No. 17 Gonzaga 72, Oklahoma 47

Gonzaga put together a dominating performance in its latest
win.

Elias Harris scored 18 points and the No. 17 Zags beat Oklahoma
72-47 in a semifinal matchup Friday night at the Old Spice
Classic.

Kelly Olynyk, Gary Bell Jr., Kevin Pangos and Przemek Karnowski
each had eight points for Gonzaga (5-0). The Zags outrebounded
Oklahoma 51-24.

”That was a really, really good win for us,” Gonzaga coach
Mark Few said. ”We played really good. Got back to playing our
style. We attacked on the offense end all night, and did another
great job playing defense.”

Oklahoma (3-1) got 13 from Romero Osby. Isaiah Cousins had 10
points.

”Gonzaga did a terrific job in dictating pretty much in every
way,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. ”Anytime you get whipped
that badly on the boards, you know they were a lot more physical, a
lot more aggressive to loose balls. It’s a terrific learning
opportunity for us, and we’ve got to get that from it. Otherwise
it’s a waste of time. So we’ve got to learn from it.”

Gonzaga will play Davidson, which beat West Virginia 63-60, in
Sunday night’s championship game. Oklahoma will close out the
tourney Sunday against the Mountaineers.

Consecutive long-range jumpers by Bell and Harris, who also had
slammed in a rebound, gave Gonzaga a 43-25 lead three minutes into
the second half.

Harris had 14 of his points during the second half.

”I think it was just the game coming to me at that point,”
Harris said. ”I played more aggressive. That was really the main
key.”

Pangos’ 3-pointer extended the Zags’ lead to 53-31 with 12
minutes to play.

Olynyk had an in-close basket and David Stockton scored on a
layup as Gonzaga built a 59-34 lead midway through the second
half.

Gonzaga got points from nine players – led by Bell with five –
en route to a 32-22 halftime advantage.

”That’s one of the strengths of our team this year is depth,”
Pangos said. ”That’s a big thing with our team because we just
wear down other teams.”

Stockton’s fast-break layup in the final minute gave Gonzaga a
32-21 lead.

Olynyk had a dunk and layup as Gonzaga went ahead 14-5 just over
eight minutes into the game.

Oklahoma trailed just 14-8 despite going 2 for 15 from the field
during the opening 10 1-2 minutes of play.

Steven Pledger’s jumper cut the Sooners’ deficit to 18-13 with
eight minutes left in the half. Andrew Fitzgerald had a slam that
got Oklahoma to 20-17 two minutes later.

Pangos’ jumper put Gonzaga up 25-19 four minutes before the
intermission.

The Zags, winners of the 2008 Old Spice Classic, have won all
five games they have played in the tourney.