Pepperdine now travels to New York to take on Richmond at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.
Pepperdine will host Howard on Wednesday night in the second game of the event.
Pepperdine (5-2) hosts South Alabama on Monday to start the Gotham Classic.
Pepperdine is 5-1 for the first time since 2004-05.
The Waves' junior guard scored 19 points on 5-for-6 three-point shooting.
Martin A. Folb's photos of the Waves' 53-45 win over Howard in the Gotham Classic.
Martin A. Folb's photos of the Waves' 66-56 home win over the Matadors.
Ron Hall's photos of the Waves' 76-61 win over Cal Lutheran in Firestone Fieldhouse.
Martin A. Folb's photos of the Waves' 89-74 season-opening win over Fresno State.
Photos by Tod Fierner (Saint Mary's) and Kyle Terada (WCC) of the Waves' 80-69 loss to SMC in the WCC quarterfinals.
CAREER: Through two seasons, is averaging 3.1 points and 1.8 rebounds in 12.8 minutes ... Has appeared in 54 games and started four.
PEPPERDINE 2013-14: Provided a spark off the bench again as a sophomore ... Averaged 3.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in 12.0 minutes ... Appeared in 26 games and started four ... Scored eight points twice: at Santa Clara (1/2) and vs. Saint Mary's (2/8) ... Scored seven points and made the go-ahead three-point play with 3:25 in home win vs. Houston Baptist (12/21) ... Made first career start in home win vs. San Diego (12/28) and had five points and a career-high three assists ... Pulled down a career-high six rebounds at Portland (2/15) ... Played a season-high 28 minutes at Santa Clara (1/2) and had two steals on three occasions.
PEPPERDINE 2012-13: Came off the bench in 28 games as a freshman, earning time as one of the team's top defensive players ... Averaged 2.7 points and 1.6 rebounds in 13.5 minutes ... Scored a season-high 10 points vs. Central Michigan (12/16) after making four of five shots and two of three three-pointers ... Best WCC game was seven points vs. Santa Clara (1/19) ... Claimed five rebounds both at Montana State (11/29) and at San Diego (3/2) ... Played a season-high 27 minutes at Saint Mary's (1/26) and had five points and four rebounds ... Had two assists in the WCC Tournament game vs. San Diego (3/7).
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Seven Lakes High School, located in Katy, Texas, in 2012 ... Played three years on the varsity ... Earned All-District 19-5A first team honors as a senior and junior and was honorable mention as a sophomore ... Also earned All-Region 3 honors as a senior ... Scored more than 1,000 career points and made a school-record 143 three-pointers ... Tied the school single-game records of 35 points and eight three-pointers made in 2010-11 against Houston Reagan ... Averaged 15 points and seven rebounds as a senior, 15 points and five rebounds as a junior and seven points and two rebounds as a sophomore ... Helped Seven Lakes win Katy ISD district titles in 2010 and 2011 ... Made the all-academic team in 2010-11.
CLUB: Played for the Houston Hoopstars and Houston Defenders.
PERSONAL: Born in Baltimore, Md. ... Son of Leonard Russell and LaDonna Russell ... Has three siblings, Jeremy, Nichole and Nygal ... Majoring in pre-business administration ... Chose to attend Pepperdine because of "the great academics, the campus atmosphere, it's a Christian school and the great feel I had for the basketball program."
FAVORITES: Has played the clarinet for most of his life ... Favorites include LeBron James (pro basketball player), Miami Heat (pro basketball team), The Bible (book), Love and Basketball (movie), The Office (TV show), Meek Mill (musical artist), pizza (food) and football (sport other than basketball) ... Favorite things about basketball are "it's fun, there's constant action and the people who work the hardest prevail."