Gonzaga 86, Pacific 64

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SPOKANE, Wash. -- Guard Kevin Pangos and swingman Drew Barham scored 16 points apiece to lead No. 24 Gonzaga to an 86-64 win over Pacific in West Coast Conference action Saturday night at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

Point guard David Stockton added 15 points, and forward-center Sam Dower Jr. scored 13 for Gonzaga (14-2, 4-0 WCC). Gonzaga won four straight games overall, 20 straight home games and 22 straight WCC games.

The Bulldogs overwhelmed Pacific (9-5, 0-3) in the first half, but hot 3-point shooting early in the second half helped the Tigers briefly pull within eight points. Gonzaga quickly scored nine unanswered points to go ahead 67-50 with 10 minutes left, however.

Gonzaga shot 69.2 percent from the field, including a season-high 76.9 percent on 3-pointers (10 of 13). Pacific sank a season-low 31.7 percent of its shots.

Pacific freshman David Taylor, a reserve forward who had scored just two points this season, had 11 points. He was the only Tigers player to score in double figures.

The Tigers were hampered by 28 fouls. Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski went to the free-throw line 15 times, but sank only five shots. He finished with nine points and a team-high eight rebounds.

Gonzaga raced to leads of 16-3, 29-11 and 37-13 before going up 46-25 at the half.

Gonzaga senior Drew Barham, who was averaging a career-high 7.1 points per game, scored 12 in the first four minutes on three 3-pointers and a three-point play.

The Bulldogs sank 12 of their first 16 shots (including 5 of 7 from 3-point range) when the Tigers were in the process of missing 18 of their first 23 shots. Gonzaga's halftime lead would have been even larger, but the Bulldogs sank only 13 of 24 free throws after Pacific committed 17 fouls in the half.

NOTES: Pacific rejoined the WCC this season after spending the previous 42 seasons in the Big West Conference. The Tigers were original members of the WCC (then known as the California Basketball Association) in 1952-53. ... Ron Verlin, who assisted Bob Thomason at Pacific for 19 years, is spending his first season as a head coach at any level. Thomason retired after ending his 25-year coaching stint at his alma mater with an NCAA tournament appearance last season. Verlin is the twin brother of Idaho coach Don Verlin. ... Saturday's game was just the fifth ever played between Pacific and Gonzaga.

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