MALIBU, Calif. – Kevin Pangos and Robert Sacre each scored 15 points, helping No. 24 Gonzaga beat Pepperdine 72-60 on Saturday night.
The Bulldogs' 15-point lead shrunk to two points midway through the second half before they held on to win their 22nd straight in the series. Guy Landry Edi scored 13 points and Elias Harris added nine for Gonzaga (18-4, 8-2 West Coast Conference), which broke out of a 3-point shooting slump to go 7 of 16 from beyond the arc.
Corbin Moore had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Joshua Lowry added 11 points for Pepperdine (8-15, 2-10), which lost for the 10th time in 11 games.
The Waves trailed by 14 when their shots from the outside started to fall. Nikolas Skouen connected on back-to-back 3-pointers and Joshua Lowry later hit a 3 during a 12-0 run that got Pepperdine within 44-42.
Pangos stopped the drought with a 3 from the top of the key. After Sam Dower hit a jumper for Gonzaga, Jordan Baker missed two free throws. Pangos answered on the other end with a jumper to make it 54-48.
The Bulldogs entered having shot just 4 of 30 on 3-pointers over their previous two games.
Pepperdine leading scorer Taylor Darby was held to just six points on 2-of-6 shooting. He didn't score his first points of the game until he was fouled while making a jumper with 3:59 to play.
The Bulldogs wasted little time building a double-digit lead in the opening minutes. They hit five of their first six shots and all three 3-pointers.
Pangos, Gary Bell and Edi all connected from distance as Gonzaga went ahead 17-5. The Bulldogs then turned to a full-court press that kept the Waves off balance.
Despite suddenly going cold from the outside, the Bulldogs were able to keep building the lead. Harris had a short hook in the lane, Sacre made two free throws and Mathis Moenninghoff made an acrobatic put back during a 6-0 run that put his team up 31-18.
Pepperdine, which went 16½ minutes without a free throw to start the game, shot 30 percent in the first half. Gonzaga led 35-21 at the break.
Pepperdine's last win in the series came on Jan. 18, 2002.