Robert Sacre was perfect from the field and the free-throw line, scoring a career-high 24 points, and Gonzaga's torrid start helped the Bulldogs breeze past Pepperdine, 92-75, Thursday night in Spokane.
The 7-foot Sacre made all eight of his field-goal attempts and eight straight free throws for the Bulldogs (12-5 overall, 2-0 West Coast), winners of eight in a row. Lorne Jackson scored 18 points for the Waves (7-13, 1-2).
Steven Gray’s back-to-back 3-pointers to open the game fueled a 10-2 start for Gonzaga, which made 18 of its first 24 shot attempts and finished at 63 percent. Sacre’s jump hook with 4:26 left in the first half pushed the lead to 44-23. Pepperdine got no closer than 13 after that.
Gray added 19 points and nine assists and Elias Harris also scored 19 for Gonzaga. Mychel Thompson scored 15 points for Pepperdine.
At Utah Valley 89, Seattle 73: Jordan Swarbrick recorded 17 points and 10 rebounds to help the Wolverines past the Redhawks in Orem, Utah.
Every starter for Utah Valley (9-8) scored in double digits. Holton Hunsaker led the way with 18 points while Geddes Robinson, Ben Aird and Isiah Williams each scored 14.
The Wolverines led 29-24 at halftime but pulled safely ahead on 70.8 percent shooting from the field in the second half.
The Redhawks (7-12) shot 50 percent from the field in the second half, but the Wolverines outscored the Redhawks from the stripe 24-10 in the half.
Cervante Burrell led Seattle with 18 points while Aaron Broussard added 17.
At Montana 66, Eastern Washington 47: Will Cherry scored 15 points and capped a 15-1 run early in the game with a 3-pointer that launched the Grizzlies (12-5, 4-1 Big Sky) to the one-sided victory over the Eagles (3-12, 1-3 ). Brian Qvale had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Grizzlies. Glen Dean led Eastern with 12 points.
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At Minnesota 70, No. 8 Purdue 67: Blake Hoffarber’s 26 points and Minnesota’s improved perimeter defense helped the Golden Gophers hold off the Boilermakers.
JaJuan Johnson had 29 points and 11 rebounds for the Boilermakers (15-2, 4-1 Big Ten). Hoffarber went 10 for 15 from the field and Al Nolen added 13 points, eight assists and three steals for the Gophers (13-4, 2-3).
Gonzaga 80, at Pepperdine 61: Kayla Standish had a career night, scoring 27 points and grabbing 12 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs to the one-sided victory over the Waves in Malibu, Calif.
Standish drained 11-of-16 from the field and sank all four free throws for her new career-high and Gonzaga (14-4, 2-0 West Coast) hit its first seven shots to rout the hosts (10-6, 1-2).
At No. 9 Michigan State 63, No. 16 Iowa 60: Kalisha Keane’s 3-pointer from the corner with 0.5 seconds remaining gave the Spartans (16-1, 4-0 Big Ten) their 14th straight victory. The Hawkeyes (14-4, 2-3) had scored eight straight points to tie the game at 60 on a 3-pointer by Kamille Wahlin with 13.3 seconds to play.