Updated at: 12/01/2012 8:35 PM
By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
(AP) SPOKANE, Wash. - Sam Dower scored 18 points and No. 12 Gonzaga beat Pacific 85-67 on Saturday, tying the team record for most wins to open a season.
Elias Harris added 17 points for Gonzaga (8-0), which tied the 1994-95 squad for most wins to start the season. Gonzaga’s next game is Wednesday at Washington State.
Travis Fulton led Pacific (3-4) with 15 points. Lorenzo McCloud had 14.
Kelly Olynyk added 15 points and Kevin Pangos 12 for Gonzaga.
Gonzaga coach Mark Few won his 350th game and has a 350-90 career record, all with the Bulldogs.
Pacific made eight of its first 14 shots to jump to an 18-10 lead. Gonzaga replied with an 11-2 run, taking a 21-20 lead on Olynyk’s dunk.
Then Gonzaga went on a 10-0 run to build a 39-27 lead with 4:20 left in the half. The run included two free throws by Pangos after the Pacific team was called for a technical.
Gonzaga led 49-34 at halftime, behind 14 points from Dower, who made all five of his field goal attempts, and 11 from Olynyk.
Gonzaga extended its lead in the second half, and it reached 22 points, 67-45, on Gary Bell Jr.’s 3-pointer with 10 minutes left.
Pacific clawed back behind a couple of 3-pointers by Rodrigo De Souza, which cut Gonzaga’s lead to 72-59 with 5:40 left.
But the Bulldogs pulled away at the free throw line, and Harris’ dunk gave them an 81-61 lead with less than 3 minutes left.
This is the first meeting between the schools since 1976. Pacific is joining the West Coast Conference next season.
Long-time Pacific coach Bob Thomason has announced he is retiring after this season.
Gonzaga is 110-7 in the McCarthey Athletic Center since it opened in the 2004-05 season.
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