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FRIDAY, JAN. 16, 2009

Impressive turn for the Bullpups 

Gonzaga Prep's big guys stole the show in an easy 53-32 win over Central Valley. The Bullpups dominated the boards, dominated the defense and 6-7 Ryan Nicholas and 6-5 Travis Long hogged the scoring, combining for 43 of the Bullpups' 53 points. CV didn't score…

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Gonzaga coach Mark Few watches pensively as his team leads the Santa Clara Broncos through the first half Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 at Gonzaga.  (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Zags take on struggling Dons 

Two teams heading in opposite directions are set to collide Saturday night in the McCarthey Athletic Center. Gonzaga is rolling again with a three-game winning streak while San Francisco had lost six of its last seven. According to America's Line, GU is favored by 26.5…

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OSU guard Josh Tarver, right, drives on Marcus Capers.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Wounded Ducks still fearsome for WSU

COUGARS The Cougars held a late practice at Mac Court Friday afternoon, as WSU coach Tony Bennett wanted to give them some rest after Thursday night's overtime win over Oregon State. They shot, they ran through their entries and in-bounds plays and they went over…

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Bears bully way past EWU 

Despite another big night offensively by Benny Valentine, Eastern's men's basketball team lost another road game on Thursday, this one to Big Sky Conference rival Northern Colorado.I included this link the game story that was complied from wire reports for Friday morning's S-R; this link…

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Gonzaga's Will Foster extends a long arm to discourage Santa Clara's Scott Thompson, left, as Gonzaga's Ira Brown (#50) and Santa Clara's Marc Trasolini (#15) watch Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 at Gonzaga.   (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Day after Santa Clara

The headlines in Friday's S-R pretty well summarized it. On my game story: "Gonzaga sets season high for points." On John Blanchette's column: "In defense of GU, its defense shines."Gonzaga put together a complete performance in pounding Santa Clara 95-53 on Thursday. We'll recap it…

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Washington State center Aron Baynes, left, shoots over Oregon State's Daniel Deane (30) and Roeland Schaftenaar during the second half of an NCAA basketball game in Corvallis, Ore., Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009.  Baynes led Washington State with 17 points to beat Oregon State in overtime 61-59. (Associated Press)

WSU can't be caught looking back 

COUGARS • UPDATED: 10:30 A.M. Ever take a drive in the mountains and find yourself constantly looking in the rear-view mirror, trying to catch a glimpse of the snow-covered peak behind, because what's ahead isn't as pretty? You know you shouldn't be glancing back so…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 15, 2009

WSU wins ugly, but it wins 15 

COUGARS Tony Bennett was happy with the win. But he wasn't happy how it happened. "It was enough to get a victory, but not enough to be where we have to be," Bennett said in the basement of Gill Coliseum after WSU's 61-57 overtime win…

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Vandals can't keep late lead at NMSU 

It looked promising near the end, but the Idaho men's basketball team couldn't complete what would have been another eye-opening WAC win Thursday night. Instead, the short-handed Vandals lost 74-71 at New Mexico State. Keep reading for more.

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WSU wins in overtime, 61-57 

COUGARS Too many turnovers. Too many offensive rebounds. Too many easy buckets. Too many missed chances. This was a night when there easily could have been too manys for WSU. Instead all they added up to was a 61-57 overtime win over OSU the Cougars…

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Bulldogs rout Santa Clara 

Gonzaga dominated from start to finish, routing the visiting Santa Clara Bulldogs 95-53 on Thursday night at the McCarthey Athletic Center.Five Zags reached double figures, led by Austin Daye's 20 points. Matt Bouldin added 16 points, Steven Gray 15 and Jeremy Pargo and Josh Heytvelt…

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Oregon State leads 33-30 at half 

COUGARS The first half went pretty much as expected, except the Oregon State Beavers, shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc, hit three of their first four 3-point attempts, allowing them to build an early six-point lead. It didn't help the Cougar cause when DeAngelo…

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What's in store for WSU, Oregon State 

COUGARS It's time for our usual pregame post. Where we tell you what you should think. Well, not really. It's where we tell you what we think will happen in the game. You are free to disagree – and then never read this blog again.…

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Topsy Turvy GSL enters second half 

Will order be restored and the cream begin to rise in the Greater Spokane boys basketball league? Or can we expect the unexpected to continue because there so much parity? That was the theme I explored in my story this week in The Spokesman-Review Prep…

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Spokane Shock wide receiver Raul Vijil  zips upfield as he returns a kickoff against Boise, May 10, 2008 in the Spokane Arena.  DAN PELLE The Spokesman-Review (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

'The Thrill' is back 

Fan favorite Raul 'The Thrill' Vijil has re-signed with the Spokane Shock. Vijil, an EWU product, holds numerous franchise records. More here. Also on the arenafootball2 transactions, former Shock QB Jason Murrietta has signed with Central Valley.

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New Mexico's Jamaal Smith, right, drives past Eastern Washington's Trey Gross on Monday in Albuquerque. Associated Press
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Gross won't be returning to EWU

Trey Gross, who did not return to Eastern Washington University following Christmas break, has enrolled a junior college in his hometown of Stockton Calif., and will not be rejoining EWU's men's basketball team.Gross has still not informed Eagles coach Kirk Earlywine of his decision, but…

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Coeur d'Alene's Devon Austin, left, comes around to harass Lake City's Logan Frederickson Friday, Jan. 9, 2009 at Coeur d'Alene High. Behind Frederickson is Coeur d'Alene's Chris Reed.  JESSE TINSLEY THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Idaho preps

The economic woes that are plaguing our nation are beginning to trickle down to the high schools. Click here to read my column and assorted notes.Your observations are welcome.Here's a link to a story on Post Falls senior basketball standout Justin Carter that was published…

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WSU forward DeAngelo Casto shoots against  Justin Holiday of the Huskies. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Beavers setting trap for WSU 

COUGARS Welcome from beautiful Corvallis. Didn't get in until real late – for me, that could be anytime after dark, but last night it meant barely in time for Letterman – so this is a little later than usual. But we've got links and thoughts…

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 14, 2009

Matt Bouldin of Gonzaga takes the ball down the lane on a drive to the basket against Portland. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Bouldin helping Zags get back on track  

A couple of things tonight. Below, you'll find an unedited feature article on Matt Bouldin, who has put together two straight outstanding games. Also, a brief update on ex-Zag Theo Davis and coach Mark Few's thoughts on the late Harry Sladich.And, you'll notice now when…

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LC’s Austin Ehlo tries to hang on while hounded by Ferris’ Taylor Kamitomo (32) and Justin Stewart. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Timely shots, overtime win 11 

Who's shot was the biggest Tuesday night during the Rubber Chicken match when Ferris survived against Lewis and Clark in one of the more entertaining games during their long South Hill Rivalry and history of Chuck.Was it the made free throw, his second of two…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 13, 2009

Gonzaga's David Pendergraft, left, celebrates with teammate Abdullahi Kuso after the game Saturday, Mar. 2, 2008 as the Gonzaga Bulldogs faced WCC opponent St. Mary's at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane. Gonzaga won, 88-76.   JESSE TINSLEY THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Zags trying to clean up the glass 

Rebounding is the topic for this week's notebook. It's been a sore spot for the Zags the last five games. Below, you'll find an unedited article that will run in Wednesday's S-R.Also, a couple of upcoming GU games, including Thursday's home date with Santa Clara,…

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Rochestie (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Beavers are now on WSU's agenda 

COUGARS You think Tony Bennett was satisfied with one Pac-10 win? Well, you weren't at practice Tuesday. The WSU coach pushed his team hard, as hard as I've seen this season, demanding attention and focus on the defensive end as the Cougars prepare to play…

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