Men's Hoops Falls in Opener at CSUN, 81-75

Jordan Baker

Nov. 9, 2012

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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Fatigue and injuries led to turnovers and missed free throws and the Pepperdine men's basketball team suffered a season-opening 81-75 loss at Cal State Northridge on Friday night.

The Waves (0-1), who only suited up nine players and used eight, led 38-33 at halftime and built a 54-41 lead with 13 minutes to play before the Matadors (1-0) rallied.

Sophomore guard Jordan Baker (Tempe, Ariz./Tempe HS) led all scorers with 21 points as he sank four of six three-pointers. Senior guard Lorne Jackson (Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley HS), in his first official game back after sitting out last season following knee surgery, had 16 points, six assists and six rebounds but battled cramps in the second half.

Freshman Jett Raines (Coppell, Texas/Coppell HS) had an excellent debut going with 11 points on 5-for-5 shooting along with five rebounds, but was kneed in the thigh with eight minutes remaining in a one-point game and did not return to the contest.

The 13-point lead in the second half was the largest of the game for either team, but almost immediately, CSUN cut into the deficit. An 8-0 run made it 54-49 with 10 minutes to play, and the run extended to 17-3 as the Matadors grabbed a 58-57 lead with 7:45 left. During the streak, the Waves went 1-for-7 from the foul line and made three turnovers.

The Waves' last lead was at 63-61 after two free throws by Jackson with 6:02 to play, but the Matadors then scored the next nine points and the Waves got no closer than five the rest of the way.

CSUN was outstanding from the foul line, making 25 of 27 (92.6%), while the Waves hit just 8-for-17 (47.1%) in the second half and 16-for-26 (61.5%) for the game.

The Waves also finished with 23 turnovers, allowing CSUN to post a 30-23 edge in points off turnovers, 18 points of which came in the second half.

On the plus side, the Waves had 17 assists on their 25 baskets and enjoyed a 41-32 rebounding edge despite being the smaller of the two teams.

"It's disappointing," Pepperdine Coach Marty Wilson said. "Our starting guards, all of whom are veterans, combined for 15 turnovers. You can't turn the ball over that many times and win. We did a good job attacking in the first half and part of the second half. But then we stopped rebounding and playing defense, and we missed free throws. Cramps and a dead leg didn't help us either."

Junior guard Nikolas Skouen (Bergen, Norway/Pratt CC) sank three first-half three-pointers and finished with nine points. In other debuts, freshman forward Stacy Davis (Laveen, Ariz./Laveen Betty Fairfax HS) had nine points and six rebounds but battled foul trouble, and junior forward Moriba De Freitas (Bon Air Gardens, Trinidad/Williston State JC) had a game-high eight rebounds along with two blocks.

Junior forward Malte Kramer (Frieburg, Germany/Cuesta College), sophomore center Jan Maehlen (Tucson, Ariz./Ironwood Ridge HS) and freshman guard Austin Mills (Beverly Hills, Calif./Beverly Hills HS) did not dress due to injuries.

Pepperdine plays its second straight game on the road next Tuesday (Nov. 13) at California at 6:30 p.m. The game will be shown on the Pac-12 Network in the Bay Area, while fans can also listen to Al Epstein's broadcast and join an interactive live game chat/blog at The Waves' home opener is on Friday, Nov. 16 against Washington State.



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