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RenoZag
11-19-2017, 05:14 AM
John Blanchette's Column: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/nov/18/john-blanchette-gonzaga-dodges-first-speed-bump-of/#/0


Actually, Utah State was the better half for large swatches of Saturday night’s date at the McCarthey Athletic Center, and wound up falling 79-66 only when the Bulldogs decided to match the Aggies’ resolve and attention to detail.

Which naturally set off some alarms among the faithful what with the Zags headed to Portland on Thanksgiving for the PK80 – better known as the Greatest College Basketball Tournament in the History of Man Even with Those Portland Schools in There. A really steep ramp, in other words.

No alarms among the Zags, however. They woke to the realities long ago.

“We’re not concerned about this team not rising to the challenge this year,” said assistant coach Tommy Lloyd. “But we know it’s not going to be a smooth ride every day.”

Jim Meehan's Gamer: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/nov/18/gonzaga-passes-first-test-of-young-season-defeats-/#/0


“Games like that are what we need,” said senior guard Silas Melson, who chipped in 12 points, three assists and three steals. “Especially in November, to hit adversity is what you want as a player, coaches and a program.

“The way you beat that is the way you carry yourself for the whole year.”

If that’s the case, Gonzaga’s future will certainly be bright. However, a repeat effort of the Zags’ first half against some of their upcoming competition will probably result in a different outcome.

RenoZag
11-19-2017, 05:18 AM
Associated Press story ( via the Salt Lake Tribune): http://www.sltrib.com/sports/utah-state-sports/2017/11/19/son-of-former-utah-player-leads-no-17-gonzaga-over-utah-state-79-66/


“We were punched in the mouth a couple of times,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. “We responded in a positive way.”

Killian Tillie scored 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Bulldogs. Corey Kispert and Silas Melson each scored 12 points for Gonzaga (3-0), which lost to North Carolina in the NCAA title game last season. Josh Perkins added 11 points.

“Corey Kispert got us going with tough, physical plays,” Few said of the freshman who added nine rebounds. Kispert is the first true freshman in several years to start at Gonzaga.