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SUNDAY, JAN. 31, 2010

Day after USF 

OK, I was able to get some work done on the flight from Oakland to SeaTac. WIth a short break here at SeaTac, I've got a few minutes to post the day-after San Francisco post. First, the links:The S-R gamer (a longer version was posted…

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Washington forward Quincy Pondexter, left, drives to the basket as Washington State forward DeAngelo Casto defends and Washington State's Nikola Koprivica (4), of Serbia, looks on in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, in Seattle. (Ted Warren / Associated Press)

WSU loss at UW, the next day 12 

COUGARS Before the game, I turned to Howie Stalwick and pointed to my note pad. On it was something I rarely, if ever do: a prediction of the final score. I had UW winning by 15. Boy was I ever wrong. The 92-64 shellacking (gotta…

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SATURDAY, JAN. 30, 2010

Vandals nip Seattle U 

Idaho may be starting to put things together. The Vandals hit key crunch-time free throws to hold off Seattle University 87-85 at KeyArena, their second win in a row after six straight losses. UI has settled into a nice offensive balance in wins over Fresno…

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Eags blow big lead, fall to PSU 

Eastern Washington blew a 14-point second half lead and suffered a crushing 85-77 loss to Portland State at Reese Court on Saturday night.I've attached an unedited version of the game story that will appear in Sunday's S-R below.

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Zags fall in overtime 

Gonzaga has been in seven close to semi-close WCC games. After winning the first six, the Bulldogs dropped the seventh, a 81-77 overtime decision to USF on Saturday night at War Memorial Gym.Dior Lowhorn, whose 3-pointer forced overtime, hit two more 3s in the extra…

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Gonzaga, USF going OT

San Francisco's Dior Lowhorn made the most of a second opportunity, hitting a 3-pointer seconds after missing from roughly the same spot, to tie the score with 9.8 seconds left. Steven Gray was short on a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left and USF's Dontae Bryant's…

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Bulldogs up seven at break  

Gonzaga used a 14-4 run in the middle of the first half to take a 33-26 lead over San Francisco at intermission. The Bulldogs took the lead for good, 14-12, on Elias Harris' transition layup with 14:53 left. The margin grew to five on Matt…

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Chiefs' win Friday

The Spokane Chiefs continue to struggle at home, losing to Kootenay 4-3. The unedited game story is below.Here is last night's Chiefs' win, covered for top-notch correspondent Jason Shoot while I was courtside in Pullman. My mistake.

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Bowman gets record, Zags roll

It was a big day for the Gonzaga women's basketball team and a bigger day for Heather Bowman, who became the Bulldogs' all-time leading scorer. Meanwhile the Zags had a splendid second half to beat San Francisco 93-53 in a game that was interesting for…

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WSU done in by second half 14 

COUGARS Headed to Sea-Tac to catch my flight home. On the link you'll find my unedited game story, which probably has more in common with the way WSU played in the second half than the first. Read on.

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UW routs WSU, 92-64 12 

COUGARS If you watched, you saw what happened. The Cougars combined their worst defensive half of the season with an offense that became more and more selfish as the clock ran down. The result was a blowout, to say the least. UW outscored WSU 56-24…

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WSU leads 40-36 at half 

COUGARS The first half was basically split in half. The Cougars, taking advantage of UW's aggressiveness on defense, scored three times on back cuts. That made UW basket aware and led to wide-open looks from 3. Nik Koprivica, making his first start of the season,…

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WSU's Wulff can't wait for Wednesday 

COUGARS With football letter-of-intent day coming up Wednesday, we had some time this week to look at Washington State's recruiting. I talked with WSU coach Paul Wulff as he was riding down the highway in California, where he's spent a lot of time this past…

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Game time approaches for WSU 

COUGARS • UPDATED: 12:20 P.M. Student sections pride themselves on being able to get into the head of the opponents. The UW group is no different. Marcus Capers told me some of the antics the group did last season and how it made him laugh.…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 29, 2010

Huskies, again 

Washington managed to survive, in overtime, to beat Washington State for the 29th straight time in women's basketball, despite a spirited crowd of 2,065 at Friel Court. The unedited game story follows.

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WSU ready for the road 

COUGARS The Huskies may be well down the Pac-10 standings, but, other than an inexplicable loss to Oregon, have been a force to reckon with at home. That's the subject of our advance for tomorrow's S-R. The unedited version is on the link, so read…

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Associated Press Gonzaga’s Steven Gray drives to the basket in first-half action. (Associated Press)

Day after Santa Clara

OK, back with a short notebook that will run in Saturday's S-R. And at the bottom more items to complete my day-after Santa Clara post. The links: S-R gamer early edition and late edition, San Francisco and Contra Costa Times. Find recaps of the four…

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Bulldogs roll

The Gonzaga women had no problems on Thursday night with Santa Clara, other than missing a few layups. Heather Bowman is five points shy of the school scoring record. I don't know if it says more about Gonzaga or the other West Coast Conference teams…

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A Pac-10 Thursday without WSU 

COUGARS A busy night, and a rare one, in the Pac-10 last evening. The busy part comes from the four games. The rare part comes from both Oregon teams winning on the same night. Hasn't happened much recently (once last year, once in 2007). The…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 28, 2010

Gonzaga down 38-33 at half

Gonzaga sputtered at both ends of the court, falling behind Santa Clara 38-33 at half.The turnover-prone Bulldogs trailed by as many as 10, but closed within 36-33 on Steven Gray’s 3-pointer with 55.6 seconds left. Robert Smith made a tough 10-footer over Elias Harris with…

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A primer for UI-Fresno State

Thankfully for the Idaho men's basketball team, it only had a couple days to reflect on Monday's heartbreaker against Boise State. Read on for more about upcoming games (including tonight vs. Fresno State at the Dome). We also have a couple football-related links for you.

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