Stockton, Olynyk lead No. 7 Zags over USD, 65-63
Posted at: 02/03/2013 12:38 AM
By BERNIE WILSON
(AP) SAN DIEGO - David Stockton hit a runner in the lane with 55.9 seconds left after Kelly Olynyk scored on consecutive possessions and No. 7 Gonzaga held off San Diego 65-63 on Saturday night for its fourth straight win.
The Toreros still had a chance after Olynyk missed the front end of a one-and-one with 8 seconds left, but Elias Harris blocked Ken Rancifer’s shot and the Toreros couldn’t get off another.
Harris scored 18 points for Gonzaga (21-2, 8-0 West Coast Conference), while Olynyk had 15 and Gary Bell Jr. 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 1/2 minutes left before outscoring the Toreros 12-6.
Olynyk made two free throws, Kyle Dranginis made a baseline shot and Bell scored inside to tie it at 59.
Stockton stole the ball and fed Olynyk for a reverse layup and 61-59 lead with 3:12 left. San Diego turned over the ball and Olynyk made another layup for a four-point lead.
After Chris Anderson scored for USD, Olynyk missed a slam dunk that would have given the Zags some breathing room. They got it anyway when Olynyk rebounded and fed Stockton for a runner in the lane and a 65-61 lead with just under a minute left.
San Diego’s last points came on Dennis Kramer’s putback with 9.4 seconds left.
Gonzaga led 51-43 with 13 minutes left before USD began closing the gap. Dee made consecutive shots for the Toreros, including a 3-pointer to pull to 51-50.
After Bell made a putback for Gonzaga, Bulldogs coach Mark Few was whistled for a technical that helped give the momentum to the Toreros. Dee scored seven straight points, including making both free throws and then a 3-pointer to give USD a 55-53 lead with 9:22 left. Dee made a jumper in the key for a four-point lead.
The Toreros played Gonzaga even until the final three minutes of the first half, when the Bulldogs went on a 12-1 run to take a 36-27 lead.
Kevin Pangos had eight straight during the run, starting with consecutive 3-pointers followed by a layup after a steal by David Stockton. Harris finished it with four straight free throws.
The Toreros had gone ahead 19-17 after an 8-0 run that included two straight baskets by Chris Manresa and layups by Cameron Miles and Keith Stackhouse. USD’s last lead of the first half was 26-24 after Rancifer made a layup with 3:19 left.
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