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The most entertaining game of Gonzaga's season is in the books. It'll take some doing the rest of the way to match or surpass GU's 94-87 victory over Baylor that was the equivalent of a two-hour carnival ride.
Read on for my day-after Baylor post. I hope to connect with the newest Zag, ex-Louisville Cardinal Angel Nunez, later today.
Big night for Gonzaga basketball, which posted a 94-87 victory over a talented Baylor team, and picked up a commitment from former Louisville forward Angel Nunez.
My unedited game story is below. There's a short article on Nunez committing at the bottom (hopefully I'll have more on Nunez tomorrow).
Also, check back in the morning for a day-after Baylor post.
Gonzaga, which hasn't played since defeating Campbell on Dec. 19th, returns to the court against visiting Baylor on Friday night.
The Bears have a talented guard line, led by Pierre Jackson, and a pair of interior standouts in Cory Jefferson and Isaiah Austin. Read more on the matchup here.
Everybody believes Brittney Griner is No. 1, or at least the 6-8 junior makes Baylor No. 1.
Minus Courtney Vandersloot, sportswriters (AP poll) and coaches (ESPN/USA Today poll) don't believe Gonzaga is one of the Top 25 programs in the nation, but the writers for ESPN.com do. They have Gonzaga in at No. 23 as the website Top 25 comes out as part of their season preview. (This goes on all week, so check back. And now there is ESPNW as part of the mix as well.)
Getting ready for what we hope is a good game … but won't bet on it because the Gonzaga women are so disappointing at home. OK, that's not fair. I'm being facetious The GU women are really good at home, many of the games are disappointing. Hopefully Southern Utah will put up a good fight tonight at McCarthey. GAme time is 6 p.m.
We'll talk about that in moment, but first, Gonzaga's Kayla Standish (above left in GU photo) gets her second WCC Player of the Week award, who replaces UConn at No. 1 in the AP poll and Charle Creme of ESPN has his latest bracketology with a couple of interesting twists predicted for Spokane, which we'll also discuss below.
The way Washington State was dismantling the Baylor Bears on Thursday, it seemed as if the only question left was how high the Cougars should be ranked next week entering Pac-10 play. Then they a hit a bump in their road to national recognition. Read on.
Washington State is playing like Syracuse, the good Syracuse teams. The Cougars are sticking with their 2-3 matchup zone, allowing 15th-ranked Baylor to fire away from the perimeter. And so far that philosophy is working well as the Bears are 0-12 from beyond the arc. LaceDarius Dunn, who came in shooting 50 percent from 3, is 0-8 from there today. … The key stat, we thought before the game began, was the rebound numbers. The Bears have 10 offensive rebounds for 15 points (more than half their total). But the overall number is 20-15, which isn't all that bad for WSU. … The key stretch of the half came after A.J. Walton made two free throws with 8 minutes, 57 seconds left. In the Bears next six possessions, they missed four shots and turned the ball over twice. The result was an 11-0 run for WSU, giving the Cougars a 35-19 lead. When Baylor then put together a 7-0 run, WSU answered with four DeAngelo Casto points to end the half. … The Cougars are shooting 53 percent from the floor and have hit five of their eight 3-pointers. Baylor is shooting 28 percent. More after the game and on Twitter.
As we sit through the end of Mississippi State's easy win over San Diego, we have one thing to say about Washington State's game with Baylor, which will probably start about 20 minutes late. Size matters today. At least for WSU it does. As the Cougars get ready to play the Baylor Bears in the semifinal round of the Diamond Head Classic, we have some thoughts, so read on.
Let’s see. If you told me Steven Gray would play just 15 minutes and leave in the first half with an injury, Elias Harris would foul out with eight points in 18 minutes, point guard Demetri Goodson would turn the ball over seven times, GU would shoot just 41.5 percent and Baylor would attempt 33 free throws, I would have guessed, what, Baylor wins by maybe 20, 25?
Honestly, what would you have guessed?
Despite an avalanche of adversity, Gonzaga found a way to knock off No. 9 Baylor 68-64 on Saturday. Here’s a link to the S-R recap (you’ll notice a couple of statistical changes from previous posts as a result of the official box vs. ESPN.com’s).
Read on below for an A.P. article on the game.
Gonzaga overcame a steady dose of adversity — major foul trouble, Steven Gray’s injury, a pro-Baylor crowd at the American Airlines Center in Dallas — and pulled out a 68-64 victory over the ninth-ranked Bears.
Marquise Carter made 5 of 6 free throws in the last 43.8 seconds as Gonzaga registered its first win over a ranked foe in five tries this season. GU had lost nine straight to ranked opponents.
Robert Sacre had 17 points, Carter 13 and Sam Dower 10. Elias Harris scored eight points before fouling out. Kelly Olynyk chipped in seven points, including a key 3-pointer that gave Gonzaga the lead for good, 61-59, with 1:45 remaining. Gray (back spasms) didn’t play in the second half.
Perry Jones III scored 19 points to lead Baylor. LaceDarius Dunn was just 4 of 14 from the field and finished with 17 points.
More in about 90 minutes.
Gonzaga leads Baylor 29-27 at half, despite playing the last five minutes without Steven Gray, who left with back spasms. It appeared he tweaked his back while picking up the ball after Demetri Goodson drew a charging foul. More below.
Gonzaga leads Baylor 29-27 at half, despite playing the last five minutes without Steven Gray, who left with back spasms. It appeared he tweaked his back while picking up the ball after Demetri Goodson drew a charging foul.
I’m watching it snow like crazy, so i’m obviously not in Dallas, but I went there via the Internet to find a couple of links for today’s GU-Baylor game. Here’s a preview and a feature on Bears’ star LaceDarius Dunn.
I’ll be tweeting during the game (twitter.com/SRjimm), so head there for updates.