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MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2015

Gonzaga’s Domantas Sabonis reaches for loose ball during the first half of Sunday’s Elite Eight game in Houston. Sabonis scored seven of his nine points in the half (Colin Mulvany)

Gonzaga's memorable season is over but optimism springs anew 

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Do you like spring better than fall? If you do, that means you are, deep down, an optimist. Looking forward is your thing. I'm that way. The new growth on the trees, the grass greening up, flowers. All reasons I would rather look forward than back. Which explains which direction we are headed in this morning's column. Read on.

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Gonzaga guard Kyle Dranginis studies his phone in the locker room after Sunday’s loss. (Colin Mulvany)

Duke ends Gonzaga's tourney run 

If you quickly scanned the stats -- Gonzaga shooting a higher percentage, winning the glass, 13-0 edge in bench points, 15-9 edge in second-chance points and capably defending Duke's offense and star center Jahlil Okafor -- it would seemingly add up to a Zags' victory....

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