Davis Leads Waves' Comeback Win at San Diego
Pepperdine will host Gonzaga on Thursday with a chance to move into first place.
Jan. 11, 2014
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Stacy Davis put the Pepperdine men's basketball team on his back with a career-high 28 points and the Waves shut down San Diego down the stretch, and the result was a 69-65 comeback victory on Saturday night in West Coast Conference play.
The Waves improved to 11-7 overall and are tied for second place in the WCC at 4-2, just a half-game back of Gonzaga. The Waves will host the Bulldogs on Thursday. Pepperdine swept the season series from USD (10-8, 1-4) and won at the Jenny Craig Pavilion for just the second time in the last 11 visits.
Davis (Laveen, Ariz./Fairfax HS) also pulled down 10 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season and he went 11-for-11 from the free throw line. He scored 11 straight points for Pepperdine over a 2 1/2-minute stretch in the second half as the Toreros were threatening to pull away.
The Waves led 36-30 at halftime and by eight early in the second half, but the Toreros rallied for a 59-51 lead with less than seven minutes to play.
Davis then scored the Waves' next 11 points, and his last basket pulled the Waves within one point at 63-62 with four minutes left.
Senior forward Brendan Lane (Rocklin, Calif./Rocklin HS/UCLA) gave the Waves their first lead in nearly 10 minutes at 64-63 with less than three minutes to go. Davis made a steal and freshman guard Jeremy Major (Pasadena, Calif./Maranatha HS) fed Lane for a slam dunk on the fast break.
USD's Christopher Anderson put the Toreros back in front with two free throws with 1:36, but those would be USD's only two points in the final five minutes.
The Waves regained the lead on another dunk by Lane off another assist by Major, putting Pepperdine in front 66-65 with 37.8 seconds left.
USD missed two free throws on its next possession, and junior guard Malcolm Brooks (Brooklyn, N.Y./Cardozo HS/Lamar CC) sank two free throws to put the Waves up 68-65 with 20.8 seconds left. Pepperdine then forced a turnover, and the Waves clinched the victory when freshman guard Amadi Udenyi (Oakland, Calif./De La Salle HS/St. Thomas More Prep) made a free throw with 8.8 seconds left.
"Our guys showed a lot of things," Pepperdine Coach Marty Wilson said. "They showed poise and patience late in the game. We've talked about defending better and being more disciplined and we did that. We had 11 steals and forced 17 turnovers and they were all good defensive plays. And then Stacy Davis carried us at times, especially when Brendan went out and couldn't play for a while."
Major had 12 points and five assists. Lane (eight points and five rebounds) and Brooks (nine points) were back in the rotation after sitting out Thursday's game at BYU with injuries. Lane, however, was elbowed by a teammate early in the first half and went to the locker room for a cut that required 10 stitches. He eventually returned to the game with 12 minutes remaining in the second half and played a total of 20 minutes.
The Toreros greatly outshot the Waves, 54.8% to 43.8%, but Pepperdine forced a season-high-tying 17 turnovers and had a 22-9 edge in points off turnovers. Udenyi recorded four steals, the most by any Wave this season. The Waves also went 20-for-27 from the foul line, compared to 14-for-25 by USD.
After playing the last four games on the road and going 2-2, the Waves return to Firestone Fieldhouse to host Gonzaga on Thursday (Jan. 16) at 7 p.m. and Portland on Saturday (Jan. 18) at 5 p.m. The Gonzaga game will be televised on Time Warner Cable SportsNet and there will be an audio-only broadcast at PepperdineSports.com. The Portland game will be shown online via WaveCasts at PepperdineSports.com.