Bulldogs Ride Bench, Pargo Past Waves

Feb. 9, 2008

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Micah Downs scored 18 points and, freshman Austin Daye had 17 points and nine rebounds, leading Gonzaga to a 101-59 victory over Pepperdine on Saturday night.

Jeremy Pargo had 13 points and 12 assists and was one of four players for the Bulldogs (18-6, 7-1 West Coast Conference). Gonzaga bounced back strongly after its 89-85 WCC overtime loss at No. 25 Saint Mary's on Monday night.

Pargo's points/assists double-double was the third of his career and his second this season. He had an 11/11 double-double last yeat at home against San Francisco and a 10/13 tandem against Virginia Tech at the Great Alaska Shootout earlier this season, the 13 assists a career high. He had nine assists and no points at halftime Saturday.

Jon Reed scored 14 points for the Waves (7-17, 1-7). Tyrone Shelley added 13 and Rico Tucker had 11 for Pepperdine.

The Bulldogs shot 54 percent from the field and had 12 of their 13 players score in their 13th consecutive win over the Waves. They won 92-57 in January in Malibu, Calif. Saturday's 42-point margin was the biggest for the Bulldogs in the series which the Bulldogs now lead 34-31 after trailing 26-6 at the end of the 1993 season.

Gonzaga jumped out to an early 19-7 lead, paced by David Pendergraft, who finished with 12 points, and led 47-28 at halftime, despite getting no first-half points from its two leading scorers, Pargo and backcourt mate Matt Bouldin.

But Pargo and Bouldin combined for 13 first-half assists, many of them leading to dunks.

Pargo scored 11 of Gonzaga?s first 18 points to start the second half.

Pepperdine was outrebounded 60-26, shot only 31 percent from the field and made just 12 of 25 free throw attempts.

The Waves dropped to 1-5 under interim coach Eric Bridgeland.

The Bulldogs remain home Monday to face Loyola Marymount at 5 p.m.



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