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FRIDAY, JAN. 6, 2012

Day after Pepperdine 

Gonzaga took care of business and an outmanned Pepperdine squad 73-45 last night at the MAC. Here's my game story and here are other links of interest: BYU outlasted LMU in Los Angeles and Rob Jones scored 31 points to lead his current team Saint…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 5, 2012

Burton, Wolf Pack blow away Idaho

Before tonight, Idaho had yet to lose by more than eight points this season. But the Vandals, it seems, hadn't played anyone of Nevada's caliber either. The Wolf Pack smoked UI 73-55 at Cowan Spectrum, with just 1,018 fans on hand with the students still…

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Zags trounce Pepperdine, 73-45 

Good evening from the McCarthey Athletic Center, where Gonzaga thumped Pepperdine 73-45 tonight. GU won its seventh in a row to improve to 12-2, 2-0 in the WCC. The Bulldogs have defeated Pepperdine 21 consecutive times. You can read my unedited game story below and…

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Eagles trail Weber at half

NCAA leading scorer Damian Lillard scored 14 points to lead Weber State to a 36-33 advantage over Eastern Washington in the Eagles' Big Sky home opener Thursday night at Reese Court. Weber State led by as many as 17 points with 9:07 left in the…

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Just add some dipping sauce ... 

VG'S SPORTS NUGGETS It's a big day today in about 55 different ways. It all starts this morning with this post. Being it's a Thursday in basketball season, there is more to read from around the Inland Northwest than even I have time for –…

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WAC's elite team in Moscow

The WAC portion of Idaho's schedule starts tonight, and it won't be easy. Not tonight against league favorite Nevada or Saturday versus Fresno State. And not over the next two weeks. Read on for more about the Vandals' conference opener.

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Gonzaga forward Sam Dower had 20 points and 10 rebounds against Xavier. (Associated Press)

GU's Dower makes his points

Gonzaga sophomore forward Sam Dower is an offensive force, an accomplished scorer inside and out with a feathery touch. He's the kind of player that can put up points in hurry (think Austin Daye, Adam Morrison, etc.). He's also rounding into a more complete player…

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An introduction and more 

Greetings: My name is Jim Allen and this is my first week on the job as I return to The Spokesman-Review Sports Desk after a short interruption of ... 24 years. Because of the holiday, this first week lasts only four days, which offers even…

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U’Hi’s Brett Bailey lofts a shot between G-Prep’s Jacob Groh, left, and T.J. Bracey. (Christopher Anderson)

Tuesday preps

Click the tab below to read about Tuesday's boys and girls basketball games. Pictured above is Brett Bailey of University between Gonzaga Prep's Jacob Groh and TJ Bracey. The Bullpups knocked off the Titans 54-48 at U-Hi.

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Wednesday morning's tales from the S-R 12 

TALES FROM THE GRIP Went through some training yesterday, attending a class on the Net tools available for us. Unlike most of our college classes, we had to attend this one. Now we know how to put up surveys, hold live chats, post video, a…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 3, 2012

Gonzaga’s Gary Bell Jr. will have plenty of fans in stands in Seattle. (Associated Press)

GU freshmen show poise beyond years

Back with a notebook from today's media day (and a feature on Sam Dower coming Thursday). The article that will appear in Wednesday's S-R is on Gonzaga's freshmen backcourt duo of Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell Jr. (pictured above), who have been arguably the team's…

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Preps, v. 2012 10 

Happy New Year prep sports followers. I return from a restful 2-week vacation, excited to get back to the business of covering games, doing feature stories and columns. Tonight I'll be at the Gonzaga Prep/University boys basketball game. Game time is 5:30. I'll be tweeting…

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College football's big day was big 15 

MORNING CUP OF JOE • UPDATED: 4:30 P.M. College football's New Year's Day – this year on Jan. 2 – was much more fun than the real New Year's Day, especially from about 2 p.m. on. The Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl were worth every…

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SUNDAY, JAN. 1, 2012

Day after Xavier

I didn’t travel to Cincinnati but I put together a game recap of Gonzaga's 72-65 win over Xavier from the TV broadcast and the help of quotes sent by Gonzaga SID Oliver Pierce. And I put together a day-after Xavier post below. Here are the…

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A nameless first post 

???? This feature wasn't supposed to start until Tuesday. Really haven't figured out a name yet – thanks for all the suggestions by the way, but want to run them by the boss and see what sticks – or a format, but what is the…

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