Jackson Fuels Outstanding Comeback, Waves' 58-56 OT Win Over Washington State
The Waves led only right at the start of the game, and not again until 12 seconds remained in overtime.
Nov. 16, 2012
Lorne Jackson and posted a thrilling 58-56 overtime victory over visiting Washington State on Friday night.
The Waves (1-2) led only at the very start of the game, and not again until the very end when Jackson (Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley HS) drove in for a lay-up to put Pepperdine ahead 57-56 with 12.0 seconds left in overtime. The Waves then forced their 20th turnover of the night before Washington State (2-1) could attempt a final shot, and sophomore guard Jordan Baker (Tempe, Ariz./Tempe HS) sank a free throw with 0.4 seconds left to finish the scoring.
"We talked about this being an opportunity for us with a number of things: a big game for our seniors, the opportunity to play a Pac-12 team in our house, to build some support from our fans and our students, and to continue toward building our program," Pepperdine Coach Marty Wilson said. "We took that step tonight."
It's the second straight year that Pepperdine has knocked off a Pac-12 squad, as the Waves won at Arizona State last season.
Jackson came off the bench to score a team-high 15 points for the Waves, perhaps none bigger than six that he scored toward the end of regulation. The Waves were behind 50-42 with less than four minutes left, but Jackson sank three-pointers on consecutive possessions to pull Pepperdine within two at 50-48 with 2:50 left.
The score stayed that way until freshman forward Stacy Davis (Laveen, Ariz./Laveen Betty Fairfax HS) made a fast-break lay-up with 24 seconds left, tying the game at 50-50. The Cougars had two shots in the final 10 seconds to win, but missed both. WSU was held scoreless the final 5:25 of regulation.
The Cougars did score the first five points of overtime to go up 55-50, however. But Baker responded with a three-pointer to make it 55-53 with 2:39 left. WSU would sink a free throw with 2:09 remaining, but that was the final point of the game for the Cougars. Davis hit a short jumper in the paint to pull the Waves within one at 56-55 with 1:02 left.
Both teams then turned the ball over in quick succession, and the Waves were forced to foul with 26 seconds left. The Cougars missed both free throws, and Jackson's lay-up on the ensuing possession turned out to be the game-winner.
The Waves ended up outshooting the Cougars, 41.8% to 40.4%.
"The one thing I'm most proud of is that we're getting back to defending," Wilson said. "We haven't defended very well. We've been giving up 79, 80 points a game and that's too much for our team. We want to continue to build on this."
Baker had 13 points (making four three-pointers) and a career-high five steals, while Davis had 14 points for the Waves. Senior guard Caleb Willis (Stockbridge, Ga./Stockbridge HS) had a career-high-tying eight assists.
Washington State was led by Brock Motum (15 points, seven rebounds), Royce Woolridge (11 points) and Mike Ladd (10 points, 13 rebounds). The Cougars were the first of the old Pac-10 teams to visit Firestone Fieldhouse in nearly a decade (Oregon in December 2002).
The Waves improved to 31-9 all-time in home openers in Firestone Fieldhouse.
Pepperdine returns to the road for the third time in four games when the Waves visit Houston Baptist on Tuesday (Nov. 20) at 7 p.m. CT/5 p.m. PT. Fans can listen to Al Epstein's broadcast and join an interactive live game chat/blog at www.pepperdinesports.com.