SPOKANE, Wash. - Kevin Pangos led a balanced Gonzaga offense with 18 points as the third-ranked Bulldogs rolled to an 81-50 win over San Diego on Saturday afternoon.
Gonzaga, riding a 10-game winning streak, clinched at least a tie for the regular-season championship of the West Coast Conference. The Bulldogs won 11 consecutive titles (counting two ties) before finishing second behind Saint Mary's last year.
The Bulldogs (26-2, 14-0) finish league play with a Thursday game at Brigham Young and a home game next Saturday against Portland.
San Diego (13-16, 6-8) lost its fourth straight game, and its 10th straight against Gonzaga.
The Bulldogs shot 54.5 percent from the field and held the Toreros to 35.7 percent. Gonzaga's hot shooting included a 42.1 percent effort on 3-pointers (8 for 19), compared to 14.3 percent for San Diego (2 for 14).
All-America candidate Kelly Olynyk sank 5 of 5 shots and totaled 14 points, nine rebounds, three blocked shots and a season-high seven turnovers for Gonzaga. Elias Harris added 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting. Pangos hit 6 of 8 shots, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range.
Chris Manresa, the only San Diego player in double figures, scored 19 points on 5-for-6 shooting from the field and 9-for-11 shooting at the free-throw line. Johnny Dee, San Diego's leading scorer, was held to four points on 2-for-6 shooting.
Gonzaga, coming off a superb performance Wednesday in an 85-42 rout of Santa Clara, played unevenly in a first half filled with frequent stoppages of play. The Bulldogs built leads of 14-4, 21-9 and 28-13 before taking a 37-23 lead into the locker room.
Pangos scored 13 points in the opening half, and Harris added nine. Olynyk had five points and six rebounds in just 11 minutes in the opening half, but he also had four turnovers.
NOTES: Gonzaga's Mark Few ranks fifth among NCAA Division I coaches in men's basketball with 14 consecutive 20-win seasons. Duke's Mike Krzyewski leads with 17. All 14 of Few's teams have won 23 or more games. ... San Diego coach Bill Grier, in his sixth season with the Toreros, was a Gonzaga assistant under Few when he was selected to replace Few if the latter ever left the Bulldogs. Current Gonzaga assistant Tommy Lloyd has now been designated to become Gonzaga's head coach if Few leaves. ... Coming into Saturday's games, Gonzaga led the nation in winning percentage (92.9) and ranked third in scoring margin (plus-18.0) and field-goal shooting percentage (50.7). Olynyk was third among individuals in field-goal shooting percentage at 65.4.