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UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 20, 2020

Analysis: Killian Tillie’s return lifts Gonzaga to 71-54 win over San Francisco

Gonzaga put its worst half of the season in the rear-view mirror quickly with a 24-2 run to open the second half, fueling a 71-54 victory over feisty San Francisco …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 15, 2020

Analysis: Gonzaga’s imperfect victory over Pepperdine looks just fine in win column

It wasn’t pretty, easy or smooth, and that’s why coach Mark Few found No. 2 Gonzaga’s grind-it-out 89-77 victory over Pepperdine so appealing.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 8, 2020

Analysis: Gonzaga scores early and often in 90-60 rout of Saint Mary’s

The Zags eliminated most of the suspense and crowd noise with a 22-2 run that was a candidate for their best stretch of basketball this season. Gonzaga cruised to a …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 7, 2020

Analysis: Alex Ovechkin will be the next – and possibly last – member of the 700-goal club

Alex Ovechkin is two goals shy of joining Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Jaromir Jagr, Brett Hull, Marcel Dionne, Phil Esposito and Mike Gartner as the only players in NHL history …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 6, 2020

Analysis: Gonzaga shakes off sluggish first half, thumps Loyola Marymount 85-67

The Bulldogs found their stride, energy and transition game in the closing half, pulling away for an 85-67 victory in front of a 6,000 Thursday night at the McCarthey Athletic …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 1, 2020

Analysis: Corey Kispert delivers in crunch time, lifts Gonzaga past USF 83-79

Plenty of time for Corey Kispert, who had been fairly quiet offensively, to deliver two of Gonzaga’s biggest baskets of the season as the Zags outlasted the Dons 83-79 on …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 30, 2020

Analysis: Filip Petrusev carries Gonzaga to victory after Killian Tillie exits with ankle injury

The second-ranked Bulldogs rode a career night from Filip Petrusev to an 87-72 win over Santa Clara, but their already shorthanded seven-man rotation dwindled to six after senior forward Killian …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 26, 2020

Gonzaga rewind: Pacific coach Damon Stoudamire sees Zags as title contenders with room for growth

Stoudamire, who played on national championship contenders at Arizona and assisted at national powers Memphis and Arizona earlier this decade, took a few minutes post-game to assess Gonzaga’s team and …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 25, 2020

Analysis: Filip Petrusev shakes off ankle injury, helps Gonzaga rout Pacific 92-59

Second-ranked Gonzaga put on another offensive clinic and a defense that improved as the game went on – more than enough to thump Pacific 92-59 Saturday in front of a …


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.