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Senior Nights are as scary as Halloween


It's Senior Night at the Jenny Craig Pavilion and no matter how good or bad a team is, on Senior Nights, teams are tough. After playing years and years with your senior teammates, no junior or sophomore or even a freshman wants to let them down.

And the seniors? They want to go out with style. Like Ross DeRogatis is trying to do. The USD senior hit his first two 3-point attempts and has six of the Toreros' 11 points 8 minutes in.

Still, the GU depth is showing, with Micah Downs, David Pendergraft and Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes (who hasn't played much lately) coming off the bench for key hoops.

• I know the announcers thought Nir Cohen's elbow to Sean Mallon's face was unintentional, and I can't get into Cohen's head and determine whether it was on purpose or not. But I can say that, after watching Cohen play for the past couple years, he's one of the sneakiest slimy players in the West Coast Conference. Don't watch the ball, watch him for a while. You'll see what I mean.

• I've written this before, but right now Matt Bouldin is the best scorer Gonzaga has in the post. The Zags run Bouldin through a UCLA cut (a vertical cut off the high post) and have him post the defender no matter who that defender is about every fifth or sixth possession.

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