Waves' Second Straight Comeback Attempt Falls Short
Dec. 4, 2010
MALIBU, Calif. -- The Pepperdine men's basketball team nearly pulled off its second double-digit comeback of the week, but Texas-San Antonio was able to escape Firestone Fieldhouse with an 86-81 win on Saturday night.
The Waves (3-6) had come back from 19 down to beat Pacific on the road on Wednesday night, and were facing a 16-point first-half deficit against the Roadrunners (5-2) this evening.
Pepperdine chipped away at the lead throughout the second half, and finally got the deficit down to one point at 82-81 with 54 seconds left after junior guard Keion Bell (Los Angeles, Calif./Pasadena HS) made two free throws.
But on its next possession, UTSA worked the shot clock down to the very end, and Devin Gibson hit a clutch jumper from the free throw line right at the buzzer to boost the lead back up to three.
The Waves had a chance to tie the game, but a three-point attempt from the right corner by junior guard Lorne Jackson (Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley HS) was off with five seconds left, and UTSA was able to seal the win with a couple of free throws in the final seconds.
Bell, who ranks among the nation's top 10 scorers, amassed 31 points for the Waves. It's his second time this season with 30 or more points and he's scored at least 22 in six of his seven contests. He also had seven rebounds and went 13-for-18 from the foul line.
Jackson contributed a career-high 22 points. Junior center Corbin Moore (Cypress, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) had 10 points and seven rebounds.
The Roadrunners built a 51-37 halftime lead thanks to 10 three-pointers (they sank only one in the second half). Six different UTSA players hit a three during the first half as the Roadrunners built a 16-point lead on three occasions, first at 42-26 and again at 45-29 and 48-32.
The Waves shot just 37.9% from the field but stayed in the game thanks to their offensive rebounding. The Waves had a 44-31 edge on the boards (including 18 offensive rebounds) and outscored the Roadrunners 22-6 on second-chance points. UTSA shot 48.3% from the field.
Pepperdine is in a stretch of four games in eight days and next plays at Utah on Tuesday (Dec. 7) at 6 p.m. PT. Fans can listen to Al Epstein's broadcast for free via Wave Casts at www.pepperdinesports.com and also participate in a live game blog on the site.