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No. 13 Gonzaga extends dominance over Pepperdine to 45 games

By The Associated Press
Published: February 18, 2023, 6:51pm
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Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Drew Timme (2) celebrates after a 97-88 win over Pepperdine Waves in an NCAA college basketball game in Malibu, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023.
Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Drew Timme (2) celebrates after a 97-88 win over Pepperdine Waves in an NCAA college basketball game in Malibu, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis) Photo Gallery

MALIBU, Calif. — Drew Timme scored 22 of his 34 points in the second half and Julian Strawther added 28 points to help No. 13 Gonzaga beat Pepperdine 97-88 Saturday night and extend its winning streak over the Waves to 45 games.

The Bulldogs (23-5, 12-2 West Coast Conference), who haven’t lost to Pepperdine (9-10, 2-12) since Jan. 18, 2002 and have won 20 straight on the road against the Waves.

Timme’s last basket, a layup that gave the Gonzaga a 78-70 lead with 5:30 to play, moved him past Bill Cartwright, who scored 2,116 points for San Francisco (1975-79), into eighth on the West Coast Conference’s career scoring list with 2,117.

Jevon Porter scored nine points in a 16-6 run, capped by Houston Mallette’s 3-pointer, that trimmed Pepperdine’s deficit to 78-77 with 3:50 remaining. Rasir Bolton hit a 3-pointer 27 seconds later, added a three-point play with about two minutes to go and hit another 3 to make it 90-83 with 1:13 left.

Mallette led the Waves with 22 points. Porter and Maxwell Lewis added 20 points apiece.

Strawther and Mallette traded tough shot after tough shot in the first half, knocking down pull-up 3s, hitting turn-around jumpers, dropping in running floaters and finishing at the rim. There were five ties and 17 lead changes as Mallette hit two 3-pointers and scored 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting, while Strawther made 8 of 11 from the field, including three 3s, and scored 19 points. Timme scored eight points during an 18-7 run over the final four-plus minutes of the half that made it 50-42.

Timme scored all of Gonzaga’s points in an 8-4 spurt to open the second half that pushed the lead to 12 points less than two minutes in. But, Mike Mitchell Jr. answered with a 3-pointer and Lewis added another before his layup with 15:46 to play cut the Pepperdine deficit to 58-54.

Timme grabbed seven rebounds and his 822 career rebounds are sixth-most in program history. Przemek Karnowski had 815 rebounds from 2012-17.

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Gonzaga hosts San Diego on Thursday.

No. 13 GONZAGA 97, PEPPERDINE 88

GONZAGA (23-5) — Timme 15-20 4-6 34, Watson 4-6 1-4 9, Bolton 4-6 2-3 12, Hickman 1-3 2-2 5, Strawther 10-18 5-7 28, Sallis 1-5 2-2 4, Smith 2-5 0-0 5, Gregg 0-2 0-0 0, Reid 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-65 16-24 97.

PEPPERDINE (9-19) — Lewis 6-14 6-7 20, Porter 8-12 3-4 20, Basham 3-5 3-6 9, Mallette 9-18 1-1 22, M.Mitchell 3-8 0-0 7, Moore 2-4 0-0 4, Zidek 1-2 2-2 4, Pitre 1-1 0-2 2. Totals 33-64 15-22 88.

Halftime—Gonzaga 50-42. 3-Point Goals—Gonzaga 7-18 (Strawther 3-8, Bolton 2-4, Hickman 1-2, Smith 1-3, Sallis 0-1), Pepperdine 7-22 (Mallette 3-6, Lewis 2-5, Porter 1-4, M.Mitchell 1-6, Zidek 0-1). Fouled Out—Watson. Rebounds—Gonzaga 28 (Timme, Strawther 7), Pepperdine 31 (Basham 7). Assists—Gonzaga 18 (Hickman 4), Pepperdine 17 (M.Mitchell 7). Total Fouls—Gonzaga 18, Pepperdine 18.

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