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UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019, 10:03 p.m.

Washington holds off Oregon’s late rally for 61-56 win

Jaylen Nowell scored 20 points, capped by three free throws with 1.6 seconds left, and Washington weathered a furious Oregon rally to escape 61-56. Oregon’s last possession ended with Paul …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019, 9:49 p.m.

Sacramento State cruises past cold-shooting Idaho 69-48

Marcus Graves had 14 points and 10 assists as Sacramento State cruised to a 69-48 victory over Idaho on Thursday night.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019, 10:50 p.m.

Recap and highlights: No. 4 Gonzaga starts quick, runs away from Santa Clara for 27th straight WCC road win

Josh Perkins scored 18 points and dished out eight assists as fourth-ranked Gonzaga breezed by Santa Clara 98-39 on Thursday at the Leavey Center.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 11:01 p.m.

Washington commit Nate Pryor sparks North Idaho College’s rout of Community Colleges of Spokane

Pryor scored most of his game-high 31 points in the second half, helping the defending NWAC champion Cardinals (18-2, 7-0 East Region) flip the switch in the last 14 minutes …


Top 25 roundup: Grant Williams rallies No. 1 Tennessee past rival Vanderbilt in OT

Grant Williams scored a career-high 43 points and finished off a three-point play with 31.6 seconds left in overtime to put top-ranked Tennessee ahead to stay, and the Volunteers barely …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 8:16 p.m.

Women’s basketball notebook: Boise State guard Riley Lupfer reaches 1,000-point milestone

Boise State guard and former Lewis and Clark star Riley Lupfer can score in a variety of ways, but her driving, left-handed floater Saturday at Fresno State put her in …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

Gonzaga tries to continue WCC road mastery against Santa Clara

The fourth-ranked Zags have won 26 straight WCC road games, the longest active streak in the country, entering Saturday’s rematch against Santa Clara at the Leavey Center.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 6:01 p.m.

Gonzaga-Santa Clara key matchup: Trey Wertz on hot streak entering rematch

Trey Wertz, a 6-foot-5 freshman from Charlotte, has led the Broncos in assists in eight straight games.


Mid-major fallout: Grad transfers can hurt teams they leave

Mid-major men’s basketball teams often have to deal with student-athletes who complete their degrees early and leave for a more established program for their final year of college eligibility. Those …


Top 25 roundup: Charles Matthews lifts No. 5 Michigan over Minnesota

Charles Matthews made a baseline floater at the buzzer to lift No. 5 Michigan to a 59-57 win over Minnesota on Tuesday night after the Golden Gophers scored 10 straight …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 11:05 p.m.

Gonzaga’s ‘Big Three’ of Brandon Clarke, Rui Hachimura and Killian Tillie provides intriguing options on the court

The fourth-ranked Zags have three of the best forwards in college basketball. They saw court time together last week for the first time since Tillie’s return five games ago from …


Tennessee knows it must improve defense to stay at No. 1

Offense has helped Tennessee earn its second No. 1 ranking in program history. The Volunteers believe they’ll only stay there by defending the way they did last season. Tennessee seeks …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 11:04 p.m.

Gonzaga’s Brandon Clarke on watch list for Naismith Defensive Player of Year Award

Gonzaga’s Brandon Clarke has been named to the midseason watch list for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Award.


Ex-Arizona assistant coach pleads guilty to bribery charge

Former Arizona assistant coach Emanuel “Book” Richardson has pleaded guilty to a bribery charge in a federal prosecution that exposed corruption in college basketball recruiting. With Tuesday’s plea, Emanuel Richardson …


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 …