The Waves hosted San Diego on Saturday night for the first game of the West Coast Conference season. Pepperdine led 34-26 at halftime, but it was tied 58-58 with less than eight minutes left in the game. The Waves did not allow the Toreros to score for the final three-plus minutes of the game, and went on to win 75-64.
Sophomore guard/forward Atif Russell made his first career start alongside Brendan Lane, Malcolm Brooks, Stacy Davis and Jeremy Major. Brooks scored a game-high 20 points, followed by Lane with 18, Major with 13 and Stacy Davis with 11.
Brooks said afterward: "We wanted to protect our house and win the first game of the conference. We came out with great energy, and the team did a great job sticking together and we all fought for the win. We knew that San Diego would double-team Stacy and Brendan so we made sure that we had good ball movement and plenty of space for open shots."
In regards to his own performance, Brooks said: "It felt good to knock down shots, be aggressive and play good defense. In the coming games I'm really looking forward to showing everyone what we are made of. Our team is really strong this season and our talent and chemistry will play a huge role in our success this season."
Pepperdine will host Brigham Young on Monday (Dec. 30) at 7 p.m. Time Warner Cable SportsNet will televise the game, and a live audio-only WaveCast will be available at www.pepperdinesports.com with commentary by Al Epstein.