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UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 21, 2019, 10:25 p.m.

How we voted: A chaotic week for the elite as top-10 teams win 11 times, lose seven more

The Spokesman-Review’s Theo Lawson is one of 65 national media members voting in the Associated Press Top 25 basketball poll this season. Every week throughout the 2018-19 campaign, he’ll break …


Top 25 roundup: Michigan State tops Maryland for 12th straight win

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UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 21, 2019, 7:02 p.m.

Gonzaga moves up to No. 4, Tennessee takes over top spot in AP Top 25

Gonzaga took a step up in the rankings after a chaotic week for the best teams in college basketball.


Men’s Top 25 capsules: Boston College beats No. 11 Florida State 87-82

Ky Bowman scored 37 points and Jordan Chatman gave Boston College the lead for good by hitting three straight 3-pointers during a 21-4 run to start the second half, and …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 20, 2019, 7:06 p.m.

Gonzaga rewind: Josh Perkins demonstrates his toughness again in win over Pilots

Senior point guard Josh Perkins could end his Gonzaga career as the program’s all-time assists leader, but he doesn’t dish much on his health. In the second half of Saturday’s …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 19, 2019, 11:31 p.m.

Analysis: Gonzaga works offensive glass to roll past Portland, 89-66

The Zags didn’t have their A game on offense or defense, but they rated high in resourcefulness in a business-like 89-66 victory against Portland viewed by a full house of …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 19, 2019, 11:16 p.m.

Montana pulls away late to hand Idaho its third straight loss

For the final 5 minutes of their 69-51 win over Idaho on Saturday night, the Montana Grizzlies played like the much more talented and experienced team that they are.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 19, 2019, 11:03 p.m.

Gonzaga-Portland: 3 keys to the Bulldogs’ 89-66 victory over the Pilots

Key moment, offensive MVP and Defensive MVP from Gonzaga’s 89-66 victory over Portland at the Chiles Center in Portland


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 19, 2019, 11:03 p.m.

TV Take: Pregame premonition rings true as Gonzaga powers past Portland to remain perfect in WCC play

Tom Glasgow deserves some points for honesty. The veteran broadcaster, who handled the play-by-play chores on Saturday night’s Gonzaga contest, shown on KAYU in the Spokane area, was blunt before …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 19, 2019, 9:03 p.m.

Kyle Roach helps Whitworth fend off Pacific Lutheran’s upset bid in 71-56 defensive battle

Sixth-ranked Whitworth found itself in an unexpected dogfight with Pacific Lutheran Saturday night, but Kyle Roach’s offensive eruption in the second half helped the Pirates rally for a 71-56 win …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 19, 2019, 10:17 p.m.

Jacob Davison, Tyler Kidd spark EWU’s win over Montana State on record-breaking night for Tyler Hall

Before EWU downed the Bobcats (7-10, 4-3), it upset rival and preseason conference favorite Montana 78-71 on Jan. 10, the Eagles’ first back-to-back wins of the season.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 19, 2019, 7:19 p.m.

Area roundup: Violet Kapri Morrow lifts Eastern Washington women in OT

Violet Kapri Morrow’s three-point play in the closing seconds of overtime capped her career-high 37-point effort, lifting Eastern Washington over Montana State 89-87 in Bozeman on Saturday.


John Blanchette: Progress isn’t in WSU’s basketball vocabulary

In fact, the Cougars’ 78-66 loss to Stanford at high noon on Saturday was a mad dash into an open manhole. If somebody slides the cover back on, we may …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 19, 2019, 7:31 p.m.

Analysis: Sluggish Washington State suffers first home defeat, losing to Stanford 78-66

Sleepy passes flew into the scorer’s table. Botched defensive assignments led to unchallenged dunks. Point-blank layups rolled around the lip of the rim and fell right out.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 19, 2019, 5:50 p.m.

Washington stays on top of Pac-12 after 71-52 win over California

Dominic Green hit four 3-pointers and scored 17 points off the bench, Matisse Thybulle added 13 points, and Washington improved to 5-0 in conference play for the first time in …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 19, 2019, 10:07 p.m.

Recap and highlights: Seven players score in double figures to lead No. 5 Gonzaga past Portland 89-66

Seven players scored in double figures, led by Rui Hachimura’s 17-point output, as No. 5 Gonzaga downed Portland 89-66 on Saturday at the Chiles Center.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 10:47 p.m.

Whitworth keeps pace in Northwest Conference race with 98-84 win over Puget Sound

Ben College scored 19 of his game-high 26 points after halftime, and sixth-ranked Whitworth kept pace behind league leader Whitman with a 98-84 men’s basketball victory over Puget Sound on …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 8:39 p.m.

Idaho’s Trevon Allen combines skill, mental toughness to lead Vandals

Trevon Allen is bent low, maintaining a dribble about eight inches off the court. His eyes are forward, looking, looking while a Montana State defender looms over him.


Top 25 roundup: CJ Massinburg scores 31, No. 16 Buffalo tops Eastern Michigan

CJ Massinburg ended a four-game slump by scoring 31 points, leading No. 16 Buffalo to a 77-65 win over Eastern Michigan on Friday night.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 8:43 p.m.

Washington State looking to double up against Bay Area schools when Stanford visits Saturday

Washington State no doubt cleared a major hurdle Thursday night, beating Cal by a healthy margin to snatch its first Pac-12 Conference win and put a six-game losing streak to …


Eastern Washington basketball faces tough test in Montana State, high-scoring talent Tyler Hall

Eastern will have plenty more time to savor its last victory, but head coach Shantay Legans prefers to embrace the extra rest and practice time afforded his team.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 6:37 p.m.

Gonzaga rolling, despite game-plan tactics of WCC foes

Four games into the WCC season it’s apparent opponents are going deeper into the playbook when facing fifth-ranked Gonzaga.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 5:22 p.m.

Gonzaga-Portland key matchup: Marcus Shaver Jr. heating up for Pilots

Portland has struggled with consistency and rhythm offensively. That includes guard Marcus Shaver Jr., but the 6-foot-2 sophomore is trending up again.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 9:01 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Huskies star Jaylen Nowell has gotten even better – and smarter

Nowell, who averages 16.7 points per game, ranks third in the Pac-12 in two-point field-goal percentage at 56.8. But it’s not just about the numbers Nowell is producing – it’s …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 11:03 p.m.

Robert Franks fuels Washington State with 24 points in dominant 82-59 win over Cal

Fully healed from the hip injury that kept him off the court for almost a month, Robert Franks helped Washington State repair many of its own wounds Thursday night at …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 10:53 p.m.

John Blanchette: Conference switch wouldn’t stop Gonzaga from being dominant at home

Actual human engagement returned to McCarthey Athletic Center on Thursday night, and not a minute too soon.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 11:03 p.m.

Analysis: Gonzaga clamps down on James Batemon, Lions in 73-55 victory

Gonzaga has made strides taking away the opponent’s primary scoring option over the last eight games, something it struggled with during the first month of the season.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 10:16 p.m.

Where’s the beef? Most Gonzaga players say steak would be meal of choice during White House visit

Corey Kispert added that he hopes there would be pie, but not just any old Cyrus O’Leary’s type, but specifically some home-baked deliciousness.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 8:35 p.m.

Jaylen Nowell leads four players in double figures as Washington remains unbeaten in Pac-12

Jaylen Nowell scored 22 points, Nahziah Carter made 6 of 7 shots and added 13 points off the bench and Washington won its sixth straight game, 80-64 over Stanford on …