Men's Basketball Can't Get Past Gonzaga, 70-53
Pepperdine hosts Portland on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Jan. 16, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - Gonzaga wasn't ready to cede first place in the West Coast Conference, and the Pepperdine men's basketball team suffered a 70-53 defeat to the visiting Bulldogs on Thursday night.
The Waves (11-8, 4-3 WCC) entered the night a half-game back of the Bulldogs (15-3, 5-1). Pepperdine could have taken over sole possession of first place with a victory, but Gonzaga (ranked #24 in the USA Today coaches' poll) used a big first-half run to end any thoughts of a shakeup in the standings.
Energized by a season-high crowd of 3,092, Pepperdine led 10-5 early and had an 18-16 advantage at the midway point of the first half. But over the final 10 minutes of the half, the Waves went 1-for-11 from the field and committed six turnovers. The Bulldogs used a 23-2 run over a nine-minute span to eventually go into halftime with a 39-21 lead.
Gonzaga led by as many as 26 late in the game before Pepperdine ended the contest on a 12-3 run. The Waves ended up outscoring the Bulldogs in the second half, 32-31.
The Waves were held to season lows for points and field goal percentage (32.7%). Gonzaga shot 45.5% and had advantages in rebounding (40 to 35) and turnovers (12 to 16). The Bulldogs outscored the Waves in the paint (38-20), off turnovers (17-9) and with second-chance points (20-13).
Sophomore forward Stacy Davis (Laveen, Ariz./Fairfax HS) was the only Wave to score in double-figures. He posted team highs of 12 points and seven rebounds.
Sam Dower scored a game-high 18 points for the Bulldogs, and Kevin Pangos added 14 and Przemek Karnowski had 11.
Pepperdine is home again on Saturday (Jan. 18) to face Portland at 5 p.m. The game will be shown online for free via WaveCasts at PepperdineSports.com with Al Epstein on the call.