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Gonzaga attempted to schedule Ohio State in its annual game at KeyArena but the matchup didn’t materialize. Turns out South Alabama of the Sun Belt was a tougher challenge than most expected.
Read on for my day-after post.
Gonzaga dominated the first 10 minutes and squirmed for the better part of the last 30, holding on for a 68-59 win over South Alabama on Saturday at KeyArena.
Gary Bell Jr., from nearby Kent, had 20 points.
My unedited game story is below. More tomorrow in my day-after post.
Gonzaga, with a win over South Alabama on Saturday night in the Battle in Seattle, would match last year's 10-1 start.
A short preview of the matchup here.
Gonzaga rebounded from its first loss of the season by throttling Kansas State 68-52 in the 10th annual Battle in Seattle on Saturday.
Kelly Olynyk had 20 points — in just 19 minutes before fouling out — and Elias Harris had 10 points and seven boards as the Bulldogs worked over K-State inside. Gary Bell Jr. added 11 points and Kevin Pangos had nine points and six assists.GU, coming off an 85-74 home loss to Illinois, improved to 10-1 for the first time since the 2004-05 season.
My unedited game story is below. Check back for a day-after post in the morning.
It's been an eventful seven days for Gonzaga, which has arrived on the west side for tomorrow's Battle in Seattle contest with Kansas State. The 14th-ranked Zags (9-1) are back on the floor for the first time since falling at home to Illinois.
GU and Kansas State are expected to meet again next season. Wildcats coach Bruce Weber indicated the contest probably will be played in Wichita.
More on the matchup here.
Gotta dash for the airport so I'll post the unedited version of my game story that will run in Sunday's S-R.
You can find it below.
This has been known for a year or two, but Gonzaga officially will take on Arizona in the Battle in Seattle on Dec. 17th. GU is 0-3 vs. Arizona, including a 69-64 loss in 2008, the most recent clash in Phoenix. Spokane pre-sale tickets will be available Sept. 10.
Also, several Zags from the men's and women's teams will be signing autographs during Hoopfest. Here's the schedule.
As promised, here’s my game story from Gonzaga’s 73-61 loss to Illinois on Saturday. Check back tomorrow for a day-after post.
Gonzaga’s Steven Gray (41) fouls Illinois’ D.J. Richardson in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday in Seattle. ESPN boxscore here. And: Jim Meehan’s initial game story here. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Question: Is it time to give up on the 2010-11 Zags yet?
Just a reminder that I’ll be tweeting during the GU-Illinois game. I’ve actually got a few tweets up already regarding the starting lineup (Sacre, Goodson, Gray, Olynyk and Manny — no Harris), so head over to Twitter.com/SRJimm.
Check back here at the final buzzer for a quick recap and about 2 hours later for a game story.
I’m certain I mentioned this as a possible scenario back when Gonzaga took on Arizona in Phoenix, but it’s sounding more official: GU-Arizona in the Battle in Seattle next season. More here.
Gonzaga and Davidson hook up in the seventh annual Battle in Seattle on Saturday.
You can find my unedited game preview below.
Game time for the Battle in Seattle has been moved from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., according to event organizers. GU will take on Davidson in the Dec. 12th contest at KeyArena.
The game will be televised on KHQ-TV and FSN.
Tickets can be purchased at www.battleinseattle.com, www.ticketmaster.com and at all Ticketmaster locations.
Stuck in Seattle because of the latest round of storms, so we’ll get the day after Connecticut post up.
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 the second-ranked Huskies went on to an 88-83 victory in overtime in the sixth annual Battle in Seattle.
Steven Gray led No. 8 GU (8-2) with 23 points. Price had 24 points and 10 assists for the Huskies (10-0).
Check back for the game story in about 90 minutes.
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 Seattle.
Steven Gray came off the bench to score 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting (he had 15 on the stat monitor when I began writing this, but it’s been changed). He was also GU’s top rebounder with four, but the second-ranked Huskies had the upperhand on that statistic 18-14. Jeremy Pargo added 10 points. Micah Downs, Josh Heytvelt and Austin Daye each had two fouls.
UConn center Hasheem Thabeet (6 points, 1 rebound) also sat with two fouls. Reserve post Gavin Edwards gave the Huskies a boost with six points and six rebounds. Price topped Connecticut with eight points and five of his teammates had at least four points.
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 won 85-82 a year ago in Boston with Jeremy Pargo pouring in 23 points. In the 2005 Maui Invitational championship, the Huskies won 65-63 on Denham Brown’s basket with 1.1 seconds left. The most memorable contest came in 1999 when then-upstart Gonzaga gave the eventual national champion Huskies fits before falling 67-62 in the West Regional Final.
Read on for an unedited preview that will run in Saturday’s S-R.
Read on for John Blanchette’s unedited game story from Gonzaga’s 84-42 rout of Texas Southern.