MAUI, Hawaii –
Junior Kevin Pangos scored 34 points and six different players helped No. 11/10 Gonzaga make 12 three-pointers, as the Arkansas men’s basketball team dropped a 91-81 decision to the Bulldogs Wednesday on ESPN2 at the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational held the Lahaina Civic Center.
Four players reached double figures for the Razorbacks, but they couldn’t overcome Gonzaga’s 55 percent (30-55) night from the field that included 12-of-20 from three-point range. Arkansas is now 4-2 as it heads home for four straight games at Bud Walton Arena, while Gonzaga moves to 6-1.
“First off, congrats to coach Mark Few and his team. They did a good job of coming out and putting on quite a shooting display led by Pangos,” said head coach Mike Anderson
. “He (Pangos) almost played a perfect game and his teammates did a good job of finding him. I don’t want to take anything away from our guys though. I thought they gave great effort and showed a never-quit attitude which is something we can build on.”
The starting frontcourt duo of freshman Bobby Portis
and junior Alandise Harris
led the way with a combined 35 points, including 24 in the second half, and 11 rebounds. Portis established a new season-high with 18 points on 8-of-14 from the field while grabbing a team-best seven boards. The double figure outing is the fifth of the young season for Harris, who had 17 points.
As good as Arkansas’ frontcourt was, the play of Pangos was the difference in the game as he made 10-of-15 from the floor, 7-of-8 from three and 7-of-8 from the free throw line en route to a career-high 34 points in 39 minutes of work. Led by Pangos, Gonzaga’s glairing advantage came from the field where it shot 55 percent compared to 43 percent (31-72) from the Razorbacks.
Arkansas did hold the edge in several statistical categories, out-rebounding the Bulldogs 40-35 thanks to 19 offensive rebounds, while also winning the turnover battle (11-9) for the 10th straight game dating back to last year. The 19 offensive boards led to a 23-5 edge in second chance points, as eight different players grabbed an offensive carom. Freshman center Moses Kingsley
turned in 10 productive minutes with nine points while equaling classmate Bobby Portis
’ team-best seven rebounds.
Portis had eight of Arkansas’ first 13 points in the second half and his second old-fashioned three-point play in the opening four minutes of the second frame closed the deficit to five, at 48-43.
Over the game’s next 10 minutes, Gonzaga hit seven three pointers, including five from Pangos, to grow the lead to as large as 18, 75-57, and put the game out of reach.
Coming off a freshman season in which he reached double figures five times, sophomore Michael Qualls
accomplished the feat for the sixth straight contest to start the season with 13 points and five rebounds. Senior Coty Clarke
was the final Razorback in double figures with all 11 of his points coming in the second half, combining with Portis and Harris to give the frontcourt 35 of the team’s 50 points in the final frame. The Razorbacks have scored 103 second half points in their last two games.
Arkansas now has five days off from game action before it welcomes Southeastern Louisiana to Bud Walton Arena on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m.
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