No. 25 Gonzaga beats Pepperdine 73-45

By Nicholas K. Geranios

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Jan. 5 2012 9:05 p.m. MST

Pepperdine's Nikolas Skouen (31) puts up a shot as Gonzaga's Robert Sacre defends in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

Jed Conklin, Associated Press

SPOKANE, Wash. — Freshman Gary Bell Jr. scored 15 points and No. 25 Gonzaga beat cold-shooting Pepperdine 73-45 on Thursday night for its 21st consecutive victory over the Waves.

Robert Sacre and Kevin Pangos each scored 11 points for Gonzaga (12-2, 2-0 West Coast Conference), which has won seven straight since consecutive losses to Illinois and Michigan State. They have not lost to the Waves since 2002, their longest current streak against a WCC rival.

Jordan Baker scored 10 points to lead Pepperdine (7-7, 1-2), which has not beaten a ranked opponent since 1994.

The Waves, who came in averaging 60 points per game, never led in the game and shot just 28.3 percent from the field. Their season-low had been 39 points in a loss to UCLA.

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