Men's Hoops Wins Fourth Straight, 76-66 at Montana State
Stacy Davis set new career highs with 22 points and 11 rebounds.
Nov. 29, 2012
Stacy Davis posted career highs of 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Pepperdine men's basketball team to its fourth straight win, a 76-66 non-conference victory at Montana State on Thursday night.
The Waves (4-2) shot a season-high 50.9% from the field and earned their first four-game winning streak since November 2007. They held the Bobcats (1-4) to 39.7% shooting.
Pepperdine and Montana State were tied 59-59 with less than five minutes to play when Davis (Laveen, Ariz./Laveen Betty Fairfax HS) scored the next two baskets, putting the Waves ahead to stay. Davis entered the game as the West Coast Conference's top-ranked freshman in both scoring and rebounding, and his numbers will improve after posting the first double-double of his career. He made nine of 14 field goals and was 4-for-4 from the foul line.
"Stacy's poise, his understanding of the game, his ability to do a number of things at both ends, offensively and defensively, is amazing for such a young guy who just turned 18," Pepperdine Coach Marty Wilson said. "He's just going to continue to get better and better."
Senior guard Lorne Jackson (Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley HS) added 16 points and junior guard Nikolas Skouen (Bergen, Norway/Pratt CC) sank all four of his three-point attempts en route to a 14-point night.
Montana State jumped out to a 14-7 lead and still led 18-12 with a little more than 10 minutes to play in the second half. But Skouen sank three of his three-pointers during a 15-2 run over the next four minutes that put Pepperdine ahead 27-20. His fourth three-pointer ignited a 7-0 run that gave the Waves their largest lead of the game, 12 points, at 36-24. The Waves went into halftime with a 36-26 advantage.
A barrage of Montana State three-pointers helped the Bobcats get back into it, and they went on an 11-2 run to tie the game at 50-50 with a little less than 10 minutes to play. There were five ties in the second half, but Pepperdine never allowed Montana State to regain the lead.
Tied 59-59, Davis made a jumper, and about a minute later, his third putback of the second half gave the Waves a 63-59 lead with 3:13 to play. Montana State scored the next basket, but a driving lay-up by Jackson and two free throws by senior guard Caleb Willis (Stockbridge, Ga./Stockbridge HS) put Pepperdine ahead 67-61 with 1:48 to play.
A Montana State free throw made it a five-point game, but the Waves were able to break the Bobcat press and get the ball down low to freshman forward Jett Raines (Coppell, Texas/Coppell HS). Though his first attempt was blocked, Raines stayed with it and made his second chance count, pushing the Waves' lead back up to 69-62 with 1:18 to play.
Pepperdine sealed the win by making seven of nine free throws in the final 1:08.
The Waves also enjoyed a 39-30 edge in rebounding and thanks to Davis, a 38-20 advantage on points in the paint.
The Waves will look to earn their first five-game winning streak since December 2004 on the second leg of their road trip. Pepperdine's journey continues at Utah Valley on Saturday (Dec. 1) at 7 p.m. MT/6 p.m. PT. Fans can listen to Al Epstein's broadcast via WaveCasts and join an interactive live game chat/blog at www.pepperdinesports.com.