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Heytvelt focused on finishing

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Josh Heytvelt has had many ups and downs in his five years at Gonzaga (Photo: The Spokesman-Review) Josh Heytvelt has had many ups and downs in his five years at Gonzaga (Photo: The Spokesman-Review)

by Jim Meehan
Spokesman.com

Gonzaga's work at the West Coast Conference men's basketball tournament was done. Saint Mary's was vanquished by 25 points in the championship game. Trophies were presented. All-tournament teams announced. High-fives exchanged.

Senior forward Josh Heytvelt started a slow jog toward GU's locker room at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas only to be called back by the shouts of teammates. A ladder was set up under the hoop and the Bulldogs still had to cut down the nets.

A nice keepsake, to be sure, but Heytvelt's attention was already shifting forward.

"I just wanted to get out of there," he said later. "Cutting the nets isn't that important to me. We have a lot more basketball to play and we have to be in that mind-set. We can't be fat, happy cats."

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