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SUNDAY, FEB. 15, 2009

San Francisco's Kwame Vaughn loses his balance as he drives to the basket in front of Gonzaga's Micah Downs during the first half in San Francisco. (George Nikitin / Associated Press)

Day after San Francisco 25 

I've traveled home, had the requisite number of computer issues, so I'll take another stab at getting this post off the ground. Lots of stuff to get to after Gonzaga's 78-73 win over San Francisco. Read on for the day-after USF post.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 14, 2009



Downs back in starting lineup

A couple of notes with four minutes to tipoff.Senior Micah Downs is expected to start tonight against San Francisco. He lost the starting job to Steven Gray prior to the Tennessee game in Knoxville on Jan. 7, but Gray has struggled in three of the...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 13, 2009


Gonzaga forward Josh Heytvelt (42), guard Matt Bouldin (15) and forward Austin Daye leave the court in triumph.   (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Day after Saint Mary's 

Back with the day-after post from Gonzaga's 72-70 win over Saint Mary's on Thursday, played out before a loud and packed McKeon Pavilion."It was nuts," GU reserve center Will Foster said. "It was nuts."Yes it was. More below. I'll post my GU-San Francisco advance later...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 12, 2009

Zags hold off Gaels, 72-70 11 

Gonzaga used a 7-0 run to break away from a 60-60 tie, but the Bulldogs couldn't seal the deal at the free-throw line. Five misses in the last 43 seconds gave Saint Mary's a couple chances at the lead, but the Gaels turned the ball...

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Zags, Gaels even at half 

Gonzaga trailed by as many as nine, but the Bulldogs rallied to pull even, 36-36, with Saint Mary's at half.Josh Heytvelt had 12 points and Matt Bouldin 11 for the 19th-ranked Bulldogs, who were sluggish offensively and made just 12 of 30 field-goal attempts (40...

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Gonzaga, Saint Mary's pre-game notes 

A couple of notes as McKeon Pavilion begins filling up for the 8 p.m. tipoff. Gonzaga is breaking out new black uniforms. The shorts are black with a thick blue stripe on the side. The players are still wearing their shooting shirts, so I haven't...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 11, 2009

Ronny Turiaf brought his enthusiasm for life from the Lakers to the Golden State Warriors.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Dinner, and a WCC game 

Made the trip to Oakland today and was greeted by a couple of downpours. The Zags were supposed to leave this afternoon and they have dinner plans with some guy named Ronny Turiaf.The ex-Zag, who attended last year's Loyola Marymount game when he was with...

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MONDAY, FEB. 9, 2009

Gonzaga drops to 19, 21 in polls 15 

Gonzaga's 68-50 loss to Memphis dropped the Zags one spot in the A.P. poll (from 18th to 19th) and three spots in the ESPN/USA Today poll (18th to 21st). Memphis soared from 14th to 8th in A.P, and from 15th to 10th in ESPN/USA Today.More...

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SUNDAY, FEB. 8, 2009

Gonzaga's Matt Bouldin has his shot rejected by Memphis forward Robert Dozier in the opening moments of the game, February 7, 2009, in the Spokane Arena. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Day after Memphis 

Been out of wireless range all day at one of my kid's activities, but back now with the day-after post following the Memphis Tigers' 68-50 dismantling of GU on Saturday night.We'll start with the links: Here's my gamer, John Blanchette's column, the Seattle Times' Steve...

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SATURDAY, FEB. 7, 2009


Zags no match for Memphis 

Gonzaga's nine-game winning streak came to an abrupt end Saturday as Memphis dominated the first 32 minutes, building a 26-point lead before holding off a late GU rally for a 68-50 victory at the Arena.No. 18 Gonzaga had eight field goals and 11 turnovers while...

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Gonzaga, Memphis game day

Some reading material for tonight's GU-Memphis game at the Arena. Here's my game advance, John Blanchette's column, and a preview, column and an update on the dismissal of freshman forward Matt Simpkins from the Memphis Commercial Appeal. Here's Jay Bilas' take on the matchup.

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FRIDAY, FEB. 6, 2009

Gonzaga’s Steven Gray drives past Portland’s Nik Raivio during the first half of Thursday’s game in Portland.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Zags, Tigers hook up at Arena 

Gonzaga and Memphis collide at the Spokane Arena tomorrow in what looks to be a dandy matchup of ranked teams. ESPN's College GameDay will be on hand and fans are asked to wear black shirts. Much more, and my unedited game preview below.

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Day after Portland 

These 8 p.m. starts aren't real conducive to gathering post-game notes and quotes, but we did get about 10 minutes of interview time following Gonzaga's 93-78 win over Portland on Thursday in an entertaining men's basketball game. Here are links to the Oregonian's Ryan White...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 5, 2009


Zags down 43-42 at half

Gonzaga's Matt Bouldin and Portland's Derek Raivio both wear uniform No. 15. They had something else in common Thursday: They lit up the scoreboard in the first half as the host Pilots took a 43-42 edge at halftime. Bouldin poured in 18 points, hitting 5...

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Gonzaga’s Jeremy Pargo goes for two points against Saint Mary’s.  (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Portland pre-game; Pargo a finalist 

The student section is filling up -- they're directly across the court from Gonzaga's bench -- at the Chiles Center and there's a much bigger turnout than I remember seeing a year ago. They're receiving their instructions from a young man in purple body paint...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 4, 2009

Gonzaga gets defensive 

All kinds of Zags' stuff to post, with the main item an article on Gonzaga's defense that will run in Thursday's S-R (for that, you have to read to the bottom). This is a long one because we have to cut-and-paste, but read on.

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MONDAY, FEB. 2, 2009

Pilots flying high 

Gonzaga visits the red-hot Portland Pilots, winners of six straight since falling to the Bulldogs 67-50 on Jan. 10th, at the Chiles Center on Thursday. I checked in Monday morning with Portland coach Eric Reveno, who talked about his team's emergence in the WCC race...

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