SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Robert Sacre was perfect from the field and the free throw line, scoring a career-high 24 points, and Gonzaga’s torrid start helped the Bulldogs breeze past Pepperdine 92-75 Thursday night.
Sacre made all eight of his field-goal attempts and eight straight free throws for the Bulldogs (12-5, 2-0 West Coast), winners of eight in a row. Lorne Jackson scored 18 points for the Waves (7-13, 1-2).
Steven Gray’s back-to-back 3-pointers to open the game fueled a 10-2 start for Gonzaga, which made 18 of its first 24 shot attempts and finished at 63 percent. Sacre’s jump hook with 4:26 left in the first half pushed the lead to 44-23. Pepperdine got no closer than 13 after that.
Gray added 19 points and nine assists and Elias Harris also scored 19 for Gonzaga, which has won 19 straight against Pepperdine.
Mychel Thompson scored 15 points and Taylor Darby 14 for Pepperdine.
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