Pangos, Bulldogs overwhelm cold-shooting Cougs

The Associated PressNovember 22, 2013 

Gonzaga guard David Stockton (11) goes up for a shot against Washington State guard Royce Woolridge (22) during the second half at McCarthey Athletic Center. The Bulldogs beat the Cougars, 90-74.

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SPOKANE — Kevin Pangos had 27 points, and Drew Barham added 17 to lead the No. 13 Gonzaga men’s basketball team past Washington State, 90-74, on Thursday night.

Pangos shot 8-of-13 from the field, including 5-of-8 on 3-pointers, as Gonzaga (4-0) scored at least 90 for the third time this season.

Freshman guard Ike Iroegbu had 20 points to lead cold-shooting WSU (2-1). Former Curtis High School standout DaVonté Lacy added 14.

Washington State was held to 44 percent shooting by Gonzaga, which shot 55 percent. The Bulldogs had 20 assists and outrebounded the Cougars 35-30.

Gonzaga scored the first basket of the game and never trailed. The Bulldogs made six of their first eight shots to take a 16-6 lead, capping the run on a 3-pointer by Barham.

Jordan Railey’s basket brought WSU to 24-18, but Barham’s third 3-pointer extended the lead to 29-20.

Sam Dower completed a three-point play and former Kentridge High School standout Gary Bell Jr. sank a long 3 as Gonzaga pushed its advantage to 37-25. Pangos’ 3-pointer a minute later made it 40-26.

Washington State put together a 7-2 run that started when Iroegbu was fouled and sank all three free throws. The Cougars pulled to 43-33 with 3:39 left in the first half, but Pangos

answered with a pair of 3s, and Washington State was scoreless the rest of way as the Zags held a 49-33 lead at halftime.

Washington State shot just 35 percent in the first half, including 3 o 13 from 3-point range. Gonzaga was at 55 percent, including 8 of 14 on 3-pointers. Pangos scored 20 points in the opening 20 minutes, while Iroegbu had 15.

Przemek Karnowski opened the second half by completing a three-point play for Gonzaga to push the lead to 52-33.

But the Cougars were not done. Lacy, Dexter Kernich-Drew and D.J. Shelton all sank 3-pointers to bring WSU within 54-42 early in the second half. A layup by Royce Woolridge cut Gonzaga’s lead to 57-48 with 15 minutes left.

Gonzaga countered with a 13-4 run, including a pair of 3s by Barham, to rebuild the lead to 70-52.

Consecutive baskets by Barham, Kyle Dranginis and David Stockton pushed Gonzaga’s advantage to 77-54 with 10:08 left, and the Cougars did not threaten again.

Gonzaga edged Washington State, 71-69, last season, but the Cougars lead the series 98-50.

Gonzaga is 124-8 at the McCarthey Athletic Center since it opened in 2004.

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