Waves Suffer First WCC Loss at San Francisco, 76-66
Pepperdine continues its four-game road stretch at BYU on Thursday.
Jan. 4, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - The Pepperdine men's basketball team's strong run to start West Coast Conference play ended in the second half at San Francisco on Saturday afternoon as the Dons posted a 76-66 victory.
Including today, when the Waves (10-6, 3-1) took a 27-19 lead at halftime, the Waves were on their best 3 1/2-game stretch of the season, which included wins to start league play against San Diego, BYU and Santa Clara. Not coincidentally, that run came when the Waves were at full strength health-wise for the only time this season.
But with a 12-point Pepperdine lead and less than a minute remaining in the first half, junior guard and reigning WCC Player of the Week Malcolm Brooks (Brooklyn, N.Y./Lamar CC) turned an ankle after grabbing a defensive rebound and did not return. Brooks, who scored eight points on 4-for-4 shooting, was missed as the Waves couldn't match the Dons' second-half effort.
The Waves played some of their best defense of the year in the first half. They held the Dons to three makes in their first 18 attempts, and 7-for-28 over the first 20 minutes. A 9-0 run that included four points by freshman guard Jeremy Major (Pasadena, Calif./Maranatha HS) put the Waves up by 12 at 27-15 before the Dons scored the final four points after Brooks went out.
However, the Dons (10-6, 3-1) looked like a different team in the second half and the Waves couldn't keep up. USF shot 20-for-39 (51.3%) in the second half and made all six of its three-pointers en route to 57 points, triple the team's first-half output. Pepperdine led by six when the Dons went on a 14-2 run to go up 46-40 with 12 1/2 minutes to play and never trailed again.
Pepperdine had a 24-14 edge in rebounding at halftime, but it was 24-13 in the Dons' favor after the break. The Dons also cashed in on 16 Pepperdine turnovers for a 17-10 points-off-turnovers edge.
Senior forward Brendan Lane (Rocklin, Calif./Rocklin HS/UCLA) led the Waves with 13 points, and he also had seven rebounds and three blocked shots. Major scored 12 points, while sophomore forward Stacy Davis (Laveen, Ariz./Fairfax HS) had 13 rebounds to go with eight points.
USF got 19 points and 11 rebounds from Kruize Pinkins, 16 points from Mark Tollefson and 15 points from Tim Derksen.
Pepperdine concludes its four-game road stretch with games at BYU on Thursday (Jan. 9) at 7 p.m. MT/6 p.m. PT and San Diego on Saturday (Jan. 11) at 6 p.m. There will be audio-only WaveCasts with Al Epstein at www.pepperdinesports.com. The BYU game will be shown on BYUtv and the San Diego game will be available on FOX Sports San Diego and TheW.tv.