SPOKANE — The spotlight was on the seniors, but freshmen provided the highlights.
Gary Bell Jr. and Kevin Pangos combined for 10 3-pointers and 32 points as Gonzaga closed the regular season by steamrolling undermanned Longwood 92-60 Monday night.
Bell had career bests of six 3-pointers and 20 points, and Pangos had 12 points on four 3s for the Bulldogs (24-5). Freshman Ryan Spangler had his first double-double with career highs of 12 points and 10 rebounds.
“Those two young guys played pretty efficiently in their limited minutes,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said after limiting his usual starting backcourt to 32 minutes.
Longwood (10-20), which had only had seven players, was led by Antwan Carter’s 18 points and Tristan Carey’s 16.
It was the final home appearance for seniors Rob Sacre, who will leave the Gonzaga program second in career blocked shots, and Marquise Carter, who was the West Coast Conference tournament MVP last year.
“This is more for the home fans,” Few said. “Hopefully we have a bunch more games for these guys. It was a good ending. Mission accomplished.
“A lot of guys got out there and played well. . Nobody got hurt. It was a good night.”
Sacre had five points and six rebounds in limited minutes. Carter had 10 points and five assists, with his acrobatic three-point play pushing the Bulldogs past their previous season high of 90 points.
“It’s crazy to think about it’s your last time playing in the Kennel,” Sacre said. “I made fun of Josh Heytvelt when he was here because he teared up. I can see how he teared up. I got a little emotional. I’ve been here half a decade, and it just flew by.”
Carter, a junior college transfer, said: “It was so much fun to play in front of people that love watching you and having a good time with my teammates. Even though I’ve been here just two years, I feel like I’ve been here five or six years. It’s good to have a good game going into West Coast Conference tournament.”
The tournament starts Wednesday in Las Vegas. But Gonzaga, the league runner-up behind Saint Mary’s, has a bye into the semifinals Saturday.
Gonzaga had a double-figure lead midway through the first half and then closed it with a 15-0 run over the final 6:09 to go ahead 46-21.
The lead reached 35 in the second half as the Bulldogs shot 55.6 percent. They finished with a season-high 24 assists and matched their season high with 13 3-pointers.
Gonzaga fell out of the AP Top 25 this week and was 26th in the voting.