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.
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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.