Gonzaga vs. Baylor: Twitter Reaction, Postgame Recap and Analysis

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Gonzaga vs. Baylor: Twitter Reaction, Postgame Recap and Analysis
James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

In an exciting nonconference matchup, Gonzaga got the better of Baylor and left with a 94-87 victory.

Both teams shot well in the first half, but the Bulldogs went into intermission with a 38-33 advantage.

That continued for the remainder of the game as there was not much defense to be found on either end of the court. Both teams finished with over 50 percent shooting from the floor and were able to get easy baskets all day. 

While the Bulldogs led for most of the second half, Baylor kept the game close throughout.

However, Gonzaga was finally able to pull away thanks to some clutch shots by Kevin Pangos. The sophomore showed why he is one of the most underrated players in the nation and he was a big reason for the victory.

Pangos came into the day hitting 36.2 percent of three-point shots, but he hit 7-of-10 threes on the day and finished with 31 points.

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Big man Kelly Olynyk also came up big with 21 points, followed closely by Elias Harris with 17.

Pierre Jackson was the leader for Baylor like he has been all season. He scored 23 points with six assists, but seven turnovers ended up being costly.

The Bears also got yet another big game from freshman Isaiah Austin. His 20 points and eight rebounds kept the team in the game until the very end.

Gonzaga continues to rise in the national landscape. The team entered the game as the No. 13 team in the country and now has a 12-1 record, including wins over West Virginia, Clemson, Kansas State and Oklahoma. 

Things do not get easier for the Bulldogs though, who now have to travel to Oklahoma State in the final game before starting the West Coast Conference schedule.

For Baylor, this game continues what has already been an up-and-down year. The Bears defeated Kentucky on the road, but also lost to the College of Charleston. 

Fortunately, the nonconference schedule ends with this game as the Bears begin Big 12 play with a home game against the struggling Texas Longhorns.

Twitter Reaction

ESPN Stats and Information joked about Gonzaga's dominance over the Big 12 coming into the game:

Dave Telep usually covers recruiting, but he knew what he was talking about when discussing how well Gonzaga played throughout the game:

ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla gave what sounded like a positive review of this Baylor squad:

Of course, not everyone was pleased. NBA draft analyst Ed Isaacson thought talented freshman Isaiah Austin should have done more work inside.

The big man finished 2-of-5 from behind the arc against Gonzaga.

Finally, one fan posts an obvious statement for any unfortunate soul who decided to watch college football earlier in the day:

Time will tell how well these teams will finish this season, but there is no denying that this was one of the more entertaining games in the nation this year.

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