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BYU guard Zac Seljaas tries to stop a shot by Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Kyle Wiltjer (33) during the first half of Monday’s WCC semifinal in Las Vegas. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Zags dig deep to hold off BYU

That was a treat to watch, a 40-minute thrill-ride that Gonzaga claimed, 88-84, over BYU in the WCC tournament semifinals late Monday night. And by late, we mean ending way too tight to deadline! I put together a game story that you read below. Here's...

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Gonzaga guard Silas Melson (0) dribbles the ball around Portland guard Alec Wintering (2) during the second half in Saturday’s WCC tournament game. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Round 3 for Zags, Cougars

Gonzaga and BYU tangle for the third time this season and this one will be the most important yet: Monday night's showdown in the WCC tournament semifinals. Here's my game preview and John Blanchette's column on Silas Melson finding his way in the last five...

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SATURDAY, FEB. 27, 2016

Zags, Cougars close regular season

Gonzaga takes on BYU tonight in the Marriott Center with a lot on the line for both teams. The Zags can finish first or second in the WCC standings and anywhere from first to third in seeding for the WCC tournament. BYU can finish first,...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 14, 2016

Zags can't hold lead, fall to BYU

Home hasn't been so sweet for the Gonzaga Bulldogs, who dropped their third game this season at the McCarthey Athletic Center, falling to BYU 69-68. The Zags led by 10 in the first half and by 13 in the second half but couldn't hold off...

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Mark Few has a hug for the player of the game, Gary Bell Jr. (Colin Mulvany)

Zag roundup

Gonzaga accomplished several things in Las Vegas. Another WCC title, revenge for losing to BYU in the regular-season finale and perhaps most importantly, the Zags seemed to find their November-January stride. "We got back to playing the way we’ve played the majority of the season,”...

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Gonzaga forward Domantas Sabonis (11) takes a shot over the back of BYU forward Luke Worthington (41)in the first half of a WCC men's tournament championship basketball game, Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (The Spokesman-Review)

Zags defeat BYU, earn third straight title

Gonzaga seemed to improve with each WCC tournament game, starting with a quarterfinal victory over San Francisco, the strong second half against Pepperdine and a 40-minute effort against a tough BYU squad in Tuesday's title game. My unedited game story is below. Colin Mulvany's photos...

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SATURDAY, DEC. 27, 2014

FRIDAY, DEC. 26, 2014


Gonzaga beats BYU for WCC crown

As junior guard Gary Bell Jr. put it afterward, "No more bubble talk." Gonzaga secured the WCC Tournament title with a 75-64 victory over BYU on Tuesday, earning its 16th straight NCAA Tournament berth. Sam Dower, with 20 points and 13 boards, was named MVP....

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FRIDAY, FEB. 21, 2014

Day after BYU

Gonzaga demonstrated Thursday how thin its margin for error is compared to last year’s squad. The Bulldogs didn’t play poorly. They didn’t play great. And somewhere in the middle, against a talented opponent feeding off 19,136 fans, wasn’t good enough. BYU defeated GU 73-65 last...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 20, 2014

Bulldogs fall to BYU 

Gonzaga had a chance to clinch an outright WCC championship, but the Bulldogs got behind early and spent nearly all of the 40 minutes trying to catch up against BYU. The Cougars held off Gonzaga 73-65, handing the Zags (23-5, 13-2) just their second WCC...

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GU, BYU tangle at Marriott Center

Generally speaking, I'm not a big fan of alarm clocks that sound in the 3-a.m. hour but we've arrived in sunny Salt Lake City for late night with the Zags and Cougars. Here's a GU-BYU glance and a short preview that ran in today's S-R....

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SUNDAY, JAN. 26, 2014

Gonzaga guard Gary Bell Jr. roars with delight after his steal-and-score play of the night. Bell converted the ensuing free throw to finish the and-1 and put GU up 12. (Dan Pelle)

Day after BYU

Gonzaga stretched its home-court winning streak to 22 games as the guard trio of Kevin Pangos, Gary Bell Jr. and David Stockton combined for 52 points and 17 assists in an 84-69 victory over BYU on Saturday. Here’s my game story, John Blanchette's column and...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 25, 2014

Guards carry Zags past BYU

Gonzaga's guard line, particularly David Stockton, Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell Jr., carried the Bulldogs to an 84-69 win over BYU on Saturday. Those three combined for 52 points, 17 assists and 10 rebounds. The Bulldogs shot 57.4 percent, 64.3 percent in the second half...

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Zags, Cougars clash at Kennel

It's been a short, but interesting series between Gonzaga and BYU. The Jimmer-led Cougars bounced GU out of the NCAA Tournament a few years ago. Within months, the Cougars were members of the WCC but they haven't had much luck against the Zags. losing four...

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GU women cruise into WCC championship game

Gonzaga's women took control with a 12-2 run late in the first half to build an 11-point lead and the Bulldogs went on to a comfortable 62-43 victory over fourth-seeded BYU in the WCC Tournament semfinals on Saturday at the Orleans Arena. Shelby Cheslek led...

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Day after BYU

Gonzaga has played better – much better – but even without its ‘A’ game (B-minus perhaps?), it still had enough to defeat BYU 70-65 on Thursday. Hopping on another flight, so we'll get right to it. Here are the links: S-R game story, Salt Lake...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 28, 2013

Gonzaga hangs on, defeats BYU 

Read on for my unedited game story from GU's 70-65 win over BYU on Thursday. And check back tomorrow for a day-after BYU post and a feature on GU's three seniors as they prepare for their final home game against Portland on Saturday.

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GU holds off BYU 

By Jim Meehan, (208) 765-7131 PROVO, Utah – The Gonzaga Bulldogs stated their case for the No. 1 ranking in college basketball by doing what they’ve done for most of the season. The Bulldogs defended, took care of the ball and repeatedly came up...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27, 2013

Zags make No. 1 pitch

The door to the No. 1 ranking is open and second-ranked Gonzaga can state its case with a victory over BYU on Thursday in Provo No. 1 Indiana lost to Minnesota on Tuesday, which leaves a couple of viable contenders for the top spot: Gonzaga,...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 25, 2013

Gonzaga's Elias Harris (20) grabs one of his team-leading 10 rebounds from BYU's Josh Sharp (12) during the first half. (Colin Mulvany)

Day after BYU 

Back with my day-after BYU post following Gonzaga's 83-63 win over the Cougars at the MAC last night. These two programs are used to winning, but they can't seem to play a close game against each other. GU has won three straight, by 11, 19...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 24, 2013

GU handles BYU to remain in first

It was a one-two punch offensively with Kelly Olynyk (26 points) and Elias Harris (25). It was a one-two-three-four-five punch on defense as Gonzaga held BYU to 63 points, 15 under its season average, and 35.6-percent shooting. The Bulldogs' Gary Bell Jr. (on BYU's Tyler...

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Gonzaga's Quentin Hall drives hard through the Washington State defense, Saturday, at the Spokane Arena. photo-Brian plonka/The Spokesman-Review (BRIAN PLONKA/THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW)

A quiz before the test

Great, a visit from my old adversary back pain and then I wake up and I have to take a quiz? Man, I thought I was past these things. The first one is a true pain. The second one, John Blanchette's Gonzaga trivia quiz, is...

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