NCAA Game Summary - Gonzaga at Pepperdine|
(Thursday, January 3rd)
Final Score: (10) Gonzaga 78, Pepperdine 62
Malibu, CA (Sports Network) - Elias Harris scored 18 points and pulled down
six boards as the 10th-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs used a strong second half to
down Pepperdine, 78-62, to open up West Coast Conference play.
Kelly Olynyk followed with 16 points, while Kevin Pangos and David Stockton
each poured in nine for the Bulldogs (14-1, 1-0 WCC), who recorded their 23rd
straight triumph over Pepperdine.
After posting their best record in non-conference play since the 2004-05
campaign, the Waves (8-6, 0-1) couldn't keep up with the ranked Bulldogs.
Lorne Jackson posted 16 points and Jordan Baker tallied 15 in the setback.
Trailing by four to start the second half, Pepperdine got quick scores from
Jan Maehlen and Caleb Willis to draw even at 30-30. They then took a brief
36-35 edge following a Stacy Davis layup, but Gonzaga responded with eight
Pangos, who shot 0-for-6 in the first half, knocked down a shot from beyond
the arc and Olynyk followed with a three-point play to highlight the stretch,
which gave the Bulldogs a 43-36 lead.
Pepperdine put together several short rallies, but Gonzaga continued to
counter, and Pangos' triple gave the Bulldogs a double-digit cushion at 57-47
that the Waves could not overcome.
After Gary Bell Jr. and Olynyk each hit a pair of free throws to push the
advantage to 12 with 5:44 to go, the Waves never came closer than 10 points
the rest of the way.
In a slow start to the scoring, Pepperdine grabbed a 14-6 edge almost eight
minutes into the contest.
"Pepperdine was outhustling us," Gonzaga head coach Mark Few said of the
sluggish start. "They were more physical than us, which is rare."
Gonzaga drew even after Przemek Karnowski scored five during an 8-0 Bulldogs
run. Baker drained a triple to put the Waves ahead 21-19 at the 7:01 mark, but
they failed to hit another field goal for the rest of the half.
Bell stroked a 3-pointer to put the Bulldogs on top 28-23, but fouled Nikolas
Skouen from beyond the arc with 1:38 left in the period. Skouen sank all three
free throws, and an Olynyk jumper with under a minute remaining sent Gonzaga
into halftime with a 30-26 edge.
Gonzaga holds a 43-31 edge in the all-time series ... Pepperdine has dropped
20 consecutive contests against Top-25 opponents, with 11 of those losses
coming against Gonzaga ... Jackson has scored in double-figures for the Waves
in all 14 of their contests.
01/04 00:47:03 ET