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THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2017

Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski, right, shoots over Loyola Marymount forward Petr Herman during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. (Chris Carlson / Associated Press)

THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2017, 11:50 P.M.

Gonzaga’s focus remains sharp in rout of LMU

The prelims are over, but before moving on to Saturday’s main event – No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 20 Saint Mary’s in Moraga – the Zags did what they’ve done most of the season. They didn’t overlook an overmatched opponent. They took care of business, routing Loyola Marymount 90-60 in front of 4,068 Thursday at Gersten Pavilion.

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Gonzaga is eager for the return of forward Killian Tillie. (Chris Carlson / Associated Press)

THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2017, 11:48 P.M.

No. 1 Gonzaga crushes LMU, improves to 25-0

LOS ANGELES – Twenty-five games in, Gonzaga isn’t about to change what it does best. The top-ranked Zags put another 40 minutes of it on display Thursday, thumping Loyola Marymount 90-60 in front of 4,068 at Gersten Pavilion. Gonzaga rolled ...

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Gonzaga guard Jessie Loera drives into the key as Loyola Marymount forward Cheyanne Wallace  defends during the first half Thursday at McCarthey Athletic Center. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2017, 11:47 P.M.

Big third quarter lifts Gonzaga women past LMU, 73-61

Gonzaga women’s coach Lisa Fortier will gladly take a slice of the credit for that remarkable third quarter. With her Bulldogs trailing Loyola Marymount by three at halftime Thursday night, “I actually got after them a little bit,” Fortier said. ...

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Gonzaga head coach Lisa Fortier talks with players coming off the court for a timeout during the second half of a NCAA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in the McCarthey Athletic Center. After a slow start, the Bulldogs won for the 11th consecutive time. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2017, 9:46 P.M.

GU women extend streak to 11 wins despite slow start

On January 12, the Gonzaga women cruised over Loyola Marymount and recorded their highest field goal percentage of the season at 56.9 percent. The start of Thursday night’s rematch against the Lions was the opposite. Gonzaga won their 11th straight, ...

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Colorado guard George King, right, goes up for a basket as Washington forward Matisse Thybulle defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in Boulder, Colo. (David Zalubowski / Associated Press)

THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2017, 9:44 P.M.

Washington Huskies minus star Markelle Fultz in 81-66 loss at Colorado

BOULDER, Colo. – The Washington Huskies lost fantastic freshman Markelle Fultz prior to tip-off and had no answer for George King in an 81-66 loss to Colorado on Thursday night. Fultz, projected as a potential top pick in this year’s NBA draft, sat out with a sore right knee. It wasn’t clear how or when Fultz got hurt. He didn’t suit up after watching his team’s shoot-around from the bench in sweats once the team’s medical staff ruled him out.

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THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2017, 9:21 P.M.

Eastern Washington women edged by North Dakota

Makailah Dyer and Samantha Roscoe scored 19 points apiece and visiting North Dakota edged Eastern Washington 75-71 in Big Sky play on Thursday. Delaney Hodgins led Eastern with 19 points and Tisha Phillips added 15, while Ashli Payne and Symone ...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2017, 9:18 P.M.

Idaho women drop close one to Northern Colorado

Savannah Smith scored 24 points, Courtney Smith added 22 and visiting Northern Colorado (19-4, 11-1) topped Idaho (12-11, 7-5) 71-67 in Big Sky play on Thursday. The Smiths combined to go 17 of 36 from the field, taking more than ...

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