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UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

Analysis: Joel Ayayi takes advantage of first start, scores 16 points as Gonzaga routs Texas Southern

Ayayi delivered 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists and six other Zags reached double figures as the No. 9 Gonzaga crushed Texas Southern 101-62 Wednesday in front of 6,000 …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 29, 2019

Analysis: Washington employs familiar strategy to manufacture similar result against Washington State in 31-13 Apple Cup win

There wasn’t a Shelton, a Qualls, a Vea or a Gaines playing on Washington’s defensive line Friday afternoon. The Huskies still got all the pressure they needed, and then some.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 29, 2019

Analysis: Michigan thumps weary Gonzaga 82-64 to claim Battle 4 Atlantis championship

Gonzaga, playing its third game in less than three days, ran into the wrong opponent in the Battle 4 Atlantis championship game. Michigan completed a convincing performance at the Battle …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 28, 2019

Analysis: Gonzaga digs deep to outlast Oregon 73-72, to advance to Battle 4 Atlantis title game

What the Zags lacked in aesthetics they more than made up for with resolve and resourcefulness, climbing out of a four-point deficit in overtime to outlast the Ducks 73-72.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 27, 2019

Analysis: Short-handed Gonzaga crushes Southern Miss behind Corey Kispert’s 28 points

The game itself was no problem as the eighth-ranked Zags cruised past Southern Miss 94-69 Wednesday in the opening round of the Battle 4 Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas. The …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 24, 2019

Washington State rewind: Anthony Gordon’s distribution on display again in thrilling 54-53 victory over Oregon State

A four-point loss to UCLA. A four-point loss to Arizona State. A two-point loss to Oregon. Washington State had been on the wrong side of this too many times, but …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 24, 2019

Analysis: Records fall, promises kept as Washington State outlatsts Oregon State in thriller to earn bowl berth

Max Borghi called his shot. Then made his house call.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 23, 2019

Analysis: Gonzaga handles variety of Cal State Bakersfield defenses in 77-49 rout

The eighth-ranked Zags spent a good chunk of the contest at the foul line, which limited some of the flow of their offense but not the effectiveness in a 77-49 …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 23, 2019

Gonzaga-Cal State Bakersfield: 3 keys to the Bulldogs’ victory over the Roadrunners

Offensive MVP, defensive MVP and key moment from Gonzaga’s 77-49 victory over Cal State Bakersfield at the McCarthey Athletic Center.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 20, 2019

Just for kicks: Blake Mazza’s perfect season makes field goals more palatable for Washington State’s Mike Leach

It was a mostly sunny, 57-degree afternoon in Boulder, Colorado, and the Washington State offense was driving.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 19, 2019

Analysis: Trio of seniors leads Gonzaga past Texas Arlington in first test of young season

Gonzaga finally faced adversity, a serious challenge and a physical foe that didn’t back down. The eighth-ranked Zags didn’t back down either.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 16, 2019

Analysis: Washington State finds remedy for recent struggles, beats Stanford soundly in return home

Before Washington State and Stanford met at the middle of the field to exchange handshakes, pleasantries and well wishes, Cougars receiver Travell Harris took out his own patch of turf …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 15, 2019

Analysis: Defense delivers happy homecoming for Gonzaga’s Texas trio in blowout win over Aggies

Gonzaga shut out Texas A&M over an 8-minute, 43-second stretch, turning a small deficit into a comfortable lead and providing all the cushion the eighth-ranked Zags would need in an …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 12, 2019

Analysis: Inside job as Gonzaga pounds North Dakota 97-66

No. 8 Gonzaga used its superior size and strength inside to work over North Dakota to the tune of 64 paint points, fueling a 97-66 victory Tuesday in front of …


John Blanchette: Grad transfers Admon Gilder, Ryan Woolridge more than final ingredients in Gonzaga’s recipe for success

This grad transfer business – it’s a little like Christmas shopping, right?


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 9, 2019

Analysis: Washington State’s season takes another unfortunate turn in 33-20 loss to California

The Cougars lost 33-20 to the Golden Bears at Memorial Coliseum, giving up more than 30 points to a team that hadn’t scored that many since Nov. 24, 2018. Until …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 9, 2019

Analysis: Gonzaga’s Ryan Woolridge, frontcourt shine in another lopsided victory

There are limited conclusions that can be drawn from a pair of blowout wins, both against overmatched opponents, but it’s safe to say Gonzaga point guard Ryan Woolridge and the …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

Analysis: Third-down shortcomings rank as minor knock against Washington State’s efficient offense

After reviewing film of the Washington State loss to Oregon, Max Borghi lamented the Cougars’ struggles on third down.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

Analysis: Seahawks have shown they can win close games, but can that trend continue all season?

Predicting anything in the “Any Given Sunday” NFL with any degree of certainty is about as risky as trying to tackle Chris Carson with just one arm.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 5, 2019

Analysis: Corey Kispert shows off what he’s been working on in Gonzaga’s 95-64 win over Alabama State

Corey Kispert had some off-season goals. By reaching them, he started off the new season with a bang. Kispert put it all on display with five 3-pointers, a pair of …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 1, 2019

Analysis: Freshmen Anton Watson, Drew Timme impress as Gonzaga routs Lewis-Clark State College

The two freshmen forwards made 21 of 23 field-goal attempts and combined for 46 points, 18 rebounds and seven assists as the eighth-ranked Zags cruised to a 116-61 victory over …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 31, 2019

Analysis: Young Washington State defense learns on the job against tough Pac-12 offenses

In a tent outside Autzen Stadium, redshirt freshman Armani Marsh answered questions on behalf of a Washington State defense that yet again struggled to contain its opponent on Saturday in …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 31, 2019

Seahawks midseason awards: Who’s the MVP? Most improved? Best play? Most troubling trend?

The Seahawks have reached halftime of the 2019 season, and at 6-2 they have their best midseason record since their Super Bowl championship season in 2013.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 27, 2019

Analysis: Washington State loses track of CJ Verdell, Oregon snaps losing streak with 37-35 win

In the city known as TrackTown, USA, what started as a football game evolved into a footrace. Oregon running back CJ Verdell in one lane, Washington State’s defense in the …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 24, 2019

Strong ground game, second-quarter successes have helped Washington State rack up four straight wins against Oregon

While the Washington State football team has had a devil of a time beating its primary rival, it has had its way with the teams from Oregon the last four …


Tim Burmeister elevated to assistant linebackers coach for Washington State

Tim Burmeister, who was formerly in a defensive quality control position with the Cougars, has been elevated to a position coaching role and will spend the remainder of the year …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 19, 2019

Analysis: Convincing statement just what Washington State defense needs in 41-10 win against Colorado

Nonstop rain, the familiar trappings of Martin Stadium and the sight of a Colorado quarterback wearing No. 12 may have been just the blend of things Washington State’s defense needed …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019

Early season successes of Easop Winston Jr., Dezmon Patmon throw Washington State passing game off-balance

Heading into Saturday’s home game against Colorado, the Washington State passing offense hasn’t had the balance through six games this year as it had last season – or rather, that …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 12, 2019

Analysis: Defensive woes follow Washington State into the desert in 38-34 loss to Arizona State

At times, it looked better for Washington State, and Mike Leach said as much in his postgame press conference. But, far too often in their 38-34 loss to No. 18 …


Analysis: Seattle Seahawks find blueprint against Cardinals, but real test awaits vs. Rams

The Seahawks leaned heavily on the running of Chris Carson and got big plays from their defense in a romp over Arizona.