Pangos Scores 33, Ties 3-Point Record In Win Over WSU
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Freshman Kevin Pangos tied the school record with nine 3-pointers and finished with 33 points to lead No. 22 Gonzaga to an 89-81 victory over Washington State on Monday night.
Pangos, a guard from Newmarket, Ontario, was 9 of 13 from 3-point range. He tied the record set by Dan Dickau, who hit nine 3s twice.
Brock Motum had 17 points for Washington State (0-1), which trailed by 16 points in the second half and got as close as three points.
Robert Sacre added 15 points for Gonzaga (2-0), which did not make a field goal over the game's final 5 minutes.
Washington State clawed back from the big deficit and consecutive 3-pointers by DaVonte Lacy cut Gonzaga's lead to 77-73 with 3 minutes left.
Sacre hit four straight free throws, and Mike Ladd hit two for WSU, to leave Gonzaga up 81-75.
Reggie Moore of WSU was fouled shooting a 3 and made all three free throws to cut Gonzaga's lead to 81-78 with 1:24 left.
Gonzaga's Gary Bell was fouled and made one of two free throws. Then Pangos hit two free throws for an 84-78 lead, but Moore hit a 3 to cut that to 84-81 with 26 seconds left.
Sacre made two free throws, Moore missed a 3 on the other end and the Cougars were forced to foul.
Gonzaga took charge early, burying the Cougars under a barrage of 10 3-pointers in the first half.
Six of Gonzaga's first seven field goals were 3-pointers - four by Pangos - as the Zags jumped to a 20-10 lead. Mathis Monninghoff's 3-pointer pushed that lead to 32-19 with 6 minutes left in the half.
Gonzaga led 41-32 at halftime, having connected on 10 of 20 3-pointers. Pangos had 18 points in the first half, all on 3-pointers. Washington State shot 48 percent in the first half, but made just two 3-pointers.
Faisal Aden cut Gonzaga's lead to 41-35 by hitting a 3-pointer to open the second half. But Gonzaga went on a 12-2 run for a 53-37 lead.
Gonzaga made 13 of 29 3-point attempts in the game, but shot just 41 percent overall.
Washington State made 9 of 20 3's, and shot 47.5 percent.
Washington State beat Gonzaga last season behind 24 points by NBA draftee Klay Thompson, and has a 98-48 lead in the series.
Gonzaga is 91-6 in the McCarthey Athletic Center since it opened
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