Kevin Pangos had a tough shooting night, until the game was on the line. Then the Gonzaga guard drove the length of the court and made a...
PULLMAN — Kevin Pangos had a tough shooting night, until the game was on the line.
Then the Gonzaga guard drove the length of the court and made a layup with 2 seconds left for a 71-69 victory over Washington State on Wednesday night, giving the Bulldogs (9-0) the best start in their Division I history.
Pangos made just 1 of 11 shots before the game-winner.
“My thought process was to just get to the rim,” Pangos said. “It wasn’t my best shooting night, to say the least. But I’ve struggled offensively before. I forgot about the misses and just kept shooting.”
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Elias Harris scored 23 points and Kelly Olynyk had 22, all in the second half, for Gonzaga, which had been tied with the 1994-95 team for best start.
Olynyk, who redshirted last season, made 10 of 14 shots to keep Gonzaga in the game in the second half.
“Olynyk couldn’t have made these plays a year ago,” Few said. “He’s turning into a strong player.”
Brock Motum had 23 points and DaVonte Lacy added 22 for Washington State (5-4) after missing four games with a knee injury.
“There is a level of toughness and confidence and the other guys feed off his confidence,” WSU coach Ken Bone said of Lacy. “If he is on the floor, it raises our team’s confidence.”
Motum hit a three-pointer with 14 seconds left to bring WSU to 68-67.
Gary Bell Jr. made a free throw for Gonzaga, and Lacy made a layup to tie the score at 69. That set up Pangos’ drive that gave him eight points.
“It was a great college basketball game,” Bone said. “It was a fun game to be involved in, a stressful game to coach.
“Gonzaga is very good. There is a reason they are the No. 10 team in the country.”