No. 6 Gonzaga Crushes Pepperdine, 102-73

Jan. 14, 2006

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Adam Morrison scored 31 points and No. 6 Gonzaga beat Pepperdine 102-73 on Saturday night for its 31st straight home victory.

J.P. Batista added 27 points and eight rebounds for the Bulldogs (13-3, 3-0 West Coast Conference), who beat Pepperdine for the ninth consecutive time. Batista made 13 of 14 shots.

Pepperdine (5-10, 1-2), which starts two freshmen and a sophomore, got 19 points from Tashaan Forehan-Kelly. The Waves were undone by 15 turnovers and Gonzaga's 55 percent shooting, including seven of 10 3-pointers.

Gonzaga has won 13 straight conference games and nine of its last 10 overall. It was the third time they have topped 100 points this season.

Morrison, a 6-foot-8 forward who leads the nation with an average of 28 points per game, made 8-of-16 from the field and 14-of-17 from the free throw line. He added nine rebounds.

Gonzaga led 43-36 at halftime, and Derek Raivio scored their first seven points of the second half for a 50-38 lead. Raivio finished with 15 points.

Willie Galick's basket brought Pepperdine to within 54-47. But Morrison scored 11 points during a 23-6 run that built a 77-53 lead for the Bulldogs. The Waves did not threaten again.

Galick finished with 13 points and Gregg Barlow 14 for Pepperdine, which shot 46 percent.

In the first, Gonzaga jumped to a 17-9 lead by making 8 of its first 11 shots.

Galick's 3-pointer capped an 8-0 Pepperdine run that brought the Waves to within 21-18. Gonzaga replied with a 15-4 run, including six free throws by Morrison, to rebuild a 36-22 lead.

Michael Gerrity's spinning layup capped a quick 9-2 Pepperdine run that took just over 1 minute and cut Gonzaga's lead to 38-31.

Gonzaga led 43-36 at halftime, behind 15 points by Batista, who made 7-of-8 field goals, and 14 by Morrison, who made 10-of-12 free throws. Forehan-Kelly had 14 points in the first for Pepperdine.



Gonzaga is tied with Illinois and Southern Illinois for longest home winning streak in the nation at 31. The Bulldogs have yet to lose in the two-year-old McCarthey Athletic Center.

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