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Hot-shooting Gonzaga keeps Baylor at bay

Gonzaga’s Elias Harris, left, who finished with 17 points, puts in a layup while being pressured by Baylor’s Taurean Prince during the first half.

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Gonzaga’s Elias Harris, left, who finished with 17 points, puts in a layup while being pressured by Baylor’s Taurean Prince during the first half.

SPOKANE, Wash. — Kevin Pangos was coming off a game in which he scored five. In fact, he hadn't scored more than 12 in a month.

Good thing for Gonzaga that Pangos showed up Friday night.

Pangos made seven 3-pointers and scored 31 to lead the No. 13 Bulldogs past Baylor 94-87. Pangos, who came in averaging 10 points and making 36 percent of his 3-point attempts, went 10-of-13 and finished two points shy of his career high.

"He's fine," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. "I never was worried about him. As long as he just keeps shooting. He puts way too much time in the gym. He makes way too many in practice to worry about it. You got a guy that works that hard at it, I don't think he was worried, or the staff was worried. It was due time for them to start going in."

Kelly Olynyk added 21 points, Elias Harris 17 and Gary Bell Jr. 12 for the Bulldogs (12-1), who shot 52 percent from the field (31-of-59).

"Obviously he was great," Few added. "He really helped stem a lot of their rallies. I thought we did a nice job all night of being able to withstand their rallies. We'd build up a lead and they'd come fighting back. It seems like it happened six or seven times."

Pierre Jackson led Baylor with 26 points, Isaiah Austin had 20 and Cory Jefferson 13. The Bears also shot 52 percent but attempted 21 fewer free throws than Gonzaga.

Gonzaga didn't hold a lead until 4:53 remained in the first half but never trailed after halftime, leading by as many as 12.

"It was so fun," Pangos said. "High scoring. When you're a basketball player, you love that. You love defense, too, but you love a high-scoring game. It was nice. They never let us relax. Every time we got a double-digit lead, they came back and made some big plays."

The Bulldogs drew two quick fouls on Austin — a 7-foot-1, 220-pound freshman — after halftime, and he went to the bench with three fouls. Harris' basket and free throw gave Gonzaga a 47-38 lead.

NO. 5 INDIANA 93, JACKSONVILLE 59: Jordan Hulls scored 17 of his season-high 20 in the first half for the host Hoosiers (12-1), who will take a three-game winning streak into Big Ten play, which begins Monday at Iowa. Indiana also has won 29 straight non-league games at Assembly Hall. Indiana freshman Jeremy Hollowell missed his third straight game because of "compliance issues" with the NCAA.

UCF 62, HOWARD 45: Tristan Spurlock had 15 points for the host Knights (8-3), who led wire-to-wire in the opening game of the UCF Holiday Tournament.

NO. 19 MICHIGAN ST.: Sophomore guard Brandan Kearney, who is averaging 2.3 points in 16.9 minutes as a backup, has decided to transfer.


UF 81, HOLY CROSS 50: Jennifer George had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the host Gators (11-3), who won their sixth straight game overall and 14th in a row at home heading into Thursday's SEC opener at Kentucky.

ILLINOIS 70, NO. 6 GEORGIA 59: Karisma Penn had 27 points and 19 rebounds for the host Illini and scored 11 during a 13-5 run that gave Illinois a 65-57 lead after the Bulldogs (12-1) had tied it at 52.

NO. 7 KENTUCKY 90, ALCORN ST. 23: Samarie Walker had 21 points and 14 rebounds for the host Wildcats (11-1), who allowed the fewest points in school history.

NO. 8 CAL 70, GW 43: Talia Caldwell had a career-high 19 points and eight rebounds to help the host Golden Bears (10-1) continue the best start in school history.

NO. 9 MARYLAND 76, BROWN 36: Tianna Hawkins scored 16 of her 20 in the first half for host Maryland (9-2), which won its fifth in a row in the opening round of the Terrapin Classic.

NO. 13 TENN. 75, DAVIDSON 40: Bashaara Graves had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Cierra Burdick 10 points and 10 rebounds for the host Vols (8-3), who avoided their first three-game skid since 1986.

NO. 14 OKLA. ST. 92, HARVARD 62: Tiffany Bias had 24 points and eight assists to lead the Cowgirls (10-0) at the San Diego Surf 'N Slam Classic in San Diego.

NO. 16 UNC 85, ETSU 44: Tierra Ruffin-Pratt had 18 points and nine assists for the host Tar Heels (12-1), who won their fifth straight game.

NO. 17 UCLA 77, PEPPERDINE 46: Nirra Fields had 19 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and six steals to lead the visiting Bruins (8-2).

NO. 24 TEXAS A&M 74, PRAIRIE VIEW 52: Kelsey Bone had 18 points and nine rebounds for the host Aggies (9-4).

NO. 25 ARKANSAS 71, COPPIN ST. 57: Sarah Watkins had 22 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks for the host Razorbacks (12-1), who have won nine games in a row.

Hot-shooting Gonzaga keeps Baylor at bay 12/28/12 [Last modified: Saturday, December 29, 2012 12:20am]
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