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UI’s hot shooting downs EWU

MOSCOW, Idaho – Early in the second half, Steffan Johnson unfurled yet another 3-pointer and barely glanced at the rim as he stepped back. He and everyone else at Memorial …


In brief: Thompson’s 43 gives Cougs title

College basketball: Klay Thompson set a tournament scoring record with 43 points Saturday night as Washington State beat San Diego 93-56 to win the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage. Thompson, …


Blanchette: Zags already restoring order

So much for stealth. So much for muted optimism and measured expectations, and a Gonzaga basketball season with an almost pre-1999 dynamic.


Gonzaga battles past Bearcats in overtime

LAHAINA, Hawaii – Turns out Gonzaga center Robert Sacre wasn’t far off when he said the GU-Cincinnati basketball game would be “Muhammad (Ali) and (Mike) Tyson.” There were knock-down screens, …


Zags play Cincinnati for title

LAHAINA, Hawaii – It was the kind of stat sheet that made it hard for Gonzaga men’s basketball coach Mark Few to pick out his favorite entry. The near 50-percent …


Eagles dealt loss

Eastern Washington did some good things in Tuesday night’s non-conference men’s basketball game against Boise State. Shooting and defending – especially early on, were not among them, however. And the …


Vandals trounce Hornets

MOSCOW, Idaho – Balance was key again for the University of Idaho men’s basketball team, as four Vandals scored in double digits in a 75-61 home opener win over Sacramento …


Sports in brief: Cougs in Alaska for Shootout

College basketball: After starting the season 3-0 at home, the Washington State University men’s basketball team will hit the road for the first time. And it’s not a short trip. …


GU overcomes 15-point deficit to win Maui opener

LAHAINA, Hawaii – If the Gonzaga-Colorado game Monday looked familiar, it probably should have. Think Gonzaga-Michigan State, with Gonzaga playing the role of Michigan State and getting off the deck …


Zags notebook: Bouldin, Buffs buds

LAHAINA, Hawaii – Gonzaga senior guard Matt Bouldin had a pretty reliable scouting report on Colorado’s basketball team. The native of Highlands Ranch, Colo., played pick-up ball with many of …


Zags beat Colorado in Maui Invitational

If the Gonzaga-Colorado game Monday looked familiar, it probably should have. Think Gonzaga-Michigan State, with Gonzaga playing the role of Michigan State and getting off the deck to win despite …


Zags’ trip to Maui no vacation

LAHAINA, Hawaii – Gonzaga head coach Mark Few loves the Maui Invitational for all the reasons you might think – location, weather – and several others that probably wouldn’t cross …


Thompson’s career-best 37 points extinguish Mastodons

PULLMAN – As a shooter, Klay Thompson rises above most collegiate basketball players. That’s literally what Washington State’s 6-foot-6 sophomore did over and over again Thursday night, rising above the …


Zags stumble late

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Gonzaga led most of the way and turned back numerous Michigan State rallies. But in the closing minutes, the second-ranked Spartans finally caught and passed the …


Weary Eagles grab first win

It wasn’t an easy game to watch – or analyze, for that matter. Even for Eastern Washington University’s third-year coach Kirk Earlywine, who admitted just moments after watching his Eagles …


Loaded Pirates have lofty expectations

Jim Hayford knows he isn’t going to fool anyone who matters – like opposing Northwest Conference coaches, for instance – by downplaying the potential of his Whitworth University men’s basketball …


Thompson to the rescue in Cougs’ win against EWU

PULLMAN – Klay Thompson wasn’t having his best night. Washington State University’s sophomore guard missed his first six shots. He powered his way to the free-throw line 14 times, but …


Can’t leash this Bulldog

Mike Goodson Jr., Jeremy Pargo, Wayne Chism, Western Kentucky’s basketball team … There were many more before and surely many more to come. That’s an incomplete, but burgeoning list of …


Sports in brief: Cougs open vs. Mississippi Valley

College basketball: The Washington State University Cougars will open the 2009-10 season tonight at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman with a familiar non-conference foe. For the second consecutive season, WSU will …


Good-natured center caps career at Eastern

As a bald, bearded, back-to-the-basket beast on Eastern Washington University’s men’s basketball team, Brandon Moore ends up answering countless questions about his twin sister. “I get that all the time,” …


Koprivica has seen it all

PULLMAN – The bombs started falling on March 24, 1999. A 10-year-old boy sat huddled in a Belgrade, Yugoslavia, shelter. Day after day, night after night, the bombs fell.


Johnson gives Vandals a shot in the arm

MOSCOW, Idaho – The question was asked and Steffan Johnson volunteered a faint, courteous smile. The latest high-profile University of Idaho men’s basketball transfer had heard this one before, apparently …


Athletes need to be protected

Now that the college basketball season is over for local schools, a new season begins. It’s a season with ill-defined boundaries, really, but it’s well under way.