MALIBU, Calif. (AP) -- Derek Raivio wasn't afraid to take some
big shot for Gonzaga.
Raivio made five 3-pointers and scored 17 points to lead Gonzaga to an 82-75 victory over Pepperdine on Thursday night."He's a fearless shooter," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. "He's
got a confidence in that shot that carries over to all of us."Ronny Turiaf scored 20 points, and Adam Morrison added 19 to
help the Bulldogs (18-4, 8-2) take sole possession of first place
in the West Coast Conference, a half-game ahead of Saint Mary's.Yakhouba Diawara had 24 points for Pepperdine (13-12, 3-7),
including consecutive 3-pointers in the final minute that pulled
the Waves to 77-75 with 38 seconds left.But Turiaf and Erroll Knight combined to hit five of six free
throws in the final seconds for Gonzaga (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today; No. 14 AP), while Pepperdine missed
its last three attempts from the field.Raivio hit a 3-pointer with 13:28 left to start a 7-2 Gonzaga
run after Pepperdine had closed to 51-49. Raivio also made a
3-pointer with 4:32 to go after Pepperdine used an 11-2 run to pull
within a point at 65-64.Alex Acker added 19 points for Pepperdine.Gonzaga, the conference's leading rebounding team, outrebounded
Pepperdine 47-22.Gonzaga was 14-of-20 from the line, while Pepperdine was
13-of-22."If we make our free throws and get our rebounds, we win that
game," Diawara said.