Gonzaga's young guns came through against a veteran Oral Roberts lineup in the Bulldogs' 67-61 victory on Thursday night.
SPOKANE — Gonzaga’s young guns came through against a veteran Oral Roberts lineup in the Bulldogs’ 67-61 victory on Thursday night.
Freshman guard Kevin Pangos led Gonzaga (6-2) with 14 points and seven assists.
Gary Bell Jr., another freshman guard, guarded Oral Roberts star Dominique Morrison most of the game and held the talented senior to 13 points on 4-for-12 shooting.
“He’s a strong player,” said Bell, who scored six points in his second start. “An NBA prospect, I heard. I think I did pretty good on him. I made his shots tough.”
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Elias Harris added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs, and Rob Sacre had nine points and 10 rebounds. Backup center Sam Dower scored 12 points for Gonzaga, which enjoyed a 23-4 bench-points edge.
Damen Bell-Holter, a former Gonzaga recruit, led Oral Roberts (7-4) with 16 points. Michael Craion matched Morrison’s 13 points for the Golden Eagles, and Morrison had nine rebounds.
Gonzaga shot 60 percent from the field in the first half and led 37-29 at the break. The Golden Eagles never led in the second half, but Gonzaga’s cushion was cut to 65-61 after Morrison sank two free throws with 1:47 left.
A pair of Pangos free throws accounted for the only scoring the rest of the way. Pangos sank 8 of 8 free throws to offset a 2-for-9 night from the field.
“We lost the game the last eight minutes of the first half,” Oral Roberts coach Scott Sutton said. “We built a 27-20 lead and had the ball and we just got rattled. We lost our composure.
“Instead of being up, possibly, at half, you find yourself down eight, and we’re playing catchup the whole second half.”
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