SPOKANE — Gonzaga’s seven three-pointers in the opening 20 minutes freed up Przemek Karnowski to impose his will down low against Pepperdine after halftime.
Karnowski made 8 of 10 shots and David Stockton missed just three of his nine attempts in Gonzaga’s 83-68 win over the Waves on Thursday night.
“We have great shooters on the team,” Stockton said. “They’ll shade to them more often than me. So I have open lanes to drive.”
Kevin Pangos and Stockton scored 18 points apiece as Gonzaga beat Pepperdine for the 26th straight time.
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It’s Gonzaga’s longest streak against any team.
Karnowski added 17 points, 12 in the second half, and seven rebounds for Gonzaga (22-4, 12-1 West Coast Conference).
“I thought he was really good in the second half,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. “I challenged him a little bit at halftime, and I thought he was very, very good in the second half. Good deep post touches, delivering in there.”
Pangos made four of Gonzaga’s 10 three-pointers and Stockton had five assists and three steals to help the Bulldogs rebound after a 60-54 loss at Memphis on Saturday.
Stacy Davis scored 14 points for Pepperdine (14-12, 7-7).
Pepperdine last beat the Bulldogs on Jan. 18, 2002 and hasn’t won in Spokane since the 1997-98 season.
Pepperdine managed just two points in the first three minutes of the second half. But the Waves got it turned around with a 15-4 run to pull within 54-50. Stockton ended the stretch with a momentum-changing three-pointer.
“I thought he was the difference in the game,” Pepperdine coach Marty Wilson said.
In Gonzaga’s loss to Memphis, the Bulldogs gave up 20 offensive rebounds. The Bulldogs did not allow a single offensive board to Pepperdine in the first half.