No. 13 Gon­zaga holds off Jack­son, vis­it­ing Bay­lor

Bears bat­tle but fall short 94-87 in Spokane, Wash.

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Kevin Pan­gos made seven of his 10 3-pointer at­tempts and scored 31 points to lead No. 13 Gon­zaga past Bay­lor 94-87 on Fri­day night.

Kelly Olynyk added 21 points, Elias Har­ris had 17 and Gary Bell Jr. added 12 for the host Bulldogs (12-1), who shot 52 per­cent from the field (31 of 59). Pan­gos went 10 for 13 over­all and fin­ished two points shy of his ca­reer high.

Pierre Jack­son led Bay­lor (8-4) with 26 points, Isa­iah Austin had 20 and Cory Jef­fer­son added 13. The Bears also shot 52 per­cent, but at­tempted 21 fewer free throws than Gon­zaga.

Gon­zaga didn’t hold a lead un­til 4:53 re­mained 10 55 1 14 3 11 41 15 1 3 in the first half but never trailed af­ter half­time, lead­ing by as many as 12.

The Bulldogs drew two quick fouls on Austin — a 7-foot-1, 220-pound fresh­man — af­ter half­time and he went to the bench with three fouls. Har­ris’ bucket and free throw gave Gon­zaga a 4738 lead.

Bay­lor made its first three 3-point at­tempts of the sec­ond half, two by Jack­son, to cut the deficit to 49-44. Jack­son came in as the Big 12’s scor­ing leader, av­er­ag­ing 19.0 points and 6.3 as­sists.

Pan­gos’ sec­ond 3pointer of the sec­ond half ex­tended Gon­zaga’s lead to 62-50 with 12:12 left. Pan­gos and Olynyk com­bined to score 15 straight Gon­zaga points over a five-minute span.

Jack­son and Austin made back-to-back 3point­ers and Bay­lor stayed within reach at 62-56. Austin showed Jonathan Holmes Cam Ri­d­ley Shel­don McClel­lan Julien Lewis Ja­van Felix Ross Wil­son Seth Gearhart Ju­lian Du­Bose Max Guercy TamirJack­son F C G G G F F G G G tent.

McClel­lan leads the Longhorns in scor­ing with 15.3 points a game, but he has been ef­fi­cient only from the free-throw line, hit­ting 85 per­cent. McClel­lan has con­verted just 35.7 per­cent of his field-goal at­tempts, in­clud­ing 31.4 per­cent of his 3-point­ers.

Angling for im­prove­ment, McClel­lan said he doesn’t leave the prac­tice gym th­ese days be­fore mak­ing 500 shots.

He has other is­sues as well; Barnes some­times cites McClel­lan for sub­stan­dard de­fense.

Though he is the lead­ing scorer on a team des­per­ate for points, McClel­lan lost his start­ing po­si­tion three games into the sea­son af­ter the Longhorns lost to Di­vi­sion II Cham­i­nade. McClel­lan spent the next five games as a re­serve.

McClel­lan passed for two as­sists as the Longhorns held strong against a North Carolina rally. But three days later, he was ban­ished to the bench by Barnes down the stretch of a 67-56 loss at Michi­gan off his ver­sa­tile skills, mak­ing shots from in­side the paint, out­side the 3point line and mid-range jumpers.

Austin then hit an­other jumper, but they couldn’t get closer with Gon­zaga’s de­fense prevent­ing Bay­lor from any­thing more than a 5-0 run over the fi­nal 10 min­utes.

No. 5 In­di­ana 93, Jack­sonville 59: Jor­dan Hulls scored 20 points, Cody Zeller added 16 and the host Hoosiers (12-1) routed the Dol­phins (5-8).

Michi­gan State guard to trans­fer: Bran­dan Kear­ney, a 6-foot-5 sopho­more, has de­cided to trans­fer. Coach Tom Izzo said Kear­ney came back from Christ­mas break and told him he was go­ing to try to find a place where he could play a larger role. Kear­ney is av­er­ag­ing 2.3 points per game and 16.9 min­utes. The 19thranked Spar­tans play at Min­nesota on Mon­day. 6-7 6-9 6-4 6-3 5-10 6-7 6-7 6-4 5-9 6-3 So. Fr. So. So. Fr. Fr. So. So Fr. Sr. 7.3 5.9 15.3 12.0 8.4 3.5 6.3 9.9 7.5 18.0

Note­wor­thy: Longhorn for­ward Jaylen Bond, who has played just five min­utes all sea­son be­cause of in­juries to his right an­kle and left foot — mostly to the foot — has been cleared to re­turn to­day. 7.8 5.3 4.3 3.4 *6.4 2.0 3.0 5.5 2.5 6.9 Rice is go­ing through a mis­er­able sea­son. The Owls (3-8) rank 286th na­tion­ally among 345 teams in scor­ing mar­gin at mi­nus-7. They are 312th in points per game, 300th in field-goal ac­cu­racy and 280th in field-goal de­fense. State. McClel­lan left with 7:36 to play and did not re­turn un­til the 1:51 mark.

McClel­lan sug­gested he was benched be­cause of a cou­ple of turnovers.

Barnes men­tioned lapses on de­fense.

“He wasn’t feel­ing well the day be­fore,” Barnes said. “He did very lit­tle in prac­tice. A big part of our game plan was to get up and down the floor. We were press­ing. He wasn’t get­ting him­self into the right po­si­tion so we could press.”

McClel­lan said he was “a lit­tle sur­prised” that he was benched. “But it was noth­ing per­sonal,” he said. “I was on the bench root­ing my team­mates on.”

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