The Associated Press

SPOKANE, Wash. — On a night when Josh Perkins became the career assist leader at No. 2 Gonzaga, the Bulldogs clinched a seventh consecutive West Coast Conference regular season title and kept the door open to a possible No. 1 ranking next week.

Rui Hachimura scored 23 points, leading four Zags in double figures as the Bulldogs beat Pepperdine 92-64 on Thursday night.

“A conference title is one of the goals on our board at the start of the year,” coach Mark Few said. “It’s a heck of an accomplishment.”

“Everybody has their eyes on bigger prizes,” Few added, including a deep run in the NCAA Tournament.

Perkins scored 10 points and dished out nine assists, giving him 670 assists in his career. That beat the record of 668 assists set by Matt Santangelo in 1999.

Also Thursday:

No 7 Michigan 69, Minnesota 60: MINNEAPOLIS — Jordan Poole scored 22 points to lead a long-range shooting spree and Michigan beat Minnesota to set up a weekend matchup against rival Michigan State for first place in the Big Ten. Jon Teske added 17 points and seven rebounds for the Wolverines (24-3).

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