Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/13/14
If close wins build character, No. 9 Gonzaga has all it needs by now. Kelly Olynyk scored 31 points and the Bulldogs held off a furious comeback by Saint Mary's to win 83-78 on Thursday night in the latest installment of one of the best rivalries on the West Coast. ''It would be nice to get some 30- or 40-point blowouts,'' Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. ''We've been in enough close games.'' Kevin Pangos added 22 points for Gonzaga (16-1, 3-0 WCC), which has won seven straight since losing at home to Illinois. ''They've done a heck of a job to get to 16-1,'' Few said of his team. ''We've had emotional game after emotional game after emotional game.'' It was Olynyk's second consecutive 30-point game, the first time a Gonzaga player has done that since Adam Morrison in 2006. 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 rally by the Gaels. ''We played fantastic in the first half,'' Few said. ''They play...
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