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Gonzaga rockets past Oklahoma, 72-47

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger hopes his team gained some valuable knowledge from a tough loss to Gonzaga.

Elias Harris scored 18 points and No. 17 Gonzaga beat Oklahoma 72-47 in a semifinal matchup Friday night at the Old Spice Classic.

The Sooners were outrebounded 51-24.

``Gonzaga did a terrific job in dictating pretty much in every way,'' Kruger said. ``Anytime you get whipped that badly on the boards, you know they were a lot more physical, a lot more aggressive to loose balls. It's a terrific learning opportunity for us, and we've got to get that from it. Otherwise it's a waste of time. So we've got to learn from it.''

Kelly Olynyk, Gary Bell Jr., Kevin Pangos and Przemek Karnowski each had eight points for Gonzaga (5-0).

Romero Osby led Oklahoma (3-1) with 13 points, and Isaiah Cousins had 10.

The Sooners shot 32 percent (16 of 50).

``We were sped up because of Gonzaga's defense and didn't shoot with good rhythm or pace,'' Kruger said. ``You could say, well, we just missed shots, but Gonzaga had something to do with that.''

Gonzaga will play Davidson, which beat West Virginia 63-60, in the championship game Sunday night. Oklahoma will close out the tourney Sunday against the Mountaineers.

Consecutive long-range jumpers by Bell and Harris, who also had slammed in a rebound, gave Gonzaga a 43-25 lead three minutes into the second half.

Pangos' 3-pointer extended the Zags' lead to 53-31 with 12 minutes to play.

Olynyk had an in-close basket and David Stockton scored on a layup as Gonzaga built a 59-34 lead midway through the second half.

``That was a really, really good win for us,'' Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. ``We played really good. Got back to playing our style. We attacked on the offense end all night, and did another great job playing defense.''

Gonzaga got points from nine players - led by Bell with five - en route to a 32-22 halftime advantage.

Stockton's fast-break layup in the final minute gave Gonzaga a 32-21 lead.

Olynyk had a dunk and layup as Gonzaga went ahead 14-5.

Oklahoma trailed just 14-8 despite going 2 for 15 from the field during the opening 10 1/2 minutes.

Steven Pledger's jumper cut the Sooners' deficit to 18-13 with 8 minutes left in the half. Andrew Fitzgerald had a slam that got Oklahoma to 20-17 two minutes later.

Pangos' jumper put Gonzaga up 25-19 four minutes before the intermission.

The Zags, winners of the 2008 Old Spice Classic, have won all five games they have played in the tourney.

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