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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.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018

Analysis: Gonzaga sends trio of seniors off with gritty win over Pepperdine in home finale

Gonzaga’s closing kick fueled a hard-fought 81-67 victory in front of an appreciative audience of 6,000 at the McCarthey Athletic Center. The victory keeps Gonzaga (25-4, 15-1 WCC) alone in …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018

Analysis: Gonzaga makes quick work of LMU, takes outright WCC lead

Gonzaga hasn’t messed around the last two games, eliminating most of the suspense by the first or second media timeout.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 10, 2018

Analysis: Gonzaga shuts down Jock Landale and Emmett Naar, rolls to 78-65 victory over Gaels

The 12th-ranked Zags shut down one of the nation’s most efficient offenses and they did nearly as much damage at the other end of the court in an impressive 78-65 …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 8, 2018

Analysis: Gonzaga battles through lull offensively for 71-61 victory over Pacific

Gonzaga had another lengthy dry spell offensively, and those have been popping up with more frequency in the last few weeks. Good thing the Zags had company Thursday night.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 3, 2018

Analysis: Gonzaga shines in crunch time again, holds off BYU

Those 30-, 40-point WCC blowouts of late December and early January have given way to a new-look Gonzaga basketball team. Back then, the points came easy as Gonzaga’s point totals …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018

Analysis: Gonzaga finishes strong, puts away San Diego 69-59

No. 14 Gonzaga hasn’t been at its best over the last two games – tough-minded, scrappy opponents have something to do with it – but the Zags are doing something …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 27, 2018

Analysis: Up-and-down Gonzaga finishes on high note against USF

Ten great minutes. Ten lousy minutes. Twenty edge-of-your seat minutes. No. 15 Gonzaga showed every side of its basketball personality, both good and bad, but found a way to hold …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 25, 2018

Analysis: Gonzaga grounds Pilots for second time in two weeks

The rematch was pretty much a replay. Gonzaga roughed up the Portland Pilots for the second time in two weeks. It wasn’t quite the 46-point blowout of two weeks ago …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 20, 2018

Analysis: Gonzaga turns page on Saint Mary’s with solid win over Santa Clara

It’s one thing to dismiss a 16-point loss to Villanova, which just might be the best team in the country. It’s another to move on from a home loss to …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018

Analysis: Jock Landale carries Gaels past Gonzaga, into sole possession of first place in WCC

Saint Mary’s had the best player on the floor in Jock Landale. The Gaels also had the second best player on the floor in crunch time in Calvin Hermanson.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 13, 2018

Analysis: Gonzaga holds off Dons to set up showdown with Saint Mary’s

For the first time in WCC play, Gonzaga was tested, not necessarily a white-knuckle, last-possession affair, but a challenge nonetheless from San Francisco in front of a packed house at …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 6, 2018

Analysis: Washington State lacks closing touch in loss to Washington

Washington committed 17 turnovers and made just 2-of-12 3-pointers, but the Huskies managed the damage control better than the Cougars, who turned it over a whopping 23 times.


Analysis: Is Jimmy Graham nearing the end of his time as a Seahawk?

Seattle coach Pete Carroll’s comments Monday about how remorseful the team was for its actions at the end of the loss in Jacksonville might have overshadowed his rather direct criticism …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 10, 2017

Analysis: Johnathan Williams, Gonzaga light up Washington’s zone

Johnathan Williams scored 23 points and 12th-ranked Gonzaga put on an offensive clinic in a 97-70 blowout of Washington in Seattle.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 25, 2017

Washington State sees Pac-12 title hopes disappear in Apple Cup loss to Washington

When it rains on these Washington State Cougars in the Apple Cup, it’s not usually just a light drizzle.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 11, 2017

Analysis: Washington State defense earns seven takeaways as Cougars hold off Utah 33-25 ahead of bye week

The Cougars (9-2, 6-2), with a bye week on the docket, can now cool their heels for 12 days before playing the Huskies in another Apple Cup that will determine …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 5, 2017

Behind inspired drive from Luke Falk, Washington State squeaks past Stanford with 24-21 win

Falk waited until the eleventh hour to manufacture the most important drive of his career and the newly-minted Pac-12 career passing yards leader took 25th-ranked Washington State on an 11-play, …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 29, 2017

Analysis: Washington State played ‘hard’ but ‘dumb’ in 21-point loss to Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. – At the start of the season, the Washington State Cougars were supposed to be the team rich with offensive prowess, while the Arizona Wildcats were supposed to …


Analysis: Washington State handles both the elements and the Buffaloes in 28-0 Homecoming win

Nasty wind and buckets of rain formed quite the combination for the Cougars on a night when they already another dual-threat to worry about: Colorado quarterback Steven Montez.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 14, 2017

Outplayed and outcoached, No. 8 Washington State sees unbeaten season come to an end after 37-3 loss at Cal

WSU, which didn’t score a touchdown for the first time since a game at Oregon State in 2012, fell to 6-1 and 3-1 in Pac-12 play.


North Carolina takes title from Gonzaga by making key plays late

Nothing made much sense in the second half. Foul calls stopped the game’s flow in its tracks and left key players on both teams in foul trouble. Perimeter shooting – …


UPDATED: Sat., April 1, 2017

Gonzaga advances to NCAA men’s basketball title game, guts and guile in tow

The moderator informed media assembled in a large interview room: “Gonzaga has arrived.”


UPDATED: Sun., March 26, 2017

Gonzaga returns to form, reaches Final Four with rout over Xavier

Gonzaga wasn’t at its best while winning its first three games in the NCAA tournament. But the Zags were on Saturday when it mattered the most. They looked like the …


UPDATED: Fri., March 24, 2017

Jordan Mathews, Gonzaga deliver in crunch time to advance to Elite Eight

It was the best shot Jordan Mathews never saw go in. The senior guard buried a 3-pointer inside the final minute to give Gonzaga the lead and the second-ranked Zags …


UPDATED: Sat., March 18, 2017

Bulldogs’ Jordan Mathews stops Northwestern’s ‘hammer’ with a little bit of luck

Some wins ride on a little more than just talent – they require a bit of luck.


UPDATED: Sat., March 18, 2017

Freshmen Zach Collins, Killian Tillie help Gonzaga hold off Northwestern

Gonzaga led 63-56, but the Wildcats were closing fast. The Zags’ memorable season and NCAA Tournament were hanging in the balance. Sounds like a job for a couple of 19-year-olds. …


UPDATED: Thu., March 16, 2017

Gonzaga’s Johnathan Williams dominates South Dakota State’s Mike Daum

SALT LAKE CITY – Seems logical Johnathan Williams would lock down South Dakota State scoring wizard Mike Daum.