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MONDAY, FEB. 28, 2011

Gonzaga's Steven Gray and his teammates celebrate their West Cost Conference co-championship by displaying the trophy after the Cal State Bakersfield game, Feb, 28, 2011. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Gray, Zags go out in style

Back with the game story from Gonzaga's 96-49 rout of Cal State Bakersfield on Senior Night. An unedited version is below. Check back tomorrow for a day-after post and the release of the All-WCC teams and awards.

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Gonzaga's Steven Gray and his teammates celebrate their West Cost Conference co-championship by displaying the trophy after the Cal State Bakersfield game, Feb, 28, 2011. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Gonzaga rolls past Cal State Bakersfield 

Gonzaga wrapped up the regular season with a 96-49 victory over Cal State Bakersfield. The Bulldogs (22-9,11-3 WCC) won their seventh straight game. Steven Gray hit three 3s, giving him 202 in his career, and left to a standing ovation on Senior Night. Sam Dower…

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GU tip coming up

Senior night at the Kennel and tip is in about five miniutes. Steven Gray is GU's lone senior and he'll have his dad with him during introductions. His mom and sister weren't able to make the drive because Snoqualmie Pass was closed. Head to…

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Zags No. 22, Shadle's Bishop honored 

Angie Bjorklund's Senior Day at Tennessee was quite a game, which the Knoxville News Sentinel took care of quite a bit better than yesterday's wire story. No big changes in this week's edition of bracketology. still has Gonzaga as a double-diget seed and not…

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BSC Tourney: Eagles are in!

Big Sky Conference officials, after exploring all remainin scenarios, announced on Monday that Eastern Washington University's men's basketball team has officially qualified for the six-team conference tournament for the first time in five years. With one regular-season game remaining at Weber State on Wednesday, the…

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Whitworth's Felix Friedt (41) and David Riley (right) take on PLU's Victor Bull (25), Cameron Schilling (32) and Andrew Earnest for rebounding position in the first half on Feb. 24, 2011. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Pirates get bye, second-round home game

Whitworth University, after claiming its fifth consecutive Northwest Conference men's basketball crown with a 74-50 win over Whitman in Saturday night's NWC title game, has been awarded a first-round bye and a second-round home game -- to be played at 7 p.m. this Saturday --…

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SUNDAY, FEB. 27, 2011

WSU wins 80-69 at UW 10 

COUGARS There have been some really impressive performances for Washington State this season (and, of course, some of the opposite variety). The Gonzaga game. The first-half vs. Baylor. The Husky game in Pullman. But none topped the way the Cougars played tonight at Hec Ed.…

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Gonzaga's Steven Gray launches a shot against Saint Mary's on Jan. 27, 2011. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Gray in class by himself

Steven Gray came to Gonzaga with a highly regarded recruiting class that included Austin Daye, Robert Sacre and Ira Brown. Daye departed after two seasons for the NBA, Sacre redshirted because of a foot injury in 2009 and Brown finished up two years ago. That…

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WCC bracket, Bjorklund shines on Senior Day

OK, I'm running a little late, but you should see the progress made on the boss' remodel project ... crown molding is up. (It pays to have talented friends.) Anyway, as promised, here's a real story on Washington State's inability to Washington. The bracket for…

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WSU leads 24-17 in Hec Ed 

COUGARS Longtime readers of this blog know I'm a defensive guy. Always felt defense was the difference between good teams and great teams. So when there is a game that's 24-17 at the half, you would think I would be in heaven. Well, though one…

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WSU vs. UW, pregame 

COUGARS Welcome to Hec ... er, Bank of Amer ... er, Alaska Airlines Arena. Better call it by its real name. I'm flying the airline back to Spokane tomorrow. Before then, however, there is this little matter of a basketball game. For some thoughts, read…

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State quarterfinal pairings 

Drove back from the Tri-Cities late this morning. I always enjoy assigments there since mom and dad live in Kennewick. After taking wife and son out to lunch, I settled in to write a general overview story for Monday's paper and typing up the pairings…

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Day after San Diego 

Gonzaga crushed San Diego 68-31 last night to secure an 11th consecutive WCC title, this one shared with Saint Mary’s. The only other co-championship in GU’s run was with Pepperdine in 2002. Saint Mary’s defeated Portland and will be the No. 1 seed at the…

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WSU's Sunday morning links  

COUGARS We're in SeaTac after taking the early flight from Spokane – being somewhat (a word we can't use on this blog) retentive, we always take an early flight just in case; I'm the type of guy who would wear suspenders with a belt if…

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SATURDAY, FEB. 26, 2011

Gonzaga earns WCC title with victory

Back at the hotel, rental car gas tank has been re-filled and ready for an early call tomorrow. Here's my game story from GU's 68-31 drubbing of San Diego. Saint Mary's defeated Portland so the Zags and Gaels are co-champs. Saint Mary's will be the…

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Chiefs beat Tri-City again

In one of the most intense games of the season, the Spokane Chiefs got two goals from Dominik Uher, including an empty netter with 54 seconds to play, to pull out a 3-1 win over Tri-City before more than 10,000 fans at the Arena Saturday…

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Utah State thumps Vandals in Logan

It wasn't a pleasant return to Logan, Utah, for Idaho's Don Verlin or point guard Deremy Geiger. The Vandals were manhandled by No. 23 Utah State, which evened the season series with UI with a 84-68 conquest at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The Vandals moved…

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Zags clinch at least share of WCC title 

Gonzaga throttled San Diego 68-31 on Saturday night at the Jenny Craig Pavilion, locking up at least a share of its 11th consecutive WCC title, the second longest streak in NCAA Division I history. UCLA holds the top spot with a 13-year run from 1967-79.…

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Looking ahead to UW 

COUGARS Just wanted to pass along our advance for tomorrow's game. That and we wanted to look at today's Pac-10 results and what they meant to the Cougars. ... UCLA's 71-49 win over Arizona moves the Bruins into a tie for first and gives third-place…

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Courtney Vandersloot, a Bulldog record holder in several categories, acknowledges the cheers of the crowd after being introduced on senior night on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2011, at Gonzaga University prior to the game against the San Diego Toreros. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Zags wrap up Senior Day win

After an emotional Senior Day ceremony before a sold-out crowd of 6,000 at McCarthey Athletic Center Saturday afternoon, Courtney Vandersloot got the Gonzaga Bulldogs off to a fast start before the Zags groundout a 80-58 win over San Diego. The 23rd-ranked Bulldogs won their 16th…

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Lewis and Clark's Hayley Hendricksen, left, tries to fend off Chiawana's Malanie Valdez. (Tri-City Herald photo)

GSL goes 6-0 Friday 

The Greater Spokane League continued its dominance of the Columbia Basin Big Nine. I suspect the CBBN can't wait for baseball - since that's about the only sport the league can beat the GSL in these days. Here's my 4A girls story from Richland. LC's…

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Zags go for No. 11 

(Third attempt at posting this, first two thwarted by miserable hotel wireless....) Good morning from rainy San Diego. The game is drawing widespread attention, including four stories alone in the San Diego Union-Tribune and the arrival of's Gary Parrish,'s Jeff Goodman,'s Mike…

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