MALIBU, Calif. (AP)Logan Johnson’s 17 points helped Saint Mary’s (CA) defeat Pepperdine 73-44 on Thursday.

Johnson also contributed nine rebounds and four steals for the Gaels (17-4, 6-0 West Coast Conference). Alex Ducas scored 16 points while shooting 5 for 14, including 5 for 11 from beyond the arc, and added seven rebounds. Kyle Bowen shot 5 for 7, including 3 for 5 from beyond the arc to finish with 13 points. The Gaels picked up their eighth straight win.

Houston Mallette finished with 15 points and two steals for the Waves (7-13, 0-6). Carson Basham added six points and two blocks for Pepperdine. Jevon Porter also had six points and two steals. The loss was the Waves’ seventh in a row.

Saint Mary’s (CA) took the lead with 15:16 remaining in the first half and never looked back. Ducas led his team in scoring with 13 points in the first half to help put them up 33-24 at the break. Saint Mary’s (CA) pulled away with a 17-1 run in the second half to extend a 14-point lead to 30 points. They outscored Pepperdine by 20 points in the final half, as Johnson led the way with a team-high 11 second-half points.

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Both teams next play Saturday. Saint Mary’s (CA) hosts Santa Clara while Pepperdine visits Portland.

The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.