As tough as Karnowski was to stop, so too was Pangos down the stretch.
After going 3 of 10 from the field in the first half, the junior went 4 of 7 after halftime. Pangos had 11 points in the final 6 minutes as Gonzaga rallied from down 53-43, its only double-digit deficit this season.
"Kevin kept at it," Dower said. "He didn't give up. He was persistent. He hit some really big 3s and that's what he does. We knew it was coming sooner or later. That lifted up the team's morale as well, and got everybody going."
West Virginia failed to seize on an opportunity to pad its resume and get its first win over a marquee opponent. West Virginia lost in the past two weeks to No. 4 Wisconsin and Missouri.
The Mountaineers were held to one field goal over a 7-minute stretch late in the game.
"I think the whole thing started when we didn't get back on defense," Huggins said. "We are so close to being pretty good, but at the same time, we are so far away."
West Virginia had just five turnovers but was held to its second-worst shooting performance of the season at 37.3 percent (25 of 67). The Mountaineers have lost 13 straight times to ranked opponents.
Pangos hit a 3-pointer with 4:09 left to give Gonzaga the lead for good, 68-66. It was the Bulldogs' first lead of the second half.
Pangos made two more wide-open 3-pointers over the next 2 minutes and Bell made two free throws with 1:52 left to give Gonzaga its largest lead, 76-68.
After Pangos was called for a charge into Harris, Staten hit a basket with 51 seconds left to pull West Virginia within 76-74. But the Mountaineers didn't score another field goal the rest of the game.