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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 21, 2009

For starters, WSU still not sure 

COUGARS With only a day until Washington State risks its three-game winning streak against UCLA, the WSU players who will be introduced by Glenn Johnson are still up in the air. That, other notes from Tuesday's practice, and a bunch of links all await you....

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TUESDAY, JAN. 20, 2009

Mediocrity behind leaders 13 

After tonight's Greater Spokane League boys basketball turn of events I guess you have to tell it like it is. Behind Gonzaga Prep (12-1) and Shadle Park (11-1) mediocrity reigns. Both won fairly comfortably tonight, although watching the helter-skelter play between the Highlanders and University...

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Gonzaga’s Austin Daye drives to the hole in the second half.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Zags, Daye head for California

Back with a collection of Gonzaga notes, including Austin Daye returning to his old stomping grounds in Southern California this week as GU takes on Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount.Daye, who is from Irvine, Calif., said he's looking forward to seeing family and friends, not to...

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Eags hoping for better stretch run

Eastern Washington hosts Montana tonight as it nears the end of the first-half of its Big Sky Conference schedule.You can read an unedited version of the game advance that will appear in Wednesday morning's S-R below. In addition, I've included this link to to the...

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Pot pourri Tuesday 

Tuesday's Prep Notebook day where we discuss a variety of things that occurred over the weekend. There's GSL basketball, how Mead's girls are faring though four players from last year departed; wrestling, a couple of tournament results; and miscellaneous stuff to prepare for the upcoming...

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MONDAY, JAN. 19, 2009

Rochestie's not Pac-10 player of week 32 

COUGARS Just a quick post tonight before I head out to the Valley. I was expecting to link you to a Pac-10 release in which Taylor Rochestie, WSU's nominee, would be named the conference's player of the week. In the two Cougar road wins, Rochestie...

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Ira Brown of Gonzaga splits San Francisco defenders #33 Dior Lowhorn and #2 Blake Wallace to grab an offensive rebound during their game Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, in Spokane. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Gonzaga back in A.P. poll at 23 25 

Gonzaga, after a couple weeks absence, on Monday returned to the Associated Press top 25 at No. 23. The Bulldogs are 28th in the ESPN/USA Today rankings. WCC rival Saint Mary's is No. 22 in the ESPN/USA Today poll, but missed the A.P. top 25...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 18, 2009

Cougars center Aron Baynes dunks over Oregon guard Tajuan Porter during the second half.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Oregon win, the day after 19 

COUGARS Well you folks had a lively discussion this morning. Sorry to interrupt, because I want you to keep going if that's your wish, but I have your links for the day after, along with some more comments from the players and coaches after Saturday's...

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Micah Downs, left, and Josh Heytvelt of Gonzaga crash the offensive boards against San Francisco  during their game Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, in Spokane. Downs controlled this rebound and got the putback for a score. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Day after San Francisco 10 

A bunch of notes, quotes, etc., as we recount Gonzaga's 85-51 dismantling of San Francisco on Saturday night. Read on for the day-after USF post.ALSO: Find a photo gallery of GU-USF game here.

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SATURDAY, JAN. 17, 2009

Gonzaga player Andrew Sorenson gets a bear hug from Steve Hertz, Director of Athletic Relations for Gonzaga after the Zags lost to Davidson, March 21, 2008 in Raleigh,NC.  Hertz thanked Sorenson for his enthusium.  DAN PELLE The Spokesman-Review (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

GU gets win, Sorenson gets scholarship 

Back with the game story, which I took in a different direction after post-game interviews. You'll see why below in the unedited version that will run in Sunday's S-R. Check back Sunday morning for a day-after post.(By the way, the photo that accompanies this post...

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Gonzaga moves to 3-0 in WCC 

Austin Daye scored a career-high 25 points as Gonzaga thumped San Francisco 85-51 on Saturday at the McCarthey Athletic Center.Gonzaga, which led 43-29 at halftime, cruised to its third straight WCC victory. The Bulldogs (12-4, 3-0) have won by 17, 42 and 35 points in...

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Idaho drops 2nd straight

A short but dreary road trip for Idaho ended Saturday afternoon with a 74-63 loss at Louisiana Tech. Mac Hopson poured in 25 points for the Vandals, who were plagued by an assortment of blunders down the stretch and porous defense.For more, here's the release...

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WSU pulls away in the second half 20 

COUGARS Ernie Kent didn't stick around to see the end of WSU's 74-62 victory . He picked up two technicals within 2 minutes, 18 seconds from official Chris Rastatter and was ejected with 12:12 left. That was in the midst of a game-clinching 12-0 run....

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WSU leads 24-17 at the half 11 

COUGARS When did this game start? Was it early in the morning? Because at times it seemed like the teams were still asleep. There was one possession in which Oregon had three attempts, the last two without anyone challenging, as the Cougars just stood and...

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Joevan Catron (right) of Oregon is trapped by the defense of Robbie Cowgill of WSU during their game Thursday night at the PAC-10 tournament in Los Angeles.  CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON The Spokesman-Review (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Ducks, fans ready to test WSU 

COUGARS How good is Oregon? Or, put another way, how bad are the Ducks? Is the five-loss Pac-10 start a product of their schedule or is this a team that will struggle all year with on-court deficiencies and off-court chemistry? Read on.

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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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