Morgantown, WV (SportsNetwork.com) - Przemek Karnowski scored 19 points and
pulled down 13 rebounds as No. 20 Gonzaga rallied past West Virginia for an
80-76 win at WVU Coliseum.
Kevin Pangos added 18 points and Gary Bell Jr. added 15 points and nine
rebounds for the Bulldogs (9-1), who have won five straight since falling
to Dayton on Nov. 25.
"It was a heck of a game," said Gonzaga coach Mark Few. "I think both teams
fought and played with a lot of emotion. West Virginia is a very much-improved
team, especially the way they shoot the ball."
Eron Harris poured in 23 points and Juwan Staten finished with 17 points and
nine rebounds for the Mountaineers (6-4), who have dropped three of their last
"We're going to be alright -- we're going to be good," said West Virginia
coach Bob Huggins. "We just cant keep losing games that are winnable, and
this was a winnable game."
Staten knocked down a pair of free throws before a quick layup gave the
Mountaineers a 51-41 lead with 16:10 left.
The Bulldogs used an 8-2 run, capped by a Sam Dower slam, to make it 53-49
with 12:43 left.
The teams traded makes from there until Terry Henderson's four-point play
stretched WVU's advantage to eight points.
Gozaga slowly chipped away at the lead and Pangos canned a jumper and a wide-
open trey, around a pair of Karnowski free throws, to give Gonzaga a 68-66
lead, its first since the 2:46 mark of the first half.
Pangos added two more threes over the next two minutes to make it 74-66 with
Nathan Adrian stripped Kyle Dranginis and found Harris for a pull-up trey to
make it a four-point game with 1:28 left and Staten buried a jumper from the
left elbow 34 seconds later to pull the Mountaineers within 76-74.
Dower's putback slam, and a Bell free throw made it a four-point game with 14
ticks showing, but Staten knocked down a pair from the charity stripe five
seconds later to keep WVU's upset hopes alive.
Dower split a pair of free throws on the other end to all but seal it for
WVU led 39-35 after a back-and-forth first half.
Gonzaga shot just 44.3 percent (27-for-61) from the field, its lowest mark of
the season ... Dower finished with 11 points and five rebounds and David
Stockon had a game-high eight assists ... Henderson finished with 15 points
for WVU, which turned it over just five times ... The Mountaineers were just
25-for-67 from the field.
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