Too good to be true

After watching the first half of the Gaels’ last Thursday against main rivals Gonzaga, there were reasons to believe that the men’s basketball team would achieve the impossible and beat the Zags at their place for the first time since the 1994-95 season. The good guys were keeping it remarkably close and found themselves down by only three at the interval.

Then reality set in.

As hopeful as I was in thinking the Gaels would emerge victorious after an impressive first half, the team succumbed to the intense atmosphere in Spokane and the sheer talent and energy of the now #9 team in the nation (according to ESPN, at least) and subsequently lost 80-61. The loss was the Gaels’ first road defeat and it snapped a six-game winning streak. What ultimately did St. Mary’s in was the dreadful second half start; the halftime break got the better of the Gaels as they came out incredibly flat-footed and found themselves losing 59-46 only three minutes in after a 16-3 Zags run. After that, no one could honestly think the Gaels could come back in an exploding McCarthy Athletic Center full of Bulldog fans that houses one of the top teams in the Western half of the US.

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