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No. 6 Gonzaga beats Pepperdine 82-56

SPOKANE, Wash. – Kevin Pangos scored 14 points and No. 6 Gonzaga pounded Pepperdine 82-56 on Thursday night for its 24th consecutive victory over the Waves.

Kelly Olynyk added 13 points for Gonzaga (22-2, 9-0 West Coast), which has won five straight since losing at Butler.

Stacy Davis scored 16 points to lead Pepperdine (10-13, 2-8), which has lost four straight games. Nikolas Skouen added 12 points.

In their first meeting, Pepperdine led by a point with 14 minutes left before losing 78-62. But this one was over early, as Gonzaga made 12 3-pointers and the Waves committed 21 turnovers.

Gonzaga scored the first 10 points of the game and Pepperdine was scoreless for the first 5 minutes. The Waves committed nine turnovers in the first 8 minutes to fall behind 14-2.

Skouen hit two 3-pointers as Pepperdine broke the ice and cut Gonzaga’s lead to 17-10. But Drew Barham and Gary Bell Jr. replied with 3-pointers and Gonzaga was soon leading by 15 points.

Gonzaga led 35-20 at halftime despite shooting only 37 percent from the field. Pepperdine shot just 27 percent (6 of 22) in the first half, and committed 15 turnovers to five for Gonzaga.

Pepperdine picked up the tempo early in the second half, matching baskets with Gonzaga, but couldn’t make up any ground as the Bulldogs led 44-29 with 15:35 left.

Consecutive 3-pointers by Barham and Pangos launched an 11-0 run that put Gonzaga up 58-32.

Kyle Dranginis’ 3-pointer, the 11th of the game for Gonzaga, put the Bulldogs up 66-36 and the Waves did not threaten again.

Dranginis finished with 11 points and Przemek Karnowski had 10 for Gonzaga.

Pepperdine’s last win over Gonzaga was in 2002 in Malibu. The Waves have not won in Spokane since 1998.

This is Gonzaga’s best start since the 2003-04 team started 28-2.

Gonzaga is 116-8 in the McCarthey Athletic Center since it opened in 2004.

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