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Day after Pepperdine

Now that was the Pepperdine club I was expecting to see in Malibu last month. Instead, Gonzaga’s defense shut down the Waves and rolled to a 70-53 win that wasn’t pretty for either team offensively.

In last night’s rematch, both teams were dialed in offensively but the Bulldogs had more firepower and won 83-68. Pepperdine, much like Portland, is making big strides under third-year coach Marty Wilson and has a solid nucleus of underclassmen.

Gonzaga, meanwhile, got a win and some help from Pacific, which knocked BYU out of second place. BYU (9-5 WCC) faces Saint Mary’s (9-4) on Saturday. A BYU win coupled with a GU victory over LMU would assure the Bulldogs of at least a co-WCC title.

Back to GU-Pep. Here’s my game story, Colin Mulvany's photos and A.P.’s recap. More below in my day-after post.

FYI: The ice storm that postponed Duke-N.C. earlier this week will have an impact on the start time of GU-BYU next Thursday. Duke-N.C. has been rescheduled for that night on ESPN, which means the Bulldogs-Cougars will tip off at 8 PST instead of 6.

Zags shoot 52.5%, defeat Waves

David Stockton and Kevin Pangos each scored 18 points and Przemek Karnowski had 17 points, seven rebounds and a career-high four assists as Gonzaga pulled away from visiting Pepperdine 83-68 on Thursday.

The Zags improved to 22-4, 12-1 in the WCC. My unedited game story is below. Check back tomorrow for a day-after post.


Zags entertain Pepperdine

Links to a couple of Gonzaga items on the Four Corners page in today's S-R. Here's a glance at Pepperdine, which takes on GU tonight at the McCarthey Athletic Center, and a note on Gonzaga's rebounding issues last week.

Zags return to form in easy win

This one looked a lot more like Gonzaga's four-game home stand than Gonzaga's lackluster performance at Portland.

The Bulldogs rebounded from last week's loss to Portland by blowing out Pepperdine 70-53 on Thursday. Sam Dower Jr. led the way with 18 points and 8 rebounds, opting not to wear the back brace that he's utilized since returning from a back injury suffered at Kansas State. Kevin Pangos added 14 points and 4 assists.

My unedited game story is below. Check back tomorrow morning for a day-after post.


Day after Pepperdine

Well, Gonzaga took it down to the wire last night but everything worked out in the end.

No, not Gonzaga's 82-56 rout over Pepperdine that was a bit of a snoozer. The sound system at the MAC went south about 70 minutes before tipoff and the problem was fixed just in time for the announcement of the starting lineups. The band played pretty much non-stop in the hour leading up to the game, drowning out the crackling sound coming from the speakers.

The links: Game story from S-R, AP and Seattle Times, and S-R photos. Read on for my day-after post.

Zags ‘D’ stifles Pepperdine

Gonzaga shut down Pepperdine, holding the Waves to just 20 first-half points, and coasted to an easy 82-56 victory on Thursday.

My unedited game story is below.

I'll have a day-after post up in the morning.

Gonzaga beats Pepperdine 82-56

S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered the GU home game against Pepperdine.  Check out a big picture gallery of his photos.

Day after Pepperdine

A little tardy for my day-after post, but there's a good reason. I spent about 15 minutes visiting with ex-Zag Robert Sacre at the Lakers practice facility this morning.

So better late than never, here's my day-after Pepperdine post. No road venue is easy for the Zags in the WCC, but the Waves have made GU's last two trips to Malibu fairly uncomfortable.

The links: S-R game story, A.P.

More below.

Zags grind out 78-62 win

It was far from pretty, but the Gonzaga Bulldogs pushed their winning streak to five with a hard-fought 78-62 road victory over improving Pepperdine on Saturday night.

Elias Harris had 18 points and six rebounds, Kelly Olynyk added 16 points (14 in second half) and David Stockton led a strong bench contribution with nine points and four steals (I believe he had a fifth steal in the final minute that he didn't receive credit for).

My unedited game story is below. Check back tomorrow for a day-after post and a preview of GU-Santa Clara.

GU wants to avoid falling into trap

Situated between Monday's win over No. 22 Oklahoma State and Saturday's contest at Santa Clara, Gonzaga will try to stay on task against Pepperdine on Thursday in Malibu. It has all the makings of a trap game, facing a squad picked to finish last in the WCC between two tough opponents. (At the time of this post, Santa Clara leads USF 39-28 at half on ESPNU.) 

The good news for Gonzaga is guard Gary Bell Jr. (right knee) appears to be fine after departing Monday's game for 7-1/2 minutes. He was expected to practice Wednesday and play in Thursday's contest. The Zags took Tuesday off after arriving in L.A. on a late-night/early-morning charter flight from Stillwater.

The Waves, for the most part, have been able to keep scores in the 50s and 60s with their deliberate, defensive-minded style. It'll be interesting to see how Pepperdine's freshmen frontcourt of Stacy Davis (6-6, 235) and Jett Raines (6-7, 200) fare against Gonzaga's interior foursome. Davis and Raines combine for 18.6 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. Fifth-year senior Lorne Jackson, who has dealt with two torn ACLs during his career, leads Pepperdine at 14.8 points per game and Jordan Baker, who averaged 11.3 points per WCC game last season as a freshman, checks in at 9.8 points per game.

More below.

Day after Pepperdine

Made it home for the Super Bowl and got my homework done on the plane — just didn't have a chance to post it until now with a quick connection in Portland.

You know the routine. The links: S-R game story and another from A.P. Elsewhere, BYU and LMU stayed right on GU's heels. Free throws proved costly for Portland in a home loss to BYU, and Loyola Marymount staged a huge comeback to beat San Francisco.

Read on for my day-after Pepperdine post.

Gonzaga holds off Pepperdine

Gonzaga got back on the winning track, but it wasn't easy. The Bulldogs let a 15-point lead dwindle to 2 before going on a decisive 10-0 run in the second half. Gonzaga's 72-60 victory keeps the Bulldogs in second place in the WCC. Saint Mary's is 11-0, GU 8-2 and LMU and BYU are at 8-3.

Gonzaga returns home to face Saint Mary's on Thursday and LMU on Saturday.

Here's a link to my game story that will run in Sunday's S-R (I left the unedited version below because it has a few more details/quotes).

Check back tomorrow for a day-after post.

Day after Pepperdine

Gonzaga took care of business and an outmanned Pepperdine squad 73-45 last night at the MAC. Here's my game story and here are other links of interest: BYU outlasted LMU in Los Angeles and Rob Jones scored 31 points to lead his current team Saint Mary's past his former team San Diego.

While Gonzaga has a day to prepare for Santa Clara, we took an Internet-plagued morning to prepare a day-after Pepperdine post. Read on for more.

Zags trounce Pepperdine, 73-45

Good evening from the McCarthey Athletic Center, where Gonzaga thumped Pepperdine 73-45 tonight. GU won its seventh in a row to improve to 12-2, 2-0 in the WCC. The Bulldogs have defeated Pepperdine 21 consecutive times.

You can read my unedited game story below and check back tomorrow for a day-after post.

Pepperdine’s Asbury retiring, Wilson taking over

Pepperdine coach Tom Asbury is retiring and associate head coach Marty Wilson will be elevated to head coach, the WCC school announced Thursday afternoon. A press conference will be held Friday. More here.

Gonzaga cools off Waves, 63-44

With its top two scorers battling illness, Gonzaga had a number of players contribute in a 63-44 win over Pepperdine. Elias Harris had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Sam Dower added 13 points and eight rebounds.

Read on for my game story and check back tomorrow for a day-after post.

Zags cruise 63-44

Elias Harris scored 15 points and Sam Dower added 13 as Gonzaga beat Pepperdine 63-44 on Saturday at Firestone Fieldhouse.

The Bulldogs held Pepperdine to just 27.4 percent shooting. No Waves reached double figures.

GU improved to 17-9, 7-3 in the WCC. Pepperdine dropped to 11-17, 5-6.

More in about two hours.

GU-Pepperdine tip in about 40 minutes

Both teams are on the floor at Firestone Fieldhouse for pre-game warmpus with tipoff coming up at the top of the hour.

Gonzaga's Steven Gray had an IV on Friday after battling sickness during Thursday's win over LMU (which was crushed by Portland earlier today). Gray had company as center Rob Sacre began feeling ill late Thursday or early Friday. Both went through warmups and looked to be OK.

Head to for in-game updates.

Check back here later tonight for a game story.

Vandersloot, Gonzaga get it done

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Gonzaga senior Courtney Vandersloot took the suspense out early in her march to 1,000 career assists but the Bulldogs had a much tougher time with Pepperdine Saturday afternoon.

Vandersloot notched her third assist of the day and 1,00th of her career just 3:32 into the game to become the seventh NCAA D-I player with a grand, the fourth woman, on an inbounds play to Kayla Standish. But after opening a 16-6 lead the Zags went ice cold and it was a battle the rest of the way.

In the end, the Zags pulled it out, using a 13-0 run to erase a nine-point deficit in the second half and then slowing inching away to win their 12th straight game, 25th straight in the West Coast Conference 73-59.

There was addition concern as Vandersloot went down with 45 seconds left and was very slow to get up. Also, in the first half Claire Rapp went out with a left ankle injury, spending the second half on crutches.

Kayla Standish had a monster game with 24 points and 19 rebounds, one shy of the school record and Vandersloot had 17 points and nine assists and Katelan Redmon had 17 points.

We're approaching this game a little differently, columnist John Blanchette is writing about Vandersloot's milestone. I'll post the link to his story and the photos when they're available.

No Bell, but Waves still a threat

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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