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SUNDAY, FEB. 1, 2009

Gonzaga's Jeremy Pargo battles San Diego's Rob Jones. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Day after San Diego 

It was apparent from the outset this one was going to lack style points. That was never more evident than seeing the scoreboard read Gonzaga 16, San Diego 9 -- with 4:15 left in the first half. Still, Gonzaga's 64-47 victory showed the Zags can...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 31, 2009


Zags unbeaten at WCC midpoint

Austin Daye had 17 points, Josh Heytvelt 13 and Jeremy Pargo 10 as Gonzaga defeated San Diego 64-47 on Saturday at the McCarthey Athletic Center.The Zags (16-4, 7-0 WCC) won their eighth straight and reached the halfway point of the conference season unbeaten. San Diego...

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Gonzaga coach Mark Few (right) welcomes back former GU assistant coach now San Diego head coach, Bill Grier before the start of the game, January 19, 2008 in the McCarthey Athletic Center.  DAN PELLE The Spokesman-Review (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Game day for Zags, Toreros

More from ex-Zag assistant Bill Grier and some notes and quotes as Gonzaga and Grier's San Diego Toreros await a 3 p.m. tip at the MAC. (The picture above is of Mark Few and Grier just before the start of last year's game in Spokane).

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FRIDAY, JAN. 30, 2009

Grier, Toreros take on GU  

Bill Grier spent 16 years as a Gonzaga assistant coach and he helped recruit many of the current Gonzaga Bulldogs before moving on to San Diego two years ago. In his first trip back last year, USD fell behind 15-0 en route to losing 80-70...

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(Left to right) Gonzaga's Steven Gray, Saint Mary's Diamon Simpson and Omar Samhan and GU's Jeremy Pargo and Austin Daye battle for a rebound. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Day after Saint Mary's 15 

Let's begin the day-after Saint Mary's post in-house with John Blanchette's column, which neatly puts Gonzaga's 69-62 victory over the Gaels into perspective, and the S-R gamer. Here are additional links from the Contra Costa Times, Seattle Times and A.P.Here's a link to S-R photos...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 29, 2009


Zags down six at halftime 

Gonzaga got off to a quick start, but Saint Mary’s weathered the storm and the Gaels’ Patty Mills started raining in 3-pointers. The sophomore point guard, who played for Australia in the Olympics, made five 3s – his career high was four – over a...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 28, 2009


St. Mary's head coach Randy Bennett, right, embraces Carlin Hughes after St. Mary's beat Gonzaga 89-85 in overtime during a college basketball game, Monday, Feb. 4, 2008 in Moraga, Calif. (AP Photo/George Nikitin) ORG XMIT: CAGN108 (George Nikitin / The Spokesman-Review)

Reading material 11 

Still waiting on that return phone call from Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett, so we'll give you some links of note. With a big game (GU-SMC on Thursday), comes more coverage.Here's John Blanchette's column, the Seattle Times discussing Austin Daye's future, the San Jose Mercury...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 27, 2009

All things Olynyk 

Waiting for return calls from Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett and Gaels center Omar Samhan, so we'll post more information on Kelly Olynyk, the 6-10 Canadian who committed to Gonzaga.Read on.

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MONDAY, JAN. 26, 2009

Washington State’s Caleb Forrest draws a foul from GU’s Robert Sacre.  (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Gonzaga notes

Back with a notebook from media day this afternoon, but the first half of it centers on Kelly Olynyk's verbal commitment to Gonzaga. Read below for an unedited version of the article that will run in Tuesday's S-R.

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GU gets another '09 commitment 

Kelly Olynyk, a versatile 6-foot-10, 205-pound forward from Canada, has verbally committed to the Gonzaga men's basketball team, Olynyk's father, Ken, said Monday.Olynyk, who plays for South Kamloops Secondary School in Kamloops, B.C., and trains most of the rest of the year at the National...

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Zags, Gaels ranked in both polls 

Gonzaga and Saint Mary's will head into Thursday's showdown ranked in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today top 25 polls. GU moved up three spots to No. 20 in A.P. The Bulldogs cracked the ESPN/USA Today rankings at No. 25 after being in the...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 24, 2009


Gonzaga rolls past LMU 

Gonzaga took control early, led by 30 barely a minute into the second half and cruised to a 93-60 West Coast Conference victory over Loyola Marymount on Saturday at Gersten Pavilion.The 23rd-ranked Bulldogs, winners of six straight, improved to 14-4, 5-0 in the WCC. LMU...

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Zags face 1-19 Lions

Game day for Gonzaga and Loyola Marymount at Gersten Pavilion. Here's a short preview that ran in Saturday's S-R and here's a link to the S-R's Zags photos, which includes Pepperdine and previous games (might want to save the address). One more piece of reading...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 22, 2009


GU stays unbeaten in WCC with 83-69 win

Josh Heytvelt scored a season-high 25 points to help Gonzaga defeat Pepperdine 83-69 Thursday at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu.No. 23 Gonzaga won its fifth straight to hike its record to 13-4 overall, 4-0 in the WCC. Saint Mary's crushed San Diego 65-42 in San Diego...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 21, 2009

TUESDAY, JAN. 20, 2009

Gonzaga’s Austin Daye drives to the hole in the second half.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Zags, Daye head for California

Back with a collection of Gonzaga notes, including Austin Daye returning to his old stomping grounds in Southern California this week as GU takes on Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount.Daye, who is from Irvine, Calif., said he's looking forward to seeing family and friends, not to...

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MONDAY, JAN. 19, 2009

Ira Brown of Gonzaga splits San Francisco defenders #33 Dior Lowhorn and #2 Blake Wallace to grab an offensive rebound during their game Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, in Spokane. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Gonzaga back in A.P. poll at 23 25 

Gonzaga, after a couple weeks absence, on Monday returned to the Associated Press top 25 at No. 23. The Bulldogs are 28th in the ESPN/USA Today rankings. WCC rival Saint Mary's is No. 22 in the ESPN/USA Today poll, but missed the A.P. top 25...

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