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UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 10:47 p.m.

Whitworth keeps pace in Northwest Conference race with 98-84 win over Puget Sound

Ben College scored 19 of his game-high 26 points after halftime, and sixth-ranked Whitworth kept pace behind league leader Whitman with a 98-84 men’s basketball victory over Puget Sound on …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 8:39 p.m.

Idaho’s Trevon Allen combines skill, mental toughness to lead Vandals

Trevon Allen is bent low, maintaining a dribble about eight inches off the court. His eyes are forward, looking, looking while a Montana State defender looms over him.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 8:43 p.m.

Washington State looking to double up against Bay Area schools when Stanford visits Saturday

Washington State no doubt cleared a major hurdle Thursday night, beating Cal by a healthy margin to snatch its first Pac-12 Conference win and put a six-game losing streak to …


Eastern Washington basketball faces tough test in Montana State, high-scoring talent Tyler Hall

Eastern will have plenty more time to savor its last victory, but head coach Shantay Legans prefers to embrace the extra rest and practice time afforded his team.


Rocky Women Defeat Carroll; Men Fall to Ranked Saints

Carroll Saints men and women’s teams took the court against the Rocky Mountain Battlin’ Bears Thursday night.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 6:37 p.m.

Gonzaga rolling, despite game-plan tactics of WCC foes

Four games into the WCC season it’s apparent opponents are going deeper into the playbook when facing fifth-ranked Gonzaga.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 5:22 p.m.

Gonzaga-Portland key matchup: Marcus Shaver Jr. heating up for Pilots

Portland has struggled with consistency and rhythm offensively. That includes guard Marcus Shaver Jr., but the 6-foot-2 sophomore is trending up again.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 9:01 p.m.

Matt Calkins: Huskies star Jaylen Nowell has gotten even better – and smarter

Nowell, who averages 16.7 points per game, ranks third in the Pac-12 in two-point field-goal percentage at 56.8. But it’s not just about the numbers Nowell is producing – it’s …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 11:03 p.m.

Robert Franks fuels Washington State with 24 points in dominant 82-59 win over Cal

Fully healed from the hip injury that kept him off the court for almost a month, Robert Franks helped Washington State repair many of its own wounds Thursday night at …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 10:53 p.m.

John Blanchette: Conference switch wouldn’t stop Gonzaga from being dominant at home

Actual human engagement returned to McCarthey Athletic Center on Thursday night, and not a minute too soon.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 11:03 p.m.

Analysis: Gonzaga clamps down on James Batemon, Lions in 73-55 victory

Gonzaga has made strides taking away the opponent’s primary scoring option over the last eight games, something it struggled with during the first month of the season.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 10:16 p.m.

Where’s the beef? Most Gonzaga players say steak would be meal of choice during White House visit

Corey Kispert added that he hopes there would be pie, but not just any old Cyrus O’Leary’s type, but specifically some home-baked deliciousness.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 8:35 p.m.

Jaylen Nowell leads four players in double figures as Washington remains unbeaten in Pac-12

Jaylen Nowell scored 22 points, Nahziah Carter made 6 of 7 shots and added 13 points off the bench and Washington won its sixth straight game, 80-64 over Stanford on …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 9:13 p.m.

Gonzaga-Loyola Marymount: 3 keys to the Bulldogs’ 73-55 victory over the Lions

Key moment, offensive MVP and defensive MVP from Gonzaga’s 73-55 victory over Loyola Marymount at the McCarthey Athletic Center.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 10:55 p.m.

TV Take: Comfortable night in The Kennel for everyone except Loyola Marymount

No matter how you feel about the local broadcast trio who bring Gonzaga’s basketball games into local living rooms, there is something comforting about the continuity of roles.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 8:16 p.m.

Recap and highlights: No. 5 Gonzaga use tough defense to down Loyola Marymount

Zach Norvell Jr. scored 17 points and dished out four assists to help No. 5 Gonzaga down Loyola Marymount 73-55 on Thursday at the McCarthey Athletic Center.


Idaho basketball adds Oregon State center Jack Wilson

Wilson was a four-star recruit by ESPN out of high school. He averaged 16.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game as a junior at Junipero Sierra High School …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 10:47 p.m.

Whitworth, Whitman basketball not showing signs of giving up top spots in Northwest Conference

For a long time in the Northwest Conference – indeed, for basically all of Matt Logie’s eight-year tenure at Whitworth – two men’s basketball programs have dominated and monopolized postseason …


Area roundup: Sasquatch men cruise by Hawks

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Top 25 roundup: Iowa State deals No. 8 Texas Tech 1st Big 12 loss, 68-64

Marial Shayok scored 20 points, Michael Jacobson had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Iowa State beat No. 8 Texas Tech 68-64 on Wednesday night to hand the Red Raiders …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 8:43 p.m.

Gonzaga dealing with another physical, defensive-minded foe in Loyola Marymount

Gonzaga’s next WCC assignment is against an opponent with a quality point guard, a much-improved big man and a nationally ranked defense.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 6:55 p.m.

After four-game absence, Washington State’s Robert Franks cleared to play against Cal

Either the Cougars (7-9, 0-3) or Golden Bears (5-11, 0-4) will claim their first Pac-12 win and end an extended losing streak when the teams go head to head in …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 9:01 p.m.

Gonzaga-Loyola Marymount key matchup: James Batemon next talented guard to test Zags

Loyola Marymount’s James Batemon is next up for Gonzaga in a long line of talented guards in the WCC.


Art of the handshake: Gonzaga’s Jack Beach gets teammates fired up before hitting the court

The main lights are down, music is pumping and the cheerleaders align themselves perpendicular from the bench. As introductions are booming out from the PA announcer, Jack Beach is positioned …


Top 25 roundup: De’Andre Hunter, Ty Jerome lead No. 4 Virginia in rout of Hokies, 81-59

De’Andre Hunter scored 21 points and Ty Jerome had 14 and a career-high 12 assists as No. 4 Virginia started fast and routed No. 9 Virginia Tech 81-59 on Tuesday …



UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 14, 2019, 8:44 p.m.

How we voted: Sturdy defense propelling Virginia once again – possibly to nation’s top ranking next week

The Spokesman-Review’s Theo Lawson is one of 65 national media members voting in the Associated Press Top 25 basketball poll this season. Every week throughout the 2018-19 campaign, he’ll break …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 14, 2019, 9:09 p.m.

No. 5 Gonzaga, top 10 remain in place in AP rankings

It was an eventful week on the court with three teams in the top five, including Gonzaga, involved in tight games before pulling out wins.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 13, 2019, 6:32 p.m.

Gonzaga Rewind: Zags rose up to beat San Francisco in high-level contest

At times, it looked like Gonzaga and San Francisco had advance copies of each other’s game plans. The fifth-ranked Zags and Dons put on a show Saturday night, playing to …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 12, 2019, 11:47 p.m.

Analysis: Gonzaga comes up clutch again in win over San Francisco

Duke, Tennessee, and now San Francisco. Gonzaga has been involved in three of the best games in college basketball with the season barely past the midpoint.