SPOKANE, Washington (Ticker) -- Loyola Marymount was the latest team to find out that there is little hospitality in The Kennel.
Blake Stepp scored 16 points and handed out 10 assists as eighth-ranked Gonzaga extended its winning streak to 12 games with an 87-57 rout of Loyola Marymount in a West Coast Conference mismatch.
Gonzaga has turned The Kennel, a small-type gymnasium, into a huge home-court advantage, winning its seven games here this season by an average of 26.6 points.
Stepp led the latest rout and Ronny Turiaf added 13 points for the Bulldogs (19-2, 9-0 WCC), which took control of the game in the second half when they outscored the Lions, 50-32.
Charles Brown and Wes Wardrop each scored 16 points to lead Loyola Marymount (11-11, 2-7).
Stepp scored 11 points in a 15-2 run early in the second half, turning a close game into a rout.
The Lions scored the first six points of the second half, pulling within 37-31. But Stepp took over as he threw an alley-oop pass to Erroll Knight, then hit consecutive 3-pointers to start the barrage.
Stepp found Knight for another alley-oop and his 3-pointer with 12:45 left, capped the surge and provided a 52-33 advantage. Stepp went 6-of-9 from the field and made half of the Bulldogs' eight 3-pointers.
In the second half, the Bulldogs efficiently ran their offense as they shot a blistering 69 percent (18-of-26). They shot 61 percent (33-of-54) overall and held a commanding 40-24 rebounding advantage.
The Lions were unable to keep up as they shot 33 percent (18-of-55).
Cory Violette added 13 points, Derek Raivio 11 and Knight 10 for the Bulldogs.