Photos from Gonzaga's home win vs. Pepperdine.
It’s a trend Gonzaga would like to put a stop to in a hurry. The 15th-ranked Bulldogs outlasted Pepperdine 91-84 in front of 6,000 Thursday at the McCarthey Athletic Center to take sole possession of first place in the West Coast Conference men’s basketball race, but the celebration of their seventh straight win was a bit muted because the upstart Waves made GU squirm throughout the second half.
Maybe the best tributes are the subtle ones. This time, at least, subtle will have to do. Gonzaga returned to play at home for the first time in three weeks Thursday night, with emotions raw and regretful tugging at their coach, Mark Few. His old boss, Dan Fitzgerald – who launched Few’s college coaching career 20 years ago by hiring him for comically sub-starvation wages – died Tuesday evening. It was a shocking loss to everyone who knew him but especially to the young coaches – Few, Dan Monson and Bill Grier – who worked side by side with him to establish the Bulldogs’ success, and an ethos.
Matt Bouldin scored a career-high 32 points and No. 15 Gonzaga beat Pepperdine 91-84 Thursday night to take sole possession of first place in the West Coast Conference.