After a Monday night win over Brigham Young, Pepperdine is now 2-0 in league play for the first time since the 2009-10 season.
Junior transfer Malcolm Brooks was the top-scoring player in Saturday's win over San Diego, and continued his streak against BYU by contributing a career-high 24 points, and went 6-for-9 for three-point field goals. Including Brooks, five players scored in double-figures for the first time this season. Freshman guard Jeremy Major had 13 points, sophomore forward Stacy Davis and freshman guard Amadi Udenyi each had 12 points, and senior forward Brendan Lane contributed an additional 11 points.
Pepperdine's 80-74 win over the Cougars is yet another testament of success for the team, whose chemistry both on and off of the court, is at an all-time high.
Udenyi went 4-for-6 for three-pointers and had five assists in his second game back from injury.
"It feels really good to be back," Udenyi said. "After being injured and having to watch so many games, I was able to pick up on some of the little mistakes that we made as a team. I made sure that I did whatever I could to help the team out on the court and tried to contribute defensively as much as possible. I'm happy with my game performance, and I contribute the success of my three-point shooting to the practice I put in before the game with (graduate manager) Ricky Fois."
Another freshman guard, Jeremy Major, has been a very consistent player for the team this season. Udenyi said: "Jeremy and I have great chemistry both on and off of the court. He is one of my good friends and we're together every day, so our ability to work well with one another comes very natural to us."
Pepperdine will play the next four games on the road, and will head north to the Bay Area where they will face Santa Clara on Thursday (Jan. 2) at 7 p.m. and at San Francisco on Saturday (Jan. 4) at 1 p.m. Thursday's matchup will be televised on TheW.tv and Saturday's game against San Francisco will be televised on Time Warner Cable SportsNet. Audio-only Wavecasts will be available for both contests at www.pepperdinesports.com with commentary by Al Epstein.