Oklahoma beat 72-47 by No. 17 Gonzaga

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

32-21 lead.

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.