Gonzaga runs past West Virginia

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Gonzagas Kevin Pangos passes the ball during a game against West Virginia. Pangos added 13 points to help Gonzaga win.  RICHARD MACKSON/US PRESSWIRE
Gonzagas Kevin Pangos passes the ball during a game against West Virginia. Pangos added 13 points to help Gonzaga win.

PITTSBURGH — Gonzaga flew 2,200 miles looking for a fight.

The Bulldogs never got one. West Virginia left all its moxie on the bus.

Robert Sacre and Gary Bell Jr. scored 14 points apiece as Gonzaga routed West Virginia 77-54 on Thursday night in the second round.

Kevin Pangos added 13 points and five assists for the seventh-seeded Bulldogs (26-6), who will play Ohio State in the third round on Saturday.

Gary Browne led the 10th-seeded Mountaineers (19-14) with 15 points off the bench and Kevin Jones scored 13 in his final game for West Virginia, handed its worst postseason defeat in 28 years despite a decided home-court advantage.

Gonzaga never let the crowd get into it. The Bulldogs took control during a 13-0 run midway through the first half and cruised, shooting 56 percent from the floor. West Virginia shot just 32 percent.


Deshaun Thomas scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed 12 rebounds – one off his career best – to lead second-seeded Ohio State (28-7) over Loyola, Md. (24-9).

William Buford had 17 points and Jared Sullinger added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Buckeyes (28-7), who dominated the smaller Greyhounds inside, finishing with a 49-24 rebound advantage.

Ohio State twice took a 15-point lead in the first half and then led by as many as 20 – 70-50 on a basket by Thomas with 5:34 to play.



Rodney McGruder scored 30 points and Jordan Henriquez added 15 points, nine rebounds and six blocks to lead Kansas State past Southern Mississippi.

The Wildcats (22-10) advanced past their opening tournament game for the third consecutive year and will face Syracuse in the third round on Saturday.

Neil Watson led Southern Miss (25-9) with 16 points, LaShay Page had 15 and Kentucky transfer Darnell Dodson scored all 14 of his points in the second half.

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