SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Kevin Pangos scored a combined 48 points in the last two games, against two of the top three teams in the West Coast Conference. But after the game, the freshman gave all the credit to his teammates.
"Everyone is buying in," Pangos said. "Overall, we're just doing our part and playing team basketball. Nobody is being selfish."
Four Gonzaga players scored in double figures, led by Pangos with 21 points, as Gonzaga beat Loyola Marymount 78-59 on Saturday night.
Coming off a game in which he scored 27 points, Pangos made 8 of 12 shots, including 5 of 7 from behind the arc.
Elias Harris scored 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for Gonzaga (20-4, 10-2 West Coast), while Guy Landry Edi and Robert Sacre added 13 points apiece.
"We just came out, got rebounds, pushed it, got good shots and everyone is just playing hard," Pangos said.
Anthony Ireland and Drew Viney were the only two Lions (16-10, 9-4) to score in double figures. Viney led LMU with 24 and Ireland finished with 23.
Gonzaga led by as many as 24 points in the second half. The Bulldogs made 53 percent of their shots while holding LMU to 39 percent.
"We held both opponents in the 30s (shooting percentage) over the weekend," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. "That's a great stat for us."
Edi scored six points during a 12-4 Gonzaga run to open the second half, extending the lead to 50-32. A 3-pointer by Pangos, his fifth of the game, gave the Bulldogs a 69-47 lead with 7:52 left.
The Bulldogs made 7 of 21 3-pointers and made 17 of 19 free throws. Gonzaga also controlled the paint, grabbing 37 rebounds to 24 for LMU.
"We have to bottle up this energy and toughness and efficiency and take it with us on the road," Few said.
Gonzaga opened the game on a 12-2 run, quickly silencing any thoughts of an emotional letdown after beating No. 16 Saint Mary's on Thursday night. The atmosphere in the McCarthey Center was noticeably more subdued against LMU than it was during the nationally televised game against the Gaels.
Gonzaga led 23-13 midway through the first half and held a 40-30 lead at the break.
Anthony Ireland kept LMU within reach in the first half by scoring 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting. The Lions, as a team, shot just 36 percent in the half.
Pangos came out firing in the first half too, making 3 of 4 3-pointers and scoring 13 points.
The Lions entered the game on a four-game winning streak and had won all six of their conference road games. LMU hasn't beat Gonzaga in Spokane since the 1990-91 season.
LMU travels to conference leader Saint Mary's on Wednesday. Gonzaga trails Saint Mary's by one game in the loss column and needs the Gaels to lose at least one game to win its 12th consecutive regular-season West Coast title.