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Gonzaga 111, Pepperdine 88

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Drew Timme scored 22 of his season-high 35 points as part of Gonzaga's first-half scoring outburst, and the No. 10 Bulldogs raced past Pepperdine 111-88 in the West Coast Conference opener for both.

Gonzaga (12-3, 1-0 WCC) won its 27th consecutive WCC opener and extended its home win streak to 74 games. The last time the Zags lost their first conference game of the season was 1996, when they fell to Santa Clara.

It was also Gonzaga's 44th straight win over the Waves, the last loss coming during the 2001-02 season.

Timme led an offensive onslaught by the Zags in the first half in which Gonzaga led 56-40 at the break, shot 63%, scored 40 points in the paint and added 20 points on the fastbreak. Timme made 10 of 12 shots and the team's 56 points were the second-most scored in a first half this season by the Zags.

Timme made 15 of 19 shots for the game and his jump-hook in the lane with 4:37 left pushed Gonzaga to the century mark in points for the fifth time this season. Timme posted the seventh 30-point game of his college career and finished two points off his career-high of 37 points set last season against Texas.

Julian Strawther added 22 points and Gonzaga finished with six players in double figures. Malachi Smith added 15, Rasir Bolton scored 14, Anton Watson 11 and Ben Gregg 10. Gonzaga shot 61%.

Maxwell Lewis led Pepperdine (7-8, 0-1) with 20 points in just 23 minutes, and was limited by major foul trouble in the first half. Lewis had seven points, three rebounds and two assists in the first six minutes for the Waves, before sitting nearly the rest of the half with foul trouble. Lewis picked up his second foul with about 14 minutes left in the half, returned with 5:39 left and was called for his third foul 15 seconds later.

He ended up being a spectator for most of Gonzaga's 20-4 run to close the half. Pepperdine pulled even at 36-36 on Jevon Porter's basket, but the Zags made nine of their final 13 shots to close the half.

Porter and Carson Basham added 17 apiece for the Waves.

BIG PICTURE

Pepperdine: The Waves lost for the first time this season when scoring at least 80 points. Pepperdine shot 52%, but was outscored 70-46 in the paint and 30-5 on the fastbreak.

Gonzaga: Timme continues his climb up the Gonzaga's scoring record book. Timme moved into fourth place on Gonzaga's all-time scoring list with 1,861 points. He moved past Elias Harris and within six points of Adam Morrison for third.

December 31, 2022


Pepperdine
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Porter F 32 7-12 3-4 0-2 1-7 0 1 0 1 1 17
M. Lewis F 23 9-14 0-0 2-3 2-5 5 1 0 5 3 20
C. Basham C 23 7-10 3-3 0-0 0-4 0 2 0 1 4 17
H. Mallette G 36 4-9 2-3 1-4 0-3 3 0 0 1 2 11
M. Mitchell Jr. G 36 5-11 1-2 2-4 0-6 7 0 4 3 2 13
M. Moore   19 2-5 0-0 1-1 0-0 0 0 1 3 0 5
J. Pitre   16 1-3 0-0 0-0 2-6 0 1 0 2 1 2
J. Zidek   12 0-2 2-2 0-1 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 2
M. Deng   1 0-1 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1
P. Jordan   1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Yoon   1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals   200 35-67
(.522)
12-16
(.750)
6-15
(.400)
7-34 15 5 5 17 14 88


Gonzaga
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
D. Timme F 34 15-19 4-8 1-2 2-10 5 0 1 2 3 35
A. Watson F 30 5-6 1-2 0-0 2-4 8 0 3 1 3 11
R. Bolton G 31 6-11 0-0 2-5 0-2 5 0 0 1 2 14
J. Strawther G 30 8-13 2-3 4-8 0-4 1 0 0 0 2 22
N. Hickman G 14 0-5 0-0 0-2 0-3 3 0 1 4 2 0
M. Smith   24 6-8 0-0 3-3 0-3 1 0 1 2 1 15
H. Sallis   19 1-3 0-0 0-1 1-4 2 0 1 1 1 2
B. Gregg   11 5-9 0-0 0-1 2-2 0 0 2 0 3 10
E. Reid III   4 0-2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Harris   2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
C. Brooks   1 1-1 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 0 0 2
Totals   200 47-77
(.610)
7-14
(.500)
10-22
(.455)
9-35 25 0 9 11 17 111
Officials: Daryl Gelinas, Randy Richardson, Coban Lopez




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