Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger hopes his team gained some valuable
knowledge from a tough loss to Gonzaga.
Elias Harris scored 18 points and No. 17 Gonzaga beat Oklahoma
72-47 in a semifinal matchup Friday night at the Old Spice
The Sooners were outrebounded 51-24.
”Gonzaga did a terrific job in dictating pretty much in every
way,” 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.”
Kelly Olynyk, Gary Bell Jr., Kevin Pangos and Przemek Karnowski
each had eight points for Gonzaga (5-0).
Romero Osby led Oklahoma (3-1) with 13 points, and Isaiah
Cousins had 10.
The Sooners shot 32 percent (16 of 50).
”We were sped up because of Gonzaga’s defense and didn’t shoot
with good rhythm or pace,” Kruger said. ”You could say, well, we
just missed shots, but Gonzaga had something to do with that.”
Gonzaga will play Davidson, which beat West Virginia 63-60, in
the championship game Sunday night. 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.
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
”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.”
Gonzaga got points from nine players – led by Bell with five –
en route to a 32-22 halftime advantage.
Stockton’s fast-break layup in the final minute gave Gonzaga a
Olynyk had a dunk and layup as Gonzaga went ahead 14-5.
Oklahoma trailed just 14-8 despite going 2 for 15 from the field
during the opening 10 1/2 minutes.
Steven Pledger’s jumper cut the Sooners’ deficit to 18-13 with 8
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
The Zags, winners of the 2008 Old Spice Classic, have won all
five games they have played in the tourney.