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SUNDAY, JAN. 18, 2009

Micah Downs, left, and Josh Heytvelt of Gonzaga crash the offensive boards against San Francisco  during their game Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, in Spokane. Downs controlled this rebound and got the putback for a score. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Day after San Francisco 10 

A bunch of notes, quotes, etc., as we recount Gonzaga's 85-51 dismantling of San Francisco on Saturday night. Read on for the day-after USF post.ALSO: Find a photo gallery of GU-USF game here.

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SATURDAY, JAN. 17, 2009

Gonzaga player Andrew Sorenson gets a bear hug from Steve Hertz, Director of Athletic Relations for Gonzaga after the Zags lost to Davidson, March 21, 2008 in Raleigh,NC.  Hertz thanked Sorenson for his enthusium.  DAN PELLE The Spokesman-Review (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

GU gets win, Sorenson gets scholarship 

Back with the game story, which I took in a different direction after post-game interviews. You'll see why below in the unedited version that will run in Sunday's S-R. Check back Sunday morning for a day-after post.(By the way, the photo that accompanies this post...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 16, 2009

Gonzaga coach Mark Few watches pensively as his team leads the Santa Clara Broncos through the first half Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 at Gonzaga.  (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Zags take on struggling Dons 

Two teams heading in opposite directions are set to collide Saturday night in the McCarthey Athletic Center. Gonzaga is rolling again with a three-game winning streak while San Francisco had lost six of its last seven. According to America's Line, GU is favored by 26.5...

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Gonzaga's Will Foster extends a long arm to discourage Santa Clara's Scott Thompson, left, as Gonzaga's Ira Brown (#50) and Santa Clara's Marc Trasolini (#15) watch Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 at Gonzaga.   (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Day after Santa Clara

The headlines in Friday's S-R pretty well summarized it. On my game story: "Gonzaga sets season high for points." On John Blanchette's column: "In defense of GU, its defense shines."Gonzaga put together a complete performance in pounding Santa Clara 95-53 on Thursday. We'll recap it...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 15, 2009


Bulldogs rout Santa Clara 

Gonzaga dominated from start to finish, routing the visiting Santa Clara Bulldogs 95-53 on Thursday night at the McCarthey Athletic Center.Five Zags reached double figures, led by Austin Daye's 20 points. Matt Bouldin added 16 points, Steven Gray 15 and Jeremy Pargo and Josh Heytvelt...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 14, 2009

Matt Bouldin of Gonzaga takes the ball down the lane on a drive to the basket against Portland. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Bouldin helping Zags get back on track  

A couple of things tonight. Below, you'll find an unedited feature article on Matt Bouldin, who has put together two straight outstanding games. Also, a brief update on ex-Zag Theo Davis and coach Mark Few's thoughts on the late Harry Sladich.And, you'll notice now when...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 13, 2009

Gonzaga's David Pendergraft, left, celebrates with teammate Abdullahi Kuso after the game Saturday, Mar. 2, 2008 as the Gonzaga Bulldogs faced WCC opponent St. Mary's at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane. Gonzaga won, 88-76.   JESSE TINSLEY THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Zags trying to clean up the glass 

Rebounding is the topic for this week's notebook. It's been a sore spot for the Zags the last five games. Below, you'll find an unedited article that will run in Wednesday's S-R.Also, a couple of upcoming GU games, including Thursday's home date with Santa Clara,...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 7, 2009

Tatum shoots Vols to lead at half

Tennessee's Cameron Tatum scorched Gonzaga with four 3-pointers and a career-high tying 19 points in the first half to stake the Volunteers to a 40-33 halftime lead. Tatum's deep 3-pointer gave the Vols their biggest lead 31-16 before GU battled back. The Bulldogs actually led...

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Blanchette on Zags' slide 

A couple of items for your consumption on a blustery morning in Knoxville. First, John Blanchette checks the Zags' temperature here. Also, a preview of the GU-Tennessee matchup from the Knoxville newspaper.

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TUESDAY, JAN. 6, 2009

Gonzaga, Tennessee ready for round three

For the third time in just over a year, Gonzaga and Tennessee will square off. Tennessee won last season in Seattle, Gonzaga won five weeks ago in Orlando. The third meeting is Wednesday night at 6 PST at Tennessee's Thompson-Boling Arena, which hasn't been too...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 3, 2009

Vols fall to KU 

Tennessee got off to a slow start -- much like Gonzaga against UConn, Portland State and Utah -- and never fully recovered, falling to Kansas in Lawrence on Saturday. More here, here and here.Gonzaga visits Tennessee in Knoxville on Wednesday.

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THURSDAY, JAN. 1, 2009

Day after Utah 13 

Gonzaga's slide continued Wednesday night as the Bulldogs missed two shots in the closing seconds and fell to Utah 66-65 in Salt Lake City. The Bulldogs have dropped three straight and four of five as they head into what could be their toughest matchup of...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 31, 2008

TUESDAY, DEC. 23, 2008

No. 7 Bulldogs stunned at home by PSU 

Back with the game story from Portland State's 77-70 upset over No. 7 Gonzaga at the McCarthey Athletic Center.Gonzaga couldn't contain 5-foot-6 guard Jeremiah Dominguez, who had 25 points, made seven 3-pointers, and grabbed six rebounds. He added five assists. Read on for the unedited...

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Vikings pull stunner  19 

The Portland State Vikings had trouble just getting to Spokane -- arriving via a charter bus trip that was split over two days after their flight was canceled Monday -- but that didn't stop them from pulling off one of the biggest upsets in college...

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Zags, Vikings hook up at the MAC 

Like many who went to the Battle in Seattle, I returned home on four wheels instead of an airplane. Got back early evening Monday. Gonzaga's opponent tonight, Portland State, is taking a similar path. Their flight was a snow-related cancel Monday, so they've opted to...

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SATURDAY, DEC. 20, 2008

Gonzaga guard Micah Downs, left, steals the ball from Connecticut center Hasheem Thabeet, of Tanzania, right, as Gonzaga's Josh Heytvelt, second from left, looks on in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday at KeyArena in Seattle.  (The Associated Press)

Battle in Seattle game story 13 

Gonzaga couldn't finish off what it started Saturday. The Bulldogs overcame a double-digit deficit in the first half and appeared to be on their way to a win over second-ranked Connecticut, but guard A.J. Price's 3-pointer put a hold on Gonzaga's plans. Connecticut won 88-83...

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Zags can't hold lead, fall to UConn 33 

The Gonzaga Bulldogs had an 11-point lead near the midpoint of the second half. They led by four with 2 minutes left and three with 24 seconds remaining. But Connecticut's A.J. Price hit an off balance 3-pointer with eight seconds left to tie it and...

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Gray's 13 keep GU on Huskies' heels

Connecticut raced out to leads of 13-2, 24-13 and 33-23 before Gonzaga roared back to move in front, 37-36, late in the first half. A.J. Price's two free throws with 4.1 seconds left that gave UConn a 38-37 edge at halftime in the Battle in...

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Blanchette on Calhoun 

Already checking weather forecasts (supposed to be high winds here later today, which probably means another fun day of air travel), but thought I'd post John Blanchette's column on UConn coach Jim Calhoun. It might already be pasted on the Zags' locker room wall.

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FRIDAY, DEC. 19, 2008

Zags, Huskies clash in Seattle 

Time for a renewal of the short, but thoroughly entertaining series between Gonzaga and Connecticut. The teams will tangle at 1 p.m. Saturday in KeyArena as Gonzaga tries to snap a two-game losing streak (Nevada, Tennessee) in the Battle in Seattle.They've met three times. Gonzaga...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 18, 2008


Gonzaga routs Tigers

Gonzaga improved to 8-1 with an 84-42 win over Texas Southern on Thursday.The Bulldogs had four players reach double figures -- Josh Heytvelt 21, Micah Downs 14, Matt Bouldin 11 and Austin Daye 10. Jeremy Pargo had eight assists, four rebounds and four points.Texas Southern...

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