The Waves should return six of 13 letterwinners, while three more players redshirted.
In 25 previous events, Pepperdine has an all-time record of 28-21 (.571) at the WCC Tournament and won titles in the 1991, 1992 and 1994 seasons.
Pepperdine held Santa Clara to 35.6% shooting from the field, including a 5-for-25 effort on three-pointers.
At the WCC Tournament, Pepperdine will either be the #7 seed (and play #6 San Diego on Thursday, March 1), or the #8 seed (and play #9 Santa Clara in the opening-round game on Wednesday, Feb. 29).
The Waves trailed 27-26 at halftime but used an 18-3 run to take their largest lead of 13 points at 47-34 with 11 minutes to play.
Video highlights and postgame interviews after Pepperdine's 66-60 win at Arizona State.
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.
Pepperdine wore throwback uniforms from the '70s in this game. Photos by Martin A. Folb and the AP.
CAREER: In his three seasons at Pepperdine, appeared in 90 games and made 52 starts ... Averaged 5.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 22.0 minutes.
PEPPERDINE 2011-12: Averaged 8.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists as a junior ... Played in all 29 games and started 23 while averaging a team-high 31.8 minutes ... Shot 76.7% from the foul line, the best mark on the team ... In the WCC, ranked sixth in minutes, tied for ninth in free throw percentage and 10th in assists ... Scored in double-figures 14 times ... Scored a team-high 13 points and had a career-high eight assists in a homecoming victory at Arizona State (11/15) ... Scored a career-high 17 points vs. Cal State Northridge (12/10) ... Had a streak of six straight conference games scoring in double-figures ... Other season highs were three steals vs. Washington State (12/22), three three-pointers made vs. CSUN (12/10) and 39 minutes played at UTSA (11/26) and vs. LMU (1/12).
PEPPERDINE 2010-11: His output took a big jump forward as a sophomore, averaging 5.6 points, 2.8 assists and 2.5 rebounds as the starting point guard ... Ranked 11th in the WCC in free throw percentage (78.2%) and 12th in assists ... Averaged 3.3 assists in league play, ninth-best in the conference ... Appeared in all 33 games, starting 21, while averaging 21.9 minutes ... Started 11 straight midseason games, then started the final 10 of the season ... Scored in double-figures six times ... Scored a career-high 15 points on three occasions: vs. San Francisco (1/29), at Santa Clara (2/26) and vs. USF at the WCC Tournament (3/5) ... Other season highs were seven assists (twice), six rebounds (four times), three steals vs. USF (1/29), two blocked shots vs. Seattle (1/2) and 39 minutes played (twice) ... Averaged 9.5 points and 5.0 rebounds at the WCC Tournament.
PEPPERDINE 2009-10: Saw the most playing time of Pepperdine's freshmen, averaging 11.8 minutes and starting eight of 28 games ... Averaged 1.8 points and 1.0 rebounds ... Started the first seven games of the season before an ankle injury sidelined him for the next two contests ... Scored a season-high 10 points at Wyoming (11/29), including a three-pointer with 11 seconds left that tied the game and sent it to overtime ... First collegiate field goal was a key second-half three-pointer in a comeback win vs. Cal State San Bernardino (11/20) ... Other season highs were three rebounds (several times), three assists (twice) and 27 minutes at Wyoming (11/29).
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Desert Vista High School, located in Phoenix, Ariz., in 2009 ... Helped team win the 2008 5A Division I state championship as a junior and was an all-state 5A first team selection ... Averaged 12.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.7 steals in 2007-08 ... Scored a season-high 21 points in a 63-50 win over Phoenix St. Mary's in the state championship game ... Pepperdine assistant Damin Lopez was the associate head coach at Phoenix St. Mary's at the time ... Was ruled ineligible to play his senior season by the Arizona Interscholastic Association ... After moving from Washington to Arizona, the 2007-08 school year was his first at Desert Vista ... Had previously played three years of high school basketball in the state of Washington (including one year when he was home-schooled prior to the ninth grade), but Arizona's rules allow no more than four seasons of play ... Also played at Rainier Beach High School, located in Seattle, Wash. ... Also competed in track.
CLUB: Played for Arizona Premier Academy in 2007 and 2008 and Seattle Rotary in 2006.
PERSONAL: Born in Seattle, Wash. ... Son of Michelle Stephenson and Jeff Lowery ... Has five siblings: Jeremiah, Jeffery, Jordan, Jacob and Jason ... Majoring in integrated marketing communications ... Chose Pepperdine because of "the coaches and location and because I wanted to help bring Pepperdine men's basketball back to prominence."
FAVORITES: Enjoys spending time with his brothers and nephew ... Favorites include Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Chris Paul (pro basketball players), Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder (pro basketball teams), Hoops by Walter Dean Myers and The Bible (books), Bad Boys II and The Sixth Man (movies), The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (TV show), Wale, Drake, J. Cole and Lil Wayne (musical artists), soul food and teriyaki chicken (food) and football (sport other than basketball) ... Favorite thing about basketball is "the way it makes you feel, it's like my stress reliever, and it's my passion."