No. 13 Gonzaga holds off Jackson, visiting Baylor
Bears battle but fall short 94-87 in Spokane, Wash.
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.
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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.”