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  • No. 9 Gonzaga holds on for narrow victory

  • SPOKANE, Wash. — Kelly Olynyk scored 31 points and Gonzaga held off Saint Mary's, 83-78, on Thursday in the latest installment of one of the best rivalries on the West Coast.
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  • SPOKANE, Wash. — Kelly Olynyk scored 31 points and Gonzaga held off Saint Mary's, 83-78, on Thursday in the latest installment of one of the best rivalries on the West Coast.
    Kevin Pangos added 22 points for Gonzaga (16-1, 3-0 West Coast Conference), which has won seven straight since losing at home to Illinois. It was Olynyk's second consecutive 30-point game.
    Stephen Holt led Saint Mary's (12-4, 1-1) with 23 points.
    Gonzaga led by 20 early in the second half but had to stave off a furious rally by the Gaels.
    Matthew Dellavedova hit a 3-pointer and then two free throws to cut Gonzaga's lead to 79-78 with 15 seconds left. Olynyk sank a pair of free throws before Dellavedova missed a long 3-point attempt with 6.9 seconds to go. The Gaels were forced to foul, and Pangos hit two free throws to seal it.
    No. 22 Michigan State 62,Iowa 59
    At Iowa City, Iowa, Branden Dawson scored a career-high 17 points, including a late steal and tiebreaking dunk that helped Michigan State beat Iowa.
    Gary Harris had 14 points for the Spartans (13-3, 2-1 Big Ten), who hung on late for their eighth win in nine games.
    Dawson ripped the ball away from Iowa freshman Mike Gesell and gave Michigan State a 58-56 lead with 49 seconds left.
    Anthony Clemmons missed a free throw that would have tied it with 12 seconds to go and airballed a 3-pointer at the buzzer as Iowa (11-5, 0-3) lost its third straight.
    The Hawkeyes played without leading scorer Devyn Marble, who sprained his ankle in practice this week. Zach McCabe led Iowa with 15 points and fellow reserve Melsahn Basabe added 14.
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