 victory over No. 6 St. John’s on Thursday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Gonzaga (25-9) will face No. 3 BYU (31-4), which will join the WCC next season, on Saturday. The winner advances to the Sweet 16. BYU eliminated Wofford 74-66.

Marquise Carter scored 24 points, Steven Gray hit four 3-pointers and added 16 points, and Elias Harris had 15 for the Bulldogs, who shot over 60 percent from the field for most of the game before dropping into the 50s late.

Dwight Hardy led SJU (21-12) with 24 points on 10 of 23 shooting.

More in about two hours.



Game-day reading

Some notes and links on game-day morning from Denver.

Checked with Sam Dower, who will be wearing Amare Stoudemire-type protective glasses tonight, the first time he's worn eye gear in a game. He saw it was a bit awkward at first, but he quickly adjusted. “They're like shades,” he said, “except they don't move around.”

Incoming Zag Kyle Dranginis was named Idaho Gatorade Player of the Year. More below.

Here's my game preview and capsules that I posted last night, John Blanchette's column on St. John's coach Steve Lavin and Dan Pelle's photo gallery. More in the Seattle Times, New York Post, more here and here in the Post, and here and here in the Daily News.   

(Just a reminder: In-game updates tonight at

Zags try to find comfort zone

Good evening from Denver. Gonzaga practiced at D-II Regis University, where Donny Daniels' son, Eric, is an assistant coach. Press conferences here this evening and then a short, fan-friendly practice capped by the usual half-court shooting contest (Monninghoff hit the only one).

Here's my game preview. A capsule look at the matchup below.

GU-St. John’s tangle in Denver

I spent a couple hours at Gonzaga today after watching the selection show on CBS. Here's a link to the article I put together that will run in Monday's S-R. (There's an update on Sam Dower at the bottom). And here's John Blanchette's column on GU and the curious NCAA selection process.

Interesting draw for Gonzaga, which would probably gladly trade a spot on the seeding line (most had them as a No. 9 or No. 10 seed) to stay reasonably close to home. St. John's is a tough, talented Big East team that went 6-5 vs. the top 25 RPI, but the Red Storm lost key swingman D.J. Kennedy to a torn ACL early in the their Big East tournament quarterfinal loss to Syracuse.

There's also a capsule look below at GU and the other three teams in their Southeast bracket.

We'll have much more on GU right here over the next few days leading up to Thursday's game.

UPDATE: Ticket information here.

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