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ZagNative
12-05-2012, 11:42 PM
Jim Meehan's early post (http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2012/dec/05/incredible-finish-gu-beats-wsu/) (sans quotes)

Tyler Tjomsland Spokesman-Review Photo Album (http://www.spokesman.com/picture-stories/gu-vs-wsu-dec5/)

KREM 2 TV Highlight Video (http://www.krem.com/sports/gonzaga-bulldogs/Pangos-delivers-gamewinner-as-GU-rallies-past-WSU-182316961.html)

ESPN Game Story, with highlight Video (http://scores.espn.go.com/ncb/recap?gameId=323400265)

Meehan's Game Story (http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2012/dec/05/incredible-finish-gu-beats-wsu/)

Please feel free to post any other links you find.

SWZag
12-05-2012, 11:53 PM
Thanks for the links ZN.

From the Meehan story:

For just the second time this season, Gonzaga trailed at halftime. The Bulldogs, much like they did in erasing a 24-23 deficit against Clemson at the Old Spice Classic, quickly surged in front in the second half.

It's been key that we've been able to come out fired up after the break. Even after the buzzer beater shot in the lane, we put that aside and came out with momentum in the 2nd half. We don't do that, we don't win this game.

And I liked Few's quote from the ESPN / Associated Press article:

"Olynyk couldn't have made these plays a year ago," Few said. "He's turning into a strong player." So true.

SWZag

ZagNative
12-06-2012, 12:02 AM
Twitter gives us a preview of what might be in Meehan's Day-After post:
Jim Meehan ‏@SRJimm

Olynyk: "I had to wake myself up because something wasn’t working (in first half). We really turned it around in the second half."
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1h Jim Meehan Jim Meehan ‏@SRJimm

More Harris: "We didn’t play really well, we just had to grind it out."
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1h Jim Meehan Jim Meehan ‏@SRJimm

Harris: "That's one of the crazier games I've had in my four years. Ups and downs, it wasn't our best game...
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1h Jim Meehan Jim Meehan ‏@SRJimm

More Harris: "I was so happy when that shot went in. I did not want to go into overtime down here."
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1h Jim Meehan Jim Meehan ‏@SRJimm

Harris: "I threw it in to Kevin and just yelled, 'Go, go, go.' I knew time was running out."
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1h Jim Meehan Jim Meehan ‏@SRJimm

Harris, interjecting into my interview with Pangos: "Demetri Goodson."
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1h Jim Meehan Jim Meehan ‏@SRJimm

More Pangos: "My thought process was to be aggressive, drive to the rim and put foul pressure on defense."
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1h Jim Meehan Jim Meehan ‏@SRJimm

Pangos said he took the inbounds pass and hesitated for a second to see if GU was calling timeout. Saw 7, 8 seconds on clock and took off...
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2h Jim Meehan Jim Meehan ‏@SRJimm

Pangos: "Shoot when you're hot, shoot to get hot."

Oregonzagnut
12-06-2012, 12:09 AM
http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index/_/channel/espn3#type/replay/

I watched the end about 10 times.

caduceus
12-06-2012, 12:09 AM
Those S-R photos are awesome.

Thanks for posting, ZN.

ZagNative
12-06-2012, 12:19 AM
Here is the AP Photo Album (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/basketball/ncaa/men/teams/gonzaga-bulldogs/gallery/), from SI

Zag@LMU
12-06-2012, 12:26 AM
http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index/_/channel/espn3#type/replay/

I watched the end about 10 times.

Curse you OZN, im trying to study for a final over here :fingergun:

ZagNative
12-06-2012, 12:31 AM
Those S-R photos are awesome.This might be my favorite:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-x0SGwsDZ0_4/UMBlPJcr5kI/AAAAAAABWdA/dTJmd4iVmJo/s720/2012-12-05%2520Elias%2520Harris%2520WSU.jpg

Gonzaga forward Elias Harris (20) gets jeered by Washington State fans.

ZagNative
12-06-2012, 12:49 AM
This North Poll Hoops post (http://northpolehoops.com/2012/12/06/kevin-pangos-saves-the-day-kelly-olynyk-career-night-in-gonzaga-victory-over-wsu/)has a neat video of the last couple of minutes of the game.

Makes me wish Za Granny had been there so we'd have her post-game report ...

caduceus
12-06-2012, 01:08 AM
I think this one is my favorite:

http://i.imgur.com/ckUwm.jpg

Washington State head coach Ken Bone appeals to the referees following
the sudden appearance of a goat and a kissing booth on the court near
the end of the Gonzaga vs. Washington St. men's basketball game.

ZagMan in Philly
12-06-2012, 02:30 AM
I think this one is my favorite:

http://i.imgur.com/ckUwm.jpg

Washington State head coach Ken Bone appeals to the referees following
the sudden appearance of a goat and a kissing booth on the court near
the end of the Gonzaga vs. Washington St. men's basketball game.

:roll: too funny.

sittingon50
12-06-2012, 07:25 AM
:lmao::lmao::lmao:

adoptedzag
12-06-2012, 07:58 AM
I think this one is my favorite:

http://i.imgur.com/ckUwm.jpg

Washington State head coach Ken Bone appeals to the referees following
the sudden appearance of a goat and a kissing booth on the court near
the end of the Gonzaga vs. Washington St. men's basketball game.

OMG LOL! Almost snorted coffee out of my nose!

77Zag
12-06-2012, 08:26 AM
I think this one is my favorite:

http://i.imgur.com/ckUwm.jpg

Washington State head coach Ken Bone appeals to the referees following
the sudden appearance of a goat and a kissing booth on the court near
the end of the Gonzaga vs. Washington St. men's basketball game.

Wow -- great post --

I'm laughing out loud -- Woohoo's gotta love this one.

Go Zags!

rennis
12-06-2012, 08:28 AM
shoot when you're hot, shoot to get hot

despite my feelings on his road shooting track-record, I love this quote

dnj116
12-06-2012, 09:05 AM
Here's a link (http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2012/dec/05/incredible-finish-gu-beats-wsu/?print-friendly) to the Spokesman Story by Christian Caple after post-game interviews were done.

Players' and coaches' quotes in the Spokesman's post-game blog (http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/sportslink/2012/dec/05/quotable-wsu-falls-gonzaga/).

Also, the Spokesman's tale of the tape (http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/sportslink/2012/dec/05/tale-tape-gonzaga-71-wsu-69/), the Blanchette column (http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2012/dec/06/thrilling-game-sends-message-across-state/), and the article from the Kitsap Sun (http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2012/dec/05/wsu-gonzaga-hed-here/).

All of which were linked from Christian Caple's Day after Gonzaga (http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/sportslink/2012/dec/06/day-after-gonzaga/) post, to give credit. Cheers, and happy reading!

rennis
12-06-2012, 09:17 AM
Blanchette delivers

ZagNative
12-06-2012, 09:29 AM
I liked this from Blanchette:
Of course, the Zags get more than their share of emotional, high-stakes basketball with the nonconference schedule they play – and now with some of the tests they get in the West Coast Conference, too.

But they may not see the level of want-to and desperation the Cougs brought to the party this night, which happened to coincide with Gonzaga’s first true road game.

“Some teams don’t have one until deeper in the season, and then maybe the opponent has been beaten down enough that they don’t really believe,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said.

“This time of year, everybody believes – especially if you let them believe and if you let them play significantly harder than you and with more passion, which is what happened in the first eight to 10 minutes of that game. And then you’ve got your hands full.”

ZagNative
12-06-2012, 09:38 AM
A bit I liked from Howie Stallwick' story:
A sensational, hard-fought game featured brilliant second-half performances by Lacy and Gonzaga forward Kelly Olynyk. Both players came off the bench.

Lacy, back in action after missing four games with a knee injury, poured in 17 of his career-high 22 points in the final half. He sank 4 of 9 shots from 3-point range.

"If Lacy can shoot like that, he's going to help them a ton," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said.

Olynyk, a 7-foot junior who redshirted last season due to Gonzaga's abundance of talent and depth on the front line, scored all of his 22 points in the second half.

"He's a pro," Lacy said. "He's 7-foot, can handle the ball, not opposed to contact. He'll be playing for a lot of money."

Read more: http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2012/dec/05/wsu-gonzaga-hed-here/#ixzz2EIZFR1Dg

dnj116
12-06-2012, 09:45 AM
Some more stories from around the inter-webs:

From the Seattle Times, Zags-Cougs: See what the Huskies are missing? (http://seattletimes.com/html/pac12confidential/2019844914_zags-cougs_see_what_the_huskies_are_missing.html)

Here's NBC Sport's (http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/12/06/late-night-snacks-gonzaga-and-washington-states-thrilling-finish/) breakdown of Games of the Night, with the following lead in:


The Zags and Wazzu played one of the best early season basketball games you’re going to see.

Also, CBS Sports (http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/blog/eye-on-college-basketball/21283472/night-court-we-can-declare-florida-an-elite-team-) has their own break down of yesterday's college basketball action, declaring our game the "game of the night," and had this to say about Olynyk and also Dellavedova:


Players with impact

Kelly Olynyk displayed facets to his game I didn't realize he had. The Gonzaga 7-footer who was sat for three games to start the season took charge and kept his team from crumpling in a bumping gym at Washington State. That included his first 3 of the season with 33.5 to go (giving Gonzaga a four-point lead) and a career-best 22 points: all of them coming in the second half!

Matthew Dellavedova threw in 31 for Saint Mary's, contribute seven assists and five rebounds in the Gaels' 88-73 W against Drake.

ZagnetitForce
12-06-2012, 09:57 AM
I'm pretty sure that was not KO's first 3 of the year.

sittingon50
12-06-2012, 10:17 AM
http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/player/gamelog/_/id/46207/kelly-olynyk

ZagNative
12-06-2012, 10:34 AM
Jim Meehan's Day After (http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/sportslink/2012/dec/06/day-after-wsu/)
—In posting a GU notebook following Monday’s media day, I mentioned that I always try to gather as much information as possible during those 20-25 minutes and then whittle it down to the notes that eventually make the newspaper.

One of the items left on the cutting-room floor is far more relevant today. I typically arrive at the MAC 75-95 minutes before games, chat up whatever GU official is around and see which players are on the court warming up. A couple of times I’ve noticed Kevin Pangos has an interesting pre-game ritual.

He hits the floor 90 minutes before tip and then spends 20-30 minutes working on a variety of shots. Most of the initial ones are what you might see in a game of H-O-R-S-E – flip shots, underhand, hook shots, off-balance, one foot runners/tear drops, bank shots at odd angles. At times, he looks like a quarterback throwing from different arm angles.

“I think of it as almost another time to get better,” Pangos said Monday. “More than anything I’m trying to get a feel for the ball, so I take some hook shots, floaters, some ridiculous shots just to get that feeling. I do some pull-ups to get my footwork down, a lot of floaters and pull-ups because those shots don’t just happen. If you catch-and-shoot, you catch-and-shoot, but those others are ones you have to create and you might be off balance.”

Bingo. Probably somewhere in that routine was the off-balance 4-foot banker that resulted in the game-winner with 2.2 seconds last night. It’s been described as a layup in several accounts, but that’s not quite accurate. It was a challenged, right-hand flip shot over his right shoulder with just enough touch and arc to kiss off the glass and find the net. Nothing simple about it. Now, Pangos doesn’t have same routine on the road (GU arrived at Beasley 75 minutes before tipoff), but no doubt that game-winner was stored somewhere in his memory bank.

He chuckled late Wednesday night when I mentioned Monday’s conversation. “Those are the kinds of shots, exactly,” he said. “I don’t have the same routine on the road, but that’s exactly what I’m trying to do.”

I’d heard Pangos got the pre-game routine from John Stockton. Not true, Pangos said. He made it up himself.
—Gonzaga doesn’t win that game without the contributions of Mike Hart. The 6-6 forward didn’t have an eye-catching stat line (3 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal), but he made several huge plays at both ends. He drew three charging fouls on WSU players. His offensive rebound and assist led to Gary Bell Jr.’s 3-pointer that gave GU a 44-36 lead. Hart hit a 3-pointer when his defender sagged off in help defense.

But his biggest play was probably snagging an offensive rebound after Kelly Olynyk’s missed free throw with just over a minute left. The extra possession resulted in an Olynyk 3-pointer and a 68-64 lead with 36 seconds left.

“I kept sneaking around the back side and I knew I had a chance at it and I went and got it,” Hart said.

Hart started the second half and played 16 minutes.

“I felt like we struggled a little in the first half with defense and rebounding and kind of digging in and getting stops,” he said. “So when I came in for my little stint (of 4 minutes in the first half) that’s what I tried to bring. The coaches saw that and decided to start me in the second half. I tried to do the same stuff in the second half.”
—Olynyk was 10 of 12 in the second half en route to his 22 points. He also had seven boards and a pair of assists.

“Our coaches told us their bigs weren’t going to foul,” Olynyk said. “They were going to play straight up and we could get anything we wanted down low, we just had to make shots. Their bigs had to stay in the game for them to be successful. We made shots, got it down low. I got going a bit and got some confidence and was able to do a little more with the ball.”

Nevtelen
12-06-2012, 11:57 AM
Some good parts noted, there ZN, but to me, this stood out the most:


“I think of it as almost another time to get better,” Pangos said Monday. “More than anything I’m trying to get a feel for the ball, so I take some hook shots, floaters, some ridiculous shots just to get that feeling. I do some pull-ups to get my footwork down, a lot of floaters and pull-ups because those shots don’t just happen. If you catch-and-shoot, you catch-and-shoot, but those others are ones you have to create and you might be off balance.”


Now, Pangos doesn’t have same routine on the road (GU arrived at Beasley 75 minutes before tipoff), but no doubt that game-winner was stored somewhere in his memory bank.
He chuckled late Wednesday night when I mentioned Monday’s conversation. “Those are the kinds of shots, exactly,” he said. “I don’t have the same routine on the road, but that’s exactly what I’m trying to do.”

With is issues shooting on the road, I wonder if that has a lot to do with it. He missed a lot of his floaters and runners yesterday - his 3s were closer to going down.

ZagNative
12-06-2012, 12:37 PM
KXLY TV Highlight video (http://video.kxly.com/watch.php?id=32636)

KXLY post-game video of interviews with Kevin and Kelly. (http://video.kxly.com/watch.php?id=32639) (I liked Kelly's poise in this one. Good stuff.)

Zag 77
12-06-2012, 12:55 PM
Some good camera work.

http://www.spokesman.com/picture-stories/gu-vs-wsu-dec5/

I wonder what our Kennel Club people have to say about the "ZZU Crew" down there. Maybe not imaginitive, but they certainly seemed to give the Cougs some energy down the stretch.

OZZY
12-06-2012, 03:20 PM
This North Poll Hoops post (http://northpolehoops.com/2012/12/06/kevin-pangos-saves-the-day-kelly-olynyk-career-night-in-gonzaga-victory-over-wsu/)has a neat video of the last couple of minutes of the game.

Makes me wish Za Granny had been there so we'd have her post-game report ...

Interesting that North Pole hoops mentions that the video was shot by Pash Bains of BC's Drive Basketball Academy. Drive have several mid major D1 quality players in their system at present.............