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ZagNative
12-12-2009, 09:49 PM
First from Jim Meehan (http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/sportslink/2009/dec/12/harris-sacre-goodson-lead-gu/), usually our first most reliable source for post-game coverage:
“We wanted to really try to establish those two guys (Harris and Sacre),” head coach Mark Few said. “I knew we had a decided advantage in there. Those guys did a great job understanding that, they drew a lot of fouls posting up and Meech was just pushing it. He was attacking all the time.”
“We had a good inside-outside game,” said Harris, who made both his 3-pointers and 7 of 9 shots overall. “We just passed the ball and it gave us a lot of options to score easy buckets or go to the free-throw line.”
“Coach has been telling me I haven’t been pushing the ball, which I haven’t been doing,” Goodson said. “I wanted to push the tempo and throw the ball inside and we were able to do that.”
Coach told us if one guy goes down it shouldn’t faze us,” Sacre said. “I knew guys would step up, Grant stepped up big-time. … I don’t want to say it was a great thing (playing without Bouldin), but it was a good thing for the team to see how we can be successful without him.”

seasontixholder
12-12-2009, 11:37 PM
http://scores.espn.go.com/ncb/recap?gameId=293462250


"And they don't even have Matt Bouldin, so this is a pretty darned good basketball team," McKillop said.

Gonzaga made 41 of a Zags' record 54 free throws. Sacre was 11 for 18 from the line, and Harris was 11 of 14. Harris, a recruiting gem from Germany, made his first seven shots.

"The last few games, we were dreaming, sleeping on the floor," Harris said of sloppy wins over Washington State and Augustana, plus a loss last weekend to Wake Forest. They led to what Harris called the most intense practices of the season.

"Now, we're back," he said.

ZagNative
12-13-2009, 11:37 AM
Jim Meehan's Blog (http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/sportslink/2009/dec/13/day-after-davidson/#more) posted at10:45 am Dec. 13:
We’ll start out, well, at the beginning. It was clear from the start what Gonzaga was going to do without Matt Bouldin in the lineup: go inside to Rob Sacre and Elias Harris (The Bruise Brothers?). It was clear, too, what Davidson was going to do – foul the bigs and force them to earn points at the line rather than surrender easy baskets.

And that’s how it played out. The duo scored GU’s first 10 points – it would have been 13 if they’d made all their free throws. Sacre and Harris would combine for 50 points, 13 of 15 FG shooting and 22 of 32 FT shooting. The Wildcats were called for 34 fouls. Two players fouled out and four more finished with four fouls. Rob Sacre and Elias Harris (The Bruise Brothers?!!!) That's a new one for me! I like it, I like it!!!

—Goodson got another talking-to from Few, who has stressed at a couple of different junctures this season that he wants his sophomore point guard to push the ball at every opportunity Goodson delivered Saturday with 22 points. He had attempted 24 free throws in GU’s first nine games. He was 10 of 13 at the line vs. Davidson.

“He got back to playing the way he needs to play,” Few said.

Like many of the Zags, who came in shooting 67.5 percent from the stripe as a team, Goodson had better results Saturday.

“That has to do with the coaches and practice,” he said. “Coach (Jerry) Krause does a great job of getting us to the free-throw line and making sure we get our shots up every day.”

The only sore spot on the stat line for Goodson was his six turnovers. Two came late, including an ill-advised drive into two defenders where he drew a charging foul with 1:35 left and Gonzaga protecting a 13-point lead. He got an earful from Few for that one.Okay, so we know who to protest to when the guys don't make their free throws! Coach Krause must be slacking!

—Kong provided instant offense again. The sophomore forward had five points in GU’s 17-0 first-half spurt. In the second half he added four more, including turning down a 3 for a drive that resulted in a five-foot bank shot. He had nine points in 15 minutes. In 73 minutes this season, he has 44 points. He’s made 9 of 15 3s.

—Olynyk didn’t have much success putting the ball in the hoop (0 for 3) and he had a misstep or two defensively (nearly everyone did), but he did lead the team with four assists. He had back-to-back assists in Gonzaga second-half surge that created an 11-point lead.

Read the rest of Jim's Day-After Blog here, and check out his links, including the one toJohn Blanchette's column, which is next on my list.

ZagNative
12-13-2009, 12:44 PM
Little Joe Few trots along after the team to the locker room after the win over Davidson.

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_UkLNCxT74w4/SyVVeGWxgVI/AAAAAAAADFc/gtwYlBfmrX4/2009-12-12%20Robert%20Sacre%20Davidson%20Joe%20Few.jpg

And I'd also point out that Rob would qualify for some grandmotherly types to fit the "adorable" category, though we all know what MEE755 would say ...

http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff232/ZagNative/Junk/Emoticons/Emoticon_a-heart.gif

ZagNative
12-13-2009, 01:42 PM
I don't know how Imissed Bud Withers story (http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/collegesports/2010494488_zags13.html) in the Seattle-Times posted last night, especially since he had this great pic of GJ Vilarino from the game:

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_UkLNCxT74w4/SyVsPtIZkrI/AAAAAAAADH0/Lz_gGxeJTr0/2009-12-12%20GJ%20Vilarino%20Davidson.jpg

"He's just been phenomenal," said Bainbridge guard Steven Gray, referring to backcourt mate Bouldin, who averages 16.8 points a game. "To see some of the other guys step up was just huge."

To say nothing of necessary. The Wildcats gave no quarter, trailing 47-45 at halftime, raining down 14 of 23 three-pointers on the Zags and getting six players into double figures while shooting 51 percent. They also assisted on 25 of 30 baskets, a remarkable percentage.

"They do a lot of stuff that's really hard to defend," said Gibbs. "The biggest thing was, they fight. We gave them some open ones early, and that kind of got them confidence.

"All the stuff they do — the screens, slips and ball-screens — that's really hard to defend."

But at the other end, Davidson was having even a harder time getting stops. The Zags shot 63.6 percent.
A week ago in Spokane, Gonzaga went flat and lost when Harris was ejected after a flagrant foul in the first half against Wake Forest. This time, the Zags coped better without a key part.

They'll need all of them Saturday at New York's Madison Square Garden, where they face eighth-ranked Duke. That will be the ultimate stage for players like the German freshman Harris, who turned in his second 20-plus scoring game of the season against the Wildcats.

"It's just like the coaches promised me before I came here," Harris said. "It's awesome. We have fun on the court and off. We have great team chemistry."