SPOKANE, Wash. – As 2022 comes to a close, the Gonzaga Bulldogs began West Coast Conference (WCC) play with a 111-88 victory against the Pepperdine Waves.

The N0. 10 Zags opened up conference play on New Year’s Eve against Pepperdine. In their previous game, the Zags put together a historic performance, beating Eastern Washington 120-40. Wednesday’s win against the Mountaineers was the largest margin of victory for the Zags (78 points) in program history.

Even though Saturday’s win wasn’t as dominant, the Zags put together a good effort against a tough Pepperdine team. Drew Timme had 22 points in the first half, leading the Zags late in the first half to stretch their lead to 16 points before the break.

Timme had another stellar performance on Saturday, already having 30 points in 25 minutes of play. He finished the night with 35 points and 10 rebounds.

Timme’s 35-point performance puts him fourth in the all-time Zags scoring list (1,861 points). He is six points behind former Zag Adam Morrison.

The Zags outscored Pepperdine in bench scoring 29-7. The also held the advantage in fast break points (30-5) and assists (25-15) among other stats.

The Zags will head to the Bay Area to play USF on Thursday. This will be the first of a three-game road trip before they return to The Kennel on Jan. 14 to play the University of Portland.

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