Unable to continue their successful shooting run, the Waves suffered a Wednesday night loss against Cal State Fullerton with a final score of 78-64. This was the team's first game since the Great Alaska Shootout, and unfortunately the Waves' consistent shooting performance did not continue against the Titans. Redshirt senior, and Great Alaska Shootout all-tournament member, Brendan Lane was the team's top scorer of the game with an impressive 24 points on 10-for-17 shooting. However, the rest of the team shot a combined 14-for-43.
Freshman point guard Jeremy Major has consistently been a starter for the team this season and uses a team loss as a learning experience.
His postgame thoughts: "It's tough when we lose to teams that we are beating at halftime due to our lack of defensive focus in the second half. As a team, we need to work on being more aggressive defensively, and be more focused on guarding the ball. When we aren't handling the ball properly, the opposing teams gain confidence when we allow them to score baskets too easily. That was definitely the case for the team last night against Fullerton, and after that game we all realize what we need to work on collectively as a team going into Saturday's game."
The Waves will face another Big West Conference school on Saturday. Pepperdine faces the UC Irvine Anteaters at 7 p.m. There will be an audio-only broadcast of the game streaming from Irvine via WaveCasts at www.pepperdinesports.com with Al Epstein.