Monday, February 16, 2015

Monday Morning Placekicker: Zags on fire, EWU stumbles, Kyle Wiltjer's insane shot, and the NBA All-Star Game

Posted By on Mon, Feb 16, 2015 at 12:11 PM

Happy President's Day, sports fans. Since you guys are all probably out enjoying the fruits of this May-in-February day, we'll keep this short and semi-sweet.

The Gonzaga basketball teams have embarked on an impressive streak, having won a combined 34 consecutive games. The men are on a 19-game burner while the women have tightened up their game for a streak of 15 victories of their own.

We are spoiled with wins here in Spokane. That said, it looked a little shaky for the men on Saturday night when they clawed back to tie things up 30-30 at halftime against Pepperdine at home to eventually win 56-48. That 56 point total was the lowest offensive output on the season for the Zags, who average almost 80 a game. And if you watched the game, you know that 56 points is not terribly exciting to watch. It was, however, interesting to watch Mark Few put in a full-court press in the second half, a move which shut down Pepperdine's flow and held the Waves to just 18 points in the second half. Also interesting was the decision by Kevin Pangos to put the team on his back. The gorgeously coiffed senior finished with 19 points.

Kyle Wiltjer had 10 points on Saturday night, coming off 21 on Thursday against LMU, but forget about that for a second. Check out what he does in his free time.
Because they've yet to lose at their home Reese Court this season, it seemed almost a foregone conclusion that the Eastern Washington Eagles would knock off Portland State on Saturday. After all, they were coming off a win over Sacramento State on Thursday to take sole possession of the Big Sky lead and they were also getting Tyler "The Nation's Leading Scorer" Harvey back from injury.

Yeah, well, things went awry out in Cheney, even with Harvey tossing in 22 points. The Eagles shot a dismal 38 percent and let Portland State get out of there with a 68-66 win. Having Harvey back in the lineup after three games away was nice to see, but, as luck would have it, EWU's main big man, Venky Jois went out again with an ankle injury. With six games left in the Big Sky schedule, Eagle fans are itching to see those two guys out on the floor at the same time.

Thankfully, Sac State lost to Idaho on Saturday and EWU remains at the top of the conference, meaning they'd host the Big Sky tournament in mid-March if things stay this way. EWU will look for their 20th victory of the season on Thursday night at Southern Utah.

The West beat the East by the ridiculous score of 163-158. Russell Westbrook scored 41 points, the west took 133 shots, the East threw up 68 three-pointers and things like this happened:   

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Mike Bookey was the culture editor for The Inlander from 2012-2016. He previously held the same position at The Source Weekly in Bend, Ore.