Men's Hoops Goes Cold in Loss at Portland
Jan. 15, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Pepperdine men's basketball team defended well enough to win, but suffered through its coldest offensive performance of the season in a 57-42 loss at Portland in West Coast Conference action on Saturday.
The Waves (7-14, 1-3 WCC) held the Pilots (14-4, 2-1) to 15 points below their season scoring average of 72.4 and limited Portland to 40.4% shooting, but turnovers and too many missed three-pointers were Pepperdine's undoing.
After hitting four of their first six three-pointers, the Waves missed their final 19 of the game. They finished at 31.4% from the field and 16.0% from beyond the arc en route to a season-low point total. The Waves also committed 19 turnovers, 13 of which came in the first half as the Pilots took a 33-24 lead.
Senior forward Mychel Thompson (Portland, Ore./Santa Margarita Catholic HS/Stoneridge Prep) and junior guard Keion Bell (Los Angeles, Calif./Pasadena HS) each scored 10 points to lead the Waves. Junior guard Lorne Jackson (Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley HS) and junior forward Taylor Darby (San Marcos, Calif./Mission Hills HS) both scored eight.
Luke Sikma had 15 points and nine rebounds, Jared Stohl scored 14 points and Nemanja Mitrovic added 11 for the Pilots.
Both teams actually got off to a blazing start offensively. Three-pointers on the first two possessions by Bell and Jackson put Pepperdine ahead 6-2. The Waves' fourth three-pointer of the game came courtesy of Jackson and it cut the Pilots' lead to 17-14 just seven minutes in. But Pepperdine couldn't keep up the pace as Portland then went on a 12-2 run to take its largest lead of the half at 29-16 with 8:45 to go. A few baskets by Darby helped Pepperdine trim the deficit to 33-24 at halftime.
The Waves held the Pilots to just one field goal in the first 11 minutes of the second half, but failed to fully capitalize. Thompson had six points during an 11-2 run that helped the Waves pull within three at 40-37 with a little more nine minutes left.
But a dunk by Sikma ended Portland's woes, and that began a 14-1 run over the next seven minutes that allowed the Pilots to put the game away. The Waves went 9 1/2 minutes without a field goal until Jackson made a lay-up with 1:41 to play.
The Waves play their next three games at home, beginning with a PCH Cup contest against rival Loyola Marymount next Saturday (Jan. 22) at 7 p.m. Fans can watch the game and listen to Al Epstein's broadcast for free via Wave Casts at www.pepperdinesports.com.