Saint Mary's made seven of its first eight 3-pointers and took a 46-27 lead into halftime. The Gaels hit 15 3s in all, shot 49.3 percent and led by as many as 33.
Saint Mary's also committed just five turnovers and scored 18 points off the Waves' 11.
Pepperdine's Keion Bell, the conference's leading scorer at 20.7 points per game, missed his third straight contest with an ankle injury.
Leaving early for the NBA is a risky decision. Some players -- Skal Labissiere, Dejounte Murray -- slid in the draft. Some -- Isaiah Taylor, Troy Williams -- weren't drafted at all.
College basketball coaches across the country will hit the recruiting trail hard in July to target the Class of 2017's top prospects. Which players are the nation's top programs targeting?
The Tar Heels could lose Justin Jackson and Kennedy Meeks after next season. Coach Roy Williams has nearly every top-10 2017 prospect on his board.