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Danae Marquez scored 20 points off the bench, leading San Jose State to an 84-66 victory over Eastern Washington on Friday at the Provident Credit Union Event Center.
Gonzaga junior forward Brandon Clarke has declared for the NBA draft. Clarke made it official Wednesday via a GU release, two days after teammate Rui Hachimura declared for the draft. The two formed one the top frontcourts in the country and one of the best in Zags history.
“At San Jose State, it wasn’t a lot of fun losing those two years,” Brandon Clarke said. “I came here and it’s the exact opposite of that. It’s obviously the most fun I’ve had playing basketball. I’m just trying to soak up all these moments and live it up.”
The domination enters a third decade and the blowouts, amazingly enough, get ever bigger. The worshippers at McCarthey Athletic Center are left to seek other, more exotic, Gonzaga basketball thrills.
Mike Leach’s offense is rarely characterized as pedestrian, so it’s understandable why the Washington State coach was half-irked with the Cougars’ 31-0 win over San Jose State Saturday night at Martin Stadium.
The wide receivers weren’t playing with the same gusto they’d shown earlier, the quarterback wasn’t syncing up with them like he had in the first half and despite an otherwise superb effort, the offensive line was still lacking a little something in pass protection.
Washington State’s Air Raid offense may get most of the attention but the Cougar’s defense held San Jose State to the fewest yards of any opponent for the past 24 years.
When Andy Grammer’s song, “Back Home,” resonated through Martin Stadium Saturday night during the second quarter of Washington State’s easy win over San Jose State, it had special meaning for one member of the Pac-12 Network broadcast crew.
Some 32 yards don’t sound like a lot, but Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew’s scrambles Saturday night against San Jose State actually scored quite high compared to predecessor Luke Falk.
Good things usually happened when Gardner Minshew threw it up to the sophomore wide receiver Saturday night.
Gardner Minshew’s feet kept him out of several sacks in the first two games, but the Washington State offensive line also deserves much of the credit for keeping the Cougar passing attack on its feet.
The Cougars five times left their offense on the field on fourth down in the first half against San Jose State on Saturday and came away with five first downs and one touchdown to Tay Martin.
Tyler Hilinski’s parents, Mark and Kym, and brothers Kelly and Ryan took part in an emotionally stirring moment before Washington State’s home opener, raising a crimson flag in the east end zone amid a chorus of cheers just minutes before the Cougars kicked off against San Jose State at Martin Stadium.
Follow along for updates from Pullman as Washington State hosts San Jose State in a nonconference football game. Kick is set for 8 p.m. at Martin Stadium.
At Trinta Park in San Mateo, California, Vika Sinipata would station herself in the middle of the two baseball diamonds, planting a lawn chair behind one home run fence but not too far from the other.
Wyoming’s defensive line could hardly sneak a glance at Gardner Minshew on Saturday afternoon, let alone forge a path into the backfield and bring the Washington State quarterback to his knees.
Time consuming as this week might be for the Cougars and their defensive coaches, Mike Leach suggests a three-QB system could be equally challenging for the Spartans, who may not be able to establish a rhythm with one QB if they’re receiving passes from all three.
Washington State (1-0) will face its second Mountain West team in as many weeks when the Cougars play host to San Jose State (0-1).
Brandon Clarke doesn’t mind the endless practices, serving on the scout team, pregame individual workouts, skill development, lifting weights and conditioning. He realizes the last year has made him a better player with a few months ahead to continue refining his game before Gonzaga opens drills this fall.
Gonzaga picked up a key piece to its future roster with the addition of San Jose State transfer Brandon Clarke.