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Dawgs down ’Cats

Nic Wise couldn’t find his stroke, Derrick Williams couldn’t stay on the floor, and Quincy Pondexter couldn’t miss. And when it counted most, hyperdefender Venoy Overton was cool as a …


Gonzaga bench finally lends a needed hand

At last, reinforcements for The Three Basketeers. One for all and all for … well, for drilling the Portland Pilots a new one.


Bone has faith in Thompson

PULLMAN – Ken Bone is sure of one thing. Klay Thompson is a great shooter. No matter the Washington State sophomore is shooting just 36.6 percent from the floor in …


Redhawks capitalize as Eagles falter

SEATTLE – A late 8-0 run and clutch free throws down the stretch by Seattle sent the Eastern Washington University men’s basketball team to its sixth straight defeat, 68-62, in …


Zags’ loss to Dons deeper than just a hiccup

One of the articles of Gonzaga’s basketball faith has been that the company the Bulldogs keep in January and February is universally disdained – though slightly less nationwide than by …


Idaho BracketBuster: Monson, Long Beach

Idaho will play host to Long Beach State on Feb. 20 in the eighth annual BracketBuster. The game, announced Monday, will be the second half a Vandals doubleheader. The Idaho …


Idaho breaks through

MOSCOW, Idaho – For six weeks, the Idaho men’s basketball team wandered. Pushed out of its usual home so the football team could prep for the Humanitarian Bowl, the Vandals …


Zags tough it out at Santa Clara

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Gonzaga’s toughness was tested Thursday night. And for the first 27 minutes of a physical contest with Santa Clara, the Bulldogs didn’t exactly achieve passing marks. …


Bennett has Cavs believing in system

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Tony Bennett didn’t watch much tape of last year’s Virginia team after taking the Cavaliers coaching job. Instead, he formed his impressions based on his interactions with …


Boykin leads Bears

Jamal Boykin scored a career-high 25 points and had 10 rebounds, and California defeated Arizona State 78-70 at Tempe, Ariz., on Thursday night to remain alone atop the Pac-10. Jerome …


Series of events led point guard Moore to Cougs

PULLMAN – Really, Reggie Moore even being at Washington State was iffy at best. If Lute Olson were still at Arizona, Moore might be sporting a purple W Saturday instead …


Huskies rough up Seattle

SEATTLE – Quincy Pondexter rebounded from his worst game of the season with 27 points and 11 rebounds, and Washington overwhelmed neighboring Seattle University 123-76 Tuesday night. Fill-in starter Venoy …


Zags ponder Super question

Yes, Gonzaga needs to work on its team defense. Sure, the Bulldogs hope to improve their rebounding. But really, who’s going to win the Super Bowl?


Zags pass crucial test

MORAGA, Calif. – The Gonzaga Bulldogs are just two games into the 14-game West Coast Conference regular season, but they’ve already taken two large steps toward their 10th consecutive conference …


Washington returns to winning ways

SEATTLE – The play of the game, and perhaps the turning point of the season, came with a minute left in Washington’s 94-61 basketball victory against Stanford on Thursday. The …


Cougars’ Watson finds peace in life’s third act

PULLMAN – James Watson can divide his life roughly into thirds. The first seven years are heartache, spent mainly in Tulsa, Okla., tethered to his biological mother. Those years are …


Notebook: Gaels remain a potent force

Rewind the calendar a couple of months and many expected Saint Mary’s, like Gonzaga, to take a step backward this season. If so, the Gaels have followed it with a …


John Blanchette: Pac-10 ripe for Cougars to pounce

To review: In the past week, Oregon State suffered a 51-point defeat at home to a school that hasn’t played Division I basketball in 30 years, then showed up in …


New Mexico State deals Idaho third straight loss

MOSCOW, Idaho – Idaho dropped its third consecutive men’s basketball game Monday, and each loss has been more excruciating than the last for a team with postseason ambitions. But after …


Cougars falter at Arizona State

TEMPE, Ariz. – Sometimes a box score can tell the entire story of a college basketball game. Sometimes it only scratches the surface. The latter was the case Sunday afternoon …


UW suffers third straight blowout

TUCSON, Ariz. – The outcome was decided long before Arizona’s Derrick Williams’ tomahawk dunk in the final 15 seconds. Still, the Wildcats forward’s acrobatic slam drew a huge applause from …


Vols upset Kansas

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The loss of four key players helped Tennessee come together as a team. Now No. 1 Kansas is looking to do the same after failing to survive …


Glen Dean lifts Eagles to road victory

BOZEMAN – Almost single-handedly, Glen Dean ended Eastern’s road woes. The Eastern Washington University freshman guard hit a running 6-foot bank shot with 3.8 seconds remaining to lift the Eagles …


Bulldogs outlast Portland in WCC opener

PORTLAND – Unable to put Portland away, Gonzaga was forced to endure an uncomfortable final few seconds as Pilots’ deadeye shooter Jared Stohl caught a pass, quickly turned and launched …


Montgomery saves Pirates

Nate Montgomery showed up early and worked late into the evening Saturday. Whitworth University needed every productive minute its active 6-foot-8 senior center logged to hold off an inspired upset …


Vandals let game slip away

MOSCOW, Idaho – The freefall started with turnovers – bunches of them in rapid succession. Then came frightful free-throw shooting, and the University of Idaho’s curious meltdown was underway. In …


Cal tops Trojans

Jerome Randle scored 21 points and Theo Robertson added 20, leading California to a 67-59 victory over Southern Cal at Berkeley, Calif., on Saturday night. Dwight Lewis led the Trojans …


Technical call in WSU-Oregon game wrong, official claims

The controversy over the Oregon-Washington State men’s basketball game last week took a new turn Thursday when a key figure on the NCAA rules committee said an important element wasn’t …


Early reviews are in: Zags like performance

They used words like “ecstatic” and “phenomenal.” The grade is incomplete because two games remain (Memphis on Feb. 6 and Cal State Bakersfield on March 2), but the Gonzaga Bulldogs …


It all begins with the Zags

Magazine preseason projections trumpeted it. The players heard it. The coaches heard it. After nine consecutive West Coast Conference titles, this might be the season the Gonzaga Bulldogs were vulnerable, …