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Gonzaga students stop at nothing for tickets to Saint Mary's game

Dozens of Gonzaga students pitched tents early Monday morning to wait for their shot at tickets for Thursday's game against Saint Mary's (Photo: KHQ) Dozens of Gonzaga students pitched tents early Monday morning to wait for their shot at tickets for Thursday's game against Saint Mary's (Photo: KHQ)

SPOKANE, Wash. - Students at Gonzaga love their basketball.  I mean really love it.  Dozens of them braved single digit temperatures, camping outside the McCarthey Athletic Center to get good tickets for the Zags' upcoming game against Saint Mary's.

The game, televised nationally on ESPN2, is Thursday at 8 p.m. 

The grounds outside the MAC were littered with freezing students Monday morning, most of them in sleeping bags, and many of them dressed in long johns.  Some of them had pitched tents with heaters inside to stay warm.

Why?

"Basketball, of course," said one student dressed in layers.  "We don't just camp out in the snow for nothing.  We want front row seats."

Thursday's game pits the undefeated-in-conference-play Zags against No. 22 Saint Mary's, also undefeated in the WCC.  The Gaels (15-1) currently hold the nation's longest active winning streak at 15 games.  Their latest win was a 65-42 victory over the San Diego Torreros in which they shot better than 50 percent from the floor and grabbed 16 more rebounds.

No. 20 Gonzaga is coming off a 93-60 win over Loyola Marymount, head coach Mark Few's 250th victory since taking over during the 1999-2000 season.  The Zags on Saturday hit twelve 3-point shots over the Lions who sit in last place in the league.  Matt Bouldin scored 18 points in the win, while Austin Daye added 14 points and a team-high 10 rebounds.

Loyola Marymount struggled shooting the basketball, making just 26 percent of their attempts.  Gonzaga shot nearly 52 percent.

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