The Waves should return six of 13 letterwinners, while three more players redshirted.
Pepperdine sank six of eight three-pointers and earned 20 points at the free throw line, compared to Santa Clara's six.
The Waves, who won their fourth consecutive league opener, never trailed in the game and shot a season-best 51.9%.
Taylor Darby had his second double-double of the season and the seventh of his career as he had game highs of 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Pepperdine's five returners that are seeing the most minutes are all on pace to set career highs for season scoring average.
Senior Night, Basketball Homecoming and a 70-65 win by the Waves over the Pilots. Photos by Martin A. Folb.
Martin A. Folb photos of the Waves-Toreros game.
Martin A. Folb and Associated Press photos of the Waves' game against the #24 Bulldogs.
Photos by Martin A. Folb of the Waves' 74-62 win over the Broncos.
Photos by Martin A. Folb of the Waves' loss on New Year's Eve to Saint Mary's.
CAREER: In two seasons at Pepperdine, averaged 2.4 points and 1.7 rebounds in 10.9 minutes ... Appeared in 43 games and started 11.
PEPPERDINE 2011-12: Averaged 3.2 points and 2.3 rebounds as a sophomore ... Played in 27 games and made 11 starts while averaging 14.2 minutes ... Scored a career-high 12 points vs. Cal State Northridge (12/10) ... Followed that with eight points in a career-high 28 minutes in his first-ever start vs. Montana State (12/18) ... Other season highs were five rebounds (four times), two assists vs. Saint Mary's (12/31) and two blocks vs. Washington.
PEPPERDINE 2010-11: Appeared in 16 games as a reserve as a freshman ... Averaged 1.0 points and 0.6 rebounds in 5.3 minutes ... Saw his most playing time of the season at Missouri State (11/22), recording 14 minutes and scoring a season-high five points ... Went 4-for-4 from the foul line at Miami (12/30) ... Had two assists vs. Nevada (11/16), one blocked shot at Miami (12/30) and one steal vs. Redlands (12/9).
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from the Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.) School in 2010 ... Given a rating of 88 by ESPN's recruiting site ... Named All-New England Prep School Athletic Conference honorable mention as a senior after averaging 16 points, six rebounds, three assists and 1.5 steals per game ... At the National Prep Championships, scored a team-high 20 points as NMH upset top-ranked Hargrave Military Academy in the semifinals ... Nominated for McDonald's All-American honors ... Rated as one of the region's top 10 seniors by the New England Recruiting Report ... Averaged nine points and three rebounds as a junior ... Following his senior year, played in the High School Academic All-America Game and finished with 14 points and seven rebounds ... Also lettered in track and field, and placed fifth in the NEPSAC in the high jump ... Also attended the Renaissance Academy in La Canada, Calif., for three years ... Helped the Wildcats reach the 2008 Division V state championship game by averaging 10 points.
CLUB: Played for BTU, Pump N Run and the West Coast All-Stars ... Part of the U-16 Nike Main Event champions in 2007.
PERSONAL: Born in Pasadena, Calif. ... Son of Hector Harold Jr. and JoAnn Kimmel ... Has one brother, Ryan ... Majoring in public relations ... Chose Pepperdine because "I wanted to play in front of my family and help restore basketball to prominence here."
FAVORITES: Enjoys listening to hip hop ... Favorites include Penny Hardaway (pro basketball player), Decoded (book), South Central (movie), The Office and Entourage (TV shows), Jay-Z and Kanye West (musical artists) and pizza (food) ... Favorite thing about basketball is "the way my heart warms when I hear a swish."