Gonzaga's Kevin Pangos Is Not Just a Shooter

By John Lloyd
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The Gonzaga Bulldogs have had a magical season thus far in the non-conference portion of their schedule. Kevin Pangos has led that magic by shooting his way through games like the ones against the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Arkansas Razorbacks. However, against the Southern Alabama Jaguars, it was a different story.

Pangos went from shooter to facilitator. At the half, he had one measly point. However, he had a steal and three assists as he played more of a point guard role. It was almost a switcharoo between him and fellow guard David Stockton; Stockton was the one getting the points in the first half. The half was one-sided as the ‘Zags led the Jags 41-25. It was weird seeing Pangos’ name not as the top scorer, but as the top assists leader.

On the defensive side, the Bulldogs could not stop senior Augustine Rubit. He finished with 31 points and eight rebounds. If Pangos can do both his shooting duties and his point guard role from this game, he should be destined for the NBA. The Gonzaga guard simply cannot do both in the same game, it’s a daunting and difficult task. With 14 minutes to go in the game, Pangos hit his first 2-point jumper. It was the start to a superb second half.

Coach Mark Few knows what he can expect from Pangos from behind the arc, but he does not know what to expect from him as a point guard. However, he changed roles in the second half and became the primary scorer. After a sub-par first half in terms of scoring and shooting, Pangos decided he needed to shoot more. He took 12 shots and made three, tallying 10 points. However, it was his passing, not his scoring that gave the Bulldogs the 68-59 victory over the Jaguars.

Gonzaga’s guard showed that he can do it all and not just score against the Jaguars.

John Lloyd is a PAC-12 Basketball Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JohnHLloydIII

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