MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Elias Harris scored 18 points and Kelly Olynk had 16 to lead No. 10 Gonzaga to a 78-62 victory over Pepperdine on Thursday night in the a West Coast Conference opener for both teams.
Olynk scored 14 points in the second half as the Bulldogs (14-1, 1-0 WCC) won despite shooting a season-low 43.4 percent from the field. Reserve guard David Stockton added nine points and four steals and Kevin Pangos scored nine points.
Pangos gave Gonzaga the lead for good at 38-36 on a 3-pointer and the Bulldogs pulled away to their 23rd consecutive win against Pepperdine, its longest streak against a conference opponent.
Lorne Jackson led the Waves (8-6, 0-1) with 16 points and Jordan Baker had 15.
Jackson kept the Waves in it for much of the second half. He made consecutive baskets on a 3-pointer and a long jumper from the corner to get the Waves within 43-41. Another long jumper from Jackson made it 50-45.
Gonzaga appeared to grab momentum when Pepperdine turned it over out of a timeout with 8:22 to go. Mike Hart missed inside, sprawled to collect his own rebound and passed it out to Pangos for a 3-pointer and a 57-47 lead.