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Big Three too much for Waves

Here's my game story from Gonzaga's 92-75 victory over Pepperdine on Thursday.

Check back tomorrow for a day-after post and a liltte bit more on Saturday's opponent, Loyola Marymount, which is in overtime against Portland at the time of this post.

Gonzaga wins 8th in a row

Gonzaga's Big Three of Rob Sacre, Steven Gray and Elias Harris combined for 62 points to lead the Bulldogs to 92-75 victory over visiting Pepperdine on Thursday.

Sacre had a career-high 24 points on 8 of 8 field goals and 8 of 8 free throws. He played just 21 minutes. Gray made five 3-pointers and scored 19, equaling the most he's scored since he hurt his back seven games ago. He also had nine assists, tying his career high. Harris made 8 of 9 shots and scored 19 points.

Gonzaga led by 21 late in the first half. Pepperdine got as close as 13 in the second half before the Zags pulled away.

Gonzaga (12-5, 2-0 WCC) won its eighth straight game.

Back with complete game story in about two hours.
  

Gonzaga wins 8th in a row

Gonzaga's Big Three of Rob Sacre, Steven Gray and Elias Harris combined for 62 points to lead the Bulldogs to a 92-75 victory over visiting Pepperdine on Thursday.

Sacre had a career-high 24 points on 8 of 8 field goals and 8 of 8 free throws. He played just 21 minutes. Gray made five 3-pointers and scored 19, equaling the most he's scored since he hurt his back seven games ago. He also had nine assists, tying his career high. Harris made 8 of 9 shots and scored 19 points.

Gonzaga led by 21 late in the first half. Pepperdine got as close as 13 in the second half before the Zags pulled away.

Gonzaga (12-5, 2-0 WCC) won its eighth straight game.

Back with complete game story in about two hours.

Waves’ coach won’t be at GU game

A couple of items before we shut it down for the night. Pepperdine coach Tom Asbury won't be on the sideline for Thursday's game against Gonzaga. He'll be with his first grandchild, who was born prematurely Sunday.

Also, Pepperdine's Keion Bell, who scored 37 points in a 91-84 loss to Gonzaga last season at the McCarthey Athletic Center, practiced Wednesday night and is listed as probable for Thursday's game. He's missed the last three games with an ankle injury.

Read on for more on Asbury and the matchup with Pepperdine.

Zags cruise past Waves

Top-seeded Gonzaga took all the suspense out of the WCC women’s title game with a 26-5 run early in the second half and went on to pound No. 3 Pepperdine 76-48 on Monday at the Orleans Arena.

The victory gives No. 17 Gonzaga (27-4) an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. It was GU’s second consecutive WCC Tournament championship. Gonzaga thumped the Waves (20-11) 107-64 and 87-45 in the regular season.

Courtney Vandersloot had 19 points and eight assists. Heather Bowman scored 14 points and grabbed four rebounds. Kayla Standish chipped in 10 points and a team-high 14 rebounds. Vivian Frieson added seven points and 12 boards.

More in about two hours.

 

Pepperdine upends No. 2 Saint Mary’s

Gonzaga’s opponent in the WCC women’s tournament championship will be third-seeded Pepperdine, which rallied from nine down in the second half to defeat No. 2 Saint Mary’s 62-56.

Miranda Ayim led four Waves (20-10) in double figures with 13 points, including a jumper with 17.5 seconds left to put Pepperdine in front 60-56.

Gonzaga crushed Pepperdine 107-64 and 87-45 during the regular season. Tipoff is at noon.

“I think it’s a mental thing,” guard Lauren Bell said of the title matchup. “Gonzaga has always been the team to beat and I think a lot of teams are intimidated by them, I think if we come out ready to play and know who we are, then we’ll be fine.”.

Added Waves coach Julie Rousseau: “Every time we’ve played them we have not played well. It’s going to take every bit of mental toughenss and belief in ourselves that we can get the job done. We know how great a team Gonzaga is and we know our work is cut out for us. … We’re not going to forfeit the game. We’ve got to play it and we’re excited about being there.”

Bulldogs maintain WCC lead with easy win

Gonzaga took care of business early, building an 18-point lead in the first six minutes and cruised to a 72-54 win over Pepperdine on Saturday.

The win keeps GU (22-5 overall) in first place in the WCC with a 10-2 record. Saint Mary’s is 9-3. Portland dropped to 8-4 after losing to Loyola Marymount in overtime.

Read on for my unedited game story.

Zags roll to 72-54 win

Gonzaga is on the doorstep of another WCC championship.

The Bulldogs routed Pepperdine 72-54 Saturday. GU (22-5, 10-2) can wrap up at least a share of the crown with a win over Santa Clara at the McCarthey Athletic Center on Thursday. Two wins would secoure an outright championship. WCC has won or shared nine straight WCC titles.

Gonzaga built a 40-19 halftime lead and essentially traded baskets in the second half. The Bulldogs led by as many as 24 in the second half..

Matt Bouldin scored 18 points, Elias Harris 13 and Robert Sacre and Steven Gray each had 12. Sacre blocked a career-high six shots and Gonzaga equaled its school-record with 11 swats. Bouldin had five assists.

The Bulldogs made 27 of 51 shots (52.9 percent).

Keion Bell, who scored 37 points in the Waves’ 91-84 loss in Spokane, led Pepperdine with 14 points. He made 4 of 12 shots and 5 of 7 free throws.

Back with a game story in about two hours.

GU jumps out to big halftime lead

Two nights after struggling to make shots in a 74-66 loss to LMU, the Gonzaga men’s basketball team couldn’t miss for the first nine minutes of Saturday’s game against Pepperdine.

During that time frame, Gonzaga went 10 for 10 from the field, including 5 of 5 on 3-pointers, and 3 of 3 at the free-throw line to build a 28-12 lead en route to a 40-19 advantage at the break. The Zags unleashed their transition game when they were able to get the rebound or after a couple of Waves’ turnovers.

Steven Gray had 10 points before five minutes had elapsed. He made his first four shots, two of those were 3s, and finished the half with 12 points. Matt Bouldin added a pair of 3s and had 10 points to go with three assists.

Gonzaga’s defense was solid, holding Pepperdine to 7 of 31 shooting (22.6 percent). Mychel Thompson had a team-high seven points, but made just 2 of 9 attempts. Of the Waves’ first 12 points, nine came on putbacks.

More at the final buzzer.

Firestone Fieldhouse filling up

About 20 minutes before tipoff and antiquated Firestone Fieldhouse is slowly filling up. Last I heard there was some general admission tickets available but not many.

Ex-Zag and current Laker Adam Morrison is here to watch the Bulldogs. Pat Riley is seated alongside a handful of NBA scouts just behind the scorer’s table. There’s a seat reserved for Mike Dunleavy, who was also at Thursday’s game with LMU.

The Zags will attempt to bounce back from Thursday’s loss to LMU. GU hasn’t lost to Pepperdine here since Jan. 2002, an 88-79 setback.

Back at half with an update.

Zags try to bounce back

Gonzaga is back on the court tonight against Pepperdine. I filed a short preview that you access here, and here’s a WCC Tournament ticket update. Reserved seats are sold out.

Gonzaga alone on top of WCC

The Bulldogs beat Pepperdine 91-84 Thursday in a game that turned into a second-half shootout. The Waves, behind Keion Bell’s 34-point half, outscored GU 55-50 in the final 20 minutes, but the Bulldogs built up a big enough lead in the first half to hold off Pepperdine.

GU is 4-0 and alone in first place in the WCC. Saint Mary’s is 4-1 and Pepperdine dropped to 3-1. LMU, 1-3 in conference, visits Gonzaga on Saturday.

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

 

Zags hold off Pepperdine, 91-84

Senior guard Matt Bouldin scored a career-high 32 points as Gonzaga built a big early lead and held off scrappy Pepperdine 91-84 Thursday at the McCarthey Athletic Center

No. 15 GU (15-3 overall) took sole possession of first place in the West Coast Conference at 4-0. Pepperdine dropped to 7-13, 3-1.

Gonzaga led by 10 (14-4) six and half minutes in and eventually led by 15 before settling for a 41-29 edge at intermission. The Waves made things interesting throughout the second half as sophomore guard Keion Bell poured in 34 of his career-high 37 points.

Elias Harris had 20 points and 13 boards for his fourth double-double of the season. Steven Gray added 20 points. 

Back with the game story in about 2 hours.

 

 

GU roundup

Back with some GU notes with tip-off against Pepperdine less than five hours away.

(Programming note: I’ve put together a feature on Elias Harris that was supposed to run in Thursday’s S-R. Instead, it’s been pushed back, possibly until Saturday or even next week. I spoke with Harris, several of his teammates and coaches, San Diego’s Billy Grier and Dirk Bauermann, Harris’ coach with the German national team. Per usual, I’ll post the article the day before it runs.)

Read on.

Day after Pepperdine

Back with the day-after post following Gonzaga’s 92-58 victory over Pepperdine. Read on.

 

Bulldogs claim WCC title outright

Gonzaga rolled to a 92-58 win over Pepperdine on Saturday, clinching the outright WCC title. Read more below in my unedited game story that will run in Sunday’s S-R.

 

GU prepares for Pepperdine

Gonzaga entertains Pepperdine at deadline-unfriendly 8:30 on Saturday night. Read on for an unedited preview and a couple of links.

Bulldogs claim fifth straight win

Back with an extended game story, put together via radio, TV and quotes provided by the Gonzaga sports information department. Read below. 

Gonzaga hits the road

Our Four Corners college basketball page runs in Thursday’s S-R, but you can look at the unedited Gonzaga-related content below. 

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