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Bring on UConn; Zags Dominate Texas Southern

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Tonight was fun for the Gonzaga Bulldogs.  Yes, there was a bit of worry because Texas Southern played Texas so close but all the worry was quickly extinguished by a Gonzaga barrage on the Tigers of TSU. 

What made this game tonight all the more exciting was the fact that it was in the face of the biggest snowstorm that the city of Spokane has ever seen.  As Mark Few said before gametime:

"I shoveled for six hours today, until an hour before game time," Few said.

That was the way it was for most Gonzaga students and even players who had to dig out before heading to the arena.  The snow did not affect Gonzaga however, who performed at a very high level tonight, defeating Texas Southern in a laugher, 84-42. 

It was everything that we could have wanted from the Zags tonight and a litte bit more.  As we mentioned on The Slipper Still Fits, we were hoping to see some enthusiasm from the players tonight and we saw plenty of it.

Keep reading more about the Texas Southern/Gonzaga game after the jump...

Gonzaga was welcome home tonight by plenty of students that braved the cold weather to see their team play at a high level.  Here are some of the performances that we were happy to see:

  • Mr. Jeremy Pargo was there as usual:  Jeremy ran the offense as only he knows he to.  Even though he only had four points tonight, he played some beautiful basketball and found the open man time after time and tallied 8 assits throughout the game in 27 minutes.  His buckets came from down low which is a great thing to see as there is not a lot of guards that can stop Jeremy from making baskets down low.
  • Josh Heytvelt's Confidence should be sky high:  We can all agree that Josh was outplayed by Jordan Hill.  This does not mean that Josh is the inferior player.  Tonight, Josh had a big time confidence game and only missed five shots and finished with 21 points and seven rebounds.  Josh's toughest test of the season will come in two days when he matches up with Hasheem Thabeet who has been nothing short of dominant for the Connecticut Huskies.  Jordan Hill dominated Josh but Hasheem is a different player.  The game against Arizona showed just how much Josh means to this team so he better perform on Saturday or the Zags will be in serious trouble.
  • The Supporting Cast was Outstanding:  Look, for this team to go Jeremy Pargo and Josh Heytvelt must do there part.  It doesn't hurt when the other guys do a great job as well and that is what happened tonight.   Matt Bouldin was near perfect tonight and shot great from the outside.  Micah Downs played great defense and shot well from the perimeter as well.  Austin Daye, Demetri Goodson, and Steven Gray all played great games as well.
  • Here is a look at how each member of the Gonzaga Bulldogs contributed tonight: