Pargo on Gonzaga's loss to Memphis: 'We need to match teams' intensity'
Memphis' Robert Dozier holds the ball against the Zags' Josh Heytvelt in Saturday
SPOKANE, Wash. - They simply didn't play hard. That's the admission by the Gonzaga basketball team in the wake of Saturday's loss to No. 14 Memphis at Spokane Arena. The admission they were outplayed in pretty much every aspect of the game is something the Zags will have to work through as they prepare to re-enter conference play this week.
The Zags, who learned they dropped to No. 19 in Monday's AP Poll, were manhandled by a quicker, faster, hungrier Memphis team Saturday. They lost the game 68-50, but in all actuality, that game wasn't that close. Gonzaga trailed by as many as 26 points at times, and there wasn't an aspect of the game in which they particularly shined.
"We need to match teams' intensity," said senior point guard Jeremy Pargo in the locker room following the loss. "We did that in Portland. We didn't do that tonight."
Several other players, too, admitted the Tigers played a lot harder than they did, and it showed on the scoreboard.
"We need to play harder," added coach Mark Few.
Playing harder will be the goal, as the Zags try to put the weekend's loss behind them and prepare for a conference battle that can't be considered a guaranteed win by any stretch of the imagination. Gonzaga travels to Moraga to face Saint Mary's on Thursday, a team they beat 69-62 on Jan. 29. It was also a game in which the Gaels' star guard Patty Mills sat out after breaking his hand in the first half.
Since losing to Gonzaga, Saint Mary's has gone 2-3, losing to Portland and Santa Clara, but beating San Francisco in blowout fashion.