After an impressive win over UC Irvine on Saturday, the Waves are taking a week off for final exams before traveling north for a Sunday matchup at Washington State.
The Waves are currently 3-0 in road games, which hasn't happened since the 1988-89 season. The freshmen and transfer additions to the squad have made a stimulating impact on the team, whose starting lineup has been consistent for the past four games. Seniors Brendan Lane and Malte Kramer, junior college transfer Malcolm Brooks, sophomore Stacy Davis and freshman guard Jeremy Major have been successful thus far leading the team in the opening minutes of the game and further utilizing the team's growing dynamic.
"The starting lineup is not about bringing in the five best players," head coach Marty Wilson explained. "It's more focused on which players will help us get off to a good start, and also provide a solid combination of offense versus defense. Ultimately for the players, it's not about who's starting, but rather which players we rely on in crunch time, and trust to get the job done."
The Waves welcomed Jett Raines back to the court after recovering from a hand injury earlier in the season. Raines played briefly last week against Cal State Fullerton, but his defensive performance against UC Irvine, as well as his aggression and energy on the court, are important factors for the team.
"His initial game was difficult because he got winded after a short period of time," Wilson says. "Facing Irvine, he was able to play for longer periods of time, and brought great athleticism and energy to the game that the other players were able to feed off of. I wish we would have been able to have him in the games from day one, but we're glad he is back and healthy and ready to play."
The Pac-12 Network will televise the game against Washington State on Sunday (December 15) at 5 p.m. A live audio-only broadcast will also be available via WaveCasts at www.pepperdinesports.com with commentary by Al Epstein.