SPOKANE, Wash. – Kevin Pangos made seven three-pointers and scored 31 points to lead No. 13 Gonzaga past Baylor 94-87 on Friday night.
Kelly Olynyk scored 21 for Gonzaga (12-1), Elias Harris had 17 and Gary Bell Jr. added 12. The Bulldogs shot 52 percent from the field. Pangos made 10 of 13 shots and finished two points shy of his career-high.
Pierre Jackson led Baylor (8-4) with 26 points, Isaiah Austin, a 7-foot-1, 220-pound freshman, had 20 and Cory Jefferson added 13. The Bears also shot 52 percent for the game but attempted 21 fewer free throws than Gonzaga.
Gonzaga didn’t hold a lead until the 4:53 mark of the first half. But once they got the lead, they were determined not to relinquish it. The Bulldogs never trailed after halftime and led by as many as 12.
Gonzaga’s defense did not allow a Baylor run of more than five points over the final 10 minutes of the game.
ILLINOIS 70, No. 6 GEORGIA 59: In Champaign, Ill., Karisma Penn had 27 points and 19 rebounds as the Illini sent the Bulldogs to their first loss of the season. Penn scored 13 points and Georgia turned the ball over 10 times to help the Illini (7-5) jump out to a 31-13 lead.
No. 7 KENTUCKY 90, ALCORN ST. 23: In Lexington, Ky., Samarie Walker had 21 points and 14 rebounds, as Kentucky allowed its fewest points in school history.
The Wildcats (11-1) led 44-11 at halftime, holding Alcorn State without a basket for the final 16 minutes of the first half. The Braves (0-9) went a total of 19 minutes and 26 seconds between field goals, a span that carried over into the second half.
No. 9 MARYLAND 76, BROWN 36: In College Park, Md., Tianna Hawkins scored 16 of her 20 points in the first half as Maryland cruised in the opening round of the Terrapin Classic.
Alyssa Thomas had 16 points and Katie Rutan added 11 points for the Terrapins (9-2). Lauren Clarke had eight points for the Bears (3-6).
No. 13 TENNESSEE 75, DAVIDSON 40: In Knoxville, Tenn., Bashaara Graves and Cierra Burdick recorded double-doubles as Tennessee (8-3) avoided its first three-game losing streak since 1986.
Graves scored 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for the fifth double-double of her freshman season despite resting for the game’s final 10 minutes, 47 seconds. Burdick added 10 points and 10 rebounds. Isabelle Harrison just missed a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds.
No. 16 NORTH CAROLINA 91, EAST TENNESSEE STATE 44: In Chapel Hill, N.C., Tierra Ruffin-Pratt had 18 points and nine assists for the Tar Heels (12-1) in their fifth straight win after nine days off. Serena Clark and Brianna McQueen each scored nine points for East Tennessee State (2-5), which trailed 41-25 at halftime.
No. 17 UCLA 77, PEPPERDINE 46: In Malibu, Calif., Nirra Fields scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Bruins. In addition to her double-double, Fields had six assists and six steals. Atonye Nyingifa had 12 rebounds, and Markel Walker had 11 points for the Bruins (8-2).
No. 24 TEXAS A&M 74, PRAIRIE VIEW 52: In College Station, Texas, Kelsey Bone had 18 points and nine rebounds to lead the Aggies (9-4). Kristi Bellock scored 14 points and Courtney Walker and Karla Gilbert scored 11 apiece for Texas A&M.
No. 25 ARKANSAS 71, COPPIN ST. 57: In Fayetteville, Ark., Sarah Watkins had 22 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots for Arkansas. Quistelle Williams had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Razorbacks (12-1), who have won nine in a row.