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Given how his senior season unfolded at Gonzaga, it may be surprising to some that Zach Gourde has constructed a lengthy, successful professional basketball career in France. As Gourde prepares to leave Spokane for his sixth pro season, he packs the satisfaction of rekindling his love for the game along with his faithful miniature Australian shepherd Riley and two suitcases of belongings that will sustain him for the next nine months overseas.
Gonzaga's undergraduate commencement took place Sunday morning with Rev. Robert J. Spitzer, who will step down as university president in July 2009.
The Sustainable Table's Eat Well Guided Tour of America makes two stops in this corner of the country this week. On Sunday, Nikki and Joe Eaton will host a tour of their ranch near Colton, Wash., where they raise natural grass-fed beef. The tour of Eaton's Natural Beef will be followed by dinner prepared by Nikki Woodland of Nectar, with a pie bake-off after dinner. The beef will be provided by the Eatons and there will be produce from local and organic growers, and Shepherd's Grain bread donated by the Moscow (Idaho) Food Co-op Bakery.
Matt Bouldin's first start for the Gonzaga Bulldogs was impressive enough Saturday night. But just imagine if it's only the start.
Gonzaga’s Matt Bouldin scored a career-high 21 points and the 18th-ranked Bulldogs humbled the 13th-ranked and previously unbeaten Huskies 97-77.
SEATTLE – Well, at least the students had the good sense not to storm the floor. A huge weight came off the University of Washington basketball program on Sunday night, but it wasn't so much lifted as it was crawled out from under.
A couple of late-game turnovers and the clutch shooting of UW’s Justin Dentmon was simply too much for banged-up Gonzaga to overcome as the 18th-ranked and unbeaten Huskies snapped a seven-game losing streak to No. 6 GU with a hard-earned and wildly entertaining 99-95 win.
In the end, after 50 minutes of the most inspired effort and riveting action any coach, player or fan could hope to witness, top-seeded and No.2-ranked Arizona shoved its way past ninth-seeded GU 96-95 in double overtime and sent the Bulldogs and their breathless fans packing.
In the minds of many, it wasn’t supposed to be this entertaining. Or last this long. And it certainly wasn’t supposed to be this close.
This time, Gonzaga, despite being the No.12 seed, was a popular choice to beat No. 5 Virginia. The Bulldogs did just that, 86-85 in the first round of the South Regional at the Pyramid.
Gonzaga fans, buckle up and hang on. Your Bulldogs are at it again. Granted, this NCAA Tournament ride might not prove to be as magical as last year’s sustained run to the Elite Eight. But it certainly got off to a promising start Thursday night as the 10th-seeded Bulldogs disposed of seventh-seeded Louisville 77-66 in the opening round of the West Regional at McKale Center.
For now Gonzaga must deal with the disappointment of Saturday’s 67-62 loss to Connecticut in whatever way they can, while trying not to dwell on the great opportunity they had to extend their magical season in the West Regional finals.
Casey Calvary made the leap of his life, over a couple of Florida defenders, and tipped in the basket that gave 10th-seeded Gonzaga a knee-weakening 73-72 upset victory over sixth-seeded Florida in a West Regional semifinal of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
Gonzaga, behind the sniper-like shooting of its backcourt players and the inspired play of its undersized front line, battled through some early foul problems to solidify its standing as one of the surprise teams in this year’s tournament.
Say hello to Washington’s team. How long has it been since Gonzaga University beat both Washington and Washington State in basketball in the same season? Try 55 years.
Last year’s redshirt season seemed, at times, like a nightmare for Jeremy Eaton. But Tuesday night, his hard work and patience paid off in a huge way as Gonzaga’s fifth-year senior center scored a career-high 25 points in leading the Bulldogs to an 82-71 upset men’s basketball win over 22nd-ranked Washington.