Men's Hoops Beats Portland on the Road in Overtime
The Waves swept the regular-season series from the Pilots for the first time since 2004.
Feb. 9, 2013
Lorne Jackson scored seven of his game-high 22 points in overtime as the Pepperdine men's basketball team picked up a big road victory at Portland, 72-68, on Saturday afternoon in West Coast Conference play.
The Waves (11-13 overall, 3-8 WCC) surpassed their overall win total from last season and improved to 3-1 in overtime games this year. Pepperdine swept the regular-season series from Portland for the first time since 2004 and held the Pilots (9-17, 2-9) to 33.3% shooting, including a 1-for-5 effort in overtime.
After the Waves trailed by as many as eight in the second half, Jackson (Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley HS), hit a three-pointer to tie the game in regulation at 57-57 with 1:52 to play. On the next possession, junior guard Nikolas Skouen (Bergen, Norway/Pratt CC) put Pepperdine in front, 60-57, with 1:04 left.
The Waves had a couple of chances to clinch it in the final minute but twice missed the front end of a one-and-one. Portland's Ryan Nicholas made them pay when he knotted the score at 60-60 with a three-pointer with 20 seconds left. On the last possession of the second half, Jackson almost posted his third game-winner of the year but his lay-up was just off the mark, and a tip-in attempt at the buzzer by freshman forward Jett Raines (Coppell, Texas/Coppell HS) rolled around and off the top of the rim.
The Waves scored six of the first seven points of overtime. Jackson got the scoring started with a basket, and freshman forward Stacy Davis (Laveen, Ariz./Fairfax HS) later sank a jumper. Portland was able to get to the free throw line a few times, but wouldn't score a field goal until 8.6 seconds remained in the contest, when Derrick Rodgers drove in for a lay-up.
After Jackson sank two free throws to make it a three-point game at 68-65, the Waves twice used the strategy of fouling instead of giving up a three-point attempt. With the Waves up 70-68 with 3.9 seconds left, Portland's Rodgers intentionally missed a free throw, but Jackson grabbed the rebound and was fouled. He sank both shots with 2.5 seconds seconds left to clinch the victory.
"Basketball is a game of runs," Pepperdine Coach Marty Wilson said. "Our guys did a great job. I'm proud of our guys for sticking to the game plan defensively. In overtime, we didn't drop our heads when they made that three. We did a good job of fighting through it."
Jackson added seven rebounds, six assists and three steals to his tally. Skouen and sophomore guard Jordan Baker (Tempe, Ariz./Tempe HS) each sank three three-pointers and scored 12 points. Davis added 11 points and six rebounds, while junior forward Moriba De Freitas (Bon Air Gardens, Trinidad/Williston State JC) had six points, nine rebounds and four steals.
It was the Waves' fifth true road win of the season, their most since 2007-08. This is the first time Pepperdine has played four overtime games in a season since 1981-82, and the first time they've won three OT contests since 2007-08.
Pepperdine wound up shooting 41.0% from the field and tied season highs for steals (10) and blocked shots (six). The Waves connected on half of their three-point shots (8-for-16), including five of seven in the second half.
Portland stayed in the game with an overwhelming 52-37 rebounding edge, which included 22 offensive boards. However, those only led to 17 second-chance points.
The Pilots took an early 15-9 lead but the Waves came back with a 14-0 run that include two three-pointers by Baker and two baskets by De Freitas, making the score 23-15 in Pepperdine's favor. The Waves still led 25-18 with 6:23 to go after a basket by Raines, but they wouldn't get another field goal the rest of the half. Portland ended the first half on an 11-1 run and it could have been worse but a three-point attempt at the buzzer was waved off by the officials after a review. Still, Portland held a 29-26 lead at the break.
Portland began the second half by scoring eight of the first 11 points to take its biggest lead at 37-29 with 15 1/2 minutes to go. The Waves then went on another big 12-2 run, capped off by a three-pointer by Skouen that put the Waves in front 41-39 with 10:23 to go. Portland kept edging ahead, but the Waves came back to the tie the score four times and also took a one-point lead at 50-49 after a three-pointer by freshman Austin Mills (Beverly Hills, Calif./Beverly Hills HS).
Both victories over Portland required second-half comebacks, as the Waves came back from 12 down to win 54-47 on January 5.
The Waves return home to host rival Loyola Marymount in a Wells Fargo PCH Cup battle on Thursday night (Feb. 14) at 7 p.m. Fans can watch the game and listen to Al Epstein's broadcast via WaveCasts and join an interactive live game blog/chat at www.pepperdinesports.com. WCC Digital will also produce a webcast.