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Bulldogs get back to work

Gonzaga gets back to work after taking a couple of days off over Christmas. The Zags begin a busy stretch against Lafayette College tomorrow night at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

The East Coast has been pounded by snowstorms, but Lafayette, located in Easton, Pa., altered its travel schedule. They traveled Sunday to Pittsburgh by bus, flew out Monday morning and arrived in Spokane on Monday afternoon. They were originally supposed to leave from Philadelphia on Monday morning. 

A short game preview below.

The Gonzaga men’s basketball team has gone a week between games. The Bulldogs (7-5) return to action Wednesday with three games in five days, capped by a 2,050-mile trip to North Carolina, before they enter West Coast Conference play.

Gonzaga entertains Lafayette College (4-8), a Patriot League member located in Easton, Pa., at 5:30, followed by a visit from Oklahoma State on New Year’s Eve. GU takes on Wake Forest in Winston-Salem on Sunday.

The Bulldogs have won three straight, including momentum-building wins over Baylor and Xavier. Senior guard Steven Gray (back), sidelined since late in the first half of the Dec. 18th win over Baylor, has been limited at practice and is questionable for tonight’s game.

Senior forward Jared Mintz, 6-feet-9 and 243 pounds, leads Lafayette at 16.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Junior forward Ryan Willen made four 3-pointers and scored 21 points in a loss to Rhode Island last Wednesday, the Leopards’ most recent game.

Jim Meehan
Jim Meehan joined The Spokesman-Review in 1990. Jim is currently a reporter for the Sports Desk and covers Gonzaga University basketball, Spokane Empire football, college volleyball and golf.

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