Gonzaga clinches WCC title; Cougars lose eighth straight


SPOKANE — Kevin Pangos had 18 points as No. 3 Gonzaga clinched the West Coast Conference regular season title with an 81-50 win over San Diego on Saturday.

Kelly Olynyk scored 14 points with nine rebounds, while Elias Harris added 12 points and five boards for the Bulldogs (27-2, 14-0 WCC), who have reeled off 10 straight wins to take the top spot in the conference.

Chris Manresa had a game-high 19 points for the Toreros (13-16, 6-8), who have dropped their past four games.

This game was in stark contrast to the Feb. 2 matchup in San Diego that saw the Bulldogs barely escape with a 65-63 victory that was capped on a Harris block in the closing moments.

Holding a 7-2 lead early, Gonzaga scored the next seven points with an Olynyk 3-pointer make it a 10-point game less than six minutes in.

San Diego was able to hang around and keep the game from getting out of hand in the first half and a Manresa layup in the final seconds made it a 37-23 lead after 20 minutes.

An 8-2 run to start the second half gave the Bulldogs a 20-point lead and a 13-0 run later in the half, which saw the Toreros go over five minutes without a point, gave the team a 67-32 advantage after a Drew Barham 3-pointer with 9 1/2 minutes left.

Gonzaga cruised to the finish line from there, leading by as many as 37 points.

Arizona 73, WSU 56

TUCSON — Kevin Parrom had 19 points and seven rebounds to lead No. 12 Arizona to a 73-56 win over Washington State on Saturday.

Parrom was 6-of-7 from the field, including five 3-pointers, for the Wildcats (23-4, 11-4 Pac-12), who have won three straight games. Mark Lyons added 14 points and Kaleb Tarczewski recorded 12 points and six rebounds.

Brock Motum had a game-high 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting for the Cougars (11-17, 2-13), who have lost eight straight games and are last in the Pac-12 conference standings. DaVonte Lacy scored 10 points, while D.J. Shelton registered seven points, five assists and five rebounds.

Arizona was strong throughout the contest. Parrom fired a pair of three- pointers to start a 20-7 run for the Wildcats within the first 11 1/2 minutes of the game.

The Wildcats extended to their lead to 15 points with two minutes left in the first half. After a pair of three throws by Lacy, Tarczewski made a three- point play to give Arizona a 35-19 lead at halftime.

Arizona continued to lock down defensively in the second half, allowing just one field goal in the first five minutes

The Cougars got within 52-41, with just under seven minutes to play, but they were unable to close the gap any further.

Arizona outscored Washington State 21-15 in the final minutes. Parrom scored eight points and Nick Johnson fired a trey to seal the deal.