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Gonzaga notches 11th straight 25-win season with victory over Pepperdine

Gonzaga guard Josh Perkins signals Zags ball after Pepperdine guard Colby Ross chased a loose ball to the sidelines on Saturday in the McCarthey Athletic Center. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Finishing a season with at least 25 wins is not a common feat in college basketball, but Gonzaga makes it look easy.

In Saturday’s final home game of the season, the No. 9 Bulldogs pulled off an 81-67 win over Pepperdine and landed their 11th consecutive 25-win season.

Gonzaga (25-4) is part of an elite club of three teams in the country, including Kansas (12 seasons) and Duke (10), that have recorded 25-win seasons in each of the last 10 years.

“Those are hard to come by, man. Really hard to come by in college basketball,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. “I don’t take them for granted. Staff doesn’t and nor do our players, because they’re the ones out there fighting and making the plays to get it done.”

Last season Gonzaga notched its 25th win on Feb. 9. That day the Zags downed Loyola Marymount 90-60 in Los Angeles to move their record to 25-0.

The Zags have won five in a row since grabbing their 21st consecutive 20-win season in an 82-73 victory over San Francisco on Jan. 27. The streak of 20-win seasons is third best in the country behind Duke (22) and Kansas, which has 28 consecutive 20-win seasons.