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Freshman Pangos leads Zags past Air Force

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SPOKANE -- Kevin Pangos scored 23 points and Sam Dower added 16 points and eight rebounds -- all in the second half -- as Gonzaga grinded out a 70-60 victory over Air Force on Thursday night.
Elias Harris added 12 points and Gary Bell Jr. had 10 for the Bulldogs (9-2), winners of four straight. Todd Fletcher had 17 points for the Falcons (6-3), who played most of the way without leading scorer Michael Lyons, who went down in the opening minutes with an ankle injury.
In a back-and-forth game that saw Air Force grab its biggest lead, 36-32, early in the second half on Taylor Broekhuis' basket inside, Gonzaga took charge behind Dower. With his team trailing 38-37, he scored six straight points for the Bulldogs, who took a 46-44 lead with 10:39 remaining. His three-point play with 7:52 left capped an 8-0 burst that put Gonzaga up 54-46.
A jumper by Taylor Stewart pulled Air Force to within 54-49 with 7:17 left, but Gonzaga responded with a 7-0 run capped by Pangos' 3-pointer with 5:35 left and grabbed its biggest lead, 61-49.
The Falcons never got closer than eight points the rest of the way.
Gonzaga seemed to be in control early, riding Pangos' three 3-pointers to a 15-11 lead. Pangos finished 6-of-12 from 3-point range.
But Air Force stayed close, grabbing its first lead, 19-17, on a driving layup by Taylor Stewart with 7:40 left in the half.
Mike Fitzgerald added 14 points and Stewart had 12 for Air Force, which had won three straight.
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