- Associated Press - Sunday, January 26, 2014

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Gonzaga is relying heavily on its guards this season, and they came through in an 84-69 victory over BYU on Saturday night.

Kevin Pangos scored 24 points, and fellow guards David Stockton and Gary Bell Jr. added 14 points each as the Zags pulled away from BYU in the second half.

Stockton had 12 of his points in the first half, while Pangos and Bell did most of their damage in the second.

David carried us in the first half,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. “In the second half, Gary and Kevin really took over.”

Pangos scored 21 points in the second half, while Bell scored 11.

“We had a hard time locating Pangos,” BYU coach Dave Rose said.

Sam Dower Jr. added 18 points for Gonzaga (18-3, 8-1 West Coast), which has won four straight since its lone conference loss at Portland.

The Zags finished the first half of the conference season in first place in the WCC, and that was a solid achievement for a team that has been dealing with injuries and illness in recent weeks.

“We’re glad to be No. 1 and we’ll keep going,” said Bell, who was playing just his second game after recovering from a broken hand.

Tyler Haws scored 23 points to lead BYU (13-9, 5-4), which was coming off Thursday’s 114-110 triple-overtime loss at Portland. Kyle Collinsworth added 13 and Eric Mika 12 for the Cougars.

“You’ve got to give them credit for knocking down big shots, but we kind of let it get away from us in the second half,” Haws said.

Rose said the triple overtime loss at Portland may have impacted his team in the second half, when they were outscored 49-36.

“We got a lot of 50-50 balls in the first half, out-rebounded them in the first half,” Rose said. “As the game wore on, I think that we got heavy legs.”

Pangos connected on 6 of 10 3-pointers, and Gonzaga finished 10 of 22 from 3-point range. BYU made just 2 of 11 from 3-point range.

Kevin played wonderful tonight,” Dower said. “He’s really got his mojo going.”

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