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MEN: Skouen on Saturday's Non-Conference Finale

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On Saturday, Pepperdine will host Houston Baptist at 1 p.m. for the final game of the non-conference season. The Waves (6-5) hope to end non-conference play with a win, and use their previous game performances as motivation to go into the conference season with the best possible outlook.

Asked about the team, senior guard Nikolas Skouen said: "We are really good and perform well when we are all on the same page. I think when we played Denver during the Alaska Shootout Tournament, we communicated the best both defensively and offensively, which allowed us to stick together and come out victorious."

Skouen, who recently became the 14th Wave ever to sink 100 three-pointers in a career, hopes to continue promoting effective communication and trust on the court as the team prepares for Saturday's matchup.

He said: "I'm grateful for the coaches for believing in me and allowing me to have so much playing time, especially last season. Their confidence in me, especially during crunch time, inspired me to continue performing well, and I hope that I can make an even bigger impact on the team during this conference season.

"This year's squad has a great chemistry, and we have all of the tools needed for success. As long as we keep learning from our mistakes and being aggressive we have the ability to make our final game of the non-conference season a winning one."

Saturday's doubleheader will begin with the men's basketball game at 1 p.m., followed by the women's basketball game against Northern Arizona at 3:30 p.m. Bring an unwrapped toy for the Pepperdine toy drive and admission is free for both games.

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