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December 11, 2013

Mountaineers let lead slip away against Zags

MORGANTOWN — Przemek Karnowski scored a season-high 19 points, Kevin Pangos added 18 and No. 20 Gonzaga came from 10 points down to beat West Virginia 80-76 on Tuesday night.

Gary Bell Jr. added 15 points and Sam Dower scored 11 for Gonzaga (9-1), which won its fifth straight since a Nov. 25 loss to Dayton in the Maui Invitational.

Pangos had 11 points in the final 6 minutes as Gonzaga rallied from down 53-43, its only double-digit deficit this season.

The Bulldogs held West Virginia (6-4) to one field goal over a 7-minute stretch late in the game.

Eron Harris led the Mountaineers with 23 points while Juwan Staten added 17 and Terry Henderson 15.

WVU will next be in action Saturday when it takes on Marshall in Charleston. The Capital Classic is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

GONZAGA (9-1)

Pangos 7-17 0-0 18, Bell, Jr. 4-6 5-6 15, Stockton 1-3 3-4 5, Karnowski 6-11 7-8 19, Dower 4-7 3-4 11, Coleman 2-4 0-0 4, Dranginis 3-10 1-1 8, Barham 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 27-61 19-23 80.

WEST VIRGINIA (6-4)

Staten 5-14 7-8 17, Williams 3-13 1-4 7, Harris 8-15 2-3 23, Henderson 5-9 3-3 15, Noreen 0-0 0-0 0, Dibo 2-5 2-2 7, Adrian 1-5 0-0 3, Browne 1-6 2-2 4. Totals 25-67 17-22 76.

Halftime—West Virginia 39-35. 3-Point Goals—Gonzaga 7-20 (Pangos 4-8, Bell, Jr. 2-3, Dranginis 1-5, Stockton 0-1, Barham 0-3), West Virginia 9-27 (Harris 5-9, Henderson 2-6, Dibo 1-3, Adrian 1-4, Staten 0-2, Browne 0-3). Fouled Out—Dibo, Henderson, Stockton. Rebounds—Gonzaga 43 (Karnowski 13), West Virginia 36 (Staten, Williams 9). Assists—Gonzaga 13 (Stockton 8), West Virginia 15 (Browne 5). Total Fouls—Gonzaga 19, West Virginia 22. A—9,350.

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