Men's Hoops Falls at #6 Gonzaga
The Waves held the Bulldogs to 44.8% shooting, one of their worst percentages of the season.
Feb. 7, 2013
Stacy Davis continued his strong play with 16 points and nine rebounds, but the Pepperdine men's basketball team was overwhelmed by sixth-ranked Gonzaga, 82-56, on Thursday night in West Coast Conference play.
The Waves dropped to 10-13 overall and 2-8 in league play while Gonzaga improved to 22-2, 9-0.
Pepperdine does have the distinction of holding Gonzaga to two of its three worst shooting nights of the season. The Waves held the Bulldogs to a season-low 43.4% from the field back on January 3. Gonzaga shot just a bit better at 44.8% tonight, matching its third-lowest mark of the season. The Bulldogs entered the game ranked #2 in the county in field goal percentage at 50.9%.
But the Waves had their own issues offensively, shooting 27.3% and committing 15 turnovers in the first half while falling behind 35-20 at the break. The Waves had a better second half but finished at 36.2% shooting overall and 21 turnovers.
"It got out of hand with all of our turnovers in the first half," Pepperdine Coach Marty Wilson said. "That was the key. When we turned it over and gave up easy baskets, it opened the floodgates."
Davis (Laveen, Ariz./Fairfax HS), a freshman forward, went 8-for-9 from the foul line and narrowly missed what would have been his fifth double-double of the season. Junior guard Nikolas Skouen (Bergen, Norway/Pratt CC) sank three three-pointers and scored 12 points. Freshman guard Austin Mills (Beverly Hills, Calif./Beverly Hills HS) had a season-high 10 points.
Sophomore guard Jordan Baker (Tempe, Ariz./Tempe HS), who was averaging a team-best 14.6 points a game in WCC play, did not score in the first half and did not play in the second half after aggravating a back injury.
Gonzaga had four players score in double-figures, led by Kevin Pangos' 14. The Bulldogs were 12-for-27 on three-point attempts, with Pangos making four of them.
The Bulldogs committed only seven turnovers and had a 30-8 edge in points off turnovers. The Waves had a 39-29 rebounding edge, which included 15 offensive rebounds, but they scored only four second-chance points.
Unlike the first meeting, where the Waves led for much of the first half and briefly in the second half, Pepperdine was quickly overtaken in this one. Gonzaga scored the first 10 points of the game.
The Waves continue their Pacific Northwest swing on Saturday (Feb. 9) at Portland at 1 p.m. It's the "WCC Game of the Week," shown locally on Time Warner Cable SportsNet. Fans can also listen to Al Epstein's broadcast via WaveCasts and join an interactive live game blog/chat at www.pepperdinesports.com.