Gonzaga Gets Back on Track, Beats LMU 72-55


After a very close game against Pepperdine, Gonzaga was able to hold a comfortable lead and win by a large margin once again.  The Zags beat LMU 72-55 on the afternoon of Saturday, January 17.

Jan 17, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Kevin Pangos (4) runs the ball down the court against the Loyola Marymount Lions during the first half at Albert Gersten Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

This game was all about the guards for the Zags.  Kevin Pangos had 16 points and six assists.  He went 4-8 on three point shooting.  These are good numbers.  Hopefully this will give Pangos some more confidence for the rest of the season.  Speaking of confidence, Gary Bell Jr. had a much needed big game.  After a difficult showing against Pepperdine, Bell Jr. was able to score against LMU.  He finished with 17 points and ended up going 3-6 from three point range.  This is important because Bell Jr. had been in a scoring slump.  Hopefully this game will unite him for the next few games.  Byron Wesley also had a strong showing.  He had 14 points and six rebounds.

For LMU, Ayodeji Egbeyemi had a good game.  He finished with 14 points, which led the team.  LMU had some production from the bench that worked well for them.  Both Evan Payne and Petr Herman had 11 points off the bench.  Herman also had seven rebounds.

Thankfully, Gonzaga shot a much better free throw percentage against the Lions.  The Zags shot 75% from the line.  I would like to see this number continue to improve, but 75% is a huge improvement from the game against Pepperdine.

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Coming up on Thursday, January 22 the Zags will take on St. Mary’s in Spokane.  This will be a huge game, especially because this matchup has been scheduled over Gonzaga’s winter break for the past two years.  It will be an intense matchup with a rabid crowd. If the Gaels win on Saturday night, the game will be for sole possession of first place as both teams will enter undefeated in conference play.

LMU is set to go to Santa Clara on January 22 to take on the Broncos.  This is a game that the Lions could definitely win, but they will need a bit more production from their starters in order to be successful.