Gonzaga cuts nets down again, prepare for WCC tournament
Jeremy Pargo cut down a net Saturday night after the Zags beat Pepperdine 92-58 (Photo: KHQ)
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga Bulldogs captured their ninth-straight West Coast Conference regular-season championship Saturday by manhandling Pepperdine 92-58 at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
Josh Heytvelt scored a career-high 28 points against the Wave. He also grabbed 11 rebounds. Matt Bouldin added 16 points for Gonzaga (21-5, 12-0). With the win, Gonzaga clinched the top seed on the WCC tournament.
"It's not like anyone else in the Northwest or the West is winning multiple conference championships," coach Mark Few said after the win. "It feels great."
After the game, Jeremy Pargo led the team in taking down the nets, a practice at which the team has been quite familiar.
"It's always good," said Heytvelt in the locker room. "I've been fortunate enough to play on five teams in the last five years - been doing it every year. It's one of those things that makes you feel good to be a part of the team.
"It's awesome, you know, to win another league championship like this," added Micah Downs.
Gonzaga now turns to focusing on the upcoming WCC tournament in Las Vegas, that is -- after finishing up the regular season with Santa Clara, San Diego and USC Upstate. The tournament, held March 6-9, will be played at Orleans Arena. Both Gonzaga and the No. 2 seed, Portland, have byes through the first and second rounds.
Gonzaga is 62-3 in the McCarthey Athletic Center since it opened in 2004.