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No Bell, but Waves still a threat

Gonzaga's Mangisto Arop and Kelly Olynyk put the squeeze on Pepperdine's Keion Bell in the first half on Jan. 13, 2010, in Spokane, Wash.   (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga's Mangisto Arop and Kelly Olynyk put the squeeze on Pepperdine's Keion Bell in the first half on Jan. 13, 2010, in Spokane, Wash. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Gonzaga takes on Pepperdine tonight and the Waves have quietly put together a solid conference season.

Pepperdine, 3-11 in the WCC last season, are 5-5 after knocking off Portland on Thursday. The Waves are just a half-game behind fourth-place Santa Clara (5-4) as teams continue jockeying for favorable seeding in the WCC Tournament.

As mentioned in an S-R article earlier this week, Pepperdine will be without guard Keion Bell (pictured above with GU's Manny Arop and Kelly Olynyk), who has been suspended for the rest of the season, but the Waves have won two straight without their leading scorer. More on GU-Pepperdine here.

Big game tonight at War Memorial Gym as San Francisco (13-11, 7-2) entertains Saint Mary's (21-4, 9-1), but if there was a word online about the matchup I couldn't find it in the Bay Area papers.




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