Ten times EWU cut the South Dakota State’s lead to one in front of a meager Christmas break crowd at Reese Court. Ten times All-American forward Mike Daum’s senior-laden Jackrabbits answered.
When EWU (1-9) concludes its brawny conference slate Tuesday at Reese Court against Summit League power South Dakota State (9-4), it won’t get any easier in the paint.
Quarterback Easton Stick ran for 169 yards and three touchdowns and threw for another score to help North Dakota State defeat rival South Dakota State 44-21 in the FCS semifinals Friday night.
Either way, Gonzaga was bound to see a familiar opponent and a challenging big man in the Round of 32, but it took the full 40 minutes of a mid-afternoon game at Taco Bell Arena to sort out whether that would be Mike Daum and South Dakota State or Keita Bates-Diop and Ohio State.
Two conference MVPs, one of the field’s top 3-point shooters and another who’s been as hot as anyone in the country over the last month will be coming through Boise this week for the first two rounds of the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
The Jackrabbits are tourney bound again.
All three of Gonzaga's transfers – Nigel Williams-Goss, Jordan Mathews and Johnathan Williams – won their first game in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday against the South Dakota State.
The Guardian issued a cheery mea culpa Thursday for the withering dismissal of Spokane penned some 48 hours earlier by its young house sociologist between sips at the Hemingway Bar in Paris.
South Dakota State held the Zags to one of their lowest shooting percentages from 3-point range this season. Gonzaga finished 26.7 percent (8 of 30) from beyond the arc on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
With Gonzaga big man Przemek Karnowski struggling to find his rhythm, freshman center Zach Collins stepped up with 10 points, six rebounds and plenty of energy.
Gonzaga on Sunday found out its NCAA tournament seeding (No. 1 in the West Region), site (Salt Lake City) and opponent (South Dakota State). The marvels of modern technology meant Gonzaga’s staff would have videotape and advanced analytics on the Jackrabbits as soon coach Mark Few completed his media obligations.