Men's Hoops Suffers Rare Home Loss to LMU

Taylor Darby

Jan. 12, 2012

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MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine men's basketball team suffered a rare home defeat to rival Loyola Marymount, as the Lions pulled off a 68-58 West Coast Conference victory in a Wells Fargo PCH Cup game on Thursday night.

LMU (10-7, 3-1) won in Firestone Fieldhouse for the first time since 1998, ending a 13-game road losing streak against the Waves (7-9, 1-4).

Pepperdine got solid offensive performances from senior forward Taylor Darby (San Marcos, Calif./Mission Hills HS), freshman guard Jordan Baker (Tempe, Ariz./Tempe HS) and junior guard Joshua Lowery (Phoenix, Ariz./Desert Vista HS). Darby scored 14 points, Baker had a season-high-tying 14 points along with a season-best nine rebounds and Lowery added 13 points and six assists.

In the end, Loyola Marymount shot a little better (42.9% to 37.7%) and though each team pulled down 14 offensive rebounds, the Lions had a 20-8 edge in second-chance points.

Back-to-back baskets by Lowery and senior center Corbin Moore (Cypress, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) gave the Waves their largest lead of the game at 13-7 with about 13 1/2 minutes left in the first half. They matched it at 20-14 after a lay-up by Darby with 7:40 to play, although LMU would then go on a 10-0 run and eventually take a 28-26 lead at halftime.

Pepperdine took its only lead of the second half at 34-33 after a basket by Darby just after the 16-minute mark. After LMU went up by seven at 43-36, sophomore guard Nikolas Skouen (Bergen, Norway/Pratt CC) cut the deficit to one by sinking two straight three-pointers.

But the Lions then went on a 12-2 run to take their first double-digit lead at 55-44 with a little more than five minutes left, and the Waves couldn't close the gap.

Anthony Ireland (21 points) and Drew Viney (19 points and 10 rebounds) did most of the damage for Loyola Marymount.

The Waves head back on the road to face San Francisco on Saturday (Jan. 14) at 1:30 p.m. The game will be televised on Prime Ticket. Fans can also listen to Al Epstein's broadcast at and join an interactive live game blog/chat.



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