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Duke ends Gonzaga’s tourney run

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

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.

But GU's normally productive offense had two lengthy dry spells in the second half, one after taking a 38-34 lead and another rough patch in the final 5-plus minutes. Duke took full advantage.

One last time this season, here's our game coverage: My game story, John Blanchette's column, Colin Mulvany's photos, Jacob Thorpe's Duke sidebar and a Meehan/Thorpe notebook. Here's a link to find Duke coverage in the Charlotte paper.



Jim Meehan
Jim Meehan joined The Spokesman-Review in 1990. Jim is currently a reporter for the Sports Desk and covers Gonzaga University basketball, Spokane Empire football, college volleyball and golf.

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