Gonzaga: NCAA, Say Hello to Kevin Pangos
“He’s like a vending machine,” Gonzaga senior Robert Sacre told the Spokane Spokesman Review. “You know what you’re getting when you put a coin in.” I’m not sure about a vending machine but Gonzaga freshman Kevin Pangos put on a show in the win against Washington State Monday night 89-81. Pangos tied a school record by hitting nine 3-pointers and finishing with 33 points. “I was just feeling it and got some open looks,” said Pangos, a native of Newmarket, Ontario. He was 9 of 13 from 3-point range to tie the record set by Gonzaga great Dan Dickau, who hit nine 3s….twice.
Although its definitely premature to compare Pangos to Dickau (its Pangos’ first career start and his second game), his 33 points helped the Zags build a 21-point second half lead and it was the most scored ever by a Gonzaga freshman. More than Blake Stepp. More than Adam Morrison. More than Dan Dickau. More than John Stockton…yes that John Stockton.
While its the second game of the season, is this performance an indicator that the Zags may have found the point guard solution? Have they addressed their arguably weakest position? Who knows but its a good sign and in the end Pangos can be the next in the great line of Gonzaga guards. Not only did he score points in bunches, he also dished out six assists, only turned the ball over twice and played some respectable defense against the Cougar backcourt.
We’ll see if Pangos will deliver this type of performance on a consistent basis, but if he can improve as a perimeter defender, run coach Mark Few’s offense smoothly, get that Gonzaga frontcourt involved, and knock down open shots, Gonzaga may be ready for another deep March tourney run.
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