GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Gonzaga 95, Pepperdine 70

SPOKANE, Wash. - Corey Kispert had 23 points and eight rebounds as undefeated Gonzaga stormed back in the second half to beat Pepperdine 95-70.

Gonzaga shot 61% in the second half and outscored the Waves 52-31 to win its 46th consecutive home game, the longest streak in the nation.

Drew Timme scored 20 points, Joel Ayayi 19 and Jalen Suggs 18 for Gonzaga (13-0, 4-0 West Coast).

Kessler Edwards scored 14 points and Kene Chukwuka 11 for Pepperdine (4-6, 0-1), which was playing its first game since Dec. 23 because of COVID-19 protocols.

Pepperdine hounded Gonzaga into 36% shooting in the first 12 minutes of the game and trailed just 23-21.

Sedrick Altman's basket gave the Waves a 26-25 lead, but Suggs completed a three-point play to ignite a 16-4 run that put Gonzaga up 41-30.

Edwards replied with consecutive 3-pointers and Darryl Polk added a 3-pointer at the buzzer as Pepperdine cut Gonzaga's lead to 43-39 at halftime.

Ayayi had 14 points and four steals at the half for Gonzaga.

Gonzaga went on a 15-4 run midway through the second to take a 65-48 lead with 11 minutes left. The Waves made only 4 of 17 shots to open the second half and could not close the gap.

Timme, who finished with seven rebounds and four assists, was particularly solid in the second half.

Associated Press

January 14, 2021