Men's Basketball Knocks Off BYU, 80-74
Malcolm Brooks set a career high for the second straight game with 24 points.
Dec. 30, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. - Malcolm Brooks led another three-point barrage and the Pepperdine men's basketball team held off Brigham Young to post arguably its biggest win in several years as the Waves defeated the Cougars, 80-74, in Firestone Fieldhouse on Monday night in West Coast Conference play.
Pepperdine (9-5) is 2-0 in league play for the first time since 2009-10. The Waves were 0-4 against the Cougars (8-7, 0-2) since they joined the WCC prior to the 2011-12 season, and had lost seven straight in the series.
Brooks (Brooklyn, N.Y./Lamar CC) set a career high for the second straight game with 24 points, and made six of nine three-pointers. The Waves shot 13-for-24 from beyond the arc, while the Cougars were 1-for-11, and their one came with just 23 seconds left in the game.
Pepperdine led 40-28 at halftime and took a 13-point lead at 65-52 with 8:39 to play after a Brooks three-pointer. But BYU didn't fold and went on a 10-0 run over nearly three minutes to make it a three-point game with under six minutes to play.
BYU kept things close, but the Waves made some big shots. A driving lay-up by freshman guard Jeremy Major (Pasadena, Calif./Maranatha HS) put the Waves ahead 70-65 with 3:21 to go, and Brooks' sixth three-pointer made it 73-66 with 2:25 left.
BYU got it down to four points again on two occasions in the final minute. With the Waves ahead 75-71, senior forward Brendan Lane (Rocklin, Calif./Rocklin HS/UCLA) was fouled going to the basket with 31 seconds left. In addition to fouling out, BYU's Eric Mika was called for a technical foul. The Waves made three of four free throws to help ice the win.
"We would have lost this game by double-digits last year," Pepperdine Coach Marty Wilson said. "We have better character, better team chemistry, mentally tougher guys and guys that want to stick together. We showed that the last two games. BYU stormed back to cut it to three, but our guys kept their poise. We'd run a play and execute, and we got some stops. It's a great feeling. Malcolm Brooks, welcome to the WCC. He's been big the last two nights."
Brooks scored 20 points and made four three-pointers during the Waves' 75-64 win over San Diego on Saturday. That game had a similar flow, with the Waves taking a 12-point second-half lead, the Toreros rallying to go ahead, and the Waves finishing strong to earn a victory.
Against BYU, Brooks was 8-for-12 from the field overall and also had five rebounds. Five Waves scored in double-figures for the first time this season. Major had 13 points, sophomore forward Stacy Davis (Laveen, Ariz./Fairfax HS) and freshman guard Amadi Udenyi (Oakland, Calif./St. Thomas More Prep) each had 12 points and senior forward Brendan Lane (Rocklin, Calif./UCLA) added 11. Udenyi, in just his second game back from injury, made four three-pointers on six attempts and added five assists.
Davis pulled down a season-high 14 rebounds to post his fourth double-double in the last five games.
The Waves outshot the Cougars overall, 44.8% to 40.3%. Pepperdine's 13 three-pointers tied a season high (the Waves also went 13-for-24 against Green Bay at the Great Alaska Shootout).
Pepperdine heads out on the road for its next four games, beginning with a trip to the Bay Area this weekend. The Waves play at Santa Clara on Thursday (Jan. 2) at 7 p.m. and at San Francisco on Saturday (Jan. 4) at 1 p.m. There will be audio-only WaveCasts with Al Epstein at www.pepperdinesports.com for both games. The Santa Clara game will be on TheW.tv. The USF contest is the WCC Game of the Week and it will be shown locally on Time Warner Cable SportsNet.