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Injury-plagued Gonzaga beats Santa Clara, 74-60

Injury-plagued Gonzaga beats Santa Clara, 74-60
Santa Clara's Jalen Richard (5) attempts a layup against Gonzaga's Przemek Karnowski (24) and Kevin Pangos (4) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, in Spokane, Wash. Gonzaga won 74-60. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — David Stockton scored a season-high 21 points as injury-plagued No. 24 Gonzaga beat Santa Clara 74-60 in the teams' West Coast Conference opener on Saturday night.

Kevin Pangos had 17 points on 5-for-8 shooting for the Bulldogs (11-2, 1-0), who have won 12 of the previous 13 conference titles. Kentridge High School product Gary Bell, Jr. continues to struggle, scoring only 3 points for the second consecutive game.

Gonzaga was without starting forward Sam Dower Jr., the team's second-leading scorer and rebounder, who was out with a back injury caused by a fall in a recent loss against Kansas State. Pangos, who was averaging a team-high 18.3 points despite dealing with a toe injury, also missed a stretch of the second half while receiving treatment.

Brandon Clark scored 22 points as the Broncos (7-7, 0-1) lost for the seventh consecutive time in Spokane.
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