The Waves have returned from the Great Alaska Shootout and are back in Malibu ready to prepare for this week's matchups against two Big West Conference schools. The Shootout was a great experience for the Waves, who set a tournament record with their 60.0% field goal percentage. Pepperdine men's basketball is now ranked sixth in the nation with its overall team field goal percentage of 52.5%. Redshirt senior Brendan Lane was named to the Great Alaska Shootout all-tournament team after having averaged 17.0 points and 8.0 rebounds.
"The team played well for the most part, especially offensively," head coach Marty Wilson said. "Our key players performed very well. Brendan Lane made the all-tournament team, and was extremely consistent throughout the tournament. Stacy Davis played very well the second game against Denver and was the 'Player of the Game.' Jeremy Major is also continuing to be consistent and is growing as a player as the season continues."
This week the team is going to focus on taking better care of the ball and on defensive rebounding. After a limited amount of practice time in Alaska, the team is looking forward to reviewing more video from the tournament and utilizing practice to perfect as many skills as possible.
The team is still awaiting the clearance of Jett Raines, who suffered a hand injury during practice earlier in the season. When Raines is able to get back on the court, the team will be able to take advantage of Jett's size and overall ability, as well as the emergence of freshman David Jesperson, to allow starters Davis and Lane to have more rest, enabling them to play harder for longer periods of time.
Waves take on Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Firestone
Fieldhouse, and will travel to UC Irvine on Saturday for another 7 p.m.
matchup. Live WaveCasts will be available at pepperdinesports.com for both
games; a video stream will be available for Wednesday's game and audio only at
Irvine with Al Epstein.