Printed on: December 29, 2012

Pangos has 31 for Zags vs. Bears


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SPOKANE, Wash. -- Kevin Pangos made seven 3-pointers and scored 31 points to lead No. 13 Gonzaga past Baylor 94-87 on Friday night.

Kelly Olynyk scored 21 for Gonzaga (12-1), Elias Harris had 17 and Gary Bell Jr. added 12. The Bulldogs shot 52 percent from the field on 31 of 59 shooting. Pangos made 10 of 13 shots and finished two points shy of his career-high.

Pierre Jackson led Baylor (8-4) with 26 points, Isaiah Austin, a 7-foot-1 220-pound freshman, had 20 and Cory Jefferson added 13. The Bears also shot 52 percent for the game, but attempted 21 fewer free-throws than Gonzaga.

Gonzaga didn't hold a lead until the 4:53 mark of the first half. But once they got the lead, they were determined not to relinquish it. The Bulldogs never trailed after halftime and led by as many as 12.

Gonzaga drew two quick fouls on Austin after halftime and he went to the bench with three fouls. Harris' bucket and free-throw made it 47-38 Gonzaga.

Baylor made its first three 3-point attempts of the second half, two by Jackson, and cut the deficit to 49-44. Jackson entered the contest as the scoring leader in the Big 12, averaging 19 points and 6.3 assists.

Pangos' second 3-pointer of the second half extended Gonzaga's lead to 62-50 with 12:12 left. Pangos and Olynyk combined to score 15 straight Gonzaga points over a five minute span.

Jackson and Austin made back-to-back 3-pointers and Baylor stayed within reach at 62-56. Austin showed off his versatile skills, making shots from inside the paint, outside the 3-point line and mid-range jumpers.

Taurean Prince scored four quick points and drew a charge, leading to a Austin jumper on the other end and Baylor pulled within five with 9:39 left.

Baylor didn't get any closer.

Gonzaga's defense did not allow a Baylor run of more than five points over the final 10 minutes of the game.

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Jordan Hulls scored a season-high 20 points, Cody Zeller added 16 and the fifth-ranked Hoosiers cruised past Jacksonville 93-59 in their final non-conference game.

The Hoosiers (12-1) have won three straight, all by at least 34 points.

Jacksonville (5-8) was led by Dylan Fritsch with 15 points and Jarvis Haywood with nine, but lost for the fourth time this season to a power-conference school. The Dolphins have now dropped four of their last six overall.

UCLA 97, NO. 7 MISSOURI 94, OT: At Los Angeles, Shabazz Muhammad hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:01 left in overtime to help UCLA upset Missouri and extend its winning streak to five games.

Travis Wear, who finished with a career-high 22 points, added a jumper with 12 seconds left to close out the Bruins' first win over a top-10 non-conference opponent since 2007.

Missouri missed a pair of 3-point attempts in the closing five seconds.

Muhammad tied his career high with 27 points, David Wear scored 16, Jordan Adams had 12 and Larry Drew II added 12 assists.