Pangos Lights It Up in MBB's ESPN Tip-Off Marathon Win
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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Kevin Pangos made five 3-pointers and scored 17 points as No. 13 Gonzaga shut down No. 22 SMU 72-56 on Monday night.
Domantas Sabonis added 13 points for Gonzaga (2-0) whose defense especially stymied the Mustangs in the second half.
Ben Moore scored 11 points and Nic Moore 10 for SMU (1-1), which is in its third season under Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown.
This was the first meeting between the programs.
The Mustangs shot just 31 percent, making 19 of 61 shots. They shot just 24 percent in the second half.
Gonzaga, which scored 104 points in its season opening win over Sacramento State, shot a modest 45 percent against SMU.
Gonzaga led by 10 at halftime, and maintained that lead in the early going of the second half behind a pair of 3-pointers by Pangos, who also had seven assists.
After Keith Frazier's 3-pointer for SMU cut the Gonzaga lead to eight, the Zags scored seven straight points to build a 50-35 advantage with 14 minutes left.
After an SMU free throw, Gonzaga scored six straight points and the Mustangs called time out with 12 minutes left. At that point they had made just 2 of 14 field goals in the second half.
The Mustangs did not threaten after that, and Gonzaga continued to extend its lead.
In the first half, Pangos scored 11 points as Gonzaga took a 20-15 lead. Przemek Karnowski's basket pushed the Gonzaga lead to 27-15, as SMU was scoreless for nearly 4 minutes.
Gonzaga led 37-27 at halftime, after holding SMU to 39 percent shooting and out-rebounding the Mustangs 22-12.
SMU was 27-10 last season and reached the NIT championship game.
Gonzaga went 29-7 last season and lost in the third round of the NCAA tournament.
This game was part of ESPN's Tip-Off Marathon.
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