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Gonzaga’s Przemek Karnowski cashing in at the line

San Francisco forwards Matt McCarthy (left) and Nate Renfro try to keep Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski (24) out of the key during the first half of an NCAA basketball game, Thurs., Feb. 16, 2017, in the McCarthey Athletic Center. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
San Francisco forwards Matt McCarthy (left) and Nate Renfro try to keep Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski (24) out of the key during the first half of an NCAA basketball game, Thurs., Feb. 16, 2017, in the McCarthey Athletic Center. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Przemek Karnowski called it one of the weaknesses of his game so he’s spent extra time working on his free-throw shooting. It’s paying off as the 7-foot-1 center knocked down 9 of 10 free throws in Gonzaga’s 96-61 win over San Francisco on Thursday, lifting his season average to 61.6 percent.

“When you have a small sample in some games, you shoot one or two it’s hard to tell sometimes but tonight they fell in,” said Karnowski, whose best season at the stripe was 50.9 percent in 2015. “I think it’s just repetitions, staying after practice and just relaxing.

“My first couple of years I used to get stressed. My emotions are getting better and I’m more relaxed and comfortable.”

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