LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Gonzaga had an impressive weekend.
Elias Harris scored 24 points, Kevin Pangos added 23 and No. 17 Gonzaga beat Davidson 81-67 Sunday night in the Old Spice Classic championship game.
“We knew it was going to be tough,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. “That’s just an unbelievably skilled team that is tough as nails. That fights you on every possession. We had to respond several different times to finally get it going in our direction. I think that bodes well for us down the road here.”
Kelly Olynyk added 14 points for Gonzaga (6-0), which also won the 2008 Old Spice Classic. The Bulldogs are undefeated in six overall games at the tourney.
Davidson (3-3) got 17 points from Nik Cochran. Jake Cohen had 13 and De’Mon Brooks finished with 12.
“They’ve got some terrific offensive firepower,” Davidson coach Bob McKillop said of Gonzaga. “They beat you at every spot. I thought they defend very well, too.”
Pangos connected on a 3 to give Gonzaga a 58-53 lead with eight minutes to play. The guard had another 3 to make it 64-57 two minutes later.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cal Poly made some history against No. 11 UCLA on Sunday night.
Dylan Royer scored 18 points and Kyle Odister came off the bench to score 15 points and the game winning free throws and Cal Poly upset No. 11 UCLA 70-68 on Sunday night.
Chris Eversley had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Mustangs (2-2), who erased an 18-point deficit in the second half and earned their first win against UCLA in six tries.
It was the highest-ranked team ever defeated by Cal Poly, picked to finish seventh in the Big West.
Gene Chizik was fired by Auburn after one of the most stunning and dramatic falls in college football history. The Tigers won the second national championship in program history behind Cam Newton in 2010. This season, Auburn finished 3-9 and did not win an SEC game. The Tigers lost the Iron Bowl 49-0 to rival Alabama.
Auburn endured the worst slide within two years of winning a national championship of any team since poll started in 1936 and hadn’t lost this many games since going 0-10 in 1950. The decision came 17 months after Auburn gave Chizik a contract worth some $3.5 million annually through 2015 with a hefty buyout of $7.5 million.
“When expectations are not met, I understand changes must be made,” Chizik said in a statement.
He was 33-19 in four seasons and 15-17 in the SEC.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Rory McIlroy made five straight birdies down the stretch to overtake Justin Rose and win the Dubai World Championship on Sunday, ending a historic year in which the 23-year-old Northern Irishman won the PGA Championship and the European and PGA tour money titles.
The top-ranked McIlroy recovered from early putting woes to finish at 6-under 66 for a total 23-under 265 at the season-ending tournament. Rose, who was tied for seventh after three rounds, surged down the stretch into contention after shooting a course-record 62 that included an eagle and eight birdies.
Second-ranked Luke Donald (71) was tied for third with Charl Schwartzel (68) of South Africa. Louis Oosthuizen (69) was another shot back in fifth.
The day was supposed to be a duel between McIlroy and Donald, who were tied for the lead after the third round. The Englishman grabbed an early two-shot lead when McIlroy bogeyed the first and Donald birdied the second.
But then Donald three-putted the third to end a streak of 102 holes on the Earth Course without a bogey to give McIlroy a chance. He then had another bogey on No. 12 to fall three back and never challenged after that, missing the green on the 17th to end his chances.