Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Kelly Olynyk led four Gonzaga players in double-figures with 15 points and grabbed six rebounds, as the seventh-ranked Bulldogs crushed Loyola Marymount, 88-43, Thursday at Albert Gersten Pavilion.
Gary Bell Jr. also dropped in 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting from three-point range for the Bulldogs (20-2, 7-0 WCC), who have a 7-0 start in conference play for the first time since going undefeated in league play in 2008-09. Sam Dower and Drew Barham scored 13 points apiece, while Barham connected on 4- of-5 from downtown in the victory.
Since suffering a heartbreaking 64-63 loss at ninth-ranked Butler on Jan. 19, Gonzaga has beaten its last three opponents, BYU, San Francisco and LMU, by a combined 79 points.
Anthony Ireland led Loyola Marymount with 19 points and five 3-pointers for the Lions (8-13, 1-7), who have dropped five straight and seven of their last eight. Ashley Hamilton chipped in nine points in the loss.
Gonzaga started the game on a 16-6 surge after Olynyk hit a 3-pointer just over six minutes into the contest. Ireland helped draw the Lions briefly within 22-16 after a 10-6 run with just under 10 minutes remaining in the first half, but that's when the offense hit a slump.
Unfortunately, it was the closest the home team would get with the 'Zags for the rest of the game.
Gonzaga unleashed a 24-2 flurry to end the first half to head into the break up comfortably, 46-18. The visitors shot lights out from behind the arc -- 8- of-13 for 61.5 percent -- while Bell had 15 points, all off 3-pointers. Loyola Marymount shot 24 percent from the floor and had just three players find the scoreboard, all after 20 minutes of play.
Gonzaga increased its already dominant lead to 58-26 eight minutes into the second half with Dower's tip-in and as the game reached under eight minutes, David Stockton's trey made it 69-32 before the team rolled for the win.
GAME NOTES: The Bulldogs have won six straight in the series and 34 of 37 overall versus Loyola Marymount ... Gonzaga shot 54.4 percent from the floor, including a season-high 13 threes ... Ayodeji Egbeyemi contributed nine points and seven boards in the defeat ... LMU finished shooting 25 percent (14-of-56) from the floor ... The win guaranteed Gonzaga coach Mark Few his 14th straight 20- victory season.