Elias Harris scored 19 points and Gary Bell Jr., a Kentridge High School graduate, added 16 to help 21st-ranked Gonzaga beat Loyola Marymount 62-58.
LOS ANGELES — Elias Harris scored 19 points and freshman Gary Bell Jr., a Kentridge High School graduate, added 16 to help 21st-ranked Gonzaga beat Loyola Marymount 62-58 Saturday.
Kevin Pangos scored nine points and Robert Sacre had eight for the Zags (14-3 overall, 4-1 West Coast Conference), who pulled away early in the second half.
Gonzaga lost 83-62 Thursday at Saint Mary’s, the worst WCC loss in coach Mark Few’s 13 seasons.
“In bounce-back games, you find out a lot about your character, your heart, your toughness, your confidence,” Few said. “Your confidence can get a little sapped, and our guys didn’t do that.”
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Ashley Hamilton scored 16 points and LaRon Armstead added 14 for Loyola Marymount (10-8, 3-2), which made six shots after halftime.
Gonzaga’s lead was cut to 58-57 on a dunk by Hamilton with less than two minutes to play.
After Drew Viney missed a leaner that would have given the Lions the lead, the long rebound was tracked down by Gonzaga.
Pangos worked the clock down and found Harris cutting along the baseline for an up-and-under layup that made the score 60-57 with eight seconds to go.
Gonzaga elected to prevent a game-tying three-point attempt and sent Anthony Ireland of the Lions to the line. He made the first free throw and missed the second. Pangos came up with the ball after a scrum under the basket and was fouled.
With 1.5 seconds left, Pangos made two free throws for the four-point margin.
The Zags trailed by two at halftime but opened the second half with a 9-0 run.
The Lions went scoreless for more than six minutes to open the half but got on the board with Armstead’s free throws to cut Gonzaga’s lead to 41-36.
Harris had back-to-back dunks as the Zags scored six straight to make the score 47-36.
“It feels good to finish the road trip with a ‘W’ and get our confidence back, especially after that weak performance on Thursday,” Harris said.