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SATURDAY, JAN. 9, 2010

Bulldogs up 6 at break

Gonzaga overcame some early foul trouble to starters Steven Gray and Robert Sacre, built an 11-point, saw it dwindle to two before settling for a 42-36 halftime lead. Gray picked up two fouls in the first 90 seconds and Sacre went to the bench with…

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Vandals fall to LTU, 77-71

Idaho squandered an eight-point second-half lead, as Louisiana Tech came roaring back on the shoulders of dynamite wing Kyle Gibson for a 77-71 WAC win at Cowan Spectrum. Gibson finished with 28 points -- 15 coming in the final 6 minutes.Back with the game story…

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Zags await tip

The Chiles Center is filling up -- there's a sizable number of Zag fans, as usual. It's already been an eventful day. I had the obligatory wireless problems at the arena. Those are fixed, as of this second, but we'll keep this post short. Saw…

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GU women blitz Portland

The Gonzaga women opened up defense of their WCC title - all five of them - much better than last year. The Bulldogs destroyed Portland 90-54 Saturday afternoon at McCarthey Athletic Center, the unedited game story is below.Meanwhile, Eastern Washington had a huge win over…

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Vandals, Dogs ready to tip

We're about 20 minutes from tipoff here in the Cowan Spectrum. Louisiana Tech and Idaho square off in crucial early season WAC game. The game is getting started a bit late after the women's game -- UI lost to Fresno State 72-64. A quick reminder:…

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Portland bound

I have a minute or two before boarding a plane for Portland, so I thought I'd post the view from Portland, where the Oregonian had this preview and capsule look at tonight's game with Gonzaga.Check back before tip off.

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Griz take down Eagles

Eastern Washington let a 41-37 halftime lead slip away Friday night and lost to Big Sky Conference rival Montana 79-66 in Missoula. You can read the game story that was cobbled together by the S-R here, and see what The Missoulian published on the Grizzlies'…

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Vandals open WAC home slate

Idaho's WAC home opener is this evening (5:05, Cowan Spectrum), and it doesn't get much tougher for the Vandals. Awaiting them in gray, snowy Moscow is league-leading Louisiana Tech.Read on for more about the game and thoughts from UI coach Don Verlin.

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FRIDAY, JAN. 8, 2010

History doesn't repeat for WSU 

COUGARS If Ken Bone sees too many more games like this, he may start looking as old as some sportswriters I could name (I mean me, of course). The Cougars pulled out a tough, hard to fathom – considering how little success WSU has done…

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Chiefs struggles continue

Same ol' story, same ol' song and dance, my friends.That's the best we can do after a dismal performance by the Spokane Chiefs Friday night resulted in a 3-0 loss to Chilliwack, the Bruins' first-ever win at the Arena.One string continued and another ended -…

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WSU wins 78-76 

COUGARS This time there was no whistle. And controversy. OK, there was some. It was a Pac-10 game after all. The bottom line, though, was DeAngelo Casto's basket with .1 seconds left lifted WSU past Arizona. We'll be back soon.

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WSU, UA knotted at halftime

COUGARS After all that, Josh Fogg's 22 footer at the halftime buzzer ties it at 35. The Cougars struggled against the UA pressure, unable to initiate their offense in their comfort zone. Starting 35 feet from the basket contributed to their 10 first-half turnovers, all…

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UA, WSU about ready to go 

COUGARS Some of the Pac-10 has already played three games, including UCLA, which has a good shot at being 3-1 after the weekend. For WSU to match that, the Cougars will have to sweep one of the toughest road trips in the Pac-10. How can…

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Chaves comments on 2012 WSU game 

I was unable to reach Eastern Washington's athletic director Bill Chaves on Thursday night after learning of the Eagles' agreement to play Washington State in football in 2012. But Chaves did issue this statement through EWU's sports information department on Friday morning.We would like to…

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Zags, Pilots open WCC campaign

Back with a Gonzaga-Portland preview that will run in Saturday's S-R. We touch on GU's tough three-game stretch to open the WCC, Portland's perimeter prowess and the Pilots' experience. Also, Oklahoma lost something else when it was thumped by Gonzaga on Dec. 31. Sooners' players…

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Idaho QB coach moves on 

Jonathan Smith, who spent six years as an Idaho football assistant, has been hired by the University of Montana as its offensive coordinator. Smith joins the staff of former Washington State assistant Robin Pflugrad. The former Oregon State QB also interviewed for the New Mexico…

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WHL trade deadline looming

All is quiet on the Western Hockey League trade front. Guru Gregg Drinnan tries to sort through the rumors and the Spokane Chiefs get a mention about discussions with Kamloops. What is just as interesting to me is the fact the Blazers haven't made it…

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Disappointing start for Cougar women

It was disappointing to see Washington State lost at home to Arizona, especially when Washington knocked off Arizona State.That means the Cougars are 0-3 in the Pac-10, losing at Oregon State and Oregon and to the Wildcats, teams along with the 2-1 Huskies they were…

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Football, basketball news from WSU 

COUGARS The future beckons, as does the interstate. We're headed down the highway to Tucson this morning, but before we hit the road we have your morning links. There is football, as WSU adds a game for 2012 with a local team, and there is,…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 7, 2010

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