(1090 The Fan) — It took them a little longer than they had expected, but the Gonzaga Bulldogs finally clinched another West Coast Conference title with a 70-53 road win over Pacific.
Kevin Pangos led all scorers with 18 points and sharp-shooting senior Drew Barham added 17 points on 4-for-6 shooting from beyond the 3-point arc.
Gonzaga (24-6, 14-3) had lost consecutive games within conference play for the first time since 2011 when it dropped games to BYU and San Diego last week. The Zags didn’t have much of a problem with Pacific, Thursday night.
A quick start put Gonzaga ahead 8-0 through the first five minutes and the school that has won 10 conference titles under head coach Mark Few, looked well on its way to securing another outright title.
Pacific, though, wouldn’t simply rollover. The Tigers fought back to a 14-13 lead midway through the first period and did their best to prevent their fourth straight loss. Unfortunately, Kevin Pangos and the Zags offense were a little bit too much for the Tigers to contain.
Pangos scored nine points in a four minute stretch that led a 16-2 run as the Zags took a 29-16 lead with a little over six minutes to play in the first half. When the clock finally drained, Gonzaga took a 40-28 lead into the break. The Bulldogs would increase their lead to 20, 51-31 with 16:06 to play on a 3-pointer by Gary Bell Jr. and the team coasted from there.
Pacific (14-14, 5-12) was held without one double-digit scorer. T.J. Wallace led a Tigers team that shot 31 percent from the field with nine points.
Sam Dower, Gonzaga’s leading scorer, was limited to just six points in this game as he struggled with foul trouble.
-Anthony Dion, 1090 The Fan
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