SPOKANE — Sam Dower Jr. scored 18 points and Kevin Pangos made the game’s final shot, as Gonzaga narrowly beat San Diego for the 11th straight time, 59-56, on Thursday night.
Pangos finished with 11 points for Gonzaga (17-3, 7-1 West Coast Conference) and Przemek Karnowski added 12 points, eight coming late in the second half.
Johnny Dee scored 26 points on 8-of-10 shooting for San Diego (11-10, 2-6). Christopher Anderson, averaging 10.6 points per game, finished with six points and missed a contested three-pointer at the buzzer.
Gary Bell Jr.’s second basket of the night was a big one, a three-pointer to push Gonzaga’s lead to 47-42.
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Bell played 11 minutes in the first half, in his first game action since breaking his right hand against Santa Clara on Dec. 28, spending a good bit of his time guarding Lee.
“I just didn’t want to force anything. I just tried to make simple plays and get my feet under me again,” Bell said. “They’ve been playing real well without me, so I didn’t want to … get us out of sync.”
With San Diego in possession at its end with 8 seconds left, down three, Bell was on Dee, but guard Anderson took the last three, missing it.
“I thought Dee was going to do some sort of flare (screen). We were switching all screens, so if they did that, they’d have run right into somebody. That’s pretty much all I could do, chase him off the (three-point) line and make him shoot a two.”