On Wednesday the men's basketball team traveled to UC Riverside for its first away game of the season. After defeating San Diego Christian last weekend, the team was looking to bring more aggression and speed to the game. Pepperdine was able to defeat UC Riverside 69-66 and now has a 2-0 record.
The Waves were able to secure a 40-32 lead at halftime, but had 10 minutes in the second half where no field goals were made, allowing UCR to tie the game with under a minute left in the second half. Stacy Davis and Nikolas Skouen combined to go 6-for-6 from the line, allowing the Waves to secure the win in the final minute of the game.
Davis scored 24 points against San Diego Christian last week and had a game-high 23 points against UCR, making him the first player to score over 23 points in the first two games of the season since the 1987-88 season. This is also the second time in three years that Pepperdine has been 2-0.
This season's team is close-knit and relies on one another's energy and attitude to stay positive throughout the games.
For Davis, he believes that "leading by example is extremely important for the team this year. This summer I really concentrated on my mental focus and making sure that everything is in check."
He added: "There were times in the game against Riverside where I would get frustrated and wanted to get angry, but that's when I really have to step back and re-evaluate and make sure that the attitude I have on the court is positive, so that the team can feed off of my energy and we can stay together as a unit."
Being 19 years old and seen as one of the team's leaders is a great honor for Davis who says: "At first it was a little difficult for me to grasp because I see myself as a 19-year-old who is still just a kid, but on the court I'm realizing how my attitude effects my teammates, and how important it is for me to step up and motivate the team."
Davis recognizes that his mentality on the court is going to play a key factor in the team's success this season. He plans to continue leading the team forward, and hopefully bring home another win Saturday when the team takes on Central Michigan at 3:30 p.m. PT at McGuirk Arena in Mount Pleasant, Mich.