Spokane, WA- Kevin Pangos (6’2, 182, JR) scored 24 points with 21 of them coming in the second half of Saturday night’s game. Pangos, who appeared in the first half to be having an off night shooting going 1-of-5 from the field caught fire in the second half, shooting 9-of-14 which included going 5-of-5 from 3-point range and helped Gonzaga blow the game wide open vs. conference rival BYU, winning 84-69.
Sam Dower Jr. (6’9, 255, SR) added 18 points and two blocks for the Zags while David Stockton (5’11, 165, SR) and Gary Bell Jr. (6’1, 220, JR) each added 14 points. Stockton scored 12 of his 14 points in the first half and all but carried the Zags as they struggled with BYU’s match-up zone defense. In addition to his 14 points, Stockton dished out seven assists to match Kevin Pangos’ total. Bell once again did an excellent job of defending multiple BYU guards and went 7-of-7 from the FT line.
Tyler Haws ( 6’5, 200, JR) scored 23 points to lead BYU who was coming off a triple overtime loss at Portland on Thursday. Haws, who leads the WCC in scoring this season is averaging 23 ppg, scored 48 points in Thursday night’s game which ties the most points scored in a NCAA Division I game this season. Haws, who faced numerous double teams on Saturday night, possesses good athleticism and quickness which helps him in finding multiple ways to score.
Haws can score of the dribble by getting to the basket or foul-line, can pull-up from mid-range or outside the arc. He has a quick-release shot off good elevation off screens or in general and can post-up with his 6’5 frame which he looks to do whenever he feels he has a mismatch. Defensively, Haws is a very physical defender who can guard the 1-3 positions with his size and quickness.
In addition to Haws, BYU received 13 points from guard Kyle Collinsworth (6’6, 215, SO) and 12 points and nine rebounds from freshman forward Eric Mika (6’10, 230).
Gonzaga shot 57.4 percent from the field (45.5 percent 3PT) and was perfect from the foul-line going 12-of-12. BYU came into the game, second in the nation in scoring averaging 88 points per game, but struggled from beyond the arc only hitting 2-of-11 and shot 44.8 percent from the field.
Gonzaga hits the road this week and will face Santa Clara and the University of San Francisco. BYU will entertain a 4-game home stand over the next two weeks, where they will face Pacific and Saint Mary’s this week and then host Santa Clara and San Francisco next week.
Eric Stang is a Scout and Correspondent for NetScouts Basketball.