Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Gonzaga 89, Washington State 81

[recap] [box score]

Hello from the third hour of the marathon. I'm going to try and write about each game within the window of halftime of the following game, so quick-hit thoughts only:

Gonzaga notes: This was Kevin Pangos' coming out party, as the freshman tied a school record with nine three-pointers on his way to 33 points. Just as impressive, however, was his poise handling WSU's half-court pressure. He also showed maturity, playing within himself despite being white-hot from the field ... Robert Sacre's ability to convert at the free throw line is huge. He made just one of three field goal attempts, but made all 13 of his freebies ... Another freshman, Gary Bell Jr., scored 14 points but wasted a number of late possessions with bad shots and turnovers.

Washington State notes: Reggie Moore came up with some big plays late as the Cougars scrambled back from a double-digit deficit, but he's an experienced point guard who should bear the bulk of the responsibility for WSU looking direction-less for most of the game on offense ... DaVonte Lacy hit a couple of big threes during the rally, and it should be noted that Ken Bone called Lacy's number down four late. The shot went in and out ... Brock Motum looks like a legitimate offensive threat, both inside and out, but he needs to do a better job on the glass -- as does the rest of the team ... I thought Faisal Aden forced things offensively, especially in the first half.

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