Waves Can't Keep Up Pace at Pacific, Fall 76-66
Pepperdine hosts LMU next Saturday in a big Wells Fargo PCH Cup matchup.
Jan. 25, 2014
STOCKTON, Calif. - The Pepperdine men's basketball team was unable to keep up with Pacific in the second half and the Waves fell 76-66 on the road on Saturday night in West Coast Conference play.
In the first half, Pepperdine (12-10, 5-5 WCC) shot 56.0% and Pacific (11-8, 2-6 WCC) shot 60.0% as the two teams played to a 38-38 tie. But in the second half, the Waves' shooting dropped to 31.3%, while the Tigers remained hot at 52.0%.
Sophomore forward Stacy Davis (Laveen, Ariz./Fairfax HS) and junior guard Malcolm Brooks (Brooklyn, N.Y./Cardozo HS/Lamar CC) each scored 12 points to lead the Waves, while freshman guard Amadi Udenyi (Oakland, Calif./De La Salle HS/St. Thomas More Prep) added 11.
The Waves had a couple of four-point leads early in the game, but the Tigers would eventually go up by eight at 32-24 with 6 1/2 minutes to play in the first half. That's when Pepperdine would go on a 10-2 run, tying the game at 34-34 as freshman guard Jeremy Major (Pasadena, Calif./Maranatha HS) scored four points and fed senior forward Brendan Lane (Rocklin, Calif./Rocklin HS/UCLA) for a dunk.
Pepperdine started off well in the second half, scoring the first seven points to break the deadlock. A three-point play by Udenyi put the Waves up 45-38 with 17:15 to go.
But the Waves wouldn't score again for more than seven minutes, missing their next eight shots and committing five turnovers. Pacific went on a 14-0 run to pull ahead 52-45 with a little more than 10 minutes remaining in the game.
The Tigers took their first double-digit lead at 60-50 with 8:16 left, and Pepperdine got no closer than six points the rest of the way.
For the game, Pacific outshot Pepperdine 56.0% to 42.1%. The Waves forced a season-high 20 turnovers but couldn't capitalize on them as well as the Tigers did. Pacific turned 17 Pepperdine miscues into a 24-10 edge in points off turnovers.
This was the first WCC matchup between the two schools since 1971. Pacific reentered the conference this season.
Pepperdine will play five of its final eight regular-season games at home, beginning next Saturday (Feb. 1) with a Wells Fargo PCH Cup matchup against rival Loyola Marymount at 3 p.m. The game can be seen locally on Time Warner Cable SportsNet, while there will also be a free audio broadcast via WaveCasts at PepperdineSports.com with Al Epstein on the call.