SPOKANE -- Through their 4-0 start to West Coast Conference play Mark Few's praise of the Zags' energy and effort was a common refrain. But a different tune followed GU back from their visit to Portland.
Few said Tuesday his guys are probably anxious to play again in hopes of putting the 82-73 loss behind them.
There were some welcome sights at practice, with Gary Bell Jr. shooting around with a small brace on his broken right hand. Meanwhile, Sam Dower Jr. said his back is feeling better after he re-aggravated it against the Pilots.
As far as the loss, Few says they were outworked and outhustled on both ends of the floor. Angel Nunez added that they were not scrappy and hard-nosed like they typically are. Few has said they can not afford lapses in effort. That message may be setting in now.
"I think I've been preaching that pretty consistently all season that we're not good enough this year that if we don't play harder than the other team, or play smart, we're putting ourselves in position to drop that game," Few said.
GU is back on the road this week with visits to Pepperdine Thursday and Loyola Marymount Saturday.