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Gonzaga escapes OK State with win

Published December 31, 2012 9:22 pm

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Stillwater, Okla. • Kevin Pangos scored 23 points and hit the clinching free throws with 4.3 seconds left, Kelly Olynyk scored all 21 of his points in the second half and No. 10 Gonzaga edged No. 22 Oklahoma State 69-68 on Monday night to spoil one of the Cowboys' most anticipated nonconference games at Gallagher-Iba Arena in decades.

After leaving the game early in the second half with a knee injury, Gonzaga's Gary Hall Jr. returned to hit a 3-pointer from the left wing with 35.7 seconds left to put the Bulldogs ahead.

Marcus Smart led Oklahoma State (10-2) with 23 points but missed two free throws with 8.7 seconds left with the Cowboys trailing by two. Elias Harris grabbed the rebound on Smart's second miss, and Pangos was fouled in the backcourt before stepping to the line to drill both free throws.

Phil Forte then connected on a 3-pointer at the buzzer for Oklahoma State. Markel Brown contributed 16 points and Forte scored 15 for the Cowboys.

Gonzaga (13-1) completed a perfect five-game sweep of Big 12 competition in nonconference play.

No. 5 Indiana 69, Iowa 65 • Cody Zeller had 15 of his 19 points in the second half and fifth-ranked Indiana opened Big Ten play by holding off host Iowa. Victor Oladipo scored 14 points for the Hoosiers (13-1, 1-0 Big Ten), who snapped a four-game losing streak in Iowa City and have now won four straight since losing to Butler two weeks ago.

Saint Louis 60, No. 20 New Mexico 46 • In St. Louis, Cory Remekun scored a career-high 15 points, and the Billikens won their seventh straight. —

Monday's scores

No. 5 Indiana 69, Iowa 65

• No. 7 Syracuse 96, Central Conn. State 62

• No. 9 Minnesota 76, No. 18 Michigan State 63

• No. 10 Gonzaga 69, No. 22 Oklahoma State 68

• No. 14 Cincinnati 70, No. 24 Pittsburgh 61

• St. Louis 60, No. 20 New Mexico 46

• No. 23 N.C. State 89, UNC Greensboro 68

• No. 25 Kansas State 70, South Dakota 50