Coach Mark Few and his staff devised a masterful game plan: force Washington to bomb treys while controlling the paint. And for the most part the Zags did just that. No Husky could manage double figures scoring while Cory Violette had yet another double-double with Zach Gourde and Blake Stepp close behind. Anthony Reason stifled Washington's marquee player Doug Wrenn, and Winston Brooks with Blake Stepp ran the offense efficiently to help make Dan Dickau's much balley-hooed return to Hec Ed Pavilion a triumphant one.
In short, it was a total team effort by GU.
The two teams played evenly for the first ten minutes as neither squad could find the shooting touch... Then slowly but surely Gonzaga's strategy began to work. The Dawgs were content to shoot low percentage long-range bombs. The Zags chose to take it deep for high percentage shots around the basket.
Despite missing nineteen shots from six feet or closer, the Zags' big men kept at it and the result was a halftime lead of nine points.
The once-loud UW sellout crowd gradually grew quiet as Zag post players continued to dominate. Outside shooting from Blake Stepp and a preoccupation by Washington to shadow Dan Dickau was more than enough to free up others like Anthony Reason to do damage.
Thanks to a few thousand Zag fans in the second sellout of the newly expanded Hec Ed Pavilion (10,000), the Bulldogs once again pulled away to a late twent-three point lead before settling for a convincing twenty point blow out.
This win puts the Bulldogs' season at 8-2 with losses only to highly ranked Illinois and undefeated (as of this date) Marquette. With wins over St. John's, Texas, Fresno State, Eastern Washington and now Washington, Gonzaga is poised to make it an in-state sweep when they welcome the WSU Cougars to The Kennel this Saturday evening.
Zags Hoops gives the MVP award to Cory Violette for this game, just as long as he shares it with Anthony Reason and Blake Stepp, both of whom had stellar efforts in shutting down UW's vaunted athletic team.
Zags Hoops would also like to congratulate Dan Dickau on a fine job of leading the team and a successful return to his former school.