Gonzaga’s Fast Start Finishes Off Lions

From Associated Press

Matt Santangelo scored 15 of his game-high 20 points in the first half Friday and Gonzaga picked up an easy West Coast Conference victory, 93-62, over host Loyola Marymount on Friday.

The Bulldogs (12-4, 1-0) used a 19-0 run midway through the first half to take a 25-14 lead. Gonzaga held the Lions (4-9, 0-1) without a field goal for 11:39 as it took a 42-25 halftime lead.

The Bulldogs outscored the Lions, 15-4, to start the second half and led by no fewer than 23 points for the remainder of the game.


Four Bulldogs scored in double figures, with Bakari Hendrix scoring 17 points, Axel Dench adding 13 and Casey Calvary finishing with 10.

The Lions were led by Ben Ammerman with 16 points, while Tim Kennedy contributed 13 points.

The Lions saw their head coach, Charles Bradley, ejected after his second technical foul with 45 seconds left in the first half.

In Big Sky games:

Weber State 69, Idaho State 60--Mark Lawson scored 19 points to lead the Wildcats past the Bengals at Pocatello, Idaho.

The Bengals (1-10, 0-4) pulled to within 58-54 with 4:00 remaining, but Alex Fisher made a three-pointer and the Wildcats (4-9, 2-1) built a nine-point lead with 22 seconds left in the game. Lawson, who averages three-points a game for the Wildcats, scored four in the closing seconds.

James Smith scored 10 points for the Wildcats.

Tywan Meadows scored 27 for the Bengals. He went five of seven from three-point range. Reubin Turner came off the bench to add 13 for Idaho State.


Northern Arizona 73, Montana 60--Ross Land scored a game-high 17 points to help Northern Arizona hand Montana its second conference loss.

A 12-0 run early in the first half gave Northern Arizona a 22-8 lead and the Lumberjacks kept the margin in double digits the rest of the way.

Land hit five of eight three-pointers to lead the Lumberjacks (8-5, 2-1) and Casey Frank added 14 points and had eight rebounds.

Reserve Cory Riser led Montana (8-8, 1-2) with 13 points.