Zags cruise past Pepperdine
Spokane, WA (Sports Network) – Adam Morrison scored a game-high 31 points and
grabbed nine rebounds to lead sixth-ranked Gonzaga to a 102-73 rout of
Pepperdine at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
J.P. Batista added 27 points and eight boards for the Bulldogs (13-3, 3-0 West
Coast), who have won four straight and nine of 10. Derek Raivio tallied 15
points for the Zags, who tied Illinois and Southern Illinois for the longest
current home winning streak in the country at 31 games.
Tashaan Forehan-Kelly had 19 points and Gregg Barlow recorded 14 for the Waves
(5-10, 1-2), who have dropped three of four.
Ahead 23-20 midway through the first, Gonzaga went on a 13-2 run to begin to
pull away. Morrison had six points during the surge, capping it with a pair of
free throws with 5:44 remaining until the break for a 36-22 cushion.
The Zags carried a 43-36 edge into halftime and held a 54-47 edge four minutes
into the second half when they put together a game deciding run. Batista
started a 26-6 burst with a jumper at the 16:09 mark and Raivio capped it with
a three-pointer midway through the stanza an 80-53 cushion. Batista and
Morrison combined for 15 points during the run.
Pepperdine never threatened after that and Gonzaga cruised to the finish.
“I thought we had stretches in both halves where we kind of put together some
good minutes on both the offensive and defensive ends,” said Gonzaga head
coach Mark Few.
Willie Galick had 13 points and Michael Gerrity recorded 12 for Pepperdine,
which has dropped nine in a row to Gonzaga.
Gonzaga improved to 6-0 at home this season…Pepperdine fell to 1-6 on the
road…Gonzaga hit 56 percent of its shots, with Morrison, Batista and Raivio
combining to go 27-of-39 from the field…The Waves hit 47 percent of their