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Jim Meehan
SPORTS WRITER
Jim Meehan jimm@spokesman.com (208) 659-3791

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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Dec. 9, 2019, 7:23 p.m.
Watson returned to the court for limited duty in the Zags’ 83-76 road win over Washington on Sunday with mom and dad in the stands, roughly a week and a half after he suffered a nasty sprained ankle against Southern Miss in the Bahamas.

Dec. 9, 2019, 9:51 a.m.
Gonzaga made a move in the AP Top 25 and in ESPN.com’s latest bracketology. The Zags (10-1) climbed from ninth to sixth in the AP rankings following Sunday’s 83-76 road win over then No. 22 Washington.

Dec. 8, 2019, 8:59 p.m.
Tillie’s 29-footer, which he basically made look routine, triggered a series of clutch plays by No. 9 Gonzaga in the final 3 minutes that carried the Zags past No. 22 Washington 83-76 Sunday in front of a full house of 9,268.

Dec. 8, 2019, 7:27 p.m.
Offensive MVP, defensive MVP and key moment from Gonzaga’s win against Washington in Seattle.

Dec. 7, 2019, 4:11 p.m.
But a one-sided rivalry – GU has won five straight and 12 of the past 13 – was anything but one-sided on the floor. Another memorable matchup seems inevitable when No. 9 Gonzaga (9-1) and No. 22 Washington (7-1) collide Sunday at Alaska Airlines Arena.

Dec. 7, 2019, 4:09 p.m.
No shortage of quality matchups in this one, but we’re going with the big men in the middle: Washington freshman Isaiah Stewart and Gonzaga sophomore Filip Petrusev. It isn’t necessarily a one-on-one matchup with the Huskies usually employing a zone defense, but the two will see plenty of each other.

Dec. 6, 2019, 3:45 p.m.
Picture 6-foot-10, 260-pound Oumar Ballo and 6-11, 235-pound Pavel Zakharov scrambling to hang on while inner tubing on a lake.

Dec. 5, 2019, 7:56 p.m.
The ninth-ranked Zags are entering an arduous three-game stretch that rivals any they’ve encountered since crashing the national landscape in 1999.

Dec. 5, 2019, 12:30 p.m.
Gonzaga sophomore forward Filip Petrusev is one of 46 players on the initial watch list for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, awarded annually to the national player of the year.

Dec. 4, 2019, 10:21 p.m.
Ayayi delivered 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists and six other Zags reached double figures as the No. 9 Gonzaga crushed Texas Southern 101-62 Wednesday in front of 6,000 at the McCarthey Athletic Center

Dec. 4, 2019, 8:45 p.m.
Offensive MVP, defensive MVP and key moment from Gonzaga’s victory over Texas Southern at the McCarthey Athletic Center

Dec. 3, 2019, 6:18 p.m.
Gonzaga returns to the court licking its wounds from its most lopsided loss since the 2014 season and with concern over the health status of several players.

Dec. 3, 2019, 4:31 p.m.
Texas Southern point guard Tyrik Armstrong has reached double figures in all seven games.

Dec. 3, 2019, 11:26 a.m.
Georgetown transfer James Akinjo is reportedly considering Gonzaga among other options.

Dec. 2, 2019, 10:20 a.m.
The number next to Gonzaga’s name finally changed. The Zags, No. 8 for four weeks in the AP college basketball poll, slipped to No. 9 in Monday’s rankings.

Dec. 1, 2019, 8:58 p.m.
The Cougars (23-9, 12-8 Pac-12) rejoiced for a couple of reasons. 1) They weren’t a shoo-in for their fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament, snagging a spot as one of the last four selected. 2) They are heading to Honolulu for Friday’s opener against West Coast Conference champion San Diego (24-5, 17-1 WCC).

Nov. 30, 2019, 8:05 p.m.
The list of Final Four contenders runs at least 20 deep, and it includes Gonzaga (8-1), North Carolina and Oregon, even without Battle 4 Atlantis hardware.

Nov. 29, 2019, 4:35 p.m.
Gonzaga, playing its third game in less than three days, ran into the wrong opponent in the Battle 4 Atlantis championship game. Michigan completed a convincing performance at the Battle 4 Atlantis, outplaying the eighth-ranked Zags in every facet for an 82-64 victory Friday in Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Nov. 29, 2019, 1:44 p.m.
Offensive MVP, defensive MVP and key moment from Michigan’s win over Gonzaga in the Battle 4 Atlantis championship game.

Nov. 28, 2019, 8 p.m.
Zavier Simpson was outstanding in Michigan’s first five games. He entered Thursday’s game leading the nation at 9.8 assists. He contributes 12.2 points per game but makes 60.4% of his shots, including 43.8% on 3-pointers.

Nov. 28, 2019, 5:33 p.m.
What the Zags lacked in aesthetics they more than made up for with resolve and resourcefulness, climbing out of a four-point deficit in overtime to outlast the Ducks 73-72.

Nov. 28, 2019, 3:44 p.m.
Offensive MVP, defensive MVP and key moment from Gonzaga’s victory over Oregon at the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas.

Nov. 27, 2019, 9:43 p.m.
Gonzaga will have its hands full with every matchup against an athletic Oregon squad in the Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals Thursday, but senior point guard Payton Pritchard leads the Ducks in scoring (18.3) and assists (5.7).

Nov. 27, 2019, 8:22 p.m.
The game itself was no problem as the eighth-ranked Zags cruised past Southern Miss 94-69 Wednesday in the opening round of the Battle 4 Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas. The growing injury list was another matter.

Nov. 27, 2019, 8:06 p.m.
Gonzaga has thoroughly enjoyed its last three trips to Orlando, a trend the Zags hope continues next season. The Zags are officially part of the eight-team field at 2020 Orlando Invitational.