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Pepperdine freshman guard Colbey Ross has attention of Gonzaga’s defense

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 3, 2018, 4:01 p.m.

Pepperdine guard Colbey Ross (4) drives between Texas A&M guard Duane Wilson (13) and guard Admon Gilder (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in College Station, Texas. (Michael Wyke / Associated Press)
Pepperdine guard Colbey Ross (4) drives between Texas A&M guard Duane Wilson (13) and guard Admon Gilder (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in College Station, Texas. (Michael Wyke / Associated Press)

There are potentially two key matchups in this one and it could change depending on who takes the court for Pepperdine.

Sophomore forward Kameron Edwards (team-leading 15.9 ppg, 6.8 rebounds) has missed the last five games with a concussion and his status wasn’t known for Thursday’s game.

If Edwards doesn’t play, Gonzaga’s focus shifts to point guard Colbey Ross, who is having an impressive freshman season. The 6-foot-1 guard is averaging 14.3 points (eighth in the WCC) and 5.3 assists (fourth). He can operate off the dribble, he’s an effective 3-point shooter (40 percent) and he’s nailed 56 of 62 free throws.

Ross, two-time prep player of the year in Colorado, has led Pepperdine in scoring in the last four games. He had 16 points against defensive-minded San Diego last Saturday.

Gonzaga’s Josh Perkins, also a Colorado native, will probably draw the starting assignment on Ross. That could change, if senior guard Amadi Udenyi (ankle) returns from a two-game absence.


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