No. 20 Gonzaga beats West Virginia 80-76

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 10, 2013 at 11:34 pm •  Published: December 10, 2013
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Center Przemek Karnowski's height advantage helped No. 20 Gonzaga overcome its worst shooting performance of the season.

The sophomore scored a season-high 19 points, Kevin Pangos added 18 and the Bulldogs came from 10 points down to beat West Virginia 80-76 on Tuesday night.

A 7-foot-1 native of Poland, Karnowski had his way against West Virginia's undersized front court, which doesn't have a player over 6-10. Karnowski made 6 of 11 field goals and matched a career high with 13 rebounds for the second double-double of his career.

"The guys were finding me," Karnowski said. "I had great passes, I just had to finish them."

A 48 percent free-throw shooter, Karnowski went 7 of 8 from the line. And he had just one foul called on him after spending half of his games in foul trouble, including fouling out twice.

"We knew coming in that we had a size advantage," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. "Pzem did a good job in traffic and finished some plays. The best thing that he did tonight was rebound, because any team that (West Virginia's Bob Huggins) coaches is tough and they are going to fight you on the glass."

Gonzaga (9-1) held a 43-36 rebound advantage.

Eron Harris led the Mountaineers (6-4) with 23 points, but he had just five points in the second half. Juwan Staten added 17 points and Terry Henderson had 15 for West Virginia.

"We did a much better job on Harris in the second half," Few said. "He was lighting us up in the first half."

The Bulldogs entered the game with the nation's best field goal percentage at 54.9 but were held to 44.3 percent (27 of 61) in their first game on an opponent's court this season. Their previous worst was 48.1 percent in a Nov. 25 loss to Dayton in the Maui Invitational.

Gonzaga has won five straight games since.

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