The Pacific Tigers learned something the rest of the West Coast Conference has known for almost a decade now—The Kennel is a tough place to visit.
The No. 24 Gonzaga Bulldogs beat Pacific 86-64 at The Kennel—officially the McCarthey Athletic Center—in Spokane, Wash., Saturday night and stand as the last unbeaten team in the WCC. The Tigers are winless in their first season back in the conference. Pacific left the league after the 1970-71 season.
With the win, the Bulldogs (14-2, 4-0 WCC) are now 67-2 against conference opponents at The Kennel, which opened in November 2004. Gonzaga extended their home-court conference winning streak to 23 games.
The competitive phase of this one was over early. Gonzaga blasted out to a 16-3 lead in the first 3:19 of the game and led 34-13 with 8:35 left in the first half. The Bulldogs maintained that 21-point lead at the half, 46-25.
The Tigers did make a run in the second half, getting to within eight points at 58-50 when Tony Gill sank a 3-pointer with 12:31 remaining, but the Bulldogs answered with a 9-0 run to stretch the lead back out to 17 points and were never threatened again.
Drew Barham and Kevin Pangos scored 16 points each to lead Gonzaga. David Stockton added 15 points and Sam Dower had 13. Przemek Karnowski had eight rebounds and two blocked shots while Kyle Dranginis handed outs even assists and blocked a pair of shots.
Andrew Bock and David Taylor led Pacific with 10 points each. T.J. Wallace had six rebounds.
The Tigers were 19-for-60 (31.7 percent) overall, 10-for-25 (40 percent) from 3-point range and 16-for-20 (80 percent) at the line.
The Bulldogs were 27-for-39 (69.2 percent), 10-for-13 (76.9 percent) and 22-for-39 (56.4 percent).
Gonzaga won the rebounding battle 37-32, but turned the ball over 13 times to just 10 for Pacific.
The Tigers return home Thursday night to host the USF Dons. Tipoff at the Spanos Center is 7 p.m. Pacific.