8:58 PM EST, Fri February 27, 2015

Day after San Diego

For one of the few times I forgot to DVR a Gonzaga game. Actually I forgot to send a desperate text 5 minutes before tip asking my wife or kids to DVR a GU game. But its OK, Im not sure I needed a second viewing of the first 18 minutes. However, the Zags eventually did what theyve done often this season, following up a rugged half with a strong one, and that generated a closer-than-the-score-indicated 59-39 win over San Diego. Heres my game story, Colin Mulvaneys S-R photos and an AP article. Read on for my day-after post.  
Spokesman-Review 17 hours ago

Zags overpower Toreros down low - Fri, 27 Feb 2015 PST

Gonzaga didn’t make many perimeter shots. San Diego didn’t make many perimeter shots. What the Zags did do was pound away inside and keep San Diego’s offense in check, which was enough for a 59-39 victory over the Toreros in front of 6,000 Thursday at McCarthey Athletic Center.

Zags perk up to beat USD 59-39

Gonzaga snapped out of a first-half funk -- thanks in part to Eric McClellans energy boost in the closing minutes -- and pulled away from San Diego in the closing 20 minutes for a 59-39 win Thursday. My unedited game story is below. Day-after post in the a.m.  
Spokesman-Review 19 hours ago

No. 3 Gonzaga sluggish but gets past San Diego - Thu, 26 Feb 2015 PST

Gonzaga didn’t make many perimeter shots. San Diego didn’t make many perimeter shots.
SWX 19 hours ago
No. 3 Gonzaga Struggles Early, Rebounds To Beat USD, 56-39

No. 3 Gonzaga Struggles Early, Rebounds To Beat USD, 56-39

Przemek Karnowski scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half, Domantas Sabonis added 11 off the bench, and No. 3 Gonzaga overcame a sluggish first half to beat San Diego 59-39 on Thursday night for its 22nd straight victory.
Spokesman-Review Feb 26, 2015

Four corners: Gonzaga Bulldogs - Thu, 26 Feb 2015 PST

Coming up: Tonight vs. San Diego, 8 (ESPN2); Saturday vs. BYU, 7 (ESPN2) Outlook: The Zags (28-1, 16-0 WCC) are pursuing their second unbeaten conference season in three years. GU went 16-0 in 2013. The Zags led by 22 before holding off San Diego 60-48 in late December. Senior guard Johnny Dee is the school’s all-time leading scorer, and running mate Christopher Anderson is the program’s all-time leader in assists and steals. The Toreros are tied for fifth with Portland. “They’re back to functioning well in a low-possession game and really trying to muck things up and keep the score...

Wesley a one-season wonder

It was media day Tuesday, which means a Gonzaga notebook for Wednesdays S-R. Senior wing Byron Wesley has been an ideal fit at Gonzaga, helping the Zags compile a 28-1 record. By comparison, his three seasons at USC resulted in a 31-65 record. Wesley will join Gary Bell Jr. and Kevin Pangos for Senior Night ceremonies Saturday against BYU. I also revisited the topic of court-storming with Zags coach Mark Few and updated the health of Angel Nunez and Eric McClellan. Heres a link to my notebook. Junior forward Kyle Wiltjer is on SIs regional cover with an accompanying feature (for...
Spokesman-Review Feb 25, 2015

GU basketball notes: Byron Wesley made the right choice - Wed, 25 Feb 2015 PST

Byron Wesley’s career will not end Saturday following Senior Night against BYU, but it’s an appropriate benchmark to appraise his one season at Gonzaga. Wesley left USC as a graduate transfer in search of a winning program that plays team basketball and qualifies for the postseason. Check, check, check.
Spokesman-Review Feb 25, 2015

Area roundup: Gonzaga golf finishes second at Palm Valley - Wed, 25 Feb 2015 PST

The Gonzaga Bulldogs men used seventh-place efforts from James Fahy and Angus Montgomery to finish second at the Neville Kovacs Group Intercollegiate at Palm Valley Golf Club in Goodyear, Arizona, on Tuesday. Fahy shot a final-round 4-under-par 68 to end the three-day tournament with a 1-under 215, as did Montgomery who carded a final-round 71.
Spokesman-Review Feb 25, 2015

GU basketball notes: Byron Wesley made the right choice - Tue, 24 Feb 2015 PST

Byron Wesley’s career will not end Saturday following Senior Night against BYU, but it’s an appropriate benchmark to appraise his one season at Gonzaga.
SWX Feb 24, 2015
GU 'Tent City' Will Continue, But With Modifications

GU 'Tent City' Will Continue, But With Modifications

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Gonzaga tradition will continue this weekend as the men's basketball team prepares for its regular season finale against BYU, but this week's "Tent City" will feature some modifications. In a statement released to KHQ, the school confirmed students will be allowed to camp overnight on Friday.
Spokesman-Review Feb 24, 2015

Gonzaga men hold firm in basketball polls; Wiltjer honored again - Tue, 24 Feb 2015 PST

Another week without movement at the top of the men’s college basketball polls, another weekly honor for junior forward Kyle Wiltjer. Gonzaga (28-1) remained No. 3 in the Associated Press poll and No. 2 in USA Today. Kentucky holds down the top spot in both polls, followed by Virginia in AP. The Cavs are No. 3 in USA Today.
Spokesman-Review Feb 23, 2015

Zags, Cougars lose; Pirates sweep series in baseball - Mon, 23 Feb 2015 PST

UC Davis scored five runs in the first inning and went on to beat Gonzaga 10-5 on Sunday to split a four-game baseball series in Davis, California. The Aggies (5-2-1) scored five runs on five hits in the first, chasing Gonzaga starter Sean-Luke Brija (0-1) after only one-third of an inning.

Day after Saint Mary's

  Lots of boxing metaphors tossed around after Gonzagas see-it-to-believe-it 70-60 win over Saint Marys last night. Indeed, the two best teams in the WCC threw haymakers all night with GU landing the final blows in a game-deciding 12-0 run that left most of an overflow crowd of 3,500 in stunned silence. Heres my game story, more from AP, San Francisco Chronicle and Contra Costa Times. Also, coming soon to a wall near Gonzagas locker room: David Stocktons picture in his No. 9 Kings uniform. He made his NBA debut last night and his picture will join ex-Zags who have played in the NBA. Read...
Spokesman-Review Feb 22, 2015

Grip on sports: Zags look like a No. 1 this season - Sun, 22 Feb 2015 PST

Wednesday:  There is a lot to debate about college basketball these days – shot-clock length, attendance, rankings – but the No. 1 point of contention right now nationally seems to be whether the Zags deserve a No. 1 seed. Every time someone posts a mock bracket, the top couple lines are argued about, with Gonzaga at the heart of the storm. Do the Zags belong atop the bracket? Sure. So do about six or seven other teams. Happens every year. Only four teams can be No. 1 seeds.