No. 21 Gonzaga sputters, falls to Kansas State

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 21, 2013 at 6:39 pm •  Published: December 21, 2013

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Gonzaga coach Mark Few had spent days warning his No. 21 Bulldogs that Kansas State would make Saturday's matchup a sluggish game.

For 24 minutes that had been the case before the Bulldogs found a spurt.

"The tempo had been at their tempo, but we were able to finally get it up and down a little and get back in the game," Few said. "We were in position. But then they made all the plays from that moment forward."

And that made all the difference as Kansas State upset Gonzaga 72-62.

At the media timeout with 7:51 remaining, Kansas State coach Bruce Weber challenged his team to get stops. The Wildcats (8-3) held the Bulldogs (10-2) to two points over the next seven minutes.

Thomas Gipson scored eight of his 14 points for K-State during that seven-minute stretch. Marcus Foster also scored 14 points while Wesley Iwundu had 13 and Shane Southwell added 11.

Kevin Pangos led Gonzaga with 14 points while reserve Drew Barham had 13. David Stockton and Przemek Karnowski each scored 10.

The Bulldogs entered the game averaging 87.5 points and had not scored fewer than 68 this season.

"We just missed a lot of wide-open shots," Few said. "That and not getting to the free throw line were huge for us."

Kansas State was 19 of 25 from the foul line while the Bulldogs were 7 of 15.

Gonzaga played the second half without second-leading scorer Sam Dower, who took a hard fall late in the first half and did not return.

"He was in a lot of pain in his lower back," Few said. "(The doctors) were so concerned, they took him for an X-ray."

Barham said the Bulldogs knew Dower's loss created a challenge.

"He's one of the leaders on our team and one of our best rebounders," Barham said. "We wanted to carry over for him. But we didn't do a good enough job."

Southwell kept his team's momentum going right after halftime, scoring five straight for a 33-24 lead with 18:46 to play.

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