Sacre, Pangos honored by West Coast Conference

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by WCC / KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on February 28, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 28 at 8:10 PM

SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- Gonzaga men's basketball players Robert Sacre and Kevin Pangos were honored by the West Coast Conference on Tuesday. Sacre was named the WCC's Defensive Player of the Year, while Pangos was honed as the league's Newcomer of the Year.

After leading the Gaels to their first outright West Coast Conference regular season title since 1989, Saint Mary's junior guard Matthew Dellavedova is the WCC Player of the Year. Loyola Marymount head coach Max Good is the West Coast Conference Coach of the Year.

All four major awards - along with the All-West Coast Conference Team and the All-Freshman Team - were voted on by the league's nine head coaches.

Sacre is the fifth Gonzaga player to be recognized as Defensive Player of the Year by the conference's head coaches, and the first since Erroll Knight in 2005. Sacre ranked among the conference leaders in rebounding during WCC play, averaging 6.3 caroms per game. He also tied for the WCC lead with 25 blocked shots, while helping Gonzaga lead the West Coast Conference in scoring defense (61.9 points allowed) and field goal percentage defense (40.1%).

Pangos is the third straight Bulldog (and fourth overall) to be honored as the West Coast Conference Newcomer of the Year, joining Marquise Carter (2011) and Elias Harris (2010) as recent Gonzaga honorees. Pangos averaged 12.8 points and 3.2 assists per game during West Coast Conference play, while connecting on a league-best 36 three-point field goals. The Canada native also sank better than 87% of his free throw attempts during WCC play.

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