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Updated Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 01:31 AM

Kevin Pangos leads No. 13 Gonzaga to victory | College basketball

By The Associated Press

SPOKANE — Kevin Pangos was coming off a game in which he scored five points.

In fact, the sophomore guard hadn't scored more than 12 in a game for almost five weeks.

Good thing for Gonzaga that Pangos showed up Friday night.

Pangos made seven three-pointers and scored 31 points to lead the 13th-ranked Zags past Baylor 94-87. Pangos, who entered the game shooting 38 percent from the field, went 10 for 13 and finished two points shy of his career high.

"He's fine," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. "I never was worried about him. As long as he just keeps shooting. He puts way too much time in the gym. He makes way too many in practice to worry about it. You got a guy that works that hard at it, I don't think he was worried, or the staff was worried. It was due time for them to start going in."

Center Kelly Olynyk added 21 points for the Zags (12-1), who shot 53 percent. Pangos and Olynyk, Gonzaga's starters from Canada, shot a combined 19 of 25 (76 percent).

"He was very patient," Few said of Olynyk. "He took what they gave him. He didn't rush. He's maturing, like we've talked about all year.

"He played very well tonight."

Olynyk, a 7-foot junior, is shooting 68 percent (62 of 91) this season.

Pierre Jackson led Baylor (8-4) with 26 points. The Bears were 11 of 13 from the free-throw line, compared with 23 of 34 for the Zags.

"I thought we did a nice job all night of being able to withstand their rallies," Few said. "We'd build up a lead and they'd come fighting back. It seems like it happened six or seven times."

Pangos enjoyed the pace of the game.

"It was so fun," he said. "High scoring. When you're a basketball player, you love that.

"You love defense, too, but you love a high-scoring game. It was nice. They never let us relax."

UCLA downs No. 7

Missouri in overtime

LOS ANGELES — Shabazz Muhammad made a go-ahead three-pointer with 1:01 left in overtime to help UCLA defeat No. 7 Missouri 97-94 and extend the Bruins' winning streak to five games.

Travis Wear, who finished with a career-high 22 points, connected on a jumper with 12 seconds remaining in OT as the Bruins (10-3) posted their first victory over a nonconference opponent ranked in the top 10 since beating No. 10 Michigan State in November 2007.

Muhammad scored 27 points for UCLA, which was listed as a 2 ½-point favorite.

"This is one of the biggest wins we could possibly get," he said. "We're right back where we want to be to start Pac-12 play."

Phil Pressey and Laurence Bowers of the Tigers (10-2) missed three-point tries in the last five seconds of OT. Pressey scored 19 points and had 19 of Missouri's 21 assists.

Missouri had a nine-point lead with 4:05 left in the second half.

"We need to learn how to finish a game out in the last three minutes," Tigers coach Frank Haith said.

Other Top 10 men

At No. 5 Indiana 93,

Jacksonville 59

Jordan Hulls scored 17 of his season-high 20 points in the first half, leading the Hoosiers (12-1) past the Dolphins (5-8).

"I've been pretty passive and they've been telling me to shoot more," said Hulls, referring to teammates and coaches.

Hulls made 6 of 9 shots, all three-pointers.

Indiana has won 29 straight nonconference games at Assembly Hall.

Other Pac-12 men

At Utah 72, College of Idaho 38

Jordan Loveridge scored 15 points and Brandon Taylor added 14 as the Utes (8-4) overwhelmed the Coyotes, an NAIA team from the Cascadia Conference that counted the game as an exhibition.

Pac-12 women

At No. 8 California 70,

George Washington 43

Talia Caldwell scored a career-high 19 points and had eight rebounds to help the Golden Bears (10-1) defeat the Colonials (6-6).

Layshia Clarendon and Gennifer Brandon each added 12 points for Cal.

No. 17 UCLA 77, at Pepperdine 46

Nirra Fields scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Bruins (8-2) past the Waves (3-8). In addition to her double-double, Fields had six assists and six steals.

Markel Walker scored 11 points for UCLA, which led 34-17 at halftime.



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