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Waves Find Difficult Matchup at Gonzaga


 
 

SPOKANE, Wash. – A bigger and stronger Gonzaga men’s basketball team pounded away against Pepperdine on Saturday night in West Coast Conference action, and the result was a 101-59 Bulldog victory at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

 

Gonzaga (18-6, 7-1) had advantages of 56-18 with points in the paint and 60-26 in rebounding over Pepperdine (7-17, 1-7). The Bulldogs won for the 10th straight time at home over the Waves.

 

Freshman guard Jon Reed (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif./Peninsula HS) led the Waves with 14 points and made four three-pointers. Freshman guard Tyrone Shelley (San Diego, Calif./Crawford HS) had 13 points and junior guard Rico Tucker (San Diego, Calif./University HS/Minnesota) added 11.

 

“A good team can make another team look bad, and Gonzaga is a good team,” Pepperdine interim coach Eric Bridgeland said. “They were larger, stronger and deeper. We took a step back tonight, but Gonzaga had a lot to do with that. We’ll get ready and rebound when we play Portland on Monday night.”

 

The Bulldogs had everything working in the first half en route to a 47-28 lead. Gonzaga shot 51.4% from the field, outscored Pepperdine 28-8 in the paint and had a 26-16 rebounding edge.

 

Six of the 11 first-half field goals by the Waves were three-pointers, as Pepperdine shot 34.4% from the field but 46.2% from beyond the arc. One highlight for Pepperdine was an accident, as Shelley attempted to throw a lob but instead tossed it into the basket for three points.

 

The second half was more of the same, as Gonzaga shot 56.8% in the final 20 minutes and 54.1% overall. Pepperdine shot 27.6% after halftime and 31.1% overall. In the end, nine of Pepperdine’s 19 field goals were three-pointers.

 

Pepperdine’s only true post player left on the roster, freshman forward Malcolm Thomas (San Diego, Calif./Crawford HS), had a difficult time against Gonzaga’s frontline and finished with five points before fouling out with 5:39 left. He was averaging nearly 14 points a game.

 

Gonzaga’s Jeremy Pargo had a double-double with 13 points and 12 assists and Micah Downs scored a game-high 18 points.

 

The Waves next visit Portland on Monday (Feb. 11) for a 7 p.m. game. Fans can listen to Al Epstein’s call of the action at www.pepperdinesports.com.

 


 

 

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