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No. 13 Gonzaga beats Baylor 94-87

No. 13 Gonzaga beats Baylor 94-87

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Kevin Pangos made seven 3-pointers and scored 31 points to lead No. 13 Gonzaga past Baylor 94-87 on Friday night.

Kelly Olynyk scored 21 for Gonzaga (12-1), Elias Harris had 17 and Gary Bell Jr. added 12. The Bulldogs shot 52 percent from the field on 31 of 59 shooting. Pangos made 10 of 13 shots and finished two points shy of his career-high.

Pierre Jackson led Baylor (8-4) with 26 points, Isaiah Austin, a 7-foot-1 220-pound freshman, had 20 and Cory Jefferson added 13. The Bears also shot 52 percent for the game, but attempted 21 fewer free-throws than Gonzaga.

Gonzaga didn't hold a lead until the 4:53 mark of the first half. But once they got the lead, they were determined not to relinquish it. The Bulldogs never trailed after halftime and led by as many as 12.

Gonzaga drew two quick fouls on Austin after halftime and he went to the bench with three fouls. Harris' bucket and free-throw made it 47-38 Gonzaga.

Baylor made its first three 3-point attempts of the second half, two by Jackson, and cut the deficit to 49-44. Jackson entered the contest as the scoring leader in the Big 12, averaging 19 points and 6.3 assists.

Pangos' second 3-pointer of the second half extended Gonzaga's lead to 62-50 with 12:12 left. Pangos and Olynyk combined to score 15 straight Gonzaga points over a five minute span.

Jackson and Austin made back-to-back 3-pointers and Baylor stayed within reach at 62-56. Austin showed off his versatile skills, making shots from inside the paint, outside the 3-point line and mid-range jumpers.

Taurean Prince scored four quick points and drew a charge, leading to a Austin jumper on the other end and Baylor pulled within five with 9:39 left.

Baylor didn't get any closer.

Gonzaga's defense did not allow a Baylor run of more than five points over the final 10 minutes of the game.

The first half was a different story as Baylor jumped out to a 8-2 lead in the opening minutes of the game. Gonzaga made three consecutive 3-pointers to tie the game at 13. Jackson scored six straight points for Baylor and the Bears pushed their lead to 24-18.

A Gary Bell Jr. floater in the lane gave Gonzaga its first lead of the game at 30-28 with 4:53 remaining in the half. Bell's bucket sparked a 9-0 Gonzaga run.

Austin's baseline jumper ended a four minute scoring drought for Baylor and cut Gonzaga's lead to 34-30 with 3:28 left. Gonzaga led 38-33 at the break.

Gonzaga made five 3-points in the first half and attempted nine more free-throws than Baylor. The Bears shot 48 percent and the Bulldogs made 12 of 30 shot attempts.

The Gonzaga crowd wasn't its usual rowdy self, partially because most of the students were away during semester break. Gonzaga is 112-8 in the McCarthey Athletic Center.

Earlier this month, Baylor ended Kentucky's 55-game home winning streak at Rupp Arena.

Baylor was Gonzaga's fourth matchup against a Big 12 Conference school this season. The Zags have defeated West Virginia, Oklahoma and No. 25 Kansas State. Gonzaga travels to Stillwater on Monday to face No. 22 Oklahoma State.

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The Redskins' loss to the Bears needs to be remembered as the humiliation it was

The Redskins' loss to the Bears needs to be remembered as the humiliation it was

The 31-15 final score suggests that the Redskins were beaten soundly on Monday night by the Bears, but not dismantled. Don't fall for that.

What happened at FedEx Field — in front of a national audience, in a game that was needed to turn around the season — was yet another humiliating result and it needs to be remembered and evaluated as such.

31-15 isn't what you need to look at. 28-0 is. That was the advantage Chicago held over Washington late in the first half.

This time, the hosts couldn't even make it to the third quarter before their usual collapse.

Case Keenum's pick-six after an opening stop by the Burgundy and Gold was an enormous buzzkill. That said, it is possible for a group to come back from an unfortunate start. That didn't happen, though.

Instead, Greg Manusky's defense — a unit that was supposed to bring more aggression and play with tighter communication, a unit that was supposed to take advantage of a slumping opponent — allowed three second quarter touchdowns, two of which came on drives that spanned more than 60 yards.

As a whole, the problems that Jay Gruden's squad had in Weeks 1 and 2 returned for a third time. The running game was ineffective. The defense was really ineffective. The Redskins racked up nine penalties. 

On a larger scale, the problems that Jay Gruden's squad has had throughout his entire tenure in D.C. returned for a who-knows-what-number-this-is time. They started slowly. They were destroyed at the end of the first half. They faltered in primetime. They were the ones reacting instead of initiating.

Afterward, the quotes coming from Gruden and his players sounded very familiar. Things need to "get cleaned up." It's only "the beginning" of the year. No one is "jumping ship."

In that respect, this was just another standard loss for Washington. It shouldn't count as one, however. This one was exceptionally awful and unacceptable.

Now, the Redskins stand at 0-3 and arguments can be made for changes at quarterback, defensive coordinator and even head coach. No player at any spot should feel comfortable with their spot on the depth chart.

Just 16 days ago, there was talk about hope and possibly a surprise playoff push. The talk now, sadly, is about plenty of other things, and none of them are good. And right now, this team simply isn't, either.

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Emotional post-game speech by Jonathan Allen tries to keep Redskins together 

Emotional post-game speech by Jonathan Allen tries to keep Redskins together 

Jonathan Allen was blunt and to the point. 

The Chicago Bears had just trashed the Redskins in yet another Monday Night Massacre at FedEx Field. Don’t let the late rally fool you. This game was 28-0 late in the second quarter. It finished 31-15. Washington is 0-3. This is about the time when NFL teams go off the rails. 

Allen gave an impassioned post-game speech demanding teammates stay accountable and united despite their clear frustration, a source told NBC Sports Washington’s JP Finlay. 

“We’re supposed to be the best athletes in the world,” Allen said. “If you don’t have the mental toughness to stay focused after three weeks in a 17-week regular season, I don’t know what to tell you. Each guy has to be held accountable and just take it from there. There ain’t no magic sauce to get this thing turned around.”

Listed as questionable before the game, playing on a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee, Allen gutted through the game after missing the Week 2 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. 

The Redskins were left seething because they have found different ways to lose every week. They blew a 17-0 lead to the Philadelphia Eagles. They were sloppy and out-manned at the line of scrimmage against the Dallas Cowboys. Turnovers killed them for the first time this season against the Bears in a disaster of a first half. 

Allen insisted the locker room will not fracture. Those could be dismissed as just words, but the expression on his face made you uneasy. He played college football at Alabama. He is not used to losing. 

Neither is wide receiver Terry McLaurin, who caught another touchdown pass and had six catches for 70 yards. It’s been a great individual start to his rookie season, which means nothing to a player who won so many games at Ohio State. 

“I’m a win-loss kind of guy. I scored. We lost," McLaurin said. "I want to be productive for my team, but at the end of the day I want to win and we all want to win. The boxscore doesn’t say ‘Terry had a great game.’ It says ‘The Redskins lost.’ I feel like that. Our team feels like that.” 

The Redskins next travel to New York to play the 1-2 Giants in what absolutely is a must-win game. Jobs are on the line now. Allen and McLaurin said there would be no finger-pointing. Accountability starts with each individual player and they vowed to check their own play. Running back Adrian Peterson echoed his younger teammates.

"Everyone contributes. From Week 1 to now," Peterson said. "If anything you've got to point the finger at yourself. For me, even with everything that happened in the first half, at the end of the day, we were in a position to convert a first down and I didn't execute. And if we do that we're in a position with a fresh set of downs to get seven [points] and now we're down six and it's a totally different ballgame."

But these are all words. They must be backed up on the field in New York on Sunday or they don’t mean much. The Redskins better adhere to the message or the season will slip away from them a quarter of the way into it. Will they? Allen’s manner suggested anyone who isn’t on board will face consequences.       

“Nothing is ever impossible to fix. I don’t care how you lose,” Allen said. “Nothing is ever impossible. Losing sucks. Regardless of how you lose, we lost...[But] they’re going to have to be. It’s not a question of ‘if’ but you’re going to have to be and we’re going to be.”

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