Kevin Pangos and Kelly Olynyk both had team highs with 20 points, while guard Anthony Ireland of LMU put up a game high 30 points. Elias Harris also put in a quiet double-double with 10 rebounds and 16 points. The senior is becoming very consistent on the stat sheet and is finishing up his final year strong in WCC play.
Unlike the 45 point blow out the Zags gave LMU last week in Los Angeles, the Lions came out and played tough and physical. Gonzaga finally pulled away towards the end of the first half, and was just too deep and big for the Lions to stay competitive for long. You have to praise the effort of the LMU players for putting the blow out game behind them and giving the #6 team in the nation a game they had to work for.
Its also nice to see Kevin Pangos has finally found his shot and can be really dangerous from the perimeter. I like seeing Dranginis getting more playing time lately, as I think he can be really special for years to come at GU. I would like to see Gary Bell get some more looks, but he had quite a few shots that went in and out and we could easily have seen him in double figures if a few of those went in.
Gonzaga is now 10-0 in WCC play and 23-2 overall. With all of the losses in the top 5 this week, it will be interesting to see how high Gonzaga gets ranked tomorrow in the polls. We shall see. I'm predicting they will move up to #3, and we might see Miami jump from #8 to #2. We'll know tomorrow.
Go Zags, and everyone gear up for an exciting game at Saint Mary's this week.