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Gonzaga defeats Loyola 74-55

S-R photojournalist Tyler Tjomsland covered GU's home win against Loyola Marymount.  Check out a big picture gallery of his photos.

Gonzaga notebook

Back with the last post from Buffalo. It’s a unedited notebook. Take a look below.

Grippi column

OK, change of plans. Vince Grippi’s unedited column is posted below and we’ll have notes up in about an hour. Read on.

Zags crushed by Syracuse

Back with the game story from Gonzaga’s season ending 87-65 loss to Syracuse. Read on for the unedited version and check back in about 90 minutes for notes and column.

GU season ends in blowout loss

Gonzaga’s shooting woes continued in the second half. Syracuse’s deadeye shooting continued, too. Just like the first half, it was a bad combination for the Bulldogs.

Andy Rautins scored 11 points in a two-minute flurry early in the second half to blow open the game. Syracuse led by as many as 32 before settling for an 87-65 NCAA Tournament victory at HSBC Arena.

The eighth-seeded Bulldogs finished the season 27-7. Top-seeded Syracuse (30-4) advances to the Sweet 16 where it will face No. 5 Butler.

Gonzaga’s Elias Harris finished with 24 points and 8 rebounds. GU was 3 of 21 on 3-pointers.

 Wes Johnson and Rautins combined for 53 points and Brandon Triche chipped in 13.

More in a couple hours.

Zags down 15 at half

Gonzaga got off to a quick start offensively, hitting its first three shots (all coming on Matt Bouldin passes), but the Bulldogs paid for a 4:20 offensive dry spell midway through the half and during a big spurt by Syracuse in the closing 4 minutes.

The result: GU is down 47-32 at the break at HSBC Arena.

GU led by four early and then by five, 13-8, after Steven Gray’s 3-pointer from the corner, but the Orange caught up with jumpers and several offensive rebounds that led to key baskets. Rick Jackson’s putback gave Syracuse the lead for good, 17-15.

GU trailed 22-21 when it went scoreless for 4-plus minutes. The Orange capitalized with nine unanswered points, capped by Wes Johnson’s step-back jumper to extend Syracuse’s lead to 31-22. GU fought back within 32-28 when Elias Harris, who had a big half with 16 points, connected on a pair of free throws with 3:59 left.

Syracuse closed the half on a 15-4 run. Kelly Olynyk’s tip-in just before the buzzer left Gonzaga behind 47-32.

The Zags had success getting the ball inside and also had open looks on the perimeter, but they failed to hit most of their shots from distance. GU made 13 of 29 shots, just 2 of 11 from the 3-point line. Bouldin didn’t score and missed all three of his 3-point attempts.

Syracuse hit 17 of 28, 7 of 14 from distance. Johnson had three 3s and scored a team-high 15 points and Brandon Triche added 13 points.

More at the buzzer. 

Final post from Buffalo

And here’s a couple more items for your reading pleasure: Vince Grippi’s column and a side bar on the charitable efforts of the Boeheims and Fews.

Read on.

Gonzaga game preview and notes

Just about to wrap up a busy day in Buffalo. A couple of posts tonight: First up, here is my unedited game preview and notebook. Read on for those. Come back in a few minutes for more.

Sacre leaves ‘em laughing

Back with the final post of the night. My NCAA-issued wireless connection is operating about at the same efficiency as Florida State made shots Friday — roughly 35.6 percent.

So I’ll post quickly while it’s working. Read on for an unedited notebook.

Zags get the job done

Gonzaga’s impressive first half was enough to stave off Florida State on Friday. Gonzaga (27-6) will face No. 1-seeded and fourth-ranked Syracuse on Sunday at 9:10 a.m. PDT. Syracuse (29-4) cruised over Vermont 79-56 in Friday’s nightcap in front of an Orange-clad crowd of 18,948.

Click on the link to read the game story and Vince Grippi’s column.

Game day from Buffalo

About six hours from tip of Gonzaga-Florida State, so we’ll get a quick post together while the wireless is still functioning (yes, it’s been hit or miss)..

Links: Here’s the S-R advance, notes and column. The Tallahassee newspaper preview, side bar, and glance at GU. Orlando Sentinel advance and capsule, the Sports Network,the National PostMiami Herald, A.P. and Tacoma News Tribune, The WCC’s Saint Mary’s thumped Richmond.

UPDATE: GU 2011 recruiit Kyle Dranginis has been named the player of the year in Idaho.

Gonzaga notes

Good evening once again. As promised, here’s an unedited notebook and Vince Grippi’s unedited column. Both will run in Friday’s S-R. Read on for more.

Zags, Seminoles clash in first round

Good evening from Buffalo. Weather’s great, the press conferences and team practices are over and we’ll give you a couple of posts tonight.

First up, my unedited game advance and a quick capsule look at the two teams. Come back in a while for a notebook and Vince Grippi’s column.

Read on.

Obama: Zags will lose in first round

President Obama is predicting that Florida State will beat Gonzaga in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Obama released his NCAA picks today. He also expects Michigan State and Texas A & M to make it out of Spokane into the Sweet Sixteen.

He says Kansas will beat Kentucky in the National Championship game.

Zags going to Buffalo

The Zags are No. 8 seed in the West Region, but they will be traveling all the way to Buffalo, N.Y., to face ninth-seeded Florida State on Friday in the first round of its 12th consecutive NCAA tournament.
The Bulldogs won the West Coast Conference regular season, but lost to Saint Mary’s in the WCC Tournament and lost any chance of being able to play in Spokane for the first round.
The Washington Huskies are a No. 11 seed in the East Region and will play Marquette in San Jose in the first round.