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Bulldogs Take Fifth In Maui

Sam Dower helped the Zags slam home a fifth place finish in Maui with 19 points against Arkansas. Sam Dower helped the Zags slam home a fifth place finish in Maui with 19 points against Arkansas.

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) - Kevin Pangos scored acareerr-high 34 points and No. 11 Gonzaga easily beat Arkansas 91-81 on Wednesday to finish fifth in the EA Sports Maui Invitational.

Pangos made 7-of-8 3-point attempts, including four during a 3-minute stretch in the second half that led the Bulldogs to an 18-point lead. He got a standing ovation from fans in the tiny gym when he came out of the game with less than 2 minutes left.

But Gonzaga head coach Mark Few was forced to put Pangos and Bell back into the game in the final minute when Arkansas cut a 17-point deficit to 11. It was after he re-entered the game Pangos hit a pair of free throws for points 33 and 34 and the career high.

Pangos did more than just shoot 3s. He had four assists, three rebounds and several layups in traffic while the game was still close.

Gonzaga (6-1) never trailed and responded each time the Razorbacks tried to string together baskets.

Sam Dower Jr. had 19 points and Gary Bell Jr. 13 for the Zags.

Gonzaga bounced back for two wins and fifth place in the early-season tournament after losing in the first round to unranked Dayton. The Bulldogs beat Division II Chaminade on Tuesday.

Bobby Portis had 18 points for Arkansas (4-2). Alandise Harris scored 17, Michael Qualls added 13 and Coty Clarke 11.

With less than 3 minutes left in the first half, Pangos took a pass from David Stockton and drove in for a layup, tumbling to the floor after being fouled by Mardracus Wade. Pangos' free throw gave Gonzaga a 38-25 lead, tying its largest advantage of the half.

Arkansas responded with six points in just more than a minute to cut it to 38-31 at halftime. Portis hit a jumper at the start of the second half to narrow the deficit to five, but the Razorbacks got no closer.

About 5 minutes into the second half, Kyle Dranginis stole the ball from Qualls. Dranginis took a return pass from Pangos and hit a 3 from the top of the key to give Gonzaga a double-digit lead for good.

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