Zags Crash Waves, Stay Perfect in WCC

Jan. 22, 2009

Box Score

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) -- Josh Heytvelt scored a season-high 25 points and Matt Bouldin delivered a career-high 10 assists as No. 23 Gonzaga remained perfect in the West Coast Conference by beating Pepperdine 83-69 on Thursday night.

It was the fifth straight victory for the Bulldogs (12-4, 4-0), who scored the first 17 points of the game.

Heytvelt, who had six points in the Bulldogs last game, scored the team's first nine points and made his first five field goal attempts. He was two points shy of his career high.

WCC player of the week Austin Daye had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Bouldin added 14 points for Gonzaga.

Keion Bell led Pepperdine (4-16, 1-3) with 19 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, and Mychel Thompson had 14 points.

Trailing 45-26 at the break, Pepperdine scored nine straight points to start the second half, but would get no closer.

The margin of victory against a WCC opponent was the fewest so far for Gonzaga, which beat its first three league opponents by an average of 34.3 points.



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