Pacific Outlasts Men's Hoops, 81-72

Eric Cooper Jr. (Martin A. Folb photo)
Eric Cooper Jr. (Martin A. Folb photo)
Feb. 3, 2018

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MALIBU, California – Locked in another close game yet again, the Pepperdine men’s basketball team couldn’t come up with the shots it needed in the end and fell at home to Pacific, 81-72, in West Coast Conference play on Saturday night.

The Waves (4-20, 1-11) led midway through the second half, were down by two with under six to play and by four with four minutes to go. But Pacific (12-13, 7-5) only allowed Pepperdine one field goal in the final four minutes, and it came after the Tigers had built a double-digit lead.

Pepperdine LogoBIG WAVES

  • Junior guard Eric Cooper Jr. (Ontario, Calif./St. Anthony HS/Nevada) led the Waves with 19 points. He made three three-pointers and was 8-for-8 from the foul line.
  • Sophomore forward Kameron Edwards (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Etiwanda HS) had 16 points and six rebounds.
  • Senior center Matthew Atewe (Toronto, Ontario, Canada/Washington) had 14 points on 7-for-11 shooting and added six rebounds.
  • Freshman guard Colbey Ross (Aurora, Colo./Eaglecrest HS) had eight points, nine assists and two steals.

Pepperdine LogoKEY STATS

  • Pacific outshot Pepperdine, 52.5% to 41.1%. Both teams made seven three-pointers.
  • The Waves were more successful at the free throw line, going 19-for-24 compared to 12-for-17.
  • Pacific had a 37-29 rebounding edge.
  • Pacific had three players score in double-figures, led by Miles Reynolds’ 22.

Pepperdine LogoPLAY BY PLAY

The largest lead of the first half either way was four points. The Waves led by four six times, though their last lead of the half came at 22-21 on an Atewe dunk. It was 33-30 Pacific at the break.

Until the final six minutes, the biggest lead for either side was five points, Pacific at 35-30 and Pepperdine at 47-42. The Waves led 56-53 after a pair of free throws by Cooper, but Pacific scored the next seven points and kept Pepperdine scoreless for nearly three minutes, making it 60-56 with under nine minutes to go.

The Waves tied the game at 62 on a Knox Hellums three-pointer with under eight minutes left. It was a two-point game at 65-63 and 67-65, the latter with 5:42 left after two Darnell Dunn free throws.

Pacific pushed the lead to seven at 72-65, but Cooper sank a three-pointer with 4:21 left, making it a four-point game at 72-68. But over the next 3 1/2 minutes, the Waves went 0-for-4 from the field and committed two turnovers while only making two free throws, letting Pacific go on for the win.

Pepperdine LogoHIGHLIGHTS

Pepperdine LogoNOTABLES

  • Three scholarship players were out for this game, with Trae Berhow (ankle) missing his first game of the season and joining Nolan Taylor (shoulder) and Jade’ Smith (concussion) on the sidelines. The Waves’ total number of player-games missed due to injury or illness is up to 59 this season. This was the 17th time in 24 games that the Waves have had multiple key rotation players out.
  • Amadi Udenyi had three assists, moving him ahead of Doug Christie and into sole possession of fourth place on the Waves’ all-time assist list with 398.
  • This was Pacific’s first win in Firestone Fieldhouse in the five seasons since the Tigers rejoined the WCC.

Pepperdine LogoUP NEXT

Pepperdine is home again on Thursday (Feb. 8) at 7:30 p.m. against San Diego. It will be shown locally on Spectrum SportsNet and there will also be an audio-only WaveCasts with Al Epstein.



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