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SATURDAY, JAN. 24, 2009

Vandals take out Aggies 

It was another impressive home game for the Idaho Vandals on Saturday night. They beat New Mexico State 67-57 in front a pretty raucous crowd at the Kibbie Dome. Read on for my unedited game story.

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Washington State forward Caleb Forrest, center, shoots as Southern California forwards Nikola Vucevic and Taj Gibson  defend during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game today at Jack Friel Court in Pullman. USC won 46-44.   (Dean Hare / The Associated Press)

Trojans come back to top WSU 

COUGARS As Tony Bennett saw it, Washington State had enough open shots to win – and win big. Maybe, he said, they were too open at times. But he did admit, as he was talking about USC throwing multiple defenses at the Cougars early, the...

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Gonzaga rolls past LMU 

Gonzaga took control early, led by 30 barely a minute into the second half and cruised to a 93-60 West Coast Conference victory over Loyola Marymount on Saturday at Gersten Pavilion.The 23rd-ranked Bulldogs, winners of six straight, improved to 14-4, 5-0 in the WCC. LMU...

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WSU falls 46-44 to USC 15 

COUGARS What would you expect when the two best defensive teams in the Pac-10 get together? A drag-out defensive battle of course. And that's what it was Saturday at Friel Court, won by USC 46-44. Neither team shot worth a darn, with WSU hitting 14...

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WSU leads by one at half

COUGARS USC coach Tim Floyd is the master of multiple defenses. So far today the Trojans have played a triangle-and-2 on Klay Thompson and Taylor Rochestie (something WSU worked against in practice), a box-and-1 (ditto), zone and man-to-man. All they've done is slow down an...

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WSU pregame and postseason

COUGARS Instead of breaking down today's game, our pregame show – to give it a television feel – will instead break down the Cougars postseason chances. Bet you didn't see that one coming did ya? We live to surprise here at SportsLink, WSU edition. Read...

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Zags face 1-19 Lions

Game day for Gonzaga and Loyola Marymount at Gersten Pavilion. Here's a short preview that ran in Saturday's S-R and here's a link to the S-R's Zags photos, which includes Pepperdine and previous games (might want to save the address). One more piece of reading...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 23, 2009

Shadle Park facing busy times 

Shadle Park boys basketball has a busy two days ahead of it after rallying from a 10-point deficit early in the third quarter to dispatch Central Valley 62-50 Friday night at CV. On Monday the Highlanders host Mead in a makeup game and the next...

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Caleb Forrest, who scored 19 points, throws up an off-balance shot in the key late in the second half.  (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

WSU has to bounce back quickly 23 

COUGARS Are the Cougars getting better? Undeniably, the answer is yes. But are they good enough yet to defeat the best of the Pac-10? Again, the answer is yes. It just hasn't happened yet. They came as close as they possibly could Thursday night before...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 22, 2009

Knights strategize, Mead prevails

East Valley attempted to get the most out of its Greater Spokane League wrestling match against Mead by juggling its lineup around. But the move didn't work when Jake Trotter pinned Dakota Lawson in a match of the league's best 215 and 189 pound wrestlers....

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Taylor Rochestie drives past UCLA’s Josh Shipp for a layin to tie the game at 53, but UCLA hangs on for the 61-59 win. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

WSU's rally falls just short 13 

COUGARS Close, but no tobacco product. As has been the case against good teams a few times this season, a bad stretch spelled doom for the Washington State Cougars. Thursday night it came in the first half of their 61-59 defeat at the hands of...

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GU stays unbeaten in WCC with 83-69 win

Josh Heytvelt scored a season-high 25 points to help Gonzaga defeat Pepperdine 83-69 Thursday at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu.No. 23 Gonzaga won its fifth straight to hike its record to 13-4 overall, 4-0 in the WCC. Saint Mary's crushed San Diego 65-42 in San Diego...

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WSU rallies but falls 61-59 to UCLA 33 

COUGARS As has been the case just about every game against a ranked opponent this season, Washington State had a stretch it just couldn't overcome. Thursday night, it came in the first half. A 16-4 run, keyed by the 3-pointers of Nikola Dragovic, gave 13th-ranked...

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Dragovic sinks WSU in first half 13 

COUGARS Nikola Dragovic. A 29 percent 3-point shooter coming in. And yet, more long-range shots taken than any Bruin. There must be a reason, right? There is, and he showed it in the first half, hitting 6 of 7 bombs – many off pick-and-pops with...

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How tough can WSU be?

COUGARS Toughness. That's the theme for Washington State tonight. Can the Cougars be tough enough to take what UCLA dishes out and respond in the right way? It was coach Tony Bennett's main message at practice this week. Were the Cougs listening? Read on.

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The Spokane Shock of arenafootball2 know that coach Adam Shackleford always stands behind his word.  (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Shock add Williams to roster

Spokane has signed defensive back Aaron Williams, who earned first-team All-af2 honors last season for Amarillo and also picked off a pass against the Shock in the playoffs. More here.And, the af2 Web site is running off-season updates on teams and Spokane was on the...

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Cassie Thompson of Timberlake High School listens during practice at the school near Spirit Lake on Jan. 14. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Lake City boys lead way

Here's a link to my column, the first item of which talks about the Lake City boys basketball team and the race among the Inland Empire League's 5A teams.Also, here's a feature on Timberlake sophomore sensation Cassie Thompson.Here's a link to this week's Idaho state...

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Eastern Washington’s Gary Gibson maneuvers for a second-half basket against Montana’s Brian Qvale, left, and Jack McGillis.  (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Looking back on blog glitch and Eags' nasty loss 

Good morning,And let me apologize about last night's post, which obviously didn't include the unedited version of the game story I wrote following Eastern Washington's 63-50 Big Sky Conference loss to Montana at Reese Court.Let's just blame it on my technological ineptitude and move on...

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UCLA starts six-game test for WSU 17 

COUGARS • UPDATED: 9:30 A.M. A tough six-game stretch tips off tonight for the Washington State Cougars, starting with Pac-10-leading UCLA coming to Beasley Coliseum. It's been a long time since WSU has defeated the Bruins – eight consecutive games – and even longer since...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 21, 2009

EWU chemistry woes continue in loss to Montana

Montana put a 63-50 beatdown on Eastern Washington at Reese Court Wednesday night and will head into Saturday's road matchup against Big Sky leader Portland State without much momentum, confidence or chemistry.You can read an unedited version of the game story that will appear in...

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Washington State center Aron Baynes, right, takes it to the hoop against Oregon center Michael Dunigan during the first half of their NCAA basketball game in Eugene on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009. (Associated Press)

A fitter Baynes good fit for WSU 

COUGARS With UCLA trying to find its way to foggy, storm-ridden, out-of-the-way Pullman, Washington (see the LA Times story linked later), we took this week to profile center Aron Baynes (shown attacking Oregon freshman center Michael Dunigan during the first half last Saturday in this...

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