Men's Basketball Beats Alabama State, 66-58
Pepperdine finished with a better field goal percentage than its opponent for the ninth straight game.
Dec. 19, 2012
Stacy Davis, Lorne Jackson and Jett Raines scored 11 points apiece and the Pepperdine men's basketball team put together another good defensive performance in a 66-58 win over Alabama State in the first game of the Tulane Classic.
The Waves (7-4) shot a season-best 53.8% while limiting the Hornets (1-10) to 38.3% shooting. Pepperdine also had a 32-21 edge in rebounding and scored 23 points off of 18 ASU turnovers, the second-most that the Waves have forced this season.
About the only thing that marred the Waves' effort was a season-high-tying 23 turnovers, though the Hornets only cashed in on those for 16 points.
Pepperdine finished with a better field goal percentage than its opponent for the ninth straight game, and the 10th time in 11 contests this season. The Waves also improved to 7-0 when holding opponents to 66 points or less.
Raines (Coppell, Texas/Coppell HS), a freshman forward, shot 4-for-4 from the field and 3-for-3 from the foul line and added a game-high and season-high eight rebounds. His fellow freshman in the frontcourt, Davis (Laveen, Ariz./Fairfax HS), contributed six rebounds.
Jackson (Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley HS), a senior guard, reached double-figures for the 11th time in 11 games this season by going 8-for-8 from the free throw line in the final two minutes. He also recorded the 123rd steal of his career, moving him into Pepperdine's all-time top 10.
Skouen scored five early points as the Waves jumped out to an early 9-2 lead, though Alabama State would come back and take its only lead of the game at 12-11. A lay-up by junior forward Malte Kramer (Frieburg, Germany/Cuesta CC) started a 7-0 run, however, and Pepperdine never trailed again.
The Waves' biggest lead of the first half came at 28-15 after a basket by sophomore center Jan Maehlen (Tucson, Ariz./Ironwood Ridge HS), and Pepperdine went into halftime with a 30-21 advantage.
Raines scored four points early in the second half and Baker gave the Waves their largest lead of the game at 15 points, 42-27, with less than 16 minutes remaining.
Turnovers prevented the Waves from blowing the game open, however, and Alabama State shrunk the lead to 50-44 with less than five minutes to play. Baker ended a 3 1/2-minute scoreless stretch with a free throw, and then Davis hit a jumper and Baker sank a three-pointer to push the Waves' lead back up to 56-44 with three minutes left, and Pepperdine would go on to win from there.
The Waves will come right back and play the host Green Wave on Thursday (Dec. 20) at 7 p.m. CT / 5 p.m. PT. Fans can listen to Al Epstein's broadcast via WaveCasts at www.pepperdinesports.com.