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No. 19 Gonzaga overwhelms Pepperdine 89-59

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) Balanced scoring and ebullient defense continue to be a winning formula for Gonzaga.

Killian Tillie had 22 points and eight rebounds and was one of four Bulldogs in double-figures to lead No. 19 Gonzaga past Pepperdine 89-59 on Thursday night.

Johnathan Williams scored 13 points and Rui Hachimura had 12 points and six rebounds for the Bulldogs (13-3, 3-0 West Coast Conference), who have not lost to Pepperdine since 2002. Zach Norvell Jr. scored all 10 of his points in the second half.

''Tonight it was Tillie's night,'' Williams said. ''We kept feeding him the ball and he kept eating. Different guys on different nights.''

Gonzaga outscored Pepperdine 48-14 in the paint, establishing an inside-out offense that had been lacking of late.

''And their bigs got in foul trouble early, so we wanted to keep attacking,'' Williams said.

Eric Cooper Jr. had a season-high 19 points for the Waves (3-12, 0-3), making 8 of 15 shots from the field. Colbey Ross was the only other Pepperdine player in double digits with 12.

Pepperdine forward Kameron Edwards, who leads the team in points (15.9) and rebounds (6.8), missed his sixth straight game with a concussion.

Gonzaga led 41-23 at halftime, with Tillie scoring 12. He was 3 of 3 from the 3-point line, while the rest of the Bulldogs were 1 of 9 from deep.

Gonzaga held Pepperdine to 36.7 percent shooting from the field (11-30) in the first half with a defensive effort that head coach Mark Few called ''exceptional.''

''We were good. We were really good. In that first half we were terrific,'' Few said after limiting the Waves to 1 of 9 from 3-point range and not conceding a free throw in the first half.

Williams said Gonzaga wants to finish in the top 10 nationally on defense. They looked the part, allowing 39 points through the first 30 minutes before the bench yielded points late with the game already decided.

''Right now we're just taking advantage of our size, our length and athleticism,'' Williams said.

BIG PICTURE

Gonzaga: Though it took a while for their offense to click, the Bulldogs' defense clamped down to hold Pepperdine scoreless for 6:55 during a 15-0 first-half run. Gonzaga will need that kind of effort when it hosts Saint Mary's on Jan. 18 in the first meeting of WCC powerhouses this season.

Pepperdine: And the beatdown at the hands of Gonzaga goes on. The Waves have lost 34 in a row to the Bulldogs, including 16 straight at home.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Since losing 72-70 at San Diego State on Dec. 21, Gonzaga has won three in a row by a combined 112 points. With losses by No. 11 Texas A&M and No. 15 Miami earlier in the week, the Bulldogs could inch back up a few spots as long as they avoid an upset at Loyola Marymount.

BENCH BLOOMING

Gonzaga had a 36-13 scoring edge off the bench, with Corey Kispert and Jacob Larsen each adding nine points.

Few was especially pleased with Kispert, as the freshman added eight rebounds and two assists.

''He's helping us. He made some kind of subtle nice plays tonight that I think showed some growth,'' Few said.

UP NEXT

Gonzaga: Visits Loyola Marymount on Saturday.

Pepperdine: Hosts San Francisco on Saturday.

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Key Players
J. Perkins
13 G
K. Edwards
20 F
33.7 Min. Per Game 33.7
17.0 Pts. Per Game 17.0
1.3 Ast. Per Game 1.3
10.7 Reb. Per Game 10.7
45.8 Field Goal % 47.6
46.3 Three Point % 0.0
72.2 Free Throw % 57.9
+ 2 Kaijae Yee-Stephens made jump shot 25.0
  Defensive rebound by Kevin Hempy 33.0
  Jack Beach missed driving layup, blocked by Knox Hellums 35.0
  Lost ball turnover on Elijah Lee, stolen by Jesse Wade 45.0
+ 2 Jeremy Jones made layup, assist by Jacob Larsen 54.0
  Turnover on Kevin Hempy 1:14
  Offensive foul on Kevin Hempy 1:14
+ 2 Jacob Larsen made layup, assist by Rui Hachimura 1:31
+ 3 Knox Hellums made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kaijae Yee-Stephens 1:51
+ 1 Rui Hachimura made free throw 2:18
  Shooting foul on Harrison Meads 2:18
Team Stats
Points 89 59
Field Goals 35-65 (53.8%) 26-58 (44.8%)
3-Pointers 9-26 (34.6%) 6-18 (33.3%)
Free Throws 10-16 (62.5%) 1-4 (25.0%)
Total Rebounds 39 29
Offensive 10 4
Defensive 24 20
Team 5 5
Assists 21 14
Steals 9 5
Blocks 5 3
Turnovers 12 17
Fouls 15 20
Technicals 0 0
22 PTS, 8 REB, 2 AST
19 PTS, 1 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo 19 Gonzaga 13-3 414889
home team logo Pepperdine 3-12 233659
Team Stats
away team logo 19 Gonzaga 13-3 91.1 PPG 42.5 RPG 18.7 APG
home team logo Pepperdine 3-12 77.5 PPG 35.2 RPG 14.7 APG
Key Players
33
K. Tillie F 8.0 PPG 4.8 RPG 2.2 APG 51.7 FG%
21
E. Cooper Jr. G 11.7 PPG 2.3 RPG 0.9 APG 39.5 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Tillie F 22 PTS 8 REB 2 AST
E. Cooper Jr. G 19 PTS 1 REB 4 AST
53.8 FG% 44.8
34.6 3PT FG% 33.3
62.5 FT% 25.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Tillie 22 8 2 9/10 3/3 1/2 2 25 1 2 2 0 8
J. Williams 13 2 0 5/8 0/0 3/5 2 21 1 1 0 0 2
Z. Norvell Jr. 10 2 5 4/9 2/6 0/0 0 27 2 0 0 0 2
J. Perkins 8 0 5 3/10 2/7 0/0 3 27 0 0 4 0 0
S. Melson 0 2 5 0/4 0/2 0/0 3 24 1 0 2 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Tillie 22 8 2 9/10 3/3 1/2 2 25 1 2 2 0 8
J. Williams 13 2 0 5/8 0/0 3/5 2 21 1 1 0 0 2
Z. Norvell Jr. 10 2 5 4/9 2/6 0/0 0 27 2 0 0 0 2
J. Perkins 8 0 5 3/10 2/7 0/0 3 27 0 0 4 0 0
S. Melson 0 2 5 0/4 0/2 0/0 3 24 1 0 2 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Hachimura 12 6 1 5/8 0/1 2/2 2 15 1 1 2 4 2
J. Larsen 9 5 1 4/5 0/0 1/2 3 19 1 1 1 2 3
C. Kispert 9 8 2 3/6 1/4 2/3 0 25 0 0 0 3 5
J. Wade 4 0 0 1/3 1/3 1/2 0 5 2 0 0 0 0
J. Jones 2 1 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 11 0 0 1 0 1
J. Beach 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
A. Martin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Ayayi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Pete - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 89 34 21 35/65 9/26 10/16 15 200 9 5 12 10 24
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Cooper Jr. 19 1 4 8/15 3/8 0/0 0 31 1 0 2 0 1
C. Ross 12 4 4 6/9 0/0 0/0 4 28 0 0 6 0 4
T. Berhow 7 4 1 3/10 1/4 0/0 3 27 1 0 2 0 4
D. Dunn 6 5 0 3/6 0/2 0/0 1 23 1 0 1 1 4
M. Atewe 2 5 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 3 15 1 2 0 2 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Cooper Jr. 19 1 4 8/15 3/8 0/0 0 31 1 0 2 0 1
C. Ross 12 4 4 6/9 0/0 0/0 4 28 0 0 6 0 4
T. Berhow 7 4 1 3/10 1/4 0/0 3 27 1 0 2 0 4
D. Dunn 6 5 0 3/6 0/2 0/0 1 23 1 0 1 1 4
M. Atewe 2 5 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 3 15 1 2 0 2 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Hellums 6 2 0 2/4 2/3 0/0 0 12 0 1 0 0 2
K. Yee-Stephens 6 0 1 3/5 0/0 0/0 0 9 0 0 1 0 0
J. Smith 1 0 1 0/2 0/0 1/2 1 8 1 0 0 0 0
A. Udenyi 0 0 3 0/1 0/1 0/0 2 12 0 0 0 0 0
E. Lee 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0
N. Taylor 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/2 3 13 0 0 1 1 0
K. Hempy 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 3 0 0 1 0 1
H. Meads 0 1 0 0/3 0/0 0/0 2 17 0 0 2 0 1
K. Edwards - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Martin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Mailliard - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Wexler - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 59 24 14 26/58 6/18 1/4 20 200 5 3 17 4 20