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The Gonzaga University Bulldogs (14-13, 9-3 WCC) climbed above .500 for the first time this season with a 10 point win over Loyola-Marymount Thursday and Pepperdine Saturday night.
Gonzaga raced out to an 8-0 lead over the first four minutes of the Pepperdine game as Ashley Anderson hit a pair of jumpers and Juliann Laney made a driving lay-up. Gonzaga was able to heat up in the final 3:46 of the half to shoot 39 percent for the half and lead 24-13 at the break. Anderson and Stephanie Hawk each had 8 at the half for GU.
The Bulldogs extended their lead to 14 points two minutes into the second half on a jumper by Hawk. The junior would lead all players with 18 points while pulling in 12 rebounds for her second straight double-double. Pepperdine climbed back to within five points at the 14:02 mark as Teiosha George converted a lay-up. That would be the closest the Waves would get in the second half as they shot only 22 percent for the game and 15 percent from 3-point range.
Adam Morrison scored a career-high 44 points -- 37 in the second half -- to give No. 5 Gonzaga a 79-70 victory Saturday over Loyola Marymount and a no worse than a share of its sixth straight regular-season West Coast Conference title.
After missing all three of his 3-point attempts in the first half, Morrison was 8-for-10 in the second half, firing 3s from all over the floor, usually well behind the arc. His eight treys are a career high.
The refs let the Lions and Bulldogs play.
Brandon Worthy floats the ball over Josh Heytvelt.
Wes Wardrop feels Gonzaga's defense.
Adam scores two (and 1) of his 44 points.
Adam Morrison scored 26 points, Pierre-Marie Altidor-Cespedes hit for 17 points and 5 assists, Derek Raivio scored 12, and J.P. Batista had 16 points and 13 rebounds as No. 5 Gonzaga won its 14th straight game, an 81-71 victory over Pepperdine on Monday night.
Gonzaga (23-3, 12-0) clinched its sixth straight West Coast Conference regular season title when Loyola Marymount lost to Portland earlier Monday.
Tashaan Forehan-Kelly got off to a hot start.
Wounded, Adam still scores 26.