STILLWATER, Okla. —
Smart hit a 3-pointer to spark an immediate 13-4 response, and his spinning layup in the lane put the Cowboys back in the lead before Nash’s jumper made it 61-58 and drew a timeout from Few.
Olynyk had a pair of buckets off of offensive rebounds to put the Zags back on top, before Smart answered with a putback of his own for a 65-64 OSU advantage. After an Oklahoma State timeout, Mike Hart set a screen to free up Gary Bell Jr. for a 3-pointer from the left wing that gave Gonzaga a 67-65 lead with 35.7 seconds left.
Olynyk fouled out while keeping Smart from getting an easy layup for the tie — and it proved to be well worth it as the Bulldogs moved to 5-0 against Oklahoma State in the past eight seasons.
Pangos had a transition layup and a 3-pointer in an early 10-0 burst by Gonzaga, and the Bulldogs pushed their lead out to 19-8 after David Stockton set up Przemek Karnowski’s layup underneath with 11:02 left in the first half. Olynyk came out with two fouls before the midway point of the half, and Oklahoma State roared back with the Zags’ 7-footer on the bench.
Brown and Smart came up with fast-break slams on back-to-back possessions, and Smart followed with a jumper from the right elbow that put the Cowboys up 31-29 in the final 2 minutes. Pangos had the half’s final three points on free throws to give Gonzaga the lead.