Pullman, WA, United States (4E Sports) – Sophomore guard Kevin Pangos sank a layup with two seconds remaining to help No. 10 Gonzaga avoid the upset ax, beating a tough Washington State side, 71-69, Wednesday at Wallis Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum.
The Bulldogs were ahead by 68-64 with 28 seconds left when Brock Motum buried a triple to put the Cougars within one point.
Gary Bell split his charities for a 69-67 Bulldogs lead but DeVonte Lacy scored a layup to tie the game with eight seconds remaining.
Then, Pangos took matters into his own hands, sinking a jumper as time ran out to carry the Bulldogs to their best start in school history as a Division I team.
The Bulldogs now eclipsed the 8-0 record by the 1994-95 squad for most wins to start the season. Gonzaga also avenged its 81-59 defeat to Washington State in their last meeting.
Prior to his game-winning shot, Pangos was having an awful game, making just one of 11 attempts and had three turnovers. He finished with eight points and three assists for the Bulldogs.
Elias Harris scored 23 points on 10-for-17 shooting on top of six rebounds and three assists, Kelly Olynyk added 22 and Bell had 14 for Gonzaga.
Brock Motum scored 23 points and DaVonte Lacy added 22 as the Cougars (5-4) saw their three-game winning streak come to an end.
Behind Motum’s 10 points, the Cougars dominated much of the first half to clinch a 31-27 lead at the break.
The Bulldogs came alive in the second half and grabbed a 56-45 lead behind a three-pointer by Mike Hart with 7:30 left in the game.
The Cougars, however, countered with a 15-4 blast keyed by three triples from Lacy and two from Motum to tie the game at 60 with three minutes to go.
Olynyk completed a three-point play off a foul by Junior Longrus for a 63-60 Bulldogs advantage but Lacy and Motum sank four free throws to give the Cougars a 64-63 lead.
Olynyk then responded with a layup and three-pointer for a 68-64 advantage.