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Saint Mary's Samhan a trash talker? Nah

The Gaels' Omar Samhan scored 6 points in last season's game at Moraga. The Gaels' Omar Samhan scored 6 points in last season's game at Moraga.
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Zags to face Saint Mary's Thursday on ESPN2

by Justin Lange
SWX Producer

The Zags get another tough road test in the West Coast Conference, challenging Omar Samhan and the Saint Mary's Gaels Thursday night in Moraga, Calif.

Games in Moraga have been challenging for Gonzaga over the past several years, and it's not any easier for this year's young team.  They've worked all week on preparing for the Gaels' Samhan, who stands at 6'11" and averages 20.8 points per game.

"He's a big boy so it's gonna be another bruiser, that's for sure," said Zags center Robert Sacre.

Up next for Gonzaga...

Gonzaga
at
Saint Mary's

Thurs., Jan. 14
at 8:00 p.m.

TV:
ESPN2
WEB: Live chat on SWXRightNow.com

Samhan has developed a reputation for trash talking before big games.  Contrary to popular belief, Sacre said the only encounter he's had with the San Ramon native was a positive one.

"I know he talks a lot of trash, but he really just came up to me and said, ‘I really hope you get better from the injury. I hope everything is good. I hope you're healthy. Just keep working'.  I was like, ‘who is this guy?" said Sacre.

"You guys put horns on him, but he's got a halo around his head!"

Halos and horns aside, Samhan and the Gaels will, no doubt, be ready to play come tipoff time on Thursday night at the raucus McKeon Pavilion.

"It's a lot higher than my high school gym, but it gets a lot louder, that's for sure," said Sacre. "It's a hostile environment…. It's crazy out there.  I feel like I'm going to war."

Midway through the battle tested season, the Zags seem to be coming together as a team, making hostile road trips like this week's that much easier.

"I think we're very close," said Sacre. "I think it's one of the closest teams I've been a part of at Gonzaga," said Sacre.

"It's really a great time," added first-year player Kelly Olynyk. "Being able to be together over the break with the students gone, it really brings us closer together."

Zags nation is hoping that closeness translates to wins in the Golden State this week.

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