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UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 18, 2020

Analysis: Gonzaga loses Filip Petrusev to ankle injury, still rolls past BYU 92-69

Gonzaga has seen way too many of these this season: Another painful victory.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 16, 2020

Analysis: Gonzaga lights up scoreboard, shuts down Santa Clara in 104-54 rout

Gonzaga leads the nation in scoring, so nights like Thursday’s 104-54 blowout over visiting Santa Clara are hardly uncommon. But even by the top-ranked Bulldogs’ lofty standards, they flat-out put …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 11, 2020

Analysis: Gonzaga’s defense and eventually its offense too much for Loyola Marymount

The Bulldogs spent the first 25 minutes or so figuring out LMU’s myriad of defenses. When they solved it, the Zags broke away with a 49-point second half and an …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

Analysis: Top-ranked Gonzaga faces little resistance in 94-50 smackdown of San Diego

Gonzaga didn’t score on its first two possessions. That was about the only resistance the top-ranked Bulldogs encountered the rest of the game.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 4, 2020

Analysis: No. 1 Gonzaga has plenty to work on after outlasting Pepperdine 75-70

And just like every team in college basketball, the Bulldogs have several items to address on their to-do list. Some of those made repeat appearances Saturday as the Zags outlasted …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 2, 2020

Analysis: Gonzaga toughens up in second half, rallies past Portland 85-72

The top-ranked Zags (15-1) rebounded from one of their worse halves of the season – they trailed the Pilots, No. 248 in the NET rankings and picked last in the …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 30, 2019

Analysis: Ryan Woolridge, Filip Petrusev guide Killian Tillie-less Gonzaga past Detroit Mercy 93-72

Killian Tillie’s absence opened the door for freshman Drew Timme to become the eighth Zag to start, but it was lineup mainstays Ryan Woolridge and Filip Petrusev that worked over …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 28, 2019

Analysis: With Jacob Eason leaving for the NFL, let Washington’s 2020 quarterback competition begin

Still, handicapping UW’s impending quarterback competition is a futile exercise until new head coach Jimmy Lake names an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.


Analysis: Washington State squanders scoring opportunities, Air Force soars to Cheez-It Bowl title

Max Borghi collected the handoff from Anthony Gordon, lifted his head and surveyed the area around him. Washington State’s sophomore, generally a gifted runner in tight spaces, had only a …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 21, 2019

Analysis: Gonzaga avoids trap, roughs up Eastern Washington inside and outside in 112-77 rout

The second-ranked Bulldogs – who appear bound for No. 1 when the AP poll is released Monday – put up 64 first-half points and coasted to a 112-77 victory Saturday …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 18, 2019

Analysis: Business as usual for Gonzaga as Corey Kispert, balanced offense overwhelm North Carolina

It was pretty much business as usual for the Zags, who demonstrated why they’re one of the nation’s top offenses and the only team in the country with six players …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 14, 2019

Analysis: Gonzaga outplays, then outlasts No. 15 Arizona, 84-80

Gonzaga held on 84-80 in front of 14,644 at the McKale Center, registering its second big road win over a Pac-12 Conference title contender a week, following its 83-76 victory …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 12, 2019

Analysis: Based on the Seattle Mariners’ plan, Shed Long should be the starting second baseman on opening day

On the third day of these Major League Baseball winter meetings, where Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto has defied the odds by not making a single move, looking ahead to …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 8, 2019

Analysis: Late 3s by Killian Tillie, Joel Ayayi help Gonzaga hold off Washington in crunch time

Tillie’s 29-footer, which he basically made look routine, triggered a series of clutch plays by No. 9 Gonzaga in the final 3 minutes that carried the Zags past No. 22 …


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 …