COL BKB: Gonzaga 83, St. Mary's 78

Jan. 11, 2013 at 1:30 AM
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SPOKANE, Wash., Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Two free throws by Kelly Olynyk with 13 seconds left Thursday finally ended a St. Mary's charge and boosted No. 8 Gonzaga to an 83-78 win over the Gaels.

Gonzaga owned an 18-point lead at halftime and almost surrendered it all as St. Mary's came close to pulling off a major upset.

The Bulldogs improved their record to 16-1 and climbed to 3-0 in the West Coast Conference.

Matthew Dellavedova hit a 3-pointer that brought St. Mary's within three with 1:22 to play and his two free throws with 15 seconds remaining cut the Gaels' deficit to one.

Olynyk then hit his two foul shots, Gonzaga's first points in almost 3 minutes, to extend the Bulldogs' lead back to three. Dellavedova missed a 3-pointer with 8 seconds left that ended St. Mary's hopes

Olynyk made 11-of-19 shots from the field and scored 31 points. Kevin Pangos added 22 for Gonzaga, which shot 53 percent from the field.

Stephen Holt had 23 points for St. Mary's (12-4, 1-1).

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