Gonzaga Downs Pepperdine 93-79 In Battle For Lead
Feb. 2, 2001
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) - Casey Calvary scored 21 points to lead Gonzaga University to a 93-79 West Coast Conference road victory Friday against Pepperdine University.
Calvary collected nine rebounds and added three assists and three blocked shots to lead Gonzaga (15-5, 7-0 WCC) to its ninth straight win and sole possession of first place in the West Coast Conference in a battle of previously undefeated team. Gonzaga is 4-0 in WCC road games this season.
Calvary, who became the all-time WCC blocked shots leader last weekend, hit 8-of-10 shots from the field.
Blake Stepp, who scored just 2 first-half points, connected on 3-of-3 from 3-point range in the second half in scoring 11 of his 13 points in the second half. Dan Dickau contributed 11 second-half points to finish with 16 points. Alex Hernandez scored 9 of his 15 points in the second half, including 7 straight Gonzaga points in a span of 1:07 in the second half as Gonzaga went from a 77-72 edge with 4:07 to go to an 83-72 lead with 3:13 to play. Hernandez made four straight free throws then connected on a huge 3-pointer from the left side with 3:13 to play to vault Gonzaga to the safe 11-point lead. He finished with a career-high 15 points, 9 in the second half.
Brandon Armstrong tallied 32 points, making 11-of-23, including 5 three-pointers for Pepperdine (14-6, 6-1). Armstrong, the WCC's leading scorer entering the contest, was held to 8 first-half points on 3-for-8 from the field. But he came on the in the second half to go 8-for-15 from the field and score 24 second-half points and keep the Waves in the contest. The loss snapped an eight game Waves winning streak. Kelvin Gibbs and David Lalazarian each scored 13 points.
The Bulldogs began the game 3-for-11 from the field while Pepperdine hit 7 of its first 13 shots from the field. But the Bulldogs went 16-of-20 from the field in the second half for 80.0 percent to tie a school record for fireld goal percentage in a half. The Bulldogs went 16-for-20 from the field against the University of San Francisco in 1988 and 12-of-15 in a half against Santa Clara University in 1982 for the two previous best halves from the field in school history. Gonzaga finished 30-of-45 from the field for 66.7 percent from the field in the game.
The Waves led Gonzaga 19-11 midway through the first half, but the Bulldogs had a late run to take a 37-33 halftime lead.
Three Pepperdine players, Derrick Anderson, Armstrong and Craig Lewis, fouled out as all five starters had four fouls at one point in the second half.
The Bulldogs complete their southern Califonria swing at Loyola Marymount University Saturday, then return home for four straight games prior to finishing the regular season at Santa Clara University and the University of San Diego.
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