Men's Hoops Almost Knocks Off BYU

Stacy Davis

Jan. 31, 2013

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MALIBU, Calif. - A terrific effort nearly gave the Pepperdine men's basketball team a chance to knock off Brigham Young on Thursday night, but the Cougars were able to pull off another second-half comeback and edge the Waves, 63-61, in West Coast Conference play.

The Waves (10-11, 2-6 WCC) led for nearly the entire first half and were up by 12 points early in the second half. The Cougars (17-6, 6-2 WCC) took a slim lead late, but Pepperdine went back ahead 59-58 with 1:12 to play after a three-pointer by sophomore guard Jordan Baker (Tempe, Ariz./Tempe HS). However, BYU's Matt Carlino scored the next five points, including a three-pointer to beat the shot clock with 12.9 seconds left, putting the Cougars (17-6, 6-2 WCC) ahead 63-59.

On the Waves' final possession, Baker was fouled while shooting a three-pointer with 1.3 seconds left. He made the first two and intentionally missed the third. One of the Waves got a hand on the ball, but not enough to get possession for a final and potential game-tying shot.

"We played hard," Pepperdine Coach Marty Wilson said. "Our guys are getting it. They are understanding what it takes. Sometimes we're learning on the fly, which is hard to do because they're young guys. It's hard to start and stop and slow it down so they can execute it. The good thing is they're getting a lot of experience being in those situations. We just have to keep working and keep getting better."

Freshman forward Stacy Davis (Laveen, Ariz./Fairfax HS) had 17 points and seven rebounds and junior guard Nikolas Skouen (Bergen, Norway/Pratt CC) tied his career high with 16 points. Baker added 12 points, all in the second half, after playing only four first-half minutes due to foul trouble.

Senior guard Lorne Jackson (Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley HS) had eight points, seven assists and five steals, while freshman forward Jett Raines (Coppell, Texas/Coppell HS) had eight points and eight rebounds. They were the only five Waves to get on the scoreboard.

Pepperdine finished with a slight edge in shooting percentage, 42.3% to 41.7%, but BYU had advantages of 21-9 points off turnovers and 11-4 second-chance points.

Both times this season, the Waves led the Cougars at halftime. In the first meeting in Provo on Jan. 10, Pepperdine went ahead 35-30 before BYU rallied for a 76-51 victory. On Thursday, the Waves built a 31-20 halftime lead while holding the Cougars to 31.3% shooting in the first half. BYU's only first-half lead came at the score of 8-7.

Skouen's fourth three-pointer of the game made the score 34-22 with 19:07 left for the Waves' largest lead.

Though the Cougars missed all nine three-point attempts in the first half, they found their range in the second half (6-for-7) and that allowed them to get back into the game. They eventually tied it at 45-45 with 9:36 to play, and took their first lead since 8-7 at 49-47 with 6:24 left.

BYU went up by four at 54-50 and again at 56-52, but the Waves tied things up after a jumper by Baker and a lay-up by Davis off an assist from Baker, making it 56-56 with less than three minutes to play, and setting up the exciting finish.

Tyler Haws scored 21 points and Brandon Davies had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Cougars.

The Waves are home again on Saturday when they face San Francisco at 2:30 p.m. It's the "WCC Game of the Week" and will be televised locally by Time Warner Cable SportsNet. Fans can also catch the game via WaveCasts and join an interactive live game blog/chat at



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