Gonzaga beats BYU 84-69
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Kevin Pangos scored 24 points as Gonzaga beat BYU 84-69 Saturday night.
Sam Dower Jr. added 18 points for Gonzaga (18-3, 8-1 West Coast), which has won four straight since its lone conference loss at Portland.
Tyler Haws scored 23 points to lead BYU (13-9, 5-4), which was coming off Thursday’s 114-110 triple-overtime loss at Portland. Kyle Collinsworth added 13 and Eric Mika 12 for the Cougars.
David Stockton and Gary Bell Jr. each scored 14 points for Gonzaga, which made 10 of 22 3-pointers in the game. BYU made just 2 of 11 from 3-point range.
Gonzaga shot 57.4 percent in the game and had 21 assists, seven by Pangos.
Gonzaga led 35-33 at halftime, after a relatively low scoring first half for these two teams. Both came out gunning in the second half, with the Zags jumping to a 49-42 lead on a pair of 3-pointers by Pangos.
Pangos hit two more 3-pointers as Gonzaga built a 59-52 lead. Bell added five unanswered points to push Gonzaga’s lead to double digits at 64-52 with 10 minutes left.
The Cougars sank five consecutive free throws to pull within seven, but Pangos replied with his sixth 3-pointer for a 67-57 lead.
The Zags maintained their lead the rest of the way.
In the first half, Gonzaga used a 13-3 run to build a 17-9 lead. The Cougars, although plagued by poor shooting in the early going, put together a 9-2 run to close to within 19-18.
BYU’s Haws tied the score at 27 on a jumper with 3:59 left in the first.
The teams exchanged baskets the rest of the way, with Gonzaga holding a 35-33 lead at halftime. The Zags shot 50 percent in the first half, but made just 4 of 13 from 3-point range. BYU improved to 41.2 percent shooting in the first, but made just 1 of 7 from long range.
Haws, the WCC’s leading scorer at 23 points per game, scored 48 points Thursday against Portland, tied for the most in a Division I game this season.
BYU came in second in the nation in scoring with an average of 88 points per game.
Gonzaga has won 21 consecutive home games, fourth longest streak in the nation, and is 130-8 in the McCarthey Athletic Center since it opened in 2004.