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Gonzaga drops baseball series opener to BYU

The Gonzaga University baseball team began a series between two teams atop the West Coast Conference standings Thursday night, falling 11-2 to BYU at Miller Field in Provo, Utah.

Gonzaga’s Brandon Bailey entered the game with a 1.57 ERA, second-lowest in the WCC, but allowed five earned runs in four innings and took the loss.

With the loss, Gonzaga fell percentage points behind BYU in the conference standings. The Cougars are 11-5 (.688) in WCC action while Gonzaga fell to 12-7 (.632). GU is still ahead of the Cougars by one WCC win.

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Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura scores 25 points in Japan’s World Cup victory

UPDATED: 7:58 p.m.

Rui Hachimura led the way Monday, scoring 25 points as Japan picked up another huge win, 75-60 over Iran, in the FIBA World Cup Asian qualifiers. Hachimura, Gonzaga’s 6-foot-8 junior forward, filled out the stat sheet with seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals at sold-out Ota City General Gymnasium in Tokyo.