Gonzaga Routs Pepperdine, 86-62
Jan. 15, 2005
By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
SPOKANE, Wash. - Adam Morrison scored 26 points to help No. 16 Gonzaga rout Pepperdine 86-62 on Saturday night in West Coast Conference play.
Gonzaga has won six in a row against Pepperdine since 2000.
Pepperdine (12-7, 2-2) shot 33.9 percent, including 5-of-25 from 3-point range. The Waves came in averaging 74 points and shooting nearly 45 percent from the field.
Instead, they became the sixth team Gonzaga has held to under 40-percent shooting this season, going 21-of-62 overall.
Glen McGowan scored 15 points for Pepperdine, missing all five of his 3-point attempts, and Alex Acker added 13.
Gonzaga was 18-of-21 from the free-throw line and had a 37-30 rebounds edge.
The game was only close in the opening minutes.
Pendergraft scored eight early points to help Gonzaga take a 20-17 lead midway through the first. Kingsly Costain's 3-pointer for Pepperdine tied it at 24 with 7:52 left, but it was the last time the Waves pulled even.
Morrison - who had 16 in the first half - replied with a 3-pointer for the Zags. After a Pepperdine free throw, Turiaf scored seven straight points on a layup, jumper and 3-pointer to make it 34-25.
Gonzaga led 42-33 at halftime, after connecting on 17 of 28 attempts from the field. Pepperdine was 11-of-32 in the first, including just 3-of-14 from 3-point range.
Things got no better for Pepperdine in the second half, with the Bulldogs opening with a 13-6 run to build a 55-39 lead.
The Zags stretched the lead to 67-42 on Pendergraft's basket. Pepperdine scored only nine points in the first 11 minutes of the second half, and at one point had been outscored 27-9 in the half.
Gonzaga is 31-0 at home when ranked.
Only Portland State and Washington have shot better than 50 percent from the field against Gonzaga this season.
Gonzaga's Erroll Knight suffered a cut lip that required two stitches, but stayed in the game.
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