Men's Basketball Rallies Past Pepperdine, 62-57

Feb. 3, 2000

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Richie Frahm scored 13 points, all during a furious second half comeback, as Gonzaga rallied to beat Pepperdine 62-57 Thursday night in a showdown for the West Coast Conference lead.

Gonzaga (17-5, 7-0 WCC) trailed 36-23 at halftime, but outscored the Waves 39-21 in the second half.

Gonzaga Universitry came from as much as a 14-point second-half deficit to defeat Pepperdine University 62-57 thursday night at The Kennel to gain sole possession of the West Coast Conference men's basketball lead in the battle of previously unbeaten teams.

With the Waves (16-6, 6-1) leading 50-37 with 11:55 to play on Cedric Suitt's tipin, momentum turned in Gonzaga's favor. Zach Gourde's hook shot started the Bulldogs'(17-5, 7-0) rally, but it was with 10:59 to go that the tide turned in favor of the home squad. Ryan Floyd was fouled by Suitt, and David Lalazarian was assessed a technical foul. Floyd made one of two free throws, Richie Frahm sank both shots on the technical and the Bulldogs were suddenly within six at 50-44.

Frahm drove the lane to cut the deficit to 50-46 with 9:56 to play, and the Waves called timeout. Kelvin Gibbs got two points back for Pepperdine with a layin with 9:00 to go for a 52-46 lead, and the Waves' Robert Fomby missed two free throws with 7:20 to play. A Floyd layin and an Axel Dench slam dunk pulled the Bulldogs to within 52-50 with 5:03 remaining.

But the Waves got a pair of free throws from Nick Sheppard, then Dench hit one of his three 3-pointers to cut the Pepperdine lead to 54-53 with 4:18 left. Three straight Pepperdine misses, including a 3-pointer by Gibbs that went out of the bounds, gave the ball back to the Bulldogs, and Frahm's driving layin gave Gonzaga it's first lead of the night at 55-54 with 2:57 to play. Gonzaga never trailed the rest of the way.



Dench hit a back breaking 3-pointer from the top of the key as the shot clock wound down with 2:06 to go and the Bulldogs were up 58-54.

Dench, who had just 3 points in the first half as the Bulldogs were a chilly 8-of-27 for 29.6 percent in the opening 20 minutes, scored 11 second-half points including the two crucial 3-pointers down the stretch. Frahm, who failed to score in the first half while taking just two shots, looked like the WCC's leading scorer he is by finishing with 13 points and going 5-for-7 from the field in the second half. Frahm was averaging a WCC best 17.4 ppg entering the contest. Matt Santagelo led all scorers with 15 points.

Tezale Archie paced the Waves with 13 points. Pepperdine hit 14-of-36 first-half shots for 38.9 percent in taking a 36-23 halftime lead, but the Waves cooled off to go 7-of-30 in the second half for 23.3 percent.

Gonzaga, who hosts Loyola Marymount Saturday night, has won 9 straight games and is undefeated in 2000 after going 8-0 in January.

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