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SATURDAY, JAN. 31, 2009

Second place in WAC eludes Vandals 

It was right there for the taking for the Idaho men, but Nevada and Luke Babbitt "outtoughed" the Vandals down the stretch to pull out a 69-65 win at the Cowan Spectrum on Saturday night.Keep reading for my game story, which will appear in the...

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Zags unbeaten at WCC midpoint

Austin Daye had 17 points, Josh Heytvelt 13 and Jeremy Pargo 10 as Gonzaga defeated San Diego 64-47 on Saturday at the McCarthey Athletic Center.The Zags (16-4, 7-0 WCC) won their eighth straight and reached the halfway point of the conference season unbeaten. San Diego...

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Cougars wilt in desert 

COUGARS There is no louder facility in the Pac-10 than McKale Center. And it was as loud as its been in a while midway through the second half today. We offer you the raw version of our game story and some web-only notes. Read on.

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UA blitzes WSU in second half, 66-56 17 

COUGARS When Tony Bennett put together his non-conference schedule with games on the road at LSU and against Pitt, it was for Pac-10 games like this. He wanted tough games against tough teams but most importantly, tough venues for his freshmen to get acclimated to....

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Gonzaga coach Mark Few (right) welcomes back former GU assistant coach now San Diego head coach, Bill Grier before the start of the game, January 19, 2008 in the McCarthey Athletic Center.  DAN PELLE The Spokesman-Review (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Game day for Zags, Toreros

More from ex-Zag assistant Bill Grier and some notes and quotes as Gonzaga and Grier's San Diego Toreros await a 3 p.m. tip at the MAC. (The picture above is of Mark Few and Grier just before the start of last year's game in Spokane).

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WSU leads 28-23 at the half 21 

COUGARS It's halftime and for most of the first 20 minutes, the game has been played at WSU's pace. In fact, other than the three fouls on Klay Thompson – for the second consecutive game Tony Bennett gambled and put Thompson on the floor with...

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Arizona's Chase Budinger (34) shoots for two despite the attempted defense of Washington States' Daven Harmeling (32)  during the first half of a college basketball game at McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz., Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/John Miller) ORG XMIT: AZJM101 (John Miller / The Spokesman-Review)

Early morning in Tucson 

COUGARS We here in McKale Center getting ready for the teams to take the floor. It's awful early, kinda like a summer tournament with kids. Had a nice chat with Bill Rafferty about Tony Bennett, Klay Thompson and DeAngelo Casto – plus the Cougars' postseason...

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