Host Gonzaga beats Butler 71-55 | College basketball
Elias Harris and Kevin Pangos each scored 19 points as host Gonzaga beat Butler 71-55 Tuesday night in a showdown of two of the most successful mid-major programs in the nation.
SPOKANE — Elias Harris and Kevin Pangos each scored 19 points as Gonzaga beat Butler 71-55 Tuesday night in a showdown of two of the most successful mid-major programs in the nation.
Harris added nine rebounds for Gonzaga (8-2), which was coming off a 71-60 victory over Arizona on Saturday at KeyArena in Seattle.
Erik Fromm scored 16 points for Butler (5-7), which lost the NCAA championship game in each of the last two seasons. Butler has lost four of its last five games.
"I thought our shot selection midway through each half really killed us tonight," Butler coach Brad Stevens said. "It's been a relatively tough shooting month."
Gonzaga led 22-18 before going on a 14-4 run. Pangos scored 10 of his 12 first-half points during the flurry.
"They're such a hard team to play," Zags coach Mark Few said of Butler. "They are so smart, but we didn't get frustrated."
Gonzaga shot 49 percent from the field, compared with 37 percent for Butler. The Zags were 14 of 21 from the free-throw line and the visitors from Indianapolis were 1 for 4.
Gonzaga has won three in a row.
"We've handled ourselves really, really well," Few said.
At Arizona 85, Oakland 73
Solomon Hill contributed 23 points and 11 rebounds and Josh Fogg added 17 points as the Wildcats (8-4) defeated the Golden Grizzlies (8-5).
Reggie Hamilton led Oakland with 31 points.
At Oregon 58,
North Carolina Central 45
Garrett Sim and E.J. Singler scored 13 points each and the Ducks (7-3) overcame poor early shooting to beat the Eagles (5-6).
Devoe Joseph scored 10 points for Oregon, which made 6 of its first 30 shots.
At UCLA 89, UC Irvine 60
Norman Powell scored 19 points and Joshua Smith, a graduate of Kentwood High School in Covington, added 12 as the Bruins (6-5) rolled past the Anteaters (2-9).
At No. 1 Syracuse 80, Bucknell 61
Kris Joseph scored 17 points, Scoop Jardine added 14 and the Orange (12-0) beat the Bison (7-5). Syracuse won its 30th straight nonconference home game.
At No. 2 Ohio St. 70, Lamar 50
All-American Jared Sullinger returned from an injury to score 18 points and grab 11 rebounds, leading the Buckeyes (11-1) past the Cardinals (8-4).
Ohio State played three of its previous four games without Sullinger healthy. He missed two games with back spasms and all but six minutes of Saturday's 74-66 victory at South Carolina because of an ankle injury.
At No. 3 Kentucky 82, Samford 50
Doron Lamb scored 26 points and Darius Miller added 17 as the Wildcats (10-1) defeated the Bulldogs (3-7) to extend their home winning streak to 41 games.
Kentucky sophomore Terrence Jones missed a game for the first time in his college career; he dislocated a finger Saturday.
At No. 4 Louisville 69, Charleston 62
Kyle Kuric had 17 points and eight rebounds as the Cardinals (11-0) downed the Cougars (9-2).
At Saint Mary's 77, Eastern Washington 61
Matthew Dellavedova matched his career high with 25 points, Rob Jones had 19 points and 11 rebounds and the Gaels (9-1) beat the Eagles (6-6) for their seventh victory in a row.
Collin Chiverton scored 18 points for Eastern Washington before fouling out with 1:30 left. Cliff Ederaine had 11 points and eight rebounds for the Eagles and Jeffrey Forbes of Federal Way added 10 points.
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