Waves' Comeback Falls Short at Cal Poly
Kameron Edwards and Colbey Ross scored 21 points apiece in the loss.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, California – Kameron Edwards and Colbey Ross had high-scoring nights with 21 points apiece, but Cal Poly’s three-point shooting kept the Waves from a comeback victory as the Mustangs prevailed 91-81 on Saturday night in the Mott Athletics Center.
Both teams hit 53% of their shots from the field, but the Waves (2-6) made two of 11 three-pointers, while the Mustangs (4-4) went 11-for 27, including several big ones late in the game.
- Sophomore forward Kameron Edwards (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Etiwanda HS) had the fourth 20-point game of his career, all of which have come in the last five games. He also had five rebounds, two assists and two steals.
- Freshman guard Colbey Ross (Aurora, Colo./Eaglecrest HS) got his third 20-point game of the season, which included a 9-for-9 showing from the free throw line. He also had a team-high five assists.
- Sophomore forward Nolan Taylor (Keller, Texas/Keller HS) made his first start of the season and scored 14 points.
- Freshman guard Trae Berhow (Watertown, Minn./Watertown-Mayer HS) had eight points and a team-high eight rebounds.
- Pepperdine narrowly outshot Cal Poly, 52.7% to 52.6%.
- Turnovers were close (nine by the Waves and eight by the Mustangs) but Cal Poly enjoyed a 17-7 edge in points off turnovers.
- Both teams shot well from the foul line, with the Waves at 77.8% (21-for-27) and the Mustangs at 87.0% (20-for-23).
- Cal Poly put five players into double-figures, led by Marcellus Garrick’s 20 points, while Donovan Fields had 17 points and 11 assists.
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The Waves played from behind for much of the first half. They briefly took the lead after an Edwards basket at 11-10, on a Harrison Meads dunk at 13-12, and at 15-14 after two Taylor free throws. However, tied at 17, the Mustangs ran off eight straight points to force a Pepperdine timeout. The Waves got the deficit down to one point a couple of times before Cal Poly went into the break with a 37-34 lead.
Cal Poly went on an 8-0 run to take its first double-digit lead at 46-36. At 50-40, the Waves responded, going on a 15-2 run over about four minutes. Knox Hellums hit a floater in the lane to put Pepperdine ahead 53-52, and Edwards followed with a basket to make it 55-52.
The Waves’ last lead would come at 59-57 after a basket by Jade’ Smith with nine minutes to go, as the Mustangs got the next five points.
It stayed close until the final three minutes. An Edwards three-point play made it 76-73 with 3:10 left, but Cal Poly hit three-pointers on three consecutive possessions, while the Waves only managed one free throw in that time, putting the Mustangs ahead 85-74 with under two minutes to go. Cal Poly would go 6-for-7 from the line in the final minute to ice the victory.
- Another starter was on the sidelines for this one, with Matthew Atewe (back) missing the Cal Poly contest. Expected starter Eric Cooper Jr. (shoulder) has yet to play this season, as has Kaijae Yee-Stephens (knee). The Waves’ total number of player-games missed due to injury is up to 19 this season.
- This was the Waves’ fifth straight loss in San Luis Obispo (they haven’t won here since 1950-51).
The Waves have their only two December home games coming up next week. Pepperdine hosts UC Riverside on Tuesday (Dec. 5) and Long Beach State on Saturday (Dec. 9), both at 7 p.m. in Firestone Fieldhouse. Both games will be shown on WaveCasts on TheW.tv with Al Epstein on the call.