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ZagNative
01-14-2011, 07:46 AM
Jim Meehan at the SR (http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2011/jan/13/gonzaga-cruises-past-pepperdine/). Be sure to check out Dan Pelle's photo album (http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2011/jan/13/gonzaga-cruises-past-pepperdine/?photos) as well. We are so lucky to have suuch a great staff of photographers at the Spokesman-Review!


http://lh5.ggpht.com/_UkLNCxT74w4/TTB7oQ5rzsI/AAAAAAABPXs/hQ-qBlkUjx8/2011-01-13%20Manny%20Arop%20and%20Marquise%20Carter%20Pepp erdine%20at%20GU.jpg
Marquise and Manny celebrate after a score and a timeout.


Steven Gray, Robert Sacre and Elias Harris combined for 62 points as the Bulldogs handled Pepperdine 92-75 in front of 6,000 Thursday at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Gonzaga (12-5, 2-0 West Coast Conference) made a season-best 62.5 percent of its shots en route to its eighth straight victory.
Gray, who has already dealt with toe and back issues, appeared to tweak his knee when he landed awkwardly early in the first half. He left the game but returned about three minutes later with his left knee wrapped. Within two minutes, Gray buried two 3-pointers and made a steal.

“It was a little painful initially,” Gray said, “but once I got it wrapped up it was fine.”

Sacre, who only played 21 minutes because he picked up two fouls in the first half, showed a variety of moves, finishing with his right and left hand, as well as draining a 17-foot jumper.

“I’ve been coming in, trying to get some shots up before shootaround,” Sacre said. “I haven’t put the left in much because I haven’t fine-tuned it yet. It still needs some work.”
The Waves trimmed Gonzaga’s lead to 13 in the second half, but GU responded with six unanswered points, four by Kelly Olynyk. The Zags led by as many as 26 before Pepperdine finished with a 13-4 run.

“We’re making simple plays,” Few said. “We only had 12 turnovers and that’s good in a high-possession game. We’re making the extra pass and checking inside usually before we hoist one up.”

ZagNative
01-14-2011, 09:17 AM
Sports Illustrated (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/basketball/ncaa/men/teams/gonzaga-bulldogs/gallery/) has a series of ten AP photos by Jed Conklin, several of which are terrific.


http://lh6.ggpht.com/_UkLNCxT74w4/TTCRcVKsRkI/AAAAAAABPds/FjGNGf2QF4Q/2011-01-13%20Steven%20Gray%20Pepperdine%20at%20GU-5.jpg

BobZag
01-14-2011, 09:58 AM
Jim Meehan at the SR (http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2011/jan/13/gonzaga-cruises-past-pepperdine/). Be sure to check out Dan Pelle's photo album (http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2011/jan/13/gonzaga-cruises-past-pepperdine/?photos) as well. We are so lucky to have suuch a great staff of photographers at the Spokesman-Review!


http://lh5.ggpht.com/_UkLNCxT74w4/TTB7oQ5rzsI/AAAAAAABPXs/hQ-qBlkUjx8/2011-01-13%20Manny%20Arop%20and%20Marquise%20Carter%20Pepp erdine%20at%20GU.jpg
Marquise and Manny celebrate after a score and a timeout.

Love this picture. Jim's day-after articles are always full of interesting tidbits. Look for it soon.

ZagNative
01-14-2011, 01:14 PM
Meehan's Day-After-Pepperdine (http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/sportslink/2011/jan/14/day-after-pepperdine/) post.

—For one of the few times this season, GU played a segment of a game without the Big Three on the floor. There have been other exceptions (blowouts and the times when Gray and Harris were battling injuries, obviously), but this time it came in the second half with the game still a bit in doubt.

It was 57-39 when the trio went to the sideline. Pepperdine quickly closed with 57-44, which prompted the return of Harris. GU scored the next four points – all by Kelly Olynyk – and then Gray returned. Gray assisted on the next two baskets and GU’s lead was 66-47.
—Sacre had three more blocks and moved into solo fourth on GU’s all time list. He has 102 for his career.
Sacre on what he was more pleased with — his FG shooting or FT shooting: “Free throws, no question.”

sittingon50
01-14-2011, 02:11 PM
I mentioned it to the guy next to me:

Stockton, Dower, Monninghoff, Keita & Olynyk were on the floor together.

4 Fr., 1 Soph.