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FRIDAY, FEB. 6, 2009

Day after Portland 

These 8 p.m. starts aren't real conducive to gathering post-game notes and quotes, but we did get about 10 minutes of interview time following Gonzaga's 93-78 win over Portland on Thursday in an entertaining men's basketball game. Here are links to the Oregonian's Ryan White…

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Stanford forward Lawrence Hill  gets two of this game-high 20 points.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Somber Cougars can't explain effort 

COUGARS Talking with the Washington State players after the 65-54 loss to Stanford on Thursday night, there was a grudging admiration of the way the Cardinal shot. Anytime a team hits a hair under 70 percent against you from beyond the 3-point arc, there has…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 5, 2009

Stanford makes it look easy, 65-54 

COUGARS Washington State had no answer for Lawrence Hill. And, when Taylor Rochestie picked up his third foul with 17 minutes left and had to sit, the Cougars had little execution on offense. That combination, along with possibly the Cougars poorest defense effort of the…

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Zags down 43-42 at half

Gonzaga's Matt Bouldin and Portland's Derek Raivio both wear uniform No. 15. They had something else in common Thursday: They lit up the scoreboard in the first half as the host Pilots took a 43-42 edge at halftime. Bouldin poured in 18 points, hitting 5…

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Stanford up 29-28 at the half

COUGARS You like fast-paced basketball? Then this isn't the game for you, except maybe the final minute in which the Cougars surrendered all of a hard-earned first-half advantage. The pace of this game was so slow it only took about 35 minutes to play 20…

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Casto will make second start for WSU 

COUGARS Another road game, another lineup. Yes, if there is one thing you can count on this season, it's that WSU will adjust its starting lineup to fit the competition. And tonight the competition is Stanford, a team that usually starts three players 6-foot-7 and…

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Gonzaga’s Jeremy Pargo goes for two points against Saint Mary’s.  (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Portland pre-game; Pargo a finalist 

The student section is filling up -- they're directly across the court from Gonzaga's bench -- at the Chiles Center and there's a much bigger turnout than I remember seeing a year ago. They're receiving their instructions from a young man in purple body paint…

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Vandals hit homefront harder in recruiting 

IDAHO FOOTBALLThe Vandals announced the signing of 22 recruits today, with six of them coming from Idaho and Washington. The key local recruit was linebacker Jared Heston of Lake City, who received plenty of praise from Idaho coach Robb Akey.Keep reading for more.

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Gonzaga gets defensive 

All kinds of Zags' stuff to post, with the main item an article on Gonzaga's defense that will run in Thursday's S-R (for that, you have to read to the bottom). This is a long one because we have to cut-and-paste, but read on.

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Eagles sign 33 football recruits 

Beau Baldwin's second recruiting class at Eastern Washington University is both big in numbers and loaded with talent.The Eagles' second-year coach, coming off a 6-5 season, announced the signing of 33 high school seniors to national letters of intent on Wednesday. I've posted an unedited…

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Sanders changes mind

Lake City tight end/defensive end Billy Sanders changed his mind again, opting to sign with the University of Miami on Wednesday after declaring last week he was headed to UCLA.Sanders originally gave Miami an oral commitment a year ago, but then decided to go to…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 3, 2009

The week begins again 21 

Only two weeks remain in the league basketball season and very little has been settled in the Greater Spokane League. We know that Gonzaga Prep (15-2) is No. 1 among 4A schools and Shadle Park is a win away from being No. 1 among 3A…

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Recruiting still center stage at WSU 

COUGARS Good Tuesday morning to you. The weather is fine here in Pullman, though there must have been a blizzard in the apartment complex Sunday. Wait, it's just trash from Super Bowl parties. Well it hasn't "melted" yet. Really, how far is it to the…

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MONDAY, FEB. 2, 2009

Pilots flying high 

Gonzaga visits the red-hot Portland Pilots, winners of six straight since falling to the Bulldogs 67-50 on Jan. 10th, at the Chiles Center on Thursday. I checked in Monday morning with Portland coach Eric Reveno, who talked about his team's emergence in the WCC race…

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