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A Grip on Sports: College hoops’ excitement meter may not have overloaded last night in the area but the success one certainly did

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Over the past decade or two, there has been one descriptive word that has never been used when describing a Gonzaga matchup with Saint Mary’s. Boring. Until last night. The Zags’ 87-65 victory was a methodical disrobing of their most-hated West Coast Conference rivals. But it also was part of one of the better college basketball evenings in the Inland Northwest.

Highlights: Gonzaga 87, Saint Mary’s 65

Corey Kispert scored 20 points and the No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs beat Saint Mary’s 87-65 to claim the West Coast Conference regular-season championship Thursday night at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane.

Gonzaga trying to extend Gaels’ rough stretch in WCC play

The Gaels, picked third in the preseason poll, are 2-4 and eighth in terms of winning percentage. They’re in danger of their first losing conference season since 2003 – coach Randy Bennett’s second year on the job.

A Grip on Sports: As a deadline nears, college basketball teams, including Gonzaga, have to make a decision on conference tournaments

A GRIP ON SPORTS • A staple of cartoon comedy concerns a snowball rolling downhill. In such instances, the snowball starts small, picks up momentum, grows larger and finally encases every character in its path. Then it crashes into a tree. Reality is usually different, though when it comes to the snowball that is COVID-19, there are similarities. Without any semblance of humor, of course.