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TheZagPhish
01-22-2015, 11:03 PM
Nick Geranos / AP: No. 3 Gonzaga cruises past Saint Mary's to take first place atop WCC (http://scores.espn.go.com/ncb/recap?gameId=400587311)


"We hung with it and hung with it and hung with it, and eventually the dam broke," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. "Our defense got better and better as the game went on."
Kevin Pangos scored 14 points, Przemek Karnowski added 12 and Kyle Wiltjer 11 for Gonzaga (19-1, 8-0 West Coast), whose only loss this year is at No. 7 Arizona. This is the best start in program history.

TheZagPhish
01-22-2015, 11:09 PM
Bud Withers / Seattle Times: Gonzaga wins 68-47 over St. Mary’s, improves to 19-1 (http://seattletimes.com/html/gonzaga/2025524298_gonzagamen24xml.html?syndication=rss)


But then came a blistering 66 seconds when the Gaels let the game get away from them. Twice on consecutive possessions, Kevin Pangos slipped passes to Przemek Karnowski, and after a block at the other end, the Zags went to transition, and Kyle Wiltjer went behind his back to lose a pursuing Gael on a layup that made it 45-34, brought the house down and prompted a timeout by St. Mary’s coach Randy Bennett.

Longer post by Withers: Gonzaga brushes aside St. Mary’s, off to best start in school history (http://seattletimes.com/html/budwithers/2025524386_witherscolumn24xml.html)


Forward Kyle Wiltjer, on the right wing, saw his path to the basket obstructed by a defender. So, at 6 feet 10, he went behind his back, laid the ball in and Gaels coach Randy Bennett stopped the bleeding with a timeout.

“It’s something you can’t really plan,” said Wiltjer, who exhorted the crowd after the bucket. “I got lucky because they called time out, so they (the fans) got to be excited about it.”

The cushion allowed the Zags the luxury of his first five minutes to double transfer (Tulsa and Vanderbilt) guard Eric McClellan, ineligible until Jan. 6 and then sidelined by a foot problem.

“I couldn’t have landed in a better spot,” said McClellan. “I’m blessed with tremendous talent around me, even better people, and some of the best fans in the country.”

McClellan is the fastest Zag baseline to baseline, and Few said, “He’s going to help us.”

http://seattletimes.com/ABPub/2015/01/22/2025524350.jpg

TheZagPhish
01-22-2015, 11:17 PM
Will Maupin / Mid-Major Madness: No. 3 Gonzaga Routs Rival Saint Mary's 68-47 (http://www.midmajormadness.com/2015/1/22/7876473/saint-marys-gaels-gonzaga-bulldogs-zags-waldow-pangos)


Kevin Pangos, who finished tied for the game high with 14 points, is an elite floor general entering the home stretch of his career. Gonzaga's defense is uncharacteristically smothering; "where is Waldow" chants rained down from the Kennel Club as incessant double-teams took the Gaels' 20-and-10 averaging big man out of his comfort zone. The Zags' offense is pick your poison, focus on the bigs or lock down the guards, and both are equally potent. Finally, Domantas Sabonis doesn't play for Kentucky but he might be the best freshman in the country — his 13 rebounds tonight are a new career high.

TheZagPhish
01-22-2015, 11:24 PM
Jim Meehan / Spokesman-Review (Unedited game story): GU wears down Saint Mary's, 68-47 (http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/sportslink/2015/jan/22/gu-wears-down-saint-marys-68-47/)


“We just have to be able to hang with it,” coach Mark Few said. “When you have this kind of depth and this kind of team, and you can bring in Domas (Sabonis) for Shem, Silas for Gary, (Kyle) Dranginis for (Byron) Wesley and now (Eric) McClellan for Kevin, eventually that can take a toll on teams.”
It took a toll on the Gaels (15-4, 7-1), who relied heavily on Brad Waldow and didn’t get much from his supporting cast. The senior center finished with 14 points and seven rebounds but he was limited to four points in the second half. He’s the only player in NCAA Division I who averages 20 points and 10 rebounds.

TheZagPhish
01-22-2015, 11:31 PM
ESPN Recap video:

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:12215453

TheZagPhish
01-22-2015, 11:40 PM
Some interesting WCC mid-season Quick Hits (http://thew.tv/schools/gonz/m-baskbl/news/m_basketball_wcc_mens_basketball_races_to_the_midw ay_point_of_2014_15_6fae7d3fbdb94fcbca2e79fcd4026a 38):


As of January 20, WCC teams own a 63.9 winning percentage (76-43) vs. non-conference foes. See page 2 for the complete breakdown.

Senior center Brad Waldow of Saint Mary’s is the WCC Player of the Week.

No. 3/3 Gonzaga is the highest ranked WCC team since the Bulldogs achieved a No. 1 national ranking in 2012-13.

Senior guards Johnny Dee (USD) and Tyler Haws (BYU) rank in the top-five among active career scoring leaders. Dee has 1,869 points (5th) and Haws has 2,417 (1st).* Christopher Anderson (USD) is third in active career assists (689). This marks the second straight season a WCC student-athlete has been ranked in the top-five among active leaders in scoring and assists (Anthony Ireland, LMU).

Senior guards Johnny Dee (USD) and Kevin Pangos (GON) rank first and third nationally among active 3-point leaders. Dee has 306, Pangos 283. Sophomore guard Jared Brownridge (SCU) is sixth in 3-pointers per game (2.79) and 11th in 3-point percentage (43.5).

The WCC leads the nation in field goal percentage (45.47). The league ranks second among Division I leaders in 3-point field goal percentage (36.97), sixth in scoring (71.03) and fifth in free throw percentage (70.53).

BYU’s Tyler Haws and Gonzaga’s Kevin Pangos and Kyle Wiltjer earned spots on the 2015 Wooden Award Mid-Season Top-25 list. Pangos was also named to the Bob Cousy Award, presented to the nation’s top point guard and the Oscar Robertson Award, given to the nation’s top player.

Four WCC student-athletes rank in the top-30 among active NCAA free throw percentage career leaders: San Diego’s Johnny Dee (3rd/90.7), BYU’s Tyler Haws (7th/88.6), Santa Clara’s Jared Brownridge (14th/86.9) and Gonzaga’s Kevin Pangos (26th/84.6).

NCAA stats current as of 1/19/15

TheZagPhish
01-22-2015, 11:54 PM
Also, no link but Wiltjer's behind-the-back drive to the basket was #10 on SportsCenter.

gonzagafan62
01-23-2015, 05:59 AM
Also, no link but Wiltjer's behind-the-back drive to the basket was #10 on SportsCenter.

Thanks for compiling all these. I love reading them all the day after. Thanks Phish.

DixieZag
01-23-2015, 06:32 AM
Huge service Phish - you know I love you, "bud."

Zagger
01-23-2015, 07:58 AM
Longer post by Withers: Gonzaga brushes aside St. Mary’s, off to best start in school history (http://seattletimes.com/html/budwithers/2025524386_witherscolumn24xml.html)
Really liked this end line: "Picky, picky. On a night when you win by 21 against your most brusque rival, you’re entitled to smile and graduate to the next challenge."
Go Zags! Beat Pacific!

Zagger
01-23-2015, 08:09 AM
No. 3 Gonzaga takes away Saint Mary’s best scoring option in blowout victory by Raphielle Johnson Jan 23, 2015, 10:15 AM EST
http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/01/23/no-3-gonzaga-takes-away-saint-marys-best-scoring-option-in-blowout-victory/

Saint Mary's stalled by Gonzaga - By Kevin Blocker
http://www.mercurynews.com/sports/ci_27377561/gonzaga-68-st-marys-47-bulldogs-win-stay

bballbeachbum
01-23-2015, 10:55 AM
thanks everyone! Go Zags

TheZagPhish
01-23-2015, 11:05 AM
CBS Night Court: Gonzaga clamps down on defense in second half, defeats Saint Mary's easily (http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/eye-on-college-basketball/24985130/night-court-indiana-blows-out-maryland-arizona-wins-at-stanford)


This was a great result for a team that just continues to win, regardless of competition. On the other side, Saint Mary's is still in an okay spot. The Gaels are 7-1 in the league and 15-4 overall, but might need to beat Gonzaga in the return trip to Moraga to get a bid into the NCAA Tournament. This was not the type of result that will look good on paper.

(Includes a cool embedded Vine of Wiltjer's behind-the-back drive)

TheZagPhish
01-23-2015, 11:08 AM
Jim Meehan / Spokesman-Review: Romp puts Zags alone in 1st place (http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2015/jan/23/no-3-gonzaga-claims-lead-in-wcc-with-win-over/)


“It’s going to be a common theme,” said junior forward Kyle Wiltjer, who had one of his better all-around games with 11 points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists. “We had some guys in foul trouble. Hopefully, our depth can give teams problems, because a lot of teams don’t have that depth.”

TheZagPhish
01-23-2015, 11:13 AM
John Blanchette / Spokesman-Review: Bulldogs open huge gap between them, rest of WCC (http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2015/jan/23/blanchette-bulldogs-open-huge-gap-between-them/)


Gonzaga’s efficiency didn’t ebb. It just took the Zags longer to find it.

When they did, they were a marvel.

The defense had been pretty good all night long, except when big Brad Waldow was able to exploit his considerable gifts in muscle, touch and leverage. But after the Gaels drew as close as three points with just less than 12 minutes to play, Waldow missed two shots and turned it over once – and that was the extent of his contribution the rest of the way. Gonzaga outscored the visitors 22-2, and when Waldow picked up his fourth foul and headed to the bench with 5:17 to go, coach Randy Bennett never bothered to send him back into the game.

TheZagPhish
01-23-2015, 11:17 AM
Colin Mulvaney's excellent photo gallery (http://www.spokesman.com/picture-stories/gonzaga-plays-saint-marys-home/)

http://media.spokesman.com/picture_story_item_images/SRX_GU1_hP7lxTe_t1930.jpg