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Former Gonzaga forward Sam Dower Jr.’s career sidelined by another knee surgery

Former Gonzaga Bulldog Sam Dower Jr.’s professional basketball career appears to be over. Dower said in an Instagram post Sunday that it “may be time for the basketball chapter of my life to come to an end.” The 6-foot-9 forward, who signed in August with MKS Dabrowa Gornicza in Poland, explained that he needs another surgery on his left knee, the third in the last 2½ years.

Few Good Men adds former Eagle Jacob Wiley, ex-Cougar DaVonte Lacy

Few Good Men, the Gonzaga-centric entry in The Basketball Tournament, has added a few great players well known in the Inland Northwest and beyond. Few Good Men bolstered its roster with former Eastern Washington standout Jacob Wiley and ex-Washington State Cougar DaVonte Lacy. They join ex-Zags Matt Bouldin, Steven Gray, Sam Dower Jr., Drew Barham, Casey Calvary, Blake Stepp and Connor Griffin in the $2 million, winner-take-all summer tournament.

Team meeting helped Gonzaga men squash 0-2 slide

Junior guard Kevin Pangos said something had to change. Senior forward Sam Dower Jr. called it a reality check. Junior guard Gary Bell Jr. noted that the team had to start playing hungry.

Team meeting helped Gonzaga men squash 0-2 slide

Junior guard Kevin Pangos said something had to change. Senior forward Sam Dower Jr. called it a reality check. Junior guard Gary Bell Jr. noted that the team had to start playing hungry.

Gonzaga, BYU to meet in WCC title game

David Stockton had 18 points, Sam Dower Jr. added 12 points and nine rebounds, and Gonzaga advanced to the West Coast Conference championship game for the 14th straight year with a 70-54 win over Saint Mary’s Monday night.

Dower, Pangos make All-WCC first team

Gonzaga senior forward Sam Dower Jr. and junior guard Kevin Pangos were named to the All-West Coast Conference men’s basketball team Monday, but the conference champions were shut out on the four individual awards.

Olynyk returns to MAC as Gonzaga gets past Loyola Marymount

Forward Sam Dower Jr. put up 25 points and 15 rebounds on Senior Night and was upstaged by fellow senior Brian Bhaskar, much to Dower’s delight. Bhaskar, a popular walk-on from Monterey, Calif., canned a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left that nearly blew the roof off the McCarthey Athletic Center. He was mobbed by teammates after the horn sounded on Gonzaga’s feel-good 86-67 victory over Loyola Marymount on Saturday.

Gonzaga’s seniors will take final bow

Sam Dower Jr. and David Stockton came to Gonzaga with one of the largest and most talented recruiting classes in school history. Dower, Stockton, Elias Harris, Kelly Olynyk, G.J. Vilarino, Manny Arop and Bol Kong were the new arrivals on the 2009-10 roster. Dower and Stockton redshirted that first season. Olynyk left after last season for the NBA. Harris concluded a decorated four-year career in 2013. Vilarino, Arop and Kong eventually left Gonzaga.

Gonzaga seniors stayed with it

Sam Dower Jr. and David Stockton came to Gonzaga with one of the largest and most talented recruiting classes in school history.

Grip on Sports: Defense wins championships

Saturday: “Offense thrills the fans, but defense wins championships.” I don’t know who said it first – Augustus Caesar, perhaps? – but it’s been in the lexicon as long as I can remember. And I can remember a long time. And I’ve lived that philosophy for as long as I can remember, whether I’ve served as a player, a coach or a writer. Which bring us to today, the day before the Seahawks’ second Super Bowl appearance. The day I must get off the fence and pick a winner. I asked for your choices earlier in the week and received a rather tepid response – though the Hawks were the choice of 80 percent of you in your picks and almost two-thirds of the about 200 poll respondents. So that didn’t help. Neither did the copious research I’ve done all week. I read more than a hundred stories. I talked with a handful of football people I respect. I watched SportsCenter for three minutes – that was enough. After that it was just reruns of the same thoughts – and the NFL Network until Deion’s suits started to repeat themselves. But all that research couldn’t get me off my first thought. “Defense wins championships.” It may not be proven empirically but I’ve believed it since I watched Vince Lombardi and John Wooden coach. And there is clearly one dominant defense this week. The Seahawks. They have quite possibly the best defense the NFL has seen since the 1985 Bears. . The Broncos’ offense is the best the league has seen in a while, with the Peyton Manning-led passing game record-setting. So is the Seattle defense. So while the Broncos are thrilling, the Seahawks should win, 30-27. If they don’t, I’ll have to come up with a new philosophy. • We chatted a bit yesterday on the radio about why the Northwest seems so much more excited this team than it did during the last Hawk Super Bowl. I had some rather mundane thoughts on the matter but nothing really deep. So I thought about it on the ride home. And again while lying in bed last night. And I came to a conclusion. The excitement could be built on a strong foundation. By that, I mean this: Fans get it. They know a contended from a pretender. The Hawks of the mid-2000s got to the Super Bowl with a bit of smoke and mirrors. They were good, sure, but they weren’t built to last. The core was getting older, the quarterback was a journeyman who got hot and the defense had holes – mainly in the depth department. This team seems built for the long run. So the fans see a bright future, even those who are more Eeyore than Piglet. And that makes it easy to get all worked up.

Dower 3-pointer rescues Gonzaga

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Sam Dower Jr. wasn’t the first option. The senior forward didn’t seem to be the second option as Kyle Dranginis was dribbling well beyond the 3-point arc and precious seconds were burning off the clock. But Dower flashed near the top of key, took a pass and hit the biggest shot of his Gonzaga career, a 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left that carried the Bulldogs past upset-minded Santa Clara 54-52 before 4,721 Wednesday at the Leavey Center.

Dower’s 3 rescues Bulldogs

Sam Dower flashed near the top of key, took a pass and hit the biggest shot of his Gonzaga career to carry the Bulldogs past upset-minded Santa Clara 54-52 on Wednesday night.

As injuries heal, flu pops up

Aches, pains and strains are fairly common two-thirds through a college basketball season. Gonzaga’s injury list is shrinking but it still hasn’t shaken the grip of the flu. Freshman center Ryan Edwards (illness) missed practice Monday. Gerard Coleman, who missed the second half against San Diego and all of the BYU game, returned to practice. Kevin Pangos’ vocal cords weren’t operating at 100 percent, but said he feels OK otherwise.

Gonzaga holds off Toreros with defense

Just enough offense, more defense. It’s been roughly six weeks since the Gonzaga Bulldogs had a game decided in the final minute, but they haven’t forgotten how to win a close one.

Zags hold off Loyola Marymount, move to 5-1 in WCC

LOS ANGELES – They won’t get extra credit for making it harder than it needed to be, but the Gonzaga Bulldogs, after a few false starts, finally got what they were looking for Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs, on the verge of blowing out Loyola Marymount several times, took control in the final 10 minutes, endured one last Lions’ rally and snagged an 82-72 West Coast Conference victory viewed by 4,059 at LMU’s Gersten Pavilion.