On Saturday night the Waves faced their second Big West Conference team of the week, taking on UC Irvine at the Bren Events Center. After a tough loss against Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday, the team rallied and came out with a 75-69 win over UC Irvine.
It was a slow first half for the Waves, who trailed by 10 going into the second period. However, game-changing plays and high levels of aggressiveness in the second half allowed the team to secure the win in the final minutes of the game.
Freshman guard Jeremy Major scored 18 points in the game, 14 of which were made in the second half.
"In the first period we a lot of trouble defending," Major said. "After talking with the coaches in the locker room at halftime, the team came together as a unit, and we all just realized we needed to get everything together, be aggressive, and focus on defense."
Another key player in Saturday night's game was junior college transfer Malcolm Brooks, who scored 13 of his career-high 16 points in the second half.
"I wanted to make sure I was bringing energy to the game," Brooks explained. "Defensively we were not playing to our full ability in the first half, but there was a change of energy in the second half that allowed us all to have a better team effort, and be motivated to pull through with a win."
The Waves will have a weeklong break for final exams, but will be back December 15 when they will visit Washington State at 5 p.m. The Pac-12 Network will televise the game, and the live audio-only WaveCast will be available to stream on www.pepperdinesports.com, with commentary by Al Epstein. Remember to follow @PeppBasketball on Twitter to stay up to date on all men's basketball news and team updates.