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.
OHIO STATE 78, LOYOLA (MD.) 59
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.
KANSAS STATE 70,
SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI 64
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.