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Gonzaga rolls through Saint Mary’s
Spokane, WA (SportsNetwork.com) – Przemek Karnowski and Kevin Pangos each
scored 15 points as 24th-ranked Gonzaga rolled to a 73-51 victory over West
Coast Conference rival Saint Mary’s at McCarthey Athletic Center.
Karnowski added nine rebounds and a career-high seven blocks in leading
Gonzaga (13-2, 3-0 West Coast) to a third straight win to open their
conference schedule. Pangos pulled down eight boards in the rout, with Angel
Nunez grabbing eight rebounds as well in addition to a 13-point effort.
With head coach Randy Bennett continuing to serve a five-game suspension for a
recruiting violation, Saint Mary’s (10-4, 1-1) shot just 1-of-12 from 3-point
range and was outrebounded by a 39-22 margin in the lopsided result.
Beau Levesque was the lone Gael to score in double figures, netting 12 points
in Saint Mary’s fourth loss in five games following a 9-0 start.
The Bulldogs broke open a close game by putting together an 18-4 run over the
final 7:39 of the first half, with the spurt sending Gonzaga into the break
owning a comfortable 36-22 advantage.
Drew Barham knocked down a pair of 3-pointers during the surge, the last
staking Gonzaga to a 28-18 lead with five minutes left in the period, and the
Bulldogs’ defense forced Saint Mary’s to miss nine of its 10 attempts from the
field over the pivotal sequence.
The Gaels got as close as 12 points down, most recently with 13:48 to go, but
Pangos buried triples to start and end an 11-2 stretch that put Gonzaga up by
a 54-33 count nine minutes into the second half.
Saint Mary’s, which managed only a 32 percent success rate for the game, went
without a field goal for a stretch of more than eight minutes more than eight
minutes after the break as the Bulldogs continued to stretch the margin. The
lead swelled to 30 points after Karnowski sunk a pair of free throws to make
the score 68-38 with under five minutes left.
The Bulldogs won big despite the absence of two of their top three scorers,
with center Sam Dower missed a third straight game with a bruised hip and
guard Gary Bell Jr. breaking his hand in last Saturday’s win over Santa Clara
… Bennett also missed Saint Mary’s conference opener, an 88-80 triumph at
Pacific on Monday … Gonzaga has won 21 straight against West Coast
Conference foes since falling to the Gaels in the 2012 league tournament …
The two programs have finished first and second in the WCC over the past 10
seasons, with the Bulldogs claiming the conference title in nine of those