NCAA BK

Thu, Jan 2, 2014 - 9:00 PM ET
Game Preview
 

Saint Mary's (Cal)-Gonzaga Preview

Share This Story

   
 

A short-handed Gonzaga team has navigated its first two West Coast Conference games without much difficulty.

Saint Mary's will aim to give the 24th-ranked Bulldogs a harder time Thursday night in Spokane after dropping all three matchups with Gonzaga a season ago.

With two starters out and another hobbled, Gonzaga (12-2, 2-0) won its 20th straight WCC game and 21st straight at home in league play Monday, 69-41 over San Francisco.

Both streaks started after losses to the Gaels. The Bulldogs last fell in the conference to St. Mary's in the 2011-12 conference tournament and haven't lost a WCC home game since the Gaels beat them Jan. 27, 2011.

Against San Francisco, the Bulldogs were without guard Garry Bell Jr. (broken hand) and forward Sam Dower (sore back), but leading scorer Kevin Pangos battled through turf toe.

"It was a full team effort," Pangos said. "Everyone stepped up and played a big role. Everyone contributed."

With Pangos (17.6 points per game) held to 10, the Bulldogs got 15 points from Drew Barham, 11 from Przemek Karnowski and 10 apiece from David Stockton and Gerard Coleman.

"We knew everybody had their back," Barham said. "Everybody coming off the bench was going to give their best effort and what happened we could live with."

Bell will be out for four to six weeks while Dower is being evaluated daily, and the Bulldogs plan to take it somewhat easy as they prep for the Gaels.

"Well, we've got to really watch it because we are getting low on bodies," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said after the win. "We'll probably do just some light walkthroughs and light shooting tomorrow, and then probably practice semi-live the next day. This is a really crazy stretch here, with four (games) in eight days. But it is what it is, so we've got to deal with it."

Saint Mary's (10-3, 1-0) snapped a three-game losing streak and welcomed Pacific to the conference with an 88-80 win road win Monday.

The Gaels hit 13 of 26 3-pointers as each starter scored at least 14 points. Beau Levesque led the way with 18.

"We went back to the basics and watched ourselves," said Saint Mary's coach Eran Ganot, who filled in for head coach Randy Bennett, suspended as a part of NCAA sanctions.

Opponents have shot 50.8 percent against Saint Mary's since the start of the three-game skid Dec. 22 against South Carolina, and Ganot said that was at times a problem against Pacific despite the win. The Tigers shot 47.3 percent.

Cleaning that up against a Gonzaga team shooting 42.6 percent from 3-point range will likely be necessary.

"Again defense was the issue, but I think the separation in this game came early in the second half and it was because of our defense," Ganot said.

The Bulldogs had their best defensive effort of the season against San Francisco, holding the Dons to 14 field goals and 25.5 percent from the field.

These teams last met when Gonzaga beat St. Mary's 65-51 in the WCC championship game March 11.

Tagged: Gonzaga, San Francisco

Related Stories

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by



NCAA BK Videos

Georgetown, Syracuse to renew CBK rivalry Posted: Jun 10, 2014
Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson III on the renewal of the rivalry betw...

Cuonzo Martin new head coach at Cal Posted: Apr 16, 2014
Cuonzo Martin is introduced as Cal's new head coach.

UConn tops Notre Dame in women's final Posted: Apr 09, 2014
Hear from Geno Auriemma and his players after their National Championship victor...

More Than Sports on MSN

Fox Sports Store

    itemName itemURL imageSrc price itemDescription
    Nike Florida Gators #1 Replica Elite Basketball Jersey - Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Florida_Gators/browse/featuredproduct/885881/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_885000/ff_885881_xl.jpg&w=100 74.95 Nike Florida Gators #1 Replica Elite Basketball Jersey - Black
    Nike Georgetown Hoyas #22 Hyper Elite Road Performance Jersey - Navy Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Georgetown_Hoyas/browse/featuredproduct/1030243/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1030000/ff_1030243_xl.jpg&w=100 119.95 Nike Georgetown Hoyas #22 Hyper Elite Road Performance Jersey - Navy Blue
    Nike Duke Blue Devils #5 Tourney Takeover Replica T-Shirt - Duke Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Duke_Blue_Devils/browse/featuredproduct/1032710/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1032000/ff_1032710_xl.jpg&w=100 27.95 Nike Duke Blue Devils #5 Tourney Takeover Replica T-Shirt - Duke Blue
    Nike Oregon Ducks X-Ray Ball T-Shirt - Green http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Oregon_Ducks/browse/featuredproduct/1052002/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1052000/ff_1052002_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Nike Oregon Ducks X-Ray Ball T-Shirt - Green
    Nike Ohio State Buckeyes Road Warrior Tri-blend T-Shirt - Scarlet http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Ohio_State_Buckeyes/browse/featuredproduct/1052645/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1052000/ff_1052645_xl.jpg&w=100 29.95 Nike Ohio State Buckeyes Road Warrior Tri-blend T-Shirt - Scarlet
    Indiana Hoosiers 2013 NCAA Men\'s Basketball Road to March Madness T-Shirt - Crimson http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Indiana_Hoosiers/browse/featuredproduct/1124528/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1124000/ff_1124528_xl.jpg&w=100 19.95 Indiana Hoosiers 2013 NCAA Men\'s Basketball Road to March Madness T-Shirt - Cri..
    adidas Louisville Cardinals 2013 March Madness #10 Premier Swingman Jersey - Red http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Louisville_Cardinals/browse/featuredproduct/1127200/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1127000/ff_1127200_xl.jpg&w=100 89.95 adidas Louisville Cardinals 2013 March Madness #10 Premier Swingman Jersey - Red
    adidas Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2013 March Madness #45 Premier Swingman Jersey - White http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Notre_Dame_Fighting_Irish/browse/featuredproduct/1127218/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1127000/ff_1127218_xl.jpg&w=100 89.95 adidas Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2013 March Madness #45 Premier Swingman Jersey ..
    Nike Gonzaga Bulldogs March Madness Bracketville T-Shirt - Navy Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Gonzaga_Bulldogs/browse/featuredproduct/1155821/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1155000/ff_1155821_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Nike Gonzaga Bulldogs March Madness Bracketville T-Shirt - Navy Blue
    Top of the World Miami Hurricanes 2013 NCAA ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament Champions Adjustable Hat – Green http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Miami_Hurricanes/browse/featuredproduct/1177723/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1177000/ff_1177723_xl.jpg&w=100 25.95 Top of the World Miami Hurricanes 2013 NCAA ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament Cham..