Seniors Go Out In Style As Zags Rout Longwood
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The spotlight was on the seniors, but freshmen provided the highlights.
Guards Gary Bell Jr. and Kevin Pangos combined for 10 three-pointers and 32 points as Gonzaga closed the regular season by overwhelming Longwood 92-60 Monday night.
Bell, a graduate of Kentridge High School, had career bests of six three-pointers and 20 points, and Pangos had 12 points on four threes for the Zags (24-5) in the nonconference game. Freshman Ryan Spangler had his first double-double with career highs of 12 points and 10 rebounds.
"Those two young guys played pretty efficiently in their limited minutes," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said after limiting his usual starting backcourt to 32 minutes.
Longwood (10-20), a Farmville, Va., school that used eight players, got 19 points from Antwan Carter and 16 from Tristan Carey.
It was the final home appearance for seniors Robert Sacre, who will leave the Gonzaga program second in career blocked shots, and Marquise Carter, who was the West Coast Conference tournament's most valuable player last year.
"This is more for the home fans," Few said. "Hopefully we have a bunch more games for these guys. It was a good ending. Mission accomplished.
"A lot of guys got out there and played well. Nobody got hurt. It was a good night."
Sacre had five points and six rebounds in limited minutes. Carter had 13 points and five assists, with his acrobatic three-point play pushing the Zags past their previous season high of 90 points.
"It's crazy to think about it's your last time playing in the Kennel," Sacre said. "I made fun of Josh Heytvelt when he was here because he teared up. I can see how he teared up. I got a little emotional."
Carter, a junior-college transfer, said, "It was so much fun to play in front of people that love watching you and having a good time with my teammates. Even though I've been here just two years, I feel like I've been here five or six years. It's good to have a good game going into the West Coast Conference tournament."
The tournament starts Wednesday in Las Vegas. But Gonzaga, the WCC runner-up behind Saint Mary's, has a bye into the semifinals Saturday.
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