The Waves have officially opened the 2013-2014 season after defeating San Diego Christian, 81-68, on Saturday night. The game featured the debuts of many new players, four of whom were in the starting lineup.
Freshman Lamond Murray Jr.. was the second-highest scorer for the Waves behind Stacy Davis, and Murray scored a total of 13 points. In regards to playing in his first college game, Murray said: "I wasn't extremely nervous, but I was pretty anxious to play, and really went into the game with an open mind".
Freshman Jeremy Major scored eight points in his first college game and he explained: "I was nervous all day, but once I finally got on the court the nerves went away and I really just embraced the pressure".
In regards to improvement for Wednesday's game at UC Riverside, Major wants to focus on avoiding turnovers and not allowing the opposing team to score more than 30 points in the first period.
After playing a total of 28 minutes in his debut, freshman Amadi Udenyi scored six points with four defensive rebounds and four assists. Udenyi said that the biggest difference between high school and college basketball games is "the speed of the game. Now basketball is a lot faster-paced, so being able to make quick, smart decisions is going to be key for me".
Udenyi shared that reducing turnovers are his main focus for the next game and that he is looking forward to the team's ongoing improvement.
The team has their first away game on Wednesday (Nov. 13) at 7 p.m. against UC Riverside. The Waves plan to build upon their successful start and hope to bring home another win.