Davis, Lane Lead Waves to 80-69 Home Win Over Pacific
Pepperdine hosts Saint Mary's at 1 p.m. on Saturday in the WCC Game of the Week.
Feb. 6, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - When Stacy Davis and Brendan Lane have both played well together, the Pepperdine men's basketball team has fared extremely well, and that continued on Thursday night in an 80-69 victory over Pacific in West Coast Conference play.
Davis (Laveen, Ariz./Fairfax HS) came off the bench to score 24 points and pull down eight rebounds, while Lane (Rocklin, Calif./Rocklin HS/UCLA) contributed 18 points (7-for-7 shooting), eight rebounds and five blocked shots as Pepperdine improved to 14-10 overall and 7-5 in WCC play. The seven conference wins are the most since 2004.
The Waves are now 9-2 this season (4-0 in league games) when both Davis and Lane score in double-figures.
Davis, a sophomore forward, surpassed the 20-point mark for the eighth time this season. He also went 11-for-11 from the free throw line for the second time this season. He's one of only six Waves known to have been perfect from the line with at least 11 attempts, and he's the only player to do it twice.
"When Stacy is playing with energy, he's tough to deal with," Pepperdine Coach Marty Wilson said. "He can really get it going when he's aggressive. Brendan's relentless and he gets himself in the right place to block shots and rebound.
"The thing that I was most pleased with was that we had 20 assists on 25 field goals, and that our freshman point guards combined for 12 assists and one turnover. To do that against a team like Pacific that likes to press was impressive."
Freshman guards Jeremy Major (Pasadena, Calif./Maranatha HS) had eight assists and five rebounds to go with his one point, while Amadi Udenyi (Oakland, Calif./De La Salle HS/St. Thomas More Prep) added nine points and four assists. The Waves also got 11 points from junior guard Malcolm Brooks (Brooklyn, N.Y./Cardozo HS/Lamar CC)
The Waves jumped out to an 18-point lead in the first half, but had to deal with a second-half comeback by Pacific.
Davis had four points in a 9-0 run that put Pepperdine ahead 17-6 less than eight minutes in, and a 10-0 run that was capped by five points from senior guard Nikolas Skouen (Bergen, Norway/Pratt CC) made it 34-16 with less than four minutes to play.
Pacific (12-10, 3-8) cut the deficit to eight points (40-32) at halftime, however, and continued to chip away throughout the second half. The Tigers got it down to five on multiple occasions and all the way down to four at 66-62 with 5:20 left.
As they've done in a number of their wins this season, the Waves played strong basketball down the stretch. They held the Tigers scoreless for the next three minutes and went on an 8-0 run, all of which came from the foul line. The Waves went up 74-62 with 2:24 to play, and the Tigers got no closer than seven in the final two minutes.
The Waves hit better than 50% of their shots for the first time in league play this season and outshot the Tigers 51.0% to 38.6%. Pepperdine also had a 36-33 rebounding edge.
Turnovers also worked to the Waves' favor, unlike the first meeting two weekends ago (won by Pacific, 76-66, in Stockton). The Tigers had a 24-10 advantage in points off turnovers then, but it was 18-14 in the Waves' favor tonight. Both teams finished with 11 turnovers.
Pacific entered the game as the nation's third-best free throw shooting team, but the Waves outdid them there as well, making 23 of 30 (76.7%), compared to 15 of 23 (65.2%).
Pepperdine improved to 12-0 this season when holding the opponent to 69 points or fewer.
Pepperdine finishes its three-game homestand on Saturday (Feb. 8) against Saint Mary's at 1 p.m. It's the WCC Game of the Week and it will be shown locally on Time Warner Cable SportsNet as well as on Comcast SportsNet California, ROOT Northwest and ROOT Rocky Mountain, as well as on TheW.tv for out-of-market viewers. The pregame show begins at 12:30 p.m. There will also be a free audio broadcast via WaveCasts at PepperdineSports.com with Al Epstein on the call.