Gonzaga fans fill area bars for NCAA title game: 'This whole city supports the Zags'

Count Troy Puyear among the Gonzaga fans who stayed optimistic Monday night when the Zags were down 10 at the half with the NCAA Tournament title on the line.

“I think they’ve got the skill,” said Puyear, watching the game from The Viking on North Stevens Street in Spokane. “It’s just a matter of do they have the energy?”

The Viking was among the bars citywide packed for the game, hosting upwards of 60 to 70 people separated by reserved tables.

Puyear was joined by Curtis and Jill Barville as well as Tim Devine, all of them friends from middle or high school, Puyear said. Curtis Barville said he

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