Gonzaga 94, Pepperdine 80
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) _ Paul Rogers scored 23 points and Jon Kinloch added 22 as Gonzaga overcame an early deficit to defeat Pepperdine 94-80 in a West Coast Conference game Thursday night.
The Bulldogs (15-6 overall, 6-3 WCC) won for the 15th consecutive time at home and the seventh time in a row over the Waves (9-12, 2-7).
Pepperdine jumped out to an 11-5 lead after 4:15 of play on Gerald Brown’s 3-point play.
But Gonzaga recaptured the lead for good five minutes later when John Nemeth hit a pair of free throws to give the Bulldogs an 18-17 advantage. Gonzaga outscored Pepperdine 25-13 in the final 10 minutes of the half to take a 43-30 lead at the break.
The Bulldogs extended their lead to 64-42 when Kinloch hit a 3-point shot with 13:56 remaining. Pepperdine closed to within 11 points on Bryan Hill’s dunk with 4:35 to go but could get no closer in the final minutes.
Gonzaga also got 15 points from Lorenzo Rollins and 13 points and 10 rebounds from Scott Snider.
Marques Johnson led Pepperdine with 22 points, while Hill had 16 and Brown had 14.