Lots of analysis after Zags rout Cougs

TAYLOR ROCHESTIE said the Cougs "have a lot of things to fix." Aron Baynes said he was frustrated with the way he and his teammates played defense. Tony Bennett was succinct: "… everything that we value we didn't do -- as far as transition defense, taking care of the ball, trying to do it together." Gonzaga coach Mark Few had perhaps the best summary of all: "We are clicking on all cylinders."

And so it was Wednesday night as No. 4-ranked Gonzaga routed Washington State 72-54 as 10,894 mostly crimson partisans looked on in shock after a dandy first half in which the Zags led 32-29.

WSU's DeAngelo Casto (left) and Caleb Forrest put the squeeze on Gonzaga's Austin Daye.

The Cougars are now 6-3 on the season -- with all three losses coming against top 25 teams. They next take Montana State at Seattle's Key Arena this Saturday night.

As for the Cougar-Zag game, Bud Withers, the sage columnist of the Seattle Times, offered up a fine commentary on it all this morning.

"And to think, the people wearing crimson thought their suffering ended with football season," he write. "The pain only intensified here Wednesday night, only it was different. WSU fans have come to expect so much of their basketball program — 52-17 in coach Tony Bennett's first two years — that this was a different breed of comeuppance." CLICK HERE to read the rest of his column.


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