Men's Hoops Wins at Loyola Marymount
Jan. 24, 2013
Jordan Baker scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half as the Pepperdine men's basketball team overcame an early deficit, then held on late to earn a 60-57 road victory at rival Loyola Marymount on Thursday in West Coast Conference play and a Wells Fargo PCH Cup game.
The Waves (10-9 overall, 2-4 WCC) shot 45.8% and held the Lions (8-12, 1-6) to just 36.1% for their first win at Gersten Pavilion since 2009. Pepperdine equaled its 2011-12 win total with the victory.
After trailing by eight points midway through the first half, the Waves went into halftime with a 37-33 lead. Pepperdine then went up by 11 in the second half, but amazingly, came away with the victory despite recording just one field goal in the final 10 minutes and one point in the final five minutes.
There was no scoring in the game's final 2:20, and LMU missed two potential game-tying three-point attempts in the final minute, including one in the final seconds.
Baker (Tempe, Ariz./Tempe HS), a sophomore guard, equaled his season high with 21 points while also contributing seven rebounds. Senior guard Lorne Jackson (Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley HS) posted 13 points and four steals, freshman forward Stacy Davis (Laveen, Ariz./Fairfax HS) had seven points, 10 rebounds and four steals and junior forward Moriba De Freitas (Bon Air Gardens, Trinidad/Williston State JC) had a career-high seven points and four rebounds in a rare start.
"Any win's a good win, a road win is even better, and a road win over your rival is the best yet," Pepperdine Coach Marty Wilson said. "We had been playing well the last couple weeks but not getting results and it's a great relief to get this one."
Pepperdine turnovers helped LMU jump out to a 22-14 lead in the first half. The Lions still led 29-22 with 5 1/2 minutes left, but the Waves turned things around with a 13-2 run that included two three-pointers by Baker. His second one gave the Waves their first lead of the game at 30-29. The run ended with the Waves up 35-31, and they went into halftime with a 37-33 lead.
In the second half, LMU tied the score at 43, but the Waves responded with the next six points. Baker fed sophomore center Jan Maehlen (Tucson, Ariz./Ironwood Ridge HS) for a pair of lay-ups, and Jackson drove in for a lay-up to make it 49-43 with 12:52 to play.
A jumper by Baker put the Waves ahead 54-46 with 10:06 left, but from that point on, the Waves' offense stalled. Fortunately, their defense was still up to the task, as the Lions had a stretch of its own that lasted 7 1/2 minutes without a field goal.
The Waves were up 59-48 after a three-point play by De Freitas, but the Lions ended their drought on a basket by Godwin Okonji with 4:04 left. That ignited a 9-0 run that cut the deficit to two points at 59-57 with 2:40 to play.
Baker made one of two free throws with 2:21 left, and that would turn out to be the final point of the game as the Waves were able to grab a few offensive rebounds to kill the clock, and the Lions misfired on their final three shots.
The Waves held the Lions to 4-for-25 three-point shooting (16.0%). Pepperdine overcame 17 turnovers, which led to 25 Lion points. Though LMU had 17 offensive rebounds to the Waves' 13, Pepperdine had an 18-8 edge in second-chance points.
Pepperdine next heads north to face Saint Mary's on Saturday (Jan. 26) at 3 p.m. The game will be televised locally by Time Warner Cable SportsNet and fans can also listen to the game via WaveCasts and join an interactive live game blog/chat at www.pepperdinesports.com.