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TUESDAY, JAN. 13, 2009

Eagles take to road looking for BSC win 

With just one game -- a road trip to Northern Colorado -- scheduled this week, there's not a whole lot shakin' at Eastern.The school's sports information department did put out this Q&A with Rodney Stuckey, however. And I've also included this link to EWU's game…

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The Tigers Ehlo fills in 

Tonight is Rubber Chicken night at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena and for the first time in awhile the boys game is significant. With only two games separating seven teams, including four 4A schools jockeying for district playoff position, the winner between Ferris (4-5) and…

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A few links for Tuesday 

COUGARS I didn't post earlier this morning for a variety of reasons ranging from a time crunch getting back to Pullman to very few items floating quickly to the surface. But now I'm down in Pullman waiting for the teleconferences for June Daugherty and Tony…

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MONDAY, JAN. 12, 2009

GU moves up, but not into top 25 

There is a WCC team ranked this week, but it isn't Gonzaga. Saint Mary's (15-1) took over the 25th spot in the ESPN/USA Today poll that was held by Tennessee a week ago. The Vols, dropped out of the ESPN/USA Today rankings after losing Gonzaga…

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Monday morning Pac-10 links 

COUGARS So what's on the agenda for this morning? If it's reading a lot of stories about WSU in particular and the Pac-10 in general, you might as well put together a list of alternatives. There isn't all that much out there. But read on…

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SUNDAY, JAN. 11, 2009

Cold-shooting Eags fall to Weber 

You can access an unedited version of EWU's 77-69 Big Sky Conference men's basketball loss to Weber State below.It wasn't the best way to celebrate Rodney Stuckey's return, but there were some positives to take out of the defeat. Make sure you leave you opinions…

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Day after Portland 11 

Just finished watching a replay of Gonzaga's 67-50 win over Portland. It certainly wasn't the most artistic game of the year, but plenty of leftovers for our day-after post.Read on.

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SATURDAY, JAN. 10, 2009

WSU posts a key Pac-10 win 27 

COUGARS I make a statement in my story tonight about how Taylor Rochestie's game-winning bucket might just have saved this season for the Cougars. Too much hyperbole? Please let me know. Because it sure seemed like this win was key to me. Lose this one…

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Weber State next up for Eastern

Eastern Washington will try to build on its impressive 6-1 home record when it entertains Big Sky Conference rival Weber State at Reese Court on Sunday.Tipoff is set for 1:05 p.m., with the Wildcats riding the momentum of their upset road win over defending league…

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WSU pulls out 55-54 win 13 

COUGARS Taylor Rochestie's drive, DeAngelo Casto's defensive block and viola, the losing streak is over. But not without some tough moments. An offensive flurry – a 10-0 run to boot – to open the second half, capped by Klay Thompson's fastbreak slam dunk over Mitch…

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Stanford up by eight in contentious game

COUGARS As shooting exhibitions go, this one was pretty horrendous, with WSU shooting 20 percent in a first half they trailed 30-22. Against the worst defensive team in the Pac-10 (at least as shooting percentage defense goes), Washington State managed to hit just 4 of…

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Bulldogs win WCC opener

It was short on style points -- and points on the scoreboard, for that matter -- but the Gonzaga Bulldogs finally put Portland away in the last five minutes and posted a 67-50 victory Saturday in the WCC opener for both teams. Gonzaga (10-4) won…

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Stanford is a test on the offensive end 

COUGARS The Stanford Cardinal presented matchup problems for every team in the Pac-10 last year, with the possible exception of UCLA. Two active 7-footers will do that. But the Lopez brothers are gone and, yet, the Cardinal still present matchup problems. Read on.

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NC boys hoopers keep scrapping 

As the last two or three years have shown, don't underestimate North Central basketball. The Indians have it going as Friday night's win over an improved Rogers team showed. I took the ciruitous route to the game, braving downtown traffic to arrive at NC at…

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WSU still loose despite struggles 

COUGARS Before the Cal game Thursday night, Taylor Rochestie and Caleb Forrest – later joined by Aron Baynes – took the court a couple hours before game time, shot a while and then played a game of horse. The seniors were loose and ready, enjoying…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 9, 2009

LC boys, girls split with rival

The Lake City boys pulled out a 68-63 win in overtime over crosstown rival Coeur d'Alene, while the top-ranked Viking girls held off the Timberwolves 52-40 Friday in Inland Empire League games at Elmer Jordan Court. Click the tab below to read my unedited game…

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Cardinal next up for WSU 

COUGARS With Stanford coming to town tomorrow (hey, alliteration – Sister Patrice would be so proud), it seemed like a good time to put together a notebook. Read on for the unedited version. And, as a web-only bonus, I answer a question a lot of…

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Zags open WCC title defense against Portland 11 

With Gonzaga and Portland hooking up for a WCC opener Saturday, I put together a WCC/Portland game advance that will run in Saturday's S-R. It's posted below.A quick update: There's been a subtle change in Robert Sacre's status. According to the Gonzaga release for the…

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Cal, the next day 11 

COUGARS • UPDATED: 11:30 A.M. It's easy to tell when the Washington State Cougars are having a down season. The coverage dries up. And that's what's happening right now. Trying to find anything but a wire piece on the Cougars' loss to Cal last night…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 8, 2009

Whew! Bears take it to Knights

East Valley entered the Greater Spokane League season favored, but Central Valley - which won the title outright in 2007 and lost to the Knights by a point last year 29-28 when the two ended with 9-1 records - had other ideas. The Bears won…

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