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Current Zags get a chance to gloat

Ten-game win streak could net No. 2 ranking in polls

The Spokesman-Review

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SPOKANE — When Gonzaga's run of consecutive West Coast Conference men's basketball titles ended at 11 last season, players took some good-natured ribbing from past Zags who helped build the lengthy streak.

"A couple of them did," sophomore guard Kevin Pangos said. "That actually kind of got to me a little bit because I want to be up there with those great Zag players and great Zag teams."

The current Bulldogs made their own statement, drubbing San Diego 81-50 in front of 6,000 Saturday at the McCarthey Athletic Center and clinching at least a share of the conference title and the top seed in the WCC tournament.

Third-ranked Gonzaga (27-2, 14-0 WCC) can claim an outright title with one victory (at Brigham Young on Thursday, or home vs. Portland on Saturday) in one of its last two regular-season games, or a Saint Mary's defeat.

"These guys worked so hard all summer. They deserve it and it's good to get it back where it belongs," guard David Stockton said. "We had (former Zag Adam) Morrison coming down and playing in the summer and you can imagine what he's saying to us."

This one followed a familiar blueprint — another splendid first half, efficient offense and stingy defense that takes away the opponent's top scoring option. The Bulldogs led San Diego 37-23 at half — and that's the second-closest margin against a visiting WCC foe this season.

"It's guys being ready to go and really taking the game plan to heart and executing it on defense and offense," coach Mark Few said.

San Diego (13-16, 6-8) made just 35.7 percent of its shots, including 2 of 14 on three-pointers. Eight of Gonzaga's last nine opponents have failed to reach 40 percent shooting.

San Diego guard Johnny Dee attempted only six shots and scored four points, 11 below his average. Guard Chris Anderson, who combined with Dee for 30 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists against GU earlier this month, finished with eight points and four assists.

"We just don't do a good enough job of screening for (Dee)," San Diego coach Bill Grier said. "But at his size against a guy like Gary (Bell Jr.), he doesn't have a lot of time to get a shot off."

The Zags have shut down visiting standouts like BYU's Tyler Haws (one point), San Francisco's Cody Doolin (seven points) and Cole Dickerson (zero points) and Santa Clara's Kevin Foster (four points).

"We've done a nice job on these top scorers that have come in here," Few said. "Even (Saint Mary's Matthew) Dellavedova, we did a nice job keeping him out of his comfort zone."

SAN DIEGO (13-16) — Manresa 5-6 9-11 19, Rancifer 3-10 2-2 8, Kramer 0-2 0-0 0, Anderson 2-5 3-7 8, Dee 2-6 0-0 4, Stackhouse 0-1 1-2 1, Miles 1-3 0-0 2, Guidry 0-2 3-6 3, Fajemisin 1-2 0-0 2, Sinis 1-3 0-0 3, Kok 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 15-42 18-28 50.

GONZAGA (27-2) — Olynyk 5-5 3-3 14, Harris 5-7 1-2 12, Pangos 6-8 3-4 18, Bell, Jr. 1-4 0-0 2, Hart 0-0 0-0 0, Dranginis 1-4 1-2 3, Edi 0-2 0-0 0, Stockton 3-5 0-0 6, Bhaskar 0-1 0-0 0, Bakamus 0-0 0-0 0, Karnowski 2-5 4-5 8, Dower 4-10 1-1 9, Barham 3-4 0-0 9. Totals 30-55 13-17 81.

Halftime — Gonzaga 37-23. Three-point goals — San Diego 2-14 (Anderson 1-2, Sinis 1-3, Kramer 0-1, Guidry 0-1, Stackhouse 0-1, Rancifer 0-3, Dee 0-3), Gonzaga 8-19 (Barham 3-3, Pangos 3-5, Olynyk 1-1, Harris 1-3, Stockton 0-1, Edi 0-1, Bell, Jr. 0-2, Dranginis 0-3). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — San Diego 22 (Manresa 3), Gonzaga 38 (Olynyk 9). Assists — San Diego 6 (Anderson 4), Gonzaga 14 (Bell, Jr. 4). Total fouls — San Diego 19, Gonzaga 20. A — 6,000.

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