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No. 24 Gonzaga men beat Pacific
Gonzaga improved to 14-2 by beating visiting Pacific 86-64 in a West Coast Conference game. The Zags shot 69.2 percent from the field.
The Associated Press
SPOKANE – Gonzaga was so good offensively that even coach Mark Few was impressed.
Drew Barham and Kevin Pangos scored 16 points apiece, and No. 24 Gonzaga shot 69.2 percent in an 86-64 victory over Pacific on Saturday night.
“Sixty-nine percent is unbelievable,” Few said.
David Stockton added 15 points and Sam Dower Jr. had 13 for Gonzaga (14-2 overall, 4-0 West Coast Conference), which has won 22 consecutive WCC games spanning three seasons.
David Taylor and Andrew Bock each scored 10 points for Pacific (9-5, 0-3). The Tigers returned to the conference this season after leaving in 1971.
Gonzaga built a big first-half lead, and then frittered much of it away when Pacific got hot in the second half.
It recovered in time to earn its fourth consecutive victory.
Gonzaga made 27 of 39 shots, including 10 of 13 from three-point range. Pacific shot 31.7 percent, but made 10 of 25 three-pointers, most in the second half.
The Zags made their first six shots, including four three-pointers, to jump to a 19-5 lead. Barham made three of those three-pointers.
“They say shoot when you are open,” Barham said. “I’m a shooter and the basket was a mile wide.”
Gerard Coleman made Gonzaga’s fifth three-pointer for a 29-11 lead with 11:35 left in the first half.
Gonzaga led 46-25 at halftime, after shooting 14 of 22 (63 percent). Pacific was 7 of 28 in the half.
“We’re flying at people with our hands up,” Barham said of Gonzaga’s solid defensive performance in the four WCC games, in which it has held all four opponents to 64 or fewer points.
Pangos added, “We are defending as a team.”