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Updated Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 01:31 AM

Zags escape upset bid by San Diego, win 65-63

By The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO — Gonzaga had to earn a victory Saturday night.

David Stockton hit a runner in the lane with 55.9 seconds left after Kelly Olynyk scored on consecutive possessions and the No. 7 Bulldogs won 65-63.

"We needed to make some plays down the stretch," Olynyk said. "David Stockton came in and made some great plays getting into the lane and finding guys for layins. It was huge and then we just needed a couple of stops, and we finally got a couple."

The Toreros still had a chance after Olynyk missed the front end of a one-and-one with eight seconds left, but Elias Harris blocked Ken Rancifer's shot and the Toreros couldn't get off another.

"We battled," Harris said after Gonzaga was outrebounded 38-32. "It was really physical. It went back and forth. They gave us a hell of a time rebounding the ball. They pushed us around."

Harris scored 18 points for Gonzaga (21-2, 8-0 West Coast Conference), while Olynyk had 15 and Gary Bell Jr. scored 13.

The Bulldogs have won nine straight against the Toreros and 31 of 33. Johnny Dee scored a game-high 21 points for USD (11-12, 4-4).

Gonzaga trailed 57-53 with 7 ½ minutes left before outscoring the Toreros 12-6.

GONZAGA (21-2) — Pangos 3-12 0-0 8, Bell, Jr. 6-8 0-0 13, Olynyk 6-14 3-5 15, Harris 6-12 5-6 18, Hart 0-1 0-0 0, Dranginis 1-2 0-0 2, Edi 0-1 0-0 0, Stockton 1-2 1-2 3, Karnowski 0-0 0-0 0, Dower 2-5 2-3 6, Barham 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-57 11-16 65.

SAN DIEGO (11-12) — Anderson 4-8 1-2 9, Dee 8-18 2-3 21, Manresa 4-8 0-0 8, Rancifer 2-7 0-0 4, Kramer 4-4 0-0 10, Stackhouse 1-2 0-0 2, Miles 1-5 0-0 2, Fajemisin 0-0 0-0 0, Sinis 1-4 0-0 3, Kok 1-4 2-4 4. Totals 26-60 5-9 63.

Halftime — Gonzaga 36-27. Three-point goals — Gonzaga 4-8 (Pangos 2-2, Bell, Jr. 1-2, Harris 1-2, Dower 0-1, Edi 0-1), San Diego 6-21 (Dee 3-7, Kramer 2-2, Sinis 1-4, Kok 0-1, Miles 0-2, Anderson 0-2, Rancifer 0-3). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — Gonzaga 32 (Harris, Olynyk 8), San Diego 38 (Manresa 8). Assists — Gonzaga 13 (Bell, Jr. 4), San Diego 12 (Anderson 11). Total fouls — Gonzaga 13, San Diego 17. Technical — Gonzaga bench. A — 4,759.


LENNY IGNELZI / AP
Gonzaga forward Kelly Olynyk has his path blocked by San Diego's Dennis Kramer Saturday night.




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