MAUI, Hawaii – Junior Kevin Pangos scored 34 points and six different players helped No. 11 Gonzaga make 12 three-pointers to beat Arkansas 91-81 at the 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-for-20 from 3-point range. Arkansas is now 4-2 as it heads home for four straight games at Bud Walton Arena. Gonzaga improved 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,” Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. “He 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 3-point range and 7 of 8 from the free-throw line en route to a career-high 34 points. Led by Pangos, Gonzaga’s glaring 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, outrebounding 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. 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 three-point play in the opening four minutes closed the deficit to 48-43.
Over the game’s next 10 minutes, Gonzaga hit seven 3-pointers, including five from Pangos, to grow the lead to as large as 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.
Arkansas now has five days off from game action before it welcomes Southeastern Louisiana to Bud Walton Arena on Tuesday at 7 p.m.