No. 24 Saint Mary's beats pesky Pepperdine 61-47

The Associated Press
No. 24 Saint Mary's beats pesky Pepperdine 61-47
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Pepperdine's Taylor Darby, center, shoots as St. Mary's Brad Waldow, left, and Matthew Dellavedova defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, in Moraga, Calif. (AP Photo/George Nikitin)

MORAGA, Calif. (AP) Rob Jones had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Matthew Dellavedova scored 13 points to lead No. 24 Saint Mary's past pesky Pepperdine 61-47 on Thursday night for its eighth straight victory.

Stephen Holt added 12 points and three assists to help the Gaels (18-2, 7-0) remain the only unbeaten team in the West Coast Conference. Saint Mary's has won 16 of 17 since a loss at No. 3 Baylor on Dec. 22.

Caleb Willis had 14 points and Jordan Baker added 13 for Pepperdine (7-11, 1-6), losers of six straight and still searching for its first conference road win of the season. Corbin Moore had 15 rebounds for the Waves.