No. 15 Gonzaga prevails over Oakland 82-67

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on November 17, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 18 at 1:05 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Kevin Pangos scored 21 points, making five 3-pointers, to give No. 15 Gonzaga an 82-67 win over short-handed Oakland on Sunday night.

Sam Dower added 15 points, Gary Bell Jr. scored 14 and Przemek Karnowski had 12 for Gonzaga (3-0).

Travis Bader scored 22 for Oakland (0-4), Tommy McCune had 17, and Mitch Baenziger added 11 before fouling out with 3 minutes left. Oakland only had eight players because Dante Williams and Duke Mondy were suspended and sent back to Michigan.

Oakland went on a mini 6-2 run to cut the lead to 41-36 with 18:27 remaining. But a Dower breakaway dunk sparked the Gonzaga crowd, only to be silenced when Pangos remained on the ground, holding his head, after his steal. He went to the bench for a short stint to be looked at by a trainer but re-entering the game soon thereafter. 

Pangos made two of Gonzaga's three straight 3-pointers, to extend its lead to 59-47 with just over 10 minutes remaining.

Mitch Baenziger made Oakland's fourth 3-pointer of the second half to trim the lead to 63-55 with 7:28 left.

Consecutive 3's by Pangos and Drew Barham put Gonzaga up 69-55, but Bader answered with his fifth make from behind the arc.

Both teams made 11 3-pointers.

The first half was close, throughout, with Gonzaga's largest lead at 12 points. It Gonzaga's previous two games, the Bulldogs led by 21 points in each game at halftime. 

Knotted at 6-6, Gonzaga nailed three straight 3-pointers -- in 65 seconds -- to take an early 15-9 lead. In its last game against Colorado State, Gonzaga made 14 shots from behind the arc -- eight by Bell. 

Pangos made two free throws after McCune was whistled for a technical foul for hanging on the rim. Karnowski made two more from the line on Gonzaga's ensuing possession to extend its lead to 21-13.

 Oakland would not go away.

A McCune 3-pointer and his assist to Ralph Hill for a dunk cut the deficit to 23-18 with under 9 minutes to go. Bader's 3-pointer, the third straight Oakland make from behind the arc, made it 34-27 with 4 minutes remaining. Bader made three of Oakland's final four shots of the first half, all 3-pointers, and the Grizzlies trailed 39-30 at halftime.

Both teams shot over 40 percent in the first half (Gonzaga 45.8, Oakland 40.7) and but Gonzaga made 13 of 16 from the line and the Grizzlies only attempted two. Pangos, Bader and McCune all had nine points.

With only three players on its bench, Oakland played a zone defense for much of the game.

Mondy, who led the NCAA in steals (100) last season, and Williams have been suspended by the team after being arrested last Thursday in Southern California. Prosecutors declined to press charges because of a lack of evidence. A woman alleged that she had been sexually assaulted by the two men. The school says they will conduct an internal investigation.

It was game four of a seven game road swing for Oakland. The Grizzlies first home game is against Rochester College on Nov. 30th. Oakland faced its third ranked team in four games after falling earlier in the month to No. 12 North Carolina, No. 24 UCLA, and Cal from the Pac-12. The Grizzlies still have to face Indiana and No. 2 Michigan State in December.

Bader broke a school single-season and league record last year after making 139 shots from behind the arc.

This is Greg Kampe's 30th season at the helm of Oakland, the third longest tenure behind Jim Boeheim and Mike Krzyzewski. Coach Mark Few has been at Gonzaga for 25 years.

Gonzaga has only lost once in the month of November at the McCarthey Athletic Center -- versus San Diego State on Nov. 16, 2010.

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