Put another W in the win column to make that 20 victories for the Zags (20-4) after Saturday evening’s thrashing of the Loyola Marymount Lions. GU took it to LMU 78-59.
The nearly 20 point victory was a slight surprise, as the Lions only lost by four to the Bulldogs the first time around in LA. Also, after the very emotional and adrenaline filled win against St. Mary’s on Thursday, the sustainability of Gonzaga to play elite basketball was questionable coming into Saturday’s contest.
From the get-go however, Kevin Pangos picked up where he left off two days prior. He drained a three to start the game, and never looked back. He finished the night with 21 points. Since Pangos is most comfortable from behind the arc, he naturally made 5 of 7 three pointers. Another admirable statistic the freshman Canadian phenom acquired was nine assists. That was a season high for any GU player so far.
Elias Harris racked up his second straight double-double with 17 points and 15 boards for the night. He was extremely aggressive from the beginning and was only one rebound shy of his double-double at the half. Harris also accumulated the most playing time (33 minutes), which is unusual for the power forward.
Oh and guess what!? Rob Sacre had an “And 1!” Mr. Sacre is a very massive big man who holds down the paint and constantly draws fouls—and tends to make his free throw too, but he never makes the attempted lay-in prior to heading to the line; Saturday he did. His tenacity led to 13 points; and only seven came from the charity stripe. Sacre also racked up two blocks to putting him only one short of the second all-time at Gonzaga (Casey Calvary leads the stat with 207 and Ronny Turiaf is next at 179).
Also with 13 points was Guy Landry Edi. The junior transfer compiled what has been needed from the starting three position: explosive offensive production. Edi ran the wing well against LMU and made some power plays underneath the basket on his way to a career high scoring night.
One miraculous team statistic for the night was going 17-19 from the free throw line. Six Zags took shots from the line and considering only two didn’t go in out of 19 it is incredibly impressive. For the year, the team is shooting about 70%, but Saturday, at nearly 90%, showed that there is hope improvement has been made in that area of the game.
All that the Bulldogs can do is keep winning in the West Coast Conference as there are three league games remaining. If GU plays at the level they have the past two games, look out, because all there is to say is “Roll Zags!”