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Birddog
12-13-2015, 08:36 AM
Blanchette


And that’s what we have to do – make plays,” he said. “That’s how you win. That’s how all our other teams have won. It’s how anybody wins
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2015/dec/13/gonzaga-doesnt-make-plays-at-critical-time-falls-t/

raise the zag
12-13-2015, 08:47 AM
"Gonzaga has some questions to answer following loss" (http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/eye-on-college-basketball/25411756/no-20-gonzaga-has-some-questions-to-answer-following-loss-to-ucla)


Wiltjer and Domantas Sabonis, who scored 18 points and had eight rebounds, were again terrific. However, they got very little help from the supporting cast, which clearly misses the presence of big man Przemek Karnowski on both ends.


The lack of composure from the guards has been problematic all season, and it came up again here. Josh Perkins, Silas Melson, and Kyle Dranginis combined to go 5-22 from the field with four turnvoers. Eric McClellan had a pretty nice day with 14 points on 5-11 shooting, but he also turned it over three times. There might not be a team in the country that misses a graduated player more right now than Gonzaga misses the departed Kevin Pangos.


If he[Karnowski] is in the lineup, it's highly unlikely Parker goes 8 of 9 from the field.

RenoZag
12-13-2015, 11:21 AM
Game Box Score

http://www.gozags.com/sports/m-baskbl/stats/2015-2016/gonmbb10.html

Jim Meehan's Game Story: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2015/dec/13/ucla-holds-off-no-20-gonzaga-for-71-66-win/


The game was there for the taking in the closing minutes but Gonzaga couldn’t close the deal, repeating similar endings against Arizona last Saturday and Texas A&M in the Battle 4 Atlantis.

The Zags (6-3) have dropped two of their last three home games and will probably fall out of the rankings when the polls are released Monday. UCLA, which lost twice to Gonzaga last season, improved to 7-3 with its fourth straight win.

“There we were with a chance with a couple minutes to go,” Zags coach Mark Few said. “They made plays and we didn’t. That’s a little bit of a theme that’s happened to us in our three losses.”

Another theme: Gonzaga is struggling mightily without center Przemek Karnowski, who missed his fourth straight game with a back injury. He doesn’t appear to be close to returning.

LA Times Game Story: http://www.centredaily.com/sports/college/mens-basketball/article49532825.html


For the fourth game in a row, the Bulldogs played without 7-foot-1 center Przemek Karnowski, who was out with back spasms. Still, the Gonzaga frontcourt remained its offensive engine. Wiltjer scored 20 points, and Domantas Sabonis added 18. Both had eight rebounds.

The big men exchanged body blows in the second half. Sabonis scored Gonzaga's first five points of the half, including a monster dunk over Welsh, with a foul.

But Parker found a rhythm. He scored eight of UCLA's first 10 points to start the half. Parker finished with 16 points on eight-of-nine shooting and had eight rebounds.

The teams traded the lead until midway through the half, when UCLA scored nine unanswered points. UCLA had wrested control. It led by eight.

It did not last. Gonzaga ended the run on a three-pointer by (who else) Wiltjer, and Sabonis was fouled on another thundering dunk, and he made the free throw.

Another and-one basket by Josh Perkins, plus the free throw, pulled Gonzaga within one, with less than four minutes remaining.

But UCLA did not surrender the lead. It benefited from a runner from Alford that he made while falling down, and a timely rebound from Welsh, on his own miss. With less than a minute left, Perkins slipped, and Isaac Hamilton took it the length of the floor to give UCLA a decisive five-point lead.