UNLV handed Arizona its first loss of the season and followed it with a blowout win over Southern Utah. Christian Wood recorded a pair of 20-10 performances and has been named NetScouts Basketball's National Player of the Week for games from December 22nd to December 28th.
The Palmdale, Calif. native started with a career-high 24 points on 10-of-17 shooting to go with 10 rebounds in a home win over Arizona. After setting a career-high in scoring, the 6-foot-11 sophomore grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds in a 79-45 victory against Southern Utah. He added 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting and five blocks. On the week, Wood averaged 23.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks per game while shooting 65.5 percent (19-of-29) from the field.
Wood has had a breakout sophomore season after averaging just 4.5 points and 3.2 rebounds per game as a freshman. He's boosted those numbers to 14.6 points and 10.0 boards as UNLV is 9-3 on the season. The Rebels begin conference play at Wyoming on Wednesday and look like possible Mountain West contenders if the young squad can show consistency.
Kevin Pangos has been a vital contributor for Gonzaga over the past four seasons and came in clutch once again in an 87-80 win at BYU. The Holland Landing, Ontario native has been named NetScouts Basketball's International Player of the Week for games from December 22nd to December 28th.
The 6-foot-2 point guard scored 21 points against BYU while shooting 6-of-11 from the field and 5-of-8 from three-point range. He added seven assists, two rebounds, two steals, and just one turnover in 38 minutes of action.
Gonzaga improved to 12-1 on the year as the Bulldogs look like Final Four candidates. Pangos has had his scoring numbers dip to 11.6 points per game, but he has the best assist-turnover ratio of his career (4.3:1). After falling to Arizona in overtime earlier this season, Gonzaga has a chance to run the table the rest of the regular season.Wood,
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