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Zag 77
02-21-2015, 09:40 PM
Mark Few:

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=12362724&ex_cid=espnapi_public

ESPN game highlights:

http://espn.go.com/blog/collegebasketballnation/post/_/id/103363/no-1-seed-gonzagas-comeback-win-great-in-its-own-right?ex_cid=espnapi_public

Key block by Wiltjer late on Waldow:


http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=12362539&ex_cid=espnapi_public

RenoZag
02-21-2015, 10:26 PM
ESPN Writer Eamonn Brennan's story on the game:

http://espn.go.com/blog/collegebasketballnation/post/_/id/103363/no-1-seed-gonzagas-comeback-win-great-in-its-own-right


. . .it's worth considering the intrinsic meaning of Gonzaga's win -- the sheer emotional dominance of the victory performance.

On Saturday night, Gonzaga walked into the hyped gym -- and, as Miles Simon said on "College Basketball Live," the McKeon Pavilion really is a gym -- of a program that considers the Zags a blood rival. Worse, it was that program's senior night, an emotional night dedicated in large part to one of the best players in school history, senior center Brad Waldow. The Bulldogs would trail by double figures at halftime. They would go down by 10 points with 11 minutes to play.

And in the closing moments, they would come back and suffocate the life out of the game and leave with a 10-point victory that made your head spin.

Wait, really? Gonzaga just won that game by 10?

Not sure where the hell he comes up with "a Josh Perkins block" later in his write up.

He closes out the column with this


Saint Mary's may not be a tournament team, but still: to fall behind like that, in an environment like that, against a player like Waldow, playing in what could be the final home game of his career ... and win by 10? That's a great win -- no calculus required.

KStyles
02-21-2015, 10:34 PM
Sounds like Gary Bell Jr. is a PBF fan...

Jim Meehan ‏@SRJimm 2h2 hours ago
Bell: "We took their best shot, we ate it and gave them about 3 or 4 pieces -- just like Mayweather is going to do with Pacquiao."

ZagsGoZags
02-21-2015, 10:55 PM
a few more articles on GU win over Gaels:

AP http://www.whio.com/ap/ap/sports/no-3-gonzaga-rallies-from-17-down-beats-saint-mary/nkGdb/
"It shows character, it shows toughness, it shows great teamness," Bulldogs coach Mark Few said. "There was nobody in there at halftime pointing fingers at anybody or panicking. They were eager to kind of get lectured, for lack of a better term. They certainly needed it." - See more at: http://www.whio.com/ap/ap/sports/no-3-gonzaga-rallies-from-17-down-beats-saint-mary/nkGdb/#sthash.iYq2w1sq.dpuf


http://scores.espn.go.com/ncb/recap?gameId=400587352
Just when it seemed the Zags would wilt, they put together a strong finish before the break to slice Saint Mary's lead to 40-29. And the Bulldogs began the second half on a 10-0 run to quiet the crowd and turn the game into a tight contest.

TheZagPhish
02-21-2015, 11:52 PM
SI / Ryan Krasnoo: Gonzaga proves its mettle, survives its much-needed gut check (http://www.si.com/college-basketball/2015/02/22/gonzaga-st-marys-west-coast-conference-mark-few-kyle-wiltjer)


The biggest knock against the nation’s No. 3 team is its strength of schedule. The nightly competition in the WCC is not what it is in the ACC or the Big 12. No one is trying to say it is, not even Gonzaga. But perhaps a truer test of what a team is comprised deals less with whom it faces, but rather of how it responds to adversity. How does it deal with a kick in the mouth when it doesn't play many teams capable of doing the kicking?

Coming into Saturday, that was one challenge Gonzaga had yet to experience this season. The tools are there for the Zags to go deep into the NCAA tournament: a trusted veteran point guard in Kevin Pangos, a go-to scorer in Wiltjer and a typically reliable low-post presence in Przemek Karnowski. The one thing that was missing was a chance to put those variables to the test.

And the Zags answered.

TheZagPhish
02-22-2015, 12:01 AM
Yahoo! - The Dagger / Jeff Eisenberg: Kyle Wiltjer helps Gonzaga thwart Saint Mary's upset bid (http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaab-the-dagger/kyle-wiltjer-helps-gonzaga-thwart-saint-mary-s-upset-bid-061453181.html)


Gonzaga's eighth straight victory over its biggest league rival knocked Saint Mary's (20-7) out of at-large contention and kept the Zags (28-1) in position to earn a No. 1 seed on Selection Sunday. They have dominated the RPI's ninth-rated conference after proving themselves in non-league play.

They're the only team this season to beat UCLA at Pauley Pavilion. They also boast victories over NCAA tournament contenders SMU, Georgia and St. John's. Their only loss this season came in overtime at seventh-ranked Arizona in a game the Zags nearly won at the end of regulation.

TheZagPhish
02-22-2015, 12:05 AM
Contra Costa Times / Stephanie Hammon: Saint Mary's can't hold lead vs. No. 3 Gonzaga (http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_27576888/saint-marys-cant-hold-lead-vs-no-3)

http://bangphotos.smugmug.com/photos/i-xrTvpdp/0/L/i-xrTvpdp-L.jpg


"They came out and just punched us right in the face and punched us in the gut, then stepped on us," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said.

Zagger
02-22-2015, 05:20 AM
Sweet! Lots of great reads. Thanks everyone for posting! Go Zags!

Reborn
02-22-2015, 06:14 AM
Contra Costa Times / Stephanie Hammon: Saint Mary's can't hold lead vs. No. 3 Gonzaga (http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_27576888/saint-marys-cant-hold-lead-vs-no-3)

http://bangphotos.smugmug.com/photos/i-xrTvpdp/0/L/i-xrTvpdp-L.jpg

Great quote by Mark Few. I love it when he talks like this. I've noticed that he is much more passionate on the sidelines lately. I love it when he's cheering his team on. He's really involved this year.

Go Zags!!!

Go Zags!!!

RenoZag
02-22-2015, 06:47 AM
SF Gate.com Basketball Writer Steve Kroner's Game Story:

http://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Gonzaga-overcomes-17-point-deficit-to-beat-St-6094799.php


What looked for much of Saturday to be one of the most memorable evenings in St. Mary’s basketball history turned profoundly forgettable for the Gaels.

On Senior Night at jam-packed McKeon Pavilion, the Gaels led third-ranked Gonzaga by 17 points in the first half. They were still up by nine with just more than six minutes to go.

The Zags, though, dominated down the stretch. They closed on a 24-5 run, including the final 12 points, to pull out a 70-60 decision.
With the victory, Gonzaga (28-1, 16-0) clinched the regular-season WCC title and extended its winning streak to a school-record 21 games.

CdAZagFan
02-22-2015, 07:11 AM
Contra Costa Times / Stephanie Hammon: Saint Mary's can't hold lead vs. No. 3 Gonzaga (http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_27576888/saint-marys-cant-hold-lead-vs-no-3)

http://bangphotos.smugmug.com/photos/i-xrTvpdp/0/L/i-xrTvpdp-L.jpg

Funny line in the story:

But a poor finish at both ends of the floor MAY have Saint Mary's needing to win the West Coast Conference tournament in order to make the NCAA field.

(My emphasis on the MAY) Am I living in la-la land believing that St. Mary's has no chance now except to win the WCC tourney? I don't get their mentality that they can play cheesecakes all season, end up with 20+ wins and expect to get into the NCAA field without winning the WCC tourney...

nonzagzag
02-22-2015, 10:12 AM
I liked the Seussian comment on one station's highlights: "Naar from Far"

Zag4Hire
02-22-2015, 10:27 AM
Sorry didn't see it posted elsewhere: Right near the very end of the game, an assistant (couldn't identify) seem to be addressing something with Few and Few dismissed it as 'don't worry about it' but seemed visibly irritated. The only thing I could think of was Wiltjer being visibly demonstrative in the final minute or so (which I personally loved because he played his a** off). Anybody know? Not trying to lend momentum to rumor or gossip but that was the only thing I could think of.

Mantua
02-22-2015, 10:33 AM
The highlight reel showed just what kind of shooting night we had with many of our shots circling the rim before they went in.

jazzdelmar
02-22-2015, 10:33 AM
Sorry didn't see it posted elsewhere: Right near the very end of the game, an assistant (couldn't identify) seem to be addressing something with Few and Few dismissed it as 'don't worry about it' but seemed visibly irritated. The only thing I could think of was Wiltjer being visibly demonstrative in the final minute or so (which I personally loved because he played his a** off). Anybody know? Not trying to lend momentum to rumor or gossip but that was the only thing I could think of.

Saw that too. Question is, was Few irritated about something on the court or the coach's comment. He was quite dismissive in either case.

RenoZag
02-22-2015, 11:16 AM
http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/sportslink/2015/feb/22/day-after-saint-marys/


“First of all, St. Mary's played great,” coach Mark Few said. “They came out and punched us right in the face and punched us in the gut and then stepped on us.”

Few has said this before, but it certainly applied after GU’s comeback win: “I tell them all the time the hardest thing to do in sports when you’re playing bad is flip it and play good. I thought Kyle was a perfect example of that and Byron was a good example of that.

“I can’t do that when I play golf, I know that. If it starts bad, I’m done.”

adoptedzag
02-22-2015, 11:40 AM
Saw that too. Question is, was Few irritated about something on the court or the coach's comment. He was quite dismissive in either case.

I think Wiltjer was just respondind to Bright and his clapping in the face of Sabonis. Just competitors trying to get into each others heads

U Zig, I Zag
02-22-2015, 11:53 AM
I think Wiltjer was just respondind to Bright and his clapping in the face of Sabonis. Just competitors trying to get into each others heads

I called Bright out in the game thread for the shenanigans. Which are all all good when you are winning (I guess) but just looks like poor form when you get manhandled down the stretch.

All the eggs in one basket and the Zags knocked it out of their hands and stepped on it.

Hoopaholic
02-22-2015, 01:08 PM
Sorry didn't see it posted elsewhere: Right near the very end of the game, an assistant (couldn't identify) seem to be addressing something with Few and Few dismissed it as 'don't worry about it' but seemed visibly irritated. The only thing I could think of was Wiltjer being visibly demonstrative in the final minute or so (which I personally loved because he played his a** off). Anybody know? Not trying to lend momentum to rumor or gossip but that was the only thing I could think of.

I took it as a suggestion to remove Karnowski in preparation of hack a shaq was my take