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UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 20, 2018

Analysis: Gonzaga overcomes off night on offense to topple Washington

This didn’t look anything like Gonzaga’s first eight games of the season. Or its last four victories against cross-state rival Washington. But it was still effective.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 1, 2018

Eastern Washington turns to defense, special teams in FCS playoff-opening victory over Nicholls State

Linebacker Ketner Kupp’s 95-yard interception return in the final minutes put an exclamation point on the rout.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 1, 2018

Analysis: Zach Norvell Jr. heats up as Gonzaga wins shootout over Creighton

Zach Norvell Jr. insists there isn’t a switch attached to his jersey, one he seemingly flips to turn a miserable first half into a memorable second. The sophomore wing has …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 26, 2018

Analysis: No. 1 Gonzaga avoids letdown, throttles North Dakota State 102-60

It took some effort to muster concerns Monday night against overmatched North Dakota State, but Gonzaga has experience lulls following Thanksgiving week tournaments. Reaching deep into the wayback machine, the …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 23, 2018

Analysis: Washington thrives in ‘random’ Apple Cup as Washington State falls short of Pac-12 North title

One by one, the Washington Huskies spilled from the sideline to the turf. In bright purple pants and gold helmets, they slid through the white slush covering the green turf …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018

Analysis: Gonzaga uses hot-shooting start, lock-down-defensive finish to down No. 1 Duke, win Maui Invitational title

With the clock seemingly in slow motion over the last 8 minutes, Gonzaga’s lead, once at 16 points, dwindled to six, then two, before Duke finally tied it with 1:40 …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018

Analysis: Second-half surge carries Gonzaga past Arizona, into Maui Invitational title game

Every bucket – and there was an endless supply of them for Gonzaga in the second half – brought a louder roar than the one before.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018

Analysis: Gonzaga holds off late Illinois charge to win opener of Maui Invitational

Gonzaga did something that defied all odds Monday at the Maui Invitational. The third-ranked Zags committed 14 turnovers in the first half – charges, errant inbound passes, ill-advised drives into …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018

Analysis: Gonzaga absorbs Texas A&M’s early shots, pulls away for comfortable win

Gonzaga was expecting a stout challenge from Texas A&M, nicely timed before the loaded eight-team Maui Invitational begins a three-day run Monday. The short-handed Aggies complied, for most of the …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 10, 2018

Analysis: Gonzaga shrugs off foul trouble, thumps Texas Southern 104-67

No. 3 Gonzaga shook off the absence of two top scorers, opened up a 22-point lead at the break and cruised to a 104-67 victory over Texas Southern in front …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 10, 2018

Analysis: With three turnovers, No. 10 Washington State buries Colorado in second half for 31-7 win

Washington State’s defense forced three turnovers and quarterback Gardner Minshew overcame a sporadic first half to lead the offense into the end zone three times in the second half and …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018

Analysis: Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura puts on a show in rout of Idaho State Bengals

Rui Hachimura’s first shot was a successful elbow jumper 38 seconds into the game. He spent the rest of the night attacking the rim via a variety of power moves. …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 1, 2018

Analysis: Gonzaga overpowers Central Washington inside in exhibition rout

As one might expect, the steady sound of whistles made finding offensive rhythm a challenge in third-ranked Gonzaga’s 108-69 rout over the Wildcats.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 20, 2018

Analysis: From crowded streets to crowd surfing, No. 25 Washington State has plenty to smile about in victory over No. 12 Oregon

It’s an interesting way to play the game – risky for sure – but once again, the Washington State Cougars discovered a way to beat a quality Pac-12 opponent in …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 6, 2018

Washington State offense surges in second half, defense puts clamps on Oregon State in 56-37 win

Washington State didn’t need to worry much about its offense Saturday night at Reser Stadium. In another prolific showing from their graduate transfer quarterback, the Cougars rode Gardner Minshew from …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 29, 2018

Analysis: One long pass from Gardner Minshew to Easop Winston Jr. salvages victory for Washington State

Gardner Minshew and Kyle Sweet entered the postgame press conference wearing slick aviator shades and wide grins.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 22, 2018

Analysis: Washington State could’ve used mulligan three times during final drive of narrow loss to USC

Spending 15 minutes inside Washington State’s interview tent following the game, you didn’t get the sense the Cougars (3-1, 0-1) were ready to view their first loss of the 2018 …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 15, 2018

Analysis: Washington State wins ninth straight at home, defeating Eastern Washington 59-24 behind dominant offensive performance

In seven years under Mike Leach, the Cougars have built a potent offense, strengthened their defense and, a more recent development, have gradually transformed Martin Stadium into a considerably difficult …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 25, 2018

Analysis: What we learned from the Seahawks’ 21-20 preseason loss to the Vikings

Michael Dickson wowed ‘em, K.J. Wright hit ‘em and David Moore and Brandon Marshall caught ‘em. The Seahawks may have taken another exhibition L, but a lively game left plenty …


UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018

MLB midseason lookahead: Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees heading for compelling A.L. East finish

It’s a story of the haves and the have-nots as baseball returns after the All-Star break. The major league-leading Red Sox, Yankees and Astros are all on pace for 100-plus …


UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018

Analysis: Seahawks’ 53-man roster projection – A really early guess at which players will make it

A look at the current 90-man roster shows the Seahawks will have some tough calls to make.


UPDATED: Thu., March 22, 2018

Analysis: Gonzaga struggles against FSU defense, falls to Seminoles in Sweet 16

Short-handed and nowhere near the top of their game. Not a good combination against an athletic, deep Florida State team.


UPDATED: Sat., March 17, 2018

Analysis: Zach Norvell Jr., Rui Hachimura lead Gonzaga past Ohio State

Two nights after burying a late 3-pointer to sink UNC Greensboro, Zach Norvell Jr. was back at it with a season-high 28 points as the Zags rallied for a 90-84 …


UPDATED: Thu., March 15, 2018

Analysis: Zach Norvell’s huge 3 helps Gonzaga survive major scare from UNC Greensboro

Gonzaga’s redshirt freshman Zach Norvell Jr. shook off a rough shooting night as he has done so many times this season, burying a 3-pointer that pushed the fourth-seeded Zags past …


UPDATED: Tue., March 6, 2018

Analysis: Gonzaga does it all in blowing out BYU, claiming another WCC Tournament title

It was one highlight play after another on an endless loop. Slick passes, 3-pointers that barely ruffled the net, suffocating defense, steals, smart passes, run-out layups.


UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018

Analysis: Gonzaga puts hurt on San Francisco with torrid shooting, strong defense

Until further notice, Gonzaga’s record for shooting percentage in a half is under siege.


UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018

Analysis: Gonzaga women produce plenty of highlight moments in WCC Tournament semifinal victory over San Francisco

The Zags had plenty of celebrations to review after their 65-53 win over fifth-seeded San Francisco in the West Coast Conference semifinal on Monday – Emma Stach’s game-high four 3-pointers, …


UPDATED: Sun., March 4, 2018

Analysis: Gonzaga toughs out another tough first-round WCC Tournament win

For all of Gonzaga’s success in WCC tournaments, the first-round matchup has often been as hard on the Zags as the later rounds. That was the scene Saturday at Orleans …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 24, 2018

Analysis: Gonzaga dominates BYU to secure outright WCC title

Mark Few wanted to share Gonzaga’s latest accomplishment – an outright WCC championship by virtue of an impressive 79-65 win over BYU at the jam-packed Marriott Center on Saturday. But …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 22, 2018

Analysis: Rui Hachimura delivers late as Gonzaga edges San Diego, clinches share of West Coast Conference title

Gonzaga had its share of foul issues, costly turnovers, sluggish offense and inattentive defense.